ANOTHER YEAR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 129 minutes

Master Director Mike Leigh delivers his best film in recent years with this sweet gentle work. A couple in their mid-60s host gatherings in their home where a subtle drama unfolds…


Posted on October 13, 2010 by

CORRIDOR

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2010 FANTASTIC FEST SELECTION! This thriller from Switzerland Sweden channels Polanski at his paranoid interior apartment thriller best. Unfortunately, because “Corridor” derives so much from its sources, it doesn’t transcend into something unique and special on its own terms despite excellent direction and acting…


Posted on October 7, 2010 by

COLD FISH

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 144 minutes

2010 FANTASTIC FEST SELECTION! Director Sion Sono (“Love Exposure,” “Exte: Hair Extensions,” “Suicide Club”) keeps his reputation as one of Japan’s leading directors by exploring how one person can dominate many people just by force of personality…


Posted on October 5, 2010 by

RUBBER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

2010 FANTASTIC FEST SELECTION! A tire explodes people’s heads at will. Film theory is shredded as the audience sympathizes with an ordinary rolling tire…


Posted on September 26, 2010 by

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 106 minutes

A lesbian family is troubled when the sperm donor comes trolling home. A surprisingly funny optimistic domestic drama brings tasty food…


Posted on September 15, 2010 by

A TOWN CALLED PANIC (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

Who would have guessed that a Belgium movie in French based on a children’s television show would be one of the most kooky, whimsical, weird and wonderful cinematic experiences in recent memory?


Posted on September 10, 2010 by

STREET DAYS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Urban decayed streets in Eastern Europe’s country Georgia are brought to grimy pulsing life. Corrupt cops trap a junkie with a conscience in a blackmail scheme. Film lovers everywhere should watch director Levan Koguashvili’s blow-away debut…


Posted on July 12, 2010 by

GOLDEN SLUMBER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 139 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! A deliveryman is wrongly accused of bombing the prime minister’s car in a parade. The plot twists delight but the direction and editing cripple what should be terrific fun…


Posted on July 11, 2010 by

DISCO & ATOMIC WAR

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! What subverted Russian youth during the Cold War? American TV, naturally. This interesting funny documentary, which loses steam in the last third, chronicles Estonia’s “Soft Power” battle…


Posted on July 10, 2010 by

NIGHT CATCHES US

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! A former Black Panther returns for his father’s funeral. Old brothers-in-arms are hostile. Flames ignite with an old girlfriend. This honest human story may receive much year-end awards attention…


Posted on July 9, 2010 by

MONSTERS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Squid-like aliens with spider legs take over upper Mexico. A photojournalist and his publisher’s daughter try to escape. The illegal immigrant allegory is overwrought but with road trip thrills…


Posted on July 5, 2010 by

SECRETS OF THE TRIBE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Repulsive anthropologists abuse an isolated Amazon native tribe. Engaging documentary pulls no punches…


Posted on July 4, 2010 by

EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Everyday Sunshine” pours in beams from the screen in what should be a fun experience for both Fishbone fans and non-fans…


Posted on June 24, 2010 by

THE PEDDLER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! A loving valentine to the joy of filmmaking, an ad hoc director breathes life into Argentinean villages in this documentary. Daniel Burmeister is like a distant cousin of Ed Wood with the lovability of Santa Claus…


Posted on June 24, 2010 by

THE SECRET OF KELLS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature, “The Secret of Kells” has fantastic visuals with a predictable but enjoyable story…


Posted on May 3, 2010 by

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