THE GUEST

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHTERS SELECTION! The fight scenes are just as humorous as they are impressively choreographed, culminating in a visually orgasmic coup de grâce set in a haunted house…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

CHEAP THRILLS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE AND ON VOD! Pat Healy nails his performance as Craig, providing us with someone who dives headfirst into a cesspool of moral ambiguity. We understand the pressure he is under to provide for his family, we can feel his mental and physical pain…


Posted on February 21, 2014 by

LIFE AFTER BETH

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Obviously having a ton of fun playing Beth, Aubrey Plaza’s meticulous transition from a flirtatiously naive (and kind of horny) girlfriend to flesh-eating Tasmanian Devil effectively showcases her tremendous range as an actor…


Posted on January 31, 2014 by

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! Fans of the source novel by Laura Kasischke will most likely be frustrated by this unfaithful adaptation, but anyone who knows Araki will not be surprised by his irreverent deconstruction of the source material…


Posted on January 27, 2014 by

THE TRIP TO ITALY

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 115 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! There are very few instances that a comedic sequel is as good as the original, and “The Trip to Italy” falls prey to that very curse…


Posted on January 27, 2014 by

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Unabashedly a woman-centered film, “Happy Christmas” presents two devastatingly authentic female characters who may have been roughly outlined by Swanberg but were fully colored in by Lynskey and Kendrick…


Posted on January 25, 2014 by

A MOST WANTED MAN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 121 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! Espionage work has become a truly thankless career, not nearly as sexy and glamorous as what James Bond, Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt make it out to be…


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

THE DOUBLE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! None of what he borrows from the cinematic past is blatant enough to constitute stealing, instead Ayoade builds his own stylistic brand of cinema, tying everything together with a uniquely droll style of absurdism…


Posted on January 23, 2014 by

THE FOXY MERKINS

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! Sharing writing credit with Olnek, Haas and Monahan deliver a series of impeccably written jokes, some of which are more self-deprecating than others…


Posted on January 20, 2014 by

WAR STORY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! Jackson’s penchant for weaving listlessly minimalistic narratives leaves plenty of blanks for the audience to fill in, adopting a vague plot trajectory that is reminiscent of Michelangelo Antonioni’s visually profound psychological studies of the early 1960s


Posted on January 20, 2014 by

ZERO CHARISMA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! This is an all-around well-made film that is impossible not to fall in love with, even if you don’t recognize any of the names involved with the production…


Posted on October 11, 2013 by

DRINKING BUDDIES

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

IN LIMITED RELEASE! As a long-time fan of Swanberg’s films, I was admittedly a bit skeptical when I first learned about “Drinking Buddies,” mostly because I did not expect Wilde and her cohorts to be up for the task; but, thankfully, I was proven wrong, and the actors go places that I would never expect studio-seasoned actors to go…


Posted on August 24, 2013 by

KELLY + VICTOR

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! Based on Niall Griffiths’ novel, Kieran Evans’ “Kelly + Victor” is an intense study of the fine line between tenderness and aggression in romantic relationships…


Posted on March 17, 2013 by

LOVES HER GUN

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

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! Geoff Marslett’s “Loves Her Gun” studies the fine line between rational and irrational fear, as well as what it means to feel safe. Modern United States culture seems designed to perpetuate fear, whether it be by the government, news networks or entertainment media. Fear and violence cripples us, it makes us crazy, it makes us turn on each other…


Posted on March 16, 2013 by

LOVE & AIR SEX

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

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! Poyser’s oh-so-frank approach to sexuality goes much further than any Hollywood movie I have ever seen; but it is mimed, so it seems innocent and playful. Let’s just say that I will never look at a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex the same way, ever again…


Posted on March 16, 2013 by

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