GIRL DU JOUR

1 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 37 minutes

The story of an ex-call girl with insomnia could be a potentially interesting subject, but the film just never connects…


Posted on August 11, 2011 by

HELLO CALLER

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

The film is the perfect length, perfect tone, and has a wonderful surprise ending. In short, I loved it…


Posted on August 9, 2011 by

DADA

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

The sepia tones are pleasing to the eye, and the nods at modernist art are fun, but the short seems amateurish when it goes for the easy laughs and fails to produce them…


Posted on August 8, 2011 by

THE CAPTIVUS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

We never know the details of the mission, why they were chosen for this mission, and what year it is, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is the relationship these men have formed over the years and how they relate to each other in the end…


Posted on August 8, 2011 by

CABBIE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

Everybody has a dream. Some of us dream of being actresses in Hollywood, while some of us want to be millionaires. The subject of Donlee Brussel’s mockumentary, “Cabbie,” has a very simple dream: he wants to be a cab driver…


Posted on August 7, 2011 by

ALL YOUR FAULTS ARE IN ME

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

Director Robert van Halteren has crafted a beautiful little story here, using competent actors and high production quality to tell the story of a marriage unraveling…


Posted on August 6, 2011 by

POSITION AMONG THE STARS

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

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Position Among the Stars” is absolutely stunning from beginning to end. A perfect film…


Posted on June 18, 2011 by

SUBMARINE

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

2011 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Submarine” tackles all of the typical difficulties of youth but rarely falls into cliché traps of the genre…


Posted on May 22, 2011 by

PROJECT NIM

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

2011 PHILADELPHIA CINEFEST SELECTION! “Project Nim” is an intense, emotional ride that will lead you to question your own relationship to the animal kingdom…


Posted on April 11, 2011 by

HESHER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2011 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FAVORITES SELECTION! As a character study, “Hesher” succeeds admirably. As a coming of age in a time of grief story, the film fails to connect to its main protagonist, forcing us to cheer for his nemesis…


Posted on March 13, 2011 by

THE FUTURE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2011 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FAVORITES SELECTION! While there are moments of weirdness that may turn some people off to July’s vision, the sentiments of the film feel very familiar…


Posted on March 13, 2011 by

IN A BETTER WORLD

5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

2011 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FAVORITES SELECTION! Violence is not usually something we seek, but something thrust upon us. How will we react when confronted with the inevitable bullies of the world?


Posted on March 12, 2011 by

CRIME AFTER CRIME

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! The desire of the filmmaker may be pure, but the method comes across as contrived…


Posted on February 7, 2011 by

BENAVIDES BORN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Director Amy Wendel’s first feature captures the struggles of teenagers in a small town without ever falling into cliché…


Posted on February 7, 2011 by

THE DETAILS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! This leads me to my main problem with the film: its simplicity. What could have been a darkly funny yet complicated film is merely darkly funny…


Posted on February 3, 2011 by

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