THE ROVER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 102 minutes

Michôd hangs on to scenes long enough that the audience is begging for a break in tension. When that break does come, it slices through with an explosive gunshot to someone’s face…


Posted on June 16, 2014 by

“BLUE RUIN”: INTERVIEW WITH JEREMY SAULNIER AND MACON BLAIR

This unconventional revenge movie is so violent and relentlessly suspenseful… if you can sit through it and not have that holy-shit-something-insane-is-about-to-happen squint on your face once during one of its extreme scenes, dear reader, you’re a lot tougher than I…



Posted on April 25, 2014 by

BRICK MANSIONS

1 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

It’s not enough to just have kicks, punches, and good-looking stars, most people like a good story to go along with them…


Posted on April 25, 2014 by

CHILD OF GOD

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There are better Cormac McCarthy movies than James Franco’s grotty “Child of God,” an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning author’s novel of the same name…


Posted on April 16, 2014 by

WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Giff is played by Mark Pellegrino, who took this character and made it his own — he’s menacing, hilarious and not afraid to die. This is the best villain I’ve seen on screen since Heath Ledger’s Joker because he takes nothing seriously, not even when a gun is pointed in his face with the trigger locked and loaded…


Posted on April 8, 2014 by

JOE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 117 minutes

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Tye Sheridan marks a continued amazing start to a long career in “Joe.” With only a few films under his belt, he’s already commanding the screen and breathes life into every one of his scenes…


Posted on April 7, 2014 by

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT SELECTION! You will laugh harder than you ever have at a Wes Anderson film and will enjoy all the adventures you see while visiting this five-star hotel — the charm cranks to a new level of appreciation in every movie he makes…


Posted on March 13, 2014 by

SPRING BREAKERS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes

Korine doesn’t live by Hollywood rules. He smashes the shit out of them and makes the films he wants to make. He’s not weird for the sake of being weird. He’s just fucking weird. Take it or leave it…


Posted on March 15, 2013 by

THE ARRIVAL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 16 minutes

The idea and execution is funny, but the story makes Louise seem just bored rather than a hopeless woman desperate for money…


Posted on December 27, 2012 by

BLACK BISCUIT

0 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

What “Black Biscuit” really seems to be is a collection of things filmed over the years that the filmmaker compiled, loosely edited together and then called a “movie”…


Posted on December 26, 2012 by

BAILOUT

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

“Bailout” is an insightful documentary about the decline of our economy, no doubt, but there’s no influential punch there to get the audience up…


Posted on December 19, 2012 by

GOTTA FIND BARRY

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

“Gotta Find Barry” may be the brain child of a sketch comedy group, What Boy, but nothing is funny about this film. It is meant to be funny, of course, but the story is buried too deep in manufactured punch lines and predictable, cliché comedy…


Posted on December 11, 2012 by

CXL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 81 minutes

“CXL” reminds me of something Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman would have collaborated on in the early stages of their friendship. Sharp writing and themes, where you have to think deep to find their meaning, linger in the film…


Posted on December 9, 2012 by

RAVEN’S HOLLOW

2 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

With two different types of animation being used in the 11 minute short, it’s obvious director Colin Clarke has not just an affinity for this type of filmmaking, but also animation skill and a healthy respect for the form…


Posted on December 5, 2012 by

THE BASTARD SINGS THE SWEETEST SONG

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 71 minutes

It takes a daring and sharp filmmaker to zero in on a sensitive subject without being invasive; Garland never oversteps her boundaries and documents the trauma as best as she can…


Posted on December 3, 2012 by

« Older Entries        Jump To: (1 of 2)