GRAVITY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

I know the “thrill ride” comparison is overused in film reviews, but after the credits roll on “Gravity,” you really do expect to exit the theater into a theme park…


Posted on October 4, 2013 by

THE WORLD’S END

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 109 minutes

“The World’s End” is an invitation to the Wright/Pegg/Frost Ewok after-party complete with the smiling ghost of Jedi Douglas Adams…


Posted on August 23, 2013 by

THE TO DO LIST

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 104 minutes

Writer/director Maggie Carey kills with a fresh take on a familiar premise and continues the loooooong overdue trend of female-driven anti-romantic comedy…


Posted on July 26, 2013 by

THE HEAT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes

While “The Heat” does employ the basic tropes, it also reinvigorates the genre. Mullins’ (Melissa McCarthy) plainclothes cop grittiness isn’t any more credible than Axel Foley’s wiseass ways. But seeing a woman steal the film as effortlessly as Eddie Murphy used to do is absolutely thrilling…


Posted on June 28, 2013 by

9 FULL MOONS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Writer/Director Tomer Almagor’s debut film is an uncommon love story that is driven by complex characters that need each other more than they realize…


Posted on June 12, 2013 by

SIFF 2013 – ONE CRITIC’S OVERVIEW

[SIFF is like] running an independent film marathon (only with a whole lot more sitting)…



Posted on June 11, 2013 by

LAST I HEARD

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! If it takes us anywhere that we haven’t been before, it’s because we wouldn’t have wanted to go there in the first place…


Posted on June 11, 2013 by

THE WALL (2013)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! I find it incredibly frustrating when I see a film that is so close to touching greatness but for one or two egregious errors. The voiceover does such a disservice that I’m tempted to recommend watching the film on mute…


Posted on June 7, 2013 by

IL VOLTO DI UN’ALTRA (ANOTHER WOMAN’S FACE)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! I’m pretty sure the entire script is built around the idea of spraying a dazzling white room, filled with alabaster-garbed narcissists, in liquid shit…


Posted on June 7, 2013 by

SIFF PRESENTS: AN EVENING WITH KYLE MACLACHLAN

480 MacLachlan fans, friends and family packed into SIFF Cinema Uptown’s largest screening room to celebrate nearly three decades of eccentric floppy-haired charisma in some of the most iconic roles in Cinemaphile history…



Posted on June 6, 2013 by

THE BIG ASK

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “The Big Ask” proves that it is possible to make an artistically proficient film about anything, so long as you write from a truthful place…


Posted on June 5, 2013 by

ERNEST & CELESTINE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

The film’s case for friendship despite adversity is one of the greatest messages that a kid’s film can impart because it teaches children that the black and white rules set by authority aren’t always wise or informed…


Posted on May 24, 2013 by

KINK

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! [T]hey are providing what seems like a very conscientious and even intellectual approach to something that could easily get out of hand…


Posted on May 23, 2013 by

YELLOW

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes minutes

2013 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! I’m still not 100% sure I liked “Yellow.” but it sure did give me a lot to think about, and to me, that makes it time well spent…


Posted on May 23, 2013 by

BIG BLUE LAKE

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2013 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! [Director Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan] presents us with something that, when it’s not being trite, is an utter snoozefest…


Posted on May 11, 2013 by

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