A FEW DAYS OF RESPITE

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Believe it or not, there is a large portion of the population who refuse to watch foreign films…


Posted on January 31, 2011 by

REAGAN

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES SELECTION! Jarecki successfully characterizes Reagan in a way even hardcore democrats won’t be able to resist…


Posted on January 29, 2011 by

BECOMING CHAZ

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE SELECTION! Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono has been in the spotlight since before he can remember…


Posted on January 26, 2011 by

HIGHER GROUND

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! While the perspective the film takes on religion is compelling, young Corinne’s coming-of-age story feels obligatory and a little cliché…


Posted on January 26, 2011 by

HERE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! The film means to be romantic, but by the end I just felt kind of disturbed…


Posted on January 24, 2011 by

KABOOM

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! “Kaboom” has a lot of things going for it. Combining gay camp, sex comedy, and supernatural thrillers, the film goes in all different directions at once…


Posted on January 24, 2011 by

THE GUARD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Brendan Gleeson is at his best here, playing Gerry Boyle, a quirky, but brilliant cop in a small Irish town…


Posted on January 24, 2011 by

SING YOUR SONG

2 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! The main conflict of the film: will Harry Belafonte keep his undying optimism and almost annoying sense of good will? Yes. Yes, he will…


Posted on January 22, 2011 by

SPACE TOURISTS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! In Christian Frei’s newest documentary, “Space Tourists” we are reintroduced to the excitement of space travel. Only this time he’s exploring the industry from the other side of the world, the side whose achievements we like to limit to Sputnik: The Soviet Union…


Posted on June 24, 2010 by

HOWL

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2010 PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT SELECTION! At times presented as a conventional bio-pic, and at other times coming across as a more obscure art film, “Howl” utilizes a lot of interesting approaches. But it never takes full advantage of its unique form…


Posted on June 16, 2010 by

SPLICE

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

This is a film that has to be seen to be believed. I think it might obtain instant cult status upon its release, despite – or maybe because – of the tone confusion…


Posted on June 5, 2010 by

BRAN NUE DAE

1 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

2010 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! While the music is delightfully catchy, “Bran Nue Dae” falls short in most other filmmaking categories. Using actors with beautiful voices (like Jessica Mauboy from “Australian Idol”) the film sacrifices the believability of performance that makes musicals work…


Posted on April 26, 2010 by

PLEASE GIVE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2010 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! If you’ve seen Holofcener’s other work, this plot should sound vaguely familiar. She deals with a lot of the same themes here that she focuses on in her other work. But there’s nothing wrong with a little repetition when it’s done as well as it is here…


Posted on April 25, 2010 by

THE KILLER INSIDE ME

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

2010 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “The Killer Inside Me” is hard to watch. Not just because of the violence (which is appropriately realistic), but because of how muddled the narrative gets in a film oozing with style…


Posted on April 24, 2010 by

8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2010 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! With a subject as dividing as this one, presentation is key, and “8: The Mormon Proposition” does not seem to concern itself with any attempt at conversion…


Posted on April 15, 2010 by

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