LUIS BUNUEL’S DEATH IN THE GARDEN (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

One of the masters of cinema continually thrills because he grabs us from the outside (i.e., through social commentary) and the inside (by tapping into the psychological).


Posted on November 8, 2009 by

THE BOX

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 115 minutes

TWILIGHT ZONE FRIDAY! Like in the better moments of “Donnie Darko,” Kelly serves up suspense and dread – until he moves into act three by sending his story into a nebulous orbit.


Posted on November 6, 2009 by

THE FOURTH KIND

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 98 minutes

“The Fourth Kind” musters all its strength to set up a purportedly true-life scenario about alien sightings, only to give itself away at every turn.


Posted on November 6, 2009 by

SHADOW BILLIONAIRE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

“Shadow Billionaire” sports many twists and turns, with the intrigue and insight of top-tier journalism.


Posted on October 28, 2009 by

ON GREENING THE CITY: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER IAN CHENEY

In “The Greening of Southie,” filmmaker Ian Cheney documents the excitement and consequences of an environmentally conscious construction movement.



Posted on October 26, 2009 by

ANTICHRIST

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

This wretched thing should have been snuffed out at the drawing board.


Posted on October 23, 2009 by

AMELIA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 111 minutes

Hilary Swank settles into a stylized groove that’s miles from the viscerally realistic approach to her best work.


Posted on October 23, 2009 by

A SERIOUS MAN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

As in “Barton Fink,” all these roles are stylized, artificial; like dream images, they represent fears and desires more than people.


Posted on October 19, 2009 by

URS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

Moritz Mayerhofer cleverly revises an ancient narrative archetype. “Urs” is cinema as a fleeting dream image.


Posted on October 17, 2009 by

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jonze’s camera gazes upon Carrol and company just like countless readers have, and thus “Where the Wild Things Are” tributes and adds to its inspiration.


Posted on October 16, 2009 by

BRIGHT STAR

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 119 minutes

Masterpieces of literature-to-film are a rare breed; this film falls short with satisfaction.


Posted on October 10, 2009 by

IN A DREAM (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 77 minutes

The elements of this documentary on mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar hum into a glorious experience, with its narrative as captivating as its visualization.


Posted on October 2, 2009 by

TURN ME ON, DEAD MAN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes

The filmmakers allegorize a theory about the popular “Paul is Dead” rumor: that it signaled the band’s death by hoaxing its member’s.


Posted on September 27, 2009 by

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 81 minutes

The fantastic journey stems from the kids’ housebound daydreaming – dinner time is inescapable, after all.


Posted on September 20, 2009 by

THE BURNING PLAIN

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 111 minutes

Fate breeds fatalism in a tale that Guillermo Arriaga masterfully writes and directs. It’s realized so beautifully and viscerally that – I hate to say it – Alejandro González Iñárritu now seems a little obsolete.


Posted on September 19, 2009 by

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