2013 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: WRAP-UP

The SFIFF lineup is comparable to other major film festivals, but the lengthy duration makes for a more relaxed experience. I was only able to stay for a week, but in that time I managed to see sixteen films as well as make the most of my time in the City by the Bay…



Posted on May 10, 2013 by

DOM: A RUSSIAN FAMILY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

2013 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! [It] is as brutal as it is beautiful and it belongs in the same breath as films like “The Deer Hunter” and “The Godfather”…


Posted on May 10, 2013 by

PEARBLOSSOM HWY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

2013 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Ott and co-writer/star Atsuko Okatsuka have crafted a small town tale that breaks all the rules that Hollywood has set for dramatic storytelling…


Posted on May 9, 2013 by

SOFIA’S LAST AMBULANCE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

2013 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! It’s hard to recommend a film like this, because it’s not exactly a good time watching people who deal exclusively in life and death…


Posted on May 2, 2013 by

AFTER LUCIA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

2013 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! It’s an interesting way to tell a story, but not a very pleasant one to hear…


Posted on May 2, 2013 by

DISCONNECT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 115 minutes

“Disconnect” makes you want to be a better person both online and IRL…


Posted on April 19, 2013 by

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 141 minutes

Not to sound too much like Stefan, but this movie has everything: A dense script, interesting camera work, a graceful soundtrack, flawless acting, action, violence, romance, some well-timed jokes and a dancing dog…


Posted on April 5, 2013 by

THE WE AND THE I

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

[A] flawed, but still chillingly accurate illustration of that hormonal war that drafts every single one of us on our way to becoming fully realized humans…


Posted on March 22, 2013 by

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 130 minutes

“Oz the Great and Powerful” is basically a PG version of “Army of Darkness” on mushrooms…


Posted on March 8, 2013 by

SIDE EFFECTS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 106 minutes

I guess the biggest twist is that the film started out being something I liked and ended up being something I didn’t…


Posted on February 8, 2013 by

WARM BODIES

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 97 minutes

I love the idea of an Emo kid trapped inside the body of an instinct-driven predator. But the story betrays its own originality by eventually succumbing to romantic tropes…


Posted on February 1, 2013 by

GANGSTER SQUAD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 113 minutes

These men wear the uniform of the 40s Supercop. That’s because they are superheroes.


Posted on January 10, 2013 by

PROMISED LAND

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 110 minutes

If you see only one film this year by a handsome actor from Bahston, make it “Argo”…


Posted on December 28, 2012 by

LES MISÉRABLES (2012)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 157 minutes minutes

It’s pretty hard to ignore Hugh Jackman when his tractor-beam eyes are pulling you straight into the abyss of his nostrils…


Posted on December 25, 2012 by

LINCOLN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 149 minutes

[I]t’s celebratory of our nation without being jingoistic. I wish we could have elected this movie as the next President of the United States of America…


Posted on November 16, 2012 by

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