KILLING STACY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

The quiet expanse of the narrative allows the absurdity to be that much more subversive; you keep waiting, like Sarah, for it all to be a joke but it never is, at least not to Claire. The result for me, however, was I kept waiting for the film to push its ideas further…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes

It’s an ominous cloud from the get-go, so you’re not hopeful of much, but you’re nevertheless curious…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

DIPSO

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

Quietly intense, the film plays its alcoholism in a realistic way. There are moments of melodrama here and there, sure, but for the most part the film expertly captures that creeping alcoholic haze that descends on the drunkard; they’re awake and seemingly with you, but there’s little going on behind their eyes…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

A GIRL AND A GUN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

The film doesn’t go for madcap or absurd, it sticks with an almost wry tone. The result is a unique, oddly entertaining flavor to the piece that works in every way it can…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

PISTOL OF THE FORGIVEN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 17 minutes

It never for a second takes itself seriously, going for absurd by way of goofy, but wrapped in some massive respect for classic cinema…


Posted on July 14, 2014 by

NO LOVE LOST

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

It’s a powerful tale, and tragic at the same time. There is a redemptive element to be found, and for all the negativity that can exist within this tale, it works in a galvanizing way for the young couple…


Posted on July 13, 2014 by

I WAS A GREENHOUSE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes

The universal elements of a broken family trying to pick up the pieces, and likewise George overcoming his own tragic history, are where the film scores its emotional points. The rest of the narrative works because of the audience’s curiosity and suspension of disbelief…


Posted on July 13, 2014 by

THE WASHING MACHINE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

The film plays fantastical, but has a simple message. It doesn’t stray from its main narrative, or puff itself up beyond necessity. It’s the proper length, well-executed and it gets the point across…


Posted on July 12, 2014 by

THE MOURNING

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

At the core is a story of a man who has been away for a very long time, returning to what he has once known, though everyone and everything is different…


Posted on July 12, 2014 by

PARTY SLASHERS

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

The composition is solid for a film tasked with fitting a lot of people into a small room, and the work done in the audio mix brings everything together in a fun and energetic way. Some of the acting is a bit forced, but for the most part it all works to set a mood of an odd assembly of high school students trying not to get murdered…


Posted on July 10, 2014 by

THE CONVICT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 21 minutes

This is a film that works because of the quiet allure of its lead actor, and the measured way in which it reveals itself…


Posted on July 9, 2014 by

HIT TEAM

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

This isn’t a gritty criminal drama, it’s a madcap comedy full of sexual innuendo and fart jokes…


Posted on July 8, 2014 by

THE S WORD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 16 minutes

The tone is often dry and straightforward, as a foil to the absurd scenario at the center of the film…


Posted on July 8, 2014 by

FALCON SONG

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 109 minutes

You follow along just fine, but you pretty much know where everything is going because of the familiarity of the narrative. It’s not a bad time, but it’s not an incredible experience you’ll want to share with friends…


Posted on July 7, 2014 by

IF ONLY CATS COULD TALK

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 51 minutes

Neither storyline is strong enough to carry a film to half this running time; maybe each one could pull off fifteen minutes solo, and that’s being charitable…


Posted on July 7, 2014 by

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