TOMBOY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! A nine year old girl pretends to be a boy. Her androgynous hoax fools about everyone. People of all ages can find enjoyment in this French film of innocence…


Posted on November 24, 2011 by

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

Guillermo del Toro co-wrote and produced this tale of nasty gnome-fairies that feast on teeth and children and more. It’s a fun scary movie despite not doing anything pioneering…


Posted on August 26, 2011 by

SALAAM DUNK

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! College women’s basketball is played in Iraq in this documentary. The international language of sport humanizes these people more than a thousand peace conferences…


Posted on July 3, 2011 by

LOVE CRIME

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Corporate backstabbing gets sharp claws in this French drama/thriller. The plot is clever, sharp, very clearly laid out, and provides all the twists and turns one could hope for…


Posted on July 3, 2011 by

THE YELLOW SEA

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 140 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! This overall is another strong showing from South Korea. They serve revenge with gallons of bloody pain and do not let you forget it for a second…


Posted on June 29, 2011 by

WISH ME AWAY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE! Chely Wright is a country music singer who recently came out as being gay. This documentary tells of the days leading up to the public announcement…


Posted on June 29, 2011 by

SEX CRIMES UNIT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The Sex Crimes Unit is a section of the District Attorney’s Office in New York City devoted specifically to that kind of crime. Two cases are the main focus in this illuminating documentary…


Posted on June 28, 2011 by

SIDEWALLS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The romantic comedy genre gets some fun tweaking in this offering from Buenos Aires, Argentina…


Posted on June 25, 2011 by

RENÉE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! This is a thought provoking documentary with ruminations about the nature of identity…


Posted on June 20, 2011 by

PARAISO FOR SALE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 73 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Corporate imperialism has come to Bocas del Toro, Panama. Retiring baby boomers want tropical beach property and impersonal companies kick natives off their land. But a couple local heroes emerge who might make a difference…


Posted on June 19, 2011 by

13 ASSASSINS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 126 minutes

Takashi Miike’s work is often filled with sudden mood changes and improbable actions. Super prolific director Miike rarely lets logic get in the way of an entertaining laugh or shock…


Posted on May 9, 2011 by

WIN/WIN

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 83 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! Imagine if Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” or David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” had a central character who was a high-functioning, somewhat autistic, man. This outstanding character study tosses aside predictable melodrama for nuances of eccentric behavior…


Posted on November 13, 2010 by

THE WEATHER STATION

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! This solid Russian thriller about an isolated weather station in the sub-zero north can please just about anyone. Film Noir fans are in for a pleasant evening…


Posted on November 8, 2010 by

FOUR LIONS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! I can’t help but admire anything that slams through boundaries of taste and acceptability so boldly. But the too farcical first third weighs the film down from being fantastic as a whole…


Posted on November 5, 2010 by

COLD WEATHER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

2010 PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Mumblecore twenty-something comedy morphs into a mystery. Genre mixing should entertain fans of both…


Posted on October 17, 2010 by

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