ONCE AGAIN, “NY POST’S” KYLE SMITH ASKS FOR A BEATDOWN…

Must a children’s film be politicized?



Posted on September 16, 2009 by

DAVID MAMET’S HOMICIDE (CRITERION COLLECTION) (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

As Mamet writes, so he directs – his shots get to the point, usually one we don’t forget.


Posted on September 15, 2009 by

MURNAU: THE SIX-DISC KINO COLLECTION (DVD)

5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Even the most passionate lover of cinema couldn’t dream up an origin myth better than F.W. Murnau.


Posted on September 8, 2009 by

THE HEADLESS WOMAN (LA MUJER SIN CABEZA)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “The Headless Woman” settles into the episodic without the necessary character development – it’s a slice of life too slight for its own good.


Posted on August 21, 2009 by

DISTRICT 9

5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 112 minutes

The humanity of “District 9” adds another dimension to this multilayered, rewarding work – one of the best of the summer, and undoubtedly the most inventive from the multiplex this year.


Posted on August 12, 2009 by

JULIE & JULIA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 123 minutes

Julie’s setbacks are dealt out like the hand in a game we don’t want to play anymore. We want to drop the cards and stay over at Julia’s winning table.


Posted on August 7, 2009 by

THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO CINEMA (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Cinematically speaking, you my find your meeting with psychoanalyst/film theorist Slavoj Zizek to be a near-religious experience.


Posted on August 4, 2009 by

FUNNY PEOPLE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

Judd Apatow deconstructs show business and reconciles humanity with the industry that often loses it. And he delivers the funniest release of the summer. (Move over, “Hangover.”)


Posted on July 31, 2009 by

ROMAN POLANSKI’S REPULSION: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

The director deploys suspense techniques with surrealistic touches – both of which would seem dated today were they not so sharply weaved together.


Posted on July 28, 2009 by

LEFT BANK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Hell is upon us in the opening minutes of “Left Bank,” especially if we think of hell as a state of mind.


Posted on July 27, 2009 by

I SELL THE DEAD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Glenn McQuaid’s “I Sell the Dead” sports playful genre inventiveness, in which fans can delight and even outsiders can enjoy.


Posted on July 25, 2009 by

WEAK SPECIES

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 34 minutes

PHILADELPHIA QFEST SHORT FILM! Writer/director Dan Faltz seems at odds with the formulaic expectations we have for such roles, and serves up an equally disturbing and darkly comic experience.


Posted on July 22, 2009 by

ROD SERLING’S PATTERNS: THEATRICAL VERSION (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

“Patterns” depicts a call of humanity caught in a competitive world.


Posted on July 16, 2009 by

NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF OZPLOITATION!

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

Oddball horror flicks, sexploitation romps, car-chase extravaganzas – the clips burn throughout this film with a tone as giddy as its subject.


Posted on July 11, 2009 by

PORNOGRAPHY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

PHILADEPLHIA QFEST REVIEW! Sometimes terror comes so strong that clarity need not apply.


Posted on July 4, 2009 by

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