EARTHBOUND

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2012 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Earthbound” is a bit of a Dr. Who riff on the hijinks of a lonely alien experiencing modern day Europe. Only, in this case, we’re kept guessing about whether Joe (Rafe Spall) is actually the man who fell to Earth or the one who flew over the cuckoo’s nest…


Posted on June 3, 2012 by

MANSOME

1 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

If anyone is going to like a documentary about facial hair, it’s me. I’m what you might call a beardthusiast. But Spurlock’s “Mansome” fails to expose any sort of substance behind the follicles…


Posted on May 18, 2012 by

THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 124 minutes

Turns out, it’s not a lot of fun to watch a relationship fall apart even if you know that eventually, everything will turn out just fine…


Posted on April 27, 2012 by

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76 minutes

2012 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Byington certainly has something to say here, but he leaves it up to the audience to figure out what that is…


Posted on April 12, 2012 by

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES

5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 65 minutes

2012 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The film is filled with interviews with a multitude of smart, eloquent women explaining what should be evident but is so not: Girls need super heroes because they need to know that their gender is not an obstacle…


Posted on March 31, 2012 by

GIRLS AGAINST BOYS

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

2012 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! I imagine Mr. Chick as the sort of guy who took Women’s Studies in college specifically to bang the straight ladies in the class. He certainly wasn’t there to learn because there is not one iota of legitimate feminism in “Girls Against Boys”…


Posted on March 31, 2012 by

SMALL APARTMENTS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

2012 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Trust me when I tell you that Franklin Franklin is no Ignatius J. Reilly. He’s much, much worse. This makes him 100% unsympathetic and not the least bit fun to watch…


Posted on March 27, 2012 by

SUNSET STRIP

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

2012 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! If you have even a passing interest in movies or music, you will be absolutely riveted for the full 90 minutes…


Posted on March 18, 2012 by

SEE GIRL RUN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

2012 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “See Girl Run”…[uses] the mold of a Hollywood romance to show how damaging these notions are when taken too seriously…


Posted on March 18, 2012 by

LOVELY MOLLY

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2012 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! What is it with demons and video cameras, anyway?


Posted on March 17, 2012 by

TIM AND ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 93 minutes

If I taught a film studies class, I would show “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” on the first day. This is a film that is worthy of study…


Posted on March 2, 2012 by

WE BOUGHT A ZOO

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 124 minutes

Crowe’s emotional maturity is Benjamin Button, aging in reverse. Unfortunately, this means that “We Bought a Zoo” is an excruciating film for anyone not wearing rose-colored glasses…


Posted on December 23, 2011 by

YOUNG ADULT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes

“Young Adult,” as it stands, is a slice-of-life piece about a beautiful lunatic who tries to ruin some lives, fails and carries on being loony…


Posted on December 16, 2011 by

THE MUPPETS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 98 minutes

When it was time to play the music and light the lights, I got chills. But, at the end of the day, it was just a clip show…


Posted on November 23, 2011 by

BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “Being Elmo” is a rare opportunity to watch what is essentially an entire career in fast motion…


Posted on October 21, 2011 by

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