TINYHEARTS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

At times you want to step into the screen and try and set people in the right direction, but it’s going to play out how it plays out. Good people make bad decisions, or sometimes no decisions as they avoid real change…


Posted on March 31, 2014 by

THE BOY CALLED PATRICK

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

The interaction between Veronica and Patrick may be envisioned as playful, but in execution it’s actually abrasive and disturbing; this isn’t a meet-cute, it’s the opening of a “Law & Order: SVU” episode…


Posted on March 29, 2014 by

UNLEASHED! A DOG DANCING STORY

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

We don’t need to see all the practices, or hear about every little setback, because they ultimately don’t amount to much. From the minute you hear what the show is going to be, dancing dogs dueling with kite flyers, you want to see the show. The bulk of the film’s middle does not increase that excitement, or even sustain it…


Posted on March 29, 2014 by

PACING THE CAGE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 73 minutes

The film isn’t going to win any awards for narrative originality so much as the nuance of its execution. And that nuanced pace isn’t going to be for everyone; this is a slow burn, and the title actually fits perfectly…


Posted on March 28, 2014 by

THE MIND’S WOOD

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 23 minutes

The folks who have the most to learn from a story like this won’t be all that interested in the over-the-top Dishers, or find the allure of the cardboard forest engaging enough for twenty plus minutes…


Posted on March 26, 2014 by

LITTLE MAN OF STEEL

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

Kyle Bares manages to find the right balance between goofy Clark and concerned, though sexually frustrated, Supes, while Kimberly Leemans turns up the sexpot volume for Lois Lane…


Posted on March 24, 2014 by

NO ROAD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

The pain of silent solitude has built steadily in the film’s short running time, and its effect is powerful on the audience…


Posted on March 24, 2014 by

LOVE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 112 minutes

I did not know Beth Moore-Love’s artwork prior to seeing this film, and I relished the opportunity to get inside the head of the artist to hear the stories behind so many strange, often disturbing, paintings…


Posted on March 22, 2014 by

HARMONTOWN

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! I felt sad, happy, angry, depressed, amused; I think I might’ve almost teared up at one point. When the film ended and I walked out of the theater, I felt as emotionally exhausted as I’ve ever felt in my life. It was absolutely draining…


Posted on March 18, 2014 by

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! It’s always entertaining, sometimes over-the-top and brash, but likewise populated with subtle, sentimental moments and reflection. A quality time with Swedish House Mafia, whether you know what that could mean or not…


Posted on March 13, 2014 by

SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND SELECTION! Eschewing the talking head interviews scattered throughout many a documentary also allows the audience to focus in on the visual and, more importantly for a doc about Spandau Ballet, the music…


Posted on March 11, 2014 by

BEGINNING WITH THE END

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 63 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! I think it’s easy to think of the experience for all involved as life-changing, and no doubt it is, but I also see it more as a series of small life-altering adaptations that add up…


Posted on March 11, 2014 by

I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! Young love can be a tumultuous, traumatic eye-opener. It can also tell you a lot about the person you are, and potentially craft the person you’ll become…


Posted on March 9, 2014 by

CHOCOLATE HEART

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT SHORTS SELECTION! The short has a dry, matter-of-factness to its absurdity, but that’s why it works. Had it committed entirely to over the top or quirky, without the contrast, I doubt the humor would resonate for as long as it does…


Posted on March 9, 2014 by

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