13 SINS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHTERS SELECTION! Stamm has always had a strong directorial skill with actors and he draws a solid, engaging performance from Webber, who has to sell the audience on the idea that Elliot wouldn’t ask more questions or fail to follow through on some of the tougher challenges…


Posted on March 19, 2014 by

VERONICA MARS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL HEADLINERS SELECTION! Unlike a lot of TV shows turned into films, it serves not as an epilogue to the series but, hopefully, the beginning of a new franchise…


Posted on March 13, 2014 by

THAT GUY DICK MILLER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! You may not know how much you love Dick Miller but this movie will make sure you do by the time it’s over…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

HELLION

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! And so even though we have watched people heal before, we are invigorated by being so artistically given the chance to do so again…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

ANIMALS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! Breaking free from the lack of realism or overdone moral messages that have sunk similar films, Schiffli and writer/star David Dastmalchian focus on character, defining the arc of two people who think they’re the only thing keeping one another alive but may be doing more to drag each other down than they can possibly know…


Posted on March 10, 2014 by

BOYHOOD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 164 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! If it falls just short of its auteur’s best work, it is largely because of how difficult it was to produce. It’s not like Linklater took the last decade off to fine-tune this piece of filmmaking…


Posted on March 9, 2014 by

THE OVERNIGHTERS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! This is a masterfully directed piece of work, akin to Errol Morris in the way that it presents a full picture without judgment…


Posted on January 28, 2014 by

JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Lew’s cinematography and Smith’s direction often place Marks on the fringe of the composition, a character always out-of-reach and placed in the background, as Jamie was when he was alive…


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

CALVARY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! It’s a film that works almost like a sermon: It lost me at points along the way but hit me like a ton of bricks in its conclusion. On the way home and in the days that passed, I’ve only come to admire it even more…


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! It is a fine tonal balance to make a film like this one that has so little narrative thrust and Amirpour sometimes loses that battle…


Posted on January 23, 2014 by

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME 1

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 122 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SECRET SCREENING SELECTION! This is a very challenging, original, and often hilarious piece of work that fans of LvT’s really must see but I’m also not sure yet what to make of it as an entire work of art…


Posted on January 23, 2014 by

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! If this is a film about someone finding comfort in her own skin and moving forward from there, Akhavan’s future seems the brightest of all…


Posted on January 23, 2014 by

DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT SELECTION! Bigger, brasher, bloodier, and with more bowels, “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” is a blast…


Posted on January 23, 2014 by

THE SKELETON TWINS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! It’s not breaking news to claim that Hader and Wiig have perfect comic timing and they seem to improve it just by playing off each other…


Posted on January 21, 2014 by

PRIVATE VIOLENCE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 81 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! As for the filmmaking, I love how little Hill does to interfere with the stories she’s telling and the message she’s trying to convey. A lot of filmmakers would have plastered the screen with stats about domestic violence or narrated the film in such a manner, which would have kept more distance from the impact of the true stories in the film…


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

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