THE NOCTURNAL THIRD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

Produced for under $10,000, “The Nocturnal Third” has raised the bar for low-budget filmmaking. Writer/director Benjamin Stark has helmed an impressive and entertaining thriller for next to nothing…


Posted on February 21, 2012 by

RED HOOK SUMMER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 135 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! Once your brain adjusts to the over-the-top, stage-styled performances, there’s a strong chance Spike Lee’s latest effort, “Red Hook Summer,” will come off as a poignant project with a lot to say…


Posted on February 6, 2012 by

SHADOW DANCER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! Andrea Riseborough deserves to be one of 2012’s breakout stars. Her performance as Colette McVeigh is outstanding…


Posted on February 6, 2012 by

BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SELECTION! Gertten spends his second banana film defending his first banana film without offering enough factual information to really defend either…


Posted on February 1, 2012 by

FOR ELLEN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURES SELECTION! In fact, there were many opportunities for this film to take expected, clichéd turns but Kim’s taste level is strong enough to avoid them each and every time…


Posted on January 28, 2012 by

FILLY BROWN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURES SELECTION! This will be the performance that puts Gina Rodriguez onto people’s radars. It’s hard to believe that she wasn’t an emcee before starting this project…


Posted on January 28, 2012 by

MY BROTHER THE DEVIL

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 111 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Sally El Hosaini has produced a tremendous debut feature. All of her actors, from the leads to supporting players deliver noteworthy performances…


Posted on January 26, 2012 by

BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOC PREMIERES FEATURES SELECTION! This is the coolest documentary I’ve ever seen. That’s the sentence that kept running through my head as I watched “Bones Brigade”…


Posted on January 26, 2012 by

BLACK ROCK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT SELECTION! “Black Rock” is an intense thriller that does a lot of things right…


Posted on January 25, 2012 by

HEART BREAKS OPEN

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 81 minutes

With films like “Weekend” and “Beginners” catching the public’s eye this award season, there’s no reason why Rain’s film shouldn’t be brought up in the same discussions…


Posted on January 8, 2012 by

THE DROUGHT

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

Lyndeck’s performance as Jonas is top-notch. He’s captivating when he speaks and even more so when he doesn’t…


Posted on December 18, 2011 by

HOLY MOLY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

‘Holy Moly” captures those post-break-up moments where all knowledge goes out the window and you keep hitting redial until the restraining order is filed…


Posted on December 18, 2011 by

NOWHERE ROAD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

The clear cinematography is only outshined by the fantastic sound work (complete with disgusting hack and slash sound effects).  The film is succinct, tightly edited and riveting from the first frame until the last…


Posted on November 19, 2011 by

GENREFINITY: THE COMPLETE SERIES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 32 minutes

There are only four episodes of “Genrefinity” but I wish there were more.  Despite the atrocious, circus-esque score, this is exactly what a comedy series should be…


Posted on November 18, 2011 by

AFTER THE FIRE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 40 minutes

“After the Fire” is one of the most compelling documentaries from the past few years…


Posted on November 17, 2011 by

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