MUD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 130 minutes

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! To follow such an ambitious (and acclaimed) film as “Take Shelter” with what’s essentially a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a doe-eyed adolescent is ultimately a bold move in and of itself, even if it doesn’t represent as large a step forward as it could have…


Posted on March 10, 2013 by

BLUE CAPRICE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT FEATURE SELECTION! It’s to Moors’ credit that the first three-quarters of Blue Caprice represent an attempt to understand how John comes to be the way he is and that the inevitable violence is almost an afterthought…


Posted on January 23, 2013 by

THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! There’s a touch of the fantastical embedded into the all-over-the-map narrative, all of which falls flat and some of which is even cringe-worthy…


Posted on January 23, 2013 by

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

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

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! This is a consistently moving tone poem of a film, even if its immediacy doesn’t necessarily translate into long-lasting resonance…


Posted on January 22, 2013 by

MANHUNT

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

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! Greg Barker’s nonfiction corollary to Kathryn Bigelow’s dramatization of the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the agents behind it distinguishes itself almost instantly by covering the pre-9/11 period elided by that film…


Posted on January 22, 2013 by

BREATHE IN

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! No one learns any real lesson or appears to change for either better or worse as a result of this whole ordeal, making it all feel a bit zero-sum…


Posted on January 21, 2013 by

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND SELECTION! There’s little real attempt to delve into the systemic issues that make things the way they are for these women, just a one-sided look at their careers that inadvertently shows why most of them never made it to the spotlight in the first place: some are better singers than they are songwriters, others aren’t aggressive enough self-promoters, and others still simply aren’t interested in fame…


Posted on January 20, 2013 by

THE CAPSULE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 35 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION!


Posted on January 20, 2013 by

SIGHTSEERS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SELECTION! It’s difficult to overstate how wise it was for Wheatley to inject more humor into his repertoire: doing so allows him to keep doing his thing while also showing that he has more range than his organized crime-heavy first two features let on…


Posted on January 20, 2013 by

SOLDATE JEANNETTE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! From its very first moments, writer-director Daniel Hoesl’s “Soldate Jeannette” exhibits a practiced but seemingly effortless control that signals a filmmaker with utmost confidence in his material…


Posted on January 19, 2013 by

MAY IN THE SUMMER

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

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! The drama never fully takes off, and the laughs are too few and far between to offset the film’s fundamental deficiencies…


Posted on January 18, 2013 by

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Unspoken sadness courses throughout the film, but humor punctuates it: not only from the many oddities on display but also Hushpuppy’s sassy ruminations…


Posted on July 13, 2012 by

ELENA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

2012 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Both Elena and “Elena” are oddly wired, and any attempt to understand either must be done on their own terms…


Posted on April 19, 2012 by

JOHN DIES AT THE END

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

2012 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! What it expects of the audience is disproportionate to what it offers, and so we’re left doing most of the work without getting much in return…


Posted on March 12, 2012 by

I WANT MY NAME BACK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2012 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! Paradiso takes an unabashedly one-sided approach to his subject but, to be fair, the facts appear to support it…


Posted on February 27, 2012 by

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