PREDATORS

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

“Predators” could have been the (guilty) pleasure of many cinema-goers; instead, there’s too much dialogue for mindless violent spectacle and not campy enough to be so-bad-it’s-good…


Posted on July 10, 2010 by

I RAN AGAINST US

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

“I Ran Against Us” conveys the wisdom that all is irrational in love and war. Individuals may be asked to sacrifice pride and rationality for national security…


Posted on June 10, 2010 by

DECADES 8: IMPRESSIONS OF CLINT EASTWOOD

HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY, CLINT EASTWOOD! The adage about being a man of few words fits Clint Eastwood’s onscreen mise-en-scène. He doesn’t say much, but when he does, he is profound. Actor, director, cultural icon, and fixture of post-war masculinity, the 20th and 21st centuries would be a very different place without Clint Eastwood’s voice, likeness, and corporeality…



Posted on May 31, 2010 by

JUST WRIGHT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 111 minutes

Part sports film, part love story, “Just Wright” ropes the viewer along on a mighty funny tale of what could happen after a chance encounter between boy and girl…


Posted on May 16, 2010 by

DARE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

What might otherwise be an exercise in ordinary adolescent stories turns powerfully intimate through the wonderful performances that Adam Salky coaxes out from the cast…


Posted on March 11, 2010 by

CLONES GONE WILD

CLONES GONE WILD
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 17 minutes

“Clones Gone Wild” packs an acerbic and goofy punch. So what if it leaves out how it’s possible for Ben not to know he has a clone.


Posted on November 7, 2009 by

BIG FAN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 85 minutes

THE EAGLES TAKE THE GIANTS, 40-17! Writer-director Robert D. Siegel’s 2009 Sundance-approved dramedy indeed examines the fall-out of a hematoma-induced encounter between New York Giants fan Paul Aufiero and his favorite player Quantrell Bishop, but it’s not a football film.


Posted on November 1, 2009 by

SAW VI

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

Though the same cannot be said of each film in the series, “Saw VI” is visually and narratively solid.


Posted on October 26, 2009 by

THE BOYS ARE BACK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 104 minutes

Reminiscent of Michael Pressman’s 1996 film “To Gillian On her 37th Birthday,” “The Boys Are Back” displays an especially poignant sort of authenticity.


Posted on October 21, 2009 by

THE COLLECTOR

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 88 minutes

I can appreciate watching the exploits of an enigmatic, masked and seemingly motive-less psychokiller as much as the next slasher fan, but not this time around.


Posted on August 11, 2009 by

DEADLY SWEET (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 1967
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

The Italian title of Tinto Brass’ film is “Col cuore in gola,” which literally means, “with heart in throat.” It’s a darn shame that “Deadly Sweet” leaves the heart going nowhere but indifference.


Posted on July 10, 2009 by

THE BROTHERS BLOOM

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 113 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! A little bit of screwball comedy and a lot of film noir, add a dash of suspense-drama, and half a dozen card tricks too, then you have “The Brothers Bloom.”


Posted on May 31, 2009 by

LYMELIFE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “Lymelife” is funny and well-acted, but it’s just shy of being compelling enough to be remembered.


Posted on May 21, 2009 by

THE LAST LULLABY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 93 minutes

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Goodman’s film is awfully reminiscent of a something you’d see on prime-time television, but I must confess, it’s great to see Tom Sizemore inflicting violence upon unsuspecting punks again.


Posted on May 4, 2009 by

BEESWAX

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

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Andrew Bujalski, who also wrote and edited “Beeswax,” bakes some Christopher Guest flavoring (minus the parody) into the film’s overall execution.


Posted on May 3, 2009 by

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