WISH I WAS HERE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 114 minutes

Zach and his co-writer brother, Adam Braff, throw a lot on the screen in the first hour, keeping everyone a little off-kilter as to just which plotline it’s going to land on for dominance.


Posted on July 18, 2014 by

THE RAID 2

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 148 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! You may prefer one action sequence over another in either film, but there is simply not a bad one on display…


Posted on March 9, 2014 by

OBVIOUS CHILD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! Jenny Slate is the lynchpin of this material and it has the confidence of a true star-making performance…


Posted on March 9, 2014 by

WETLANDS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SXGLOBAL SELECTION! A little masturbation here and some blood trickling there challenges our own stomach for a while, but when the boundaries are then continually tested with wound puncturing and freshly-made spinach semen pizza, the tolerance level for the material and the character goes downhill rather quickly…


Posted on March 7, 2014 by

SONG ONE

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! The absence of a genuine heartbeat in the chemistry between James and Franny leaves us to pursue an alternative beat in the soundtrack. Unfortunately it might take a superfan to really adapt oneself into the mindset that Flynn’s compositions are any different from every musician not sold at your nearest Starbucks…


Posted on February 22, 2014 by

HAPPY VALLEY

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES SELECTIONS! In what could be the biggest miscarriage of justice yet, Bar-Lev has disgracefully played right into the hands of people he once exposed as the enemies, burying the lede to a sickening degree…


Posted on February 7, 2014 by

LOVE IS STRANGE

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! A sudden forward jump in its final scenes might make some more angry than sympathetic, but the lingering power of Lithgow and Molina’s conversation over drinks should carry everyone into the final credits…


Posted on February 5, 2014 by

HITS

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! Cross’ script does build its way to a climax that is so exceptionally funny that it once again calls into question all the lulls leading up to it…


Posted on February 2, 2014 by

THE SLEEPWALKER

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! The drabness of the cinematography may accurately reflect the weather and the mood of the piece, but without even the spark of a fire to warm us up one is left wishing they booked a trip to someplace with more passion. Like Siberia…


Posted on February 1, 2014 by

IMPERIAL DREAMS

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

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! Malik Vitthal’s feature debut has the familiar ring of inner city struggles that we have seen before on screen but does so with confidence and enough starkness to keep us rooting for its protagonist…


Posted on January 30, 2014 by

GOD’S POCKET

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Alternately a working class crime drama infused with almost random bits of black comedy and ever greater shots of unrealistic silliness, the film becomes the very definition of a tonal mess…


Posted on January 25, 2014 by

THE BABADOOK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT SELECTION! Throw in just a few fresh images, a pair of great performances and enough creepy audio to have you fearing those dark corners again, and you have one entertaining and frightening experience in store…


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

VERY GOOD GIRLS

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

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! The most hellbound sin that is in any way associated with the film is not lying or having sex before marriage, but wasting such a promising cast…


Posted on February 18, 2013 by

LOVELACE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! While Epstein & Friedman appear to be smoothing over the harsher elements of Linda’s life at the time, midway through the film shifts to retrace what we have come to witness to offer a different perspective. It’s an interesting approach that breaks down the alluded fantasy of fame over infamy and paves the way for Linda’s liberation through talk show appearances and a tell-all book…


Posted on February 17, 2013 by

STORIES WE TELL

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! In her new documentary, Polley points the camera at members of her own family and not only informs on where her directorial efforts stem from but confirm her as one of the best and most interesting filmmakers working today…


Posted on February 10, 2013 by

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