L

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURES SELECTION! “L” is most certainly strange, but the movie itself never acknowledges as much. It instead offers itself at face value as though in a self-induced trance, unaware or indifferent to whether we might join in…


Posted on February 19, 2012 by

LAY THE FAVORITE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! Its proficiency as lighter fare aside, the film’s rare ventures into more serious territory feel forced. Put simply, the characters (Hall’s in particular) aren’t suited for it…


Posted on February 18, 2012 by

ABOUT THE PINK SKY

2 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURES SELECTION! It simply wanders aimlessly for far longer than it needs to, neither arriving anywhere interesting nor taking any worthwhile detours along the way…


Posted on January 22, 2012 by

A LETTER TO UNCLE BOONMEE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 17 minutes

The lion’s share of the short film’s imagery comes in the form of a series of tracking shots through a house, the open doors of which give way to a view of the wild brush just beyond its walls…


Posted on December 8, 2010 by

CERTIFIED COPY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes

When it is impossible to fully know something, it may suffice to simply feel it. Such is the case with Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy,” a rare treat for a number of different reasons…


Posted on November 28, 2010 by

BLACK SWAN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! “Black Swan” is a film whose initial surprises gradually morph into a variation on a familiar theme. Its fixation on mirrors notwithstanding, the film shows us little we don’t already know…


Posted on November 15, 2010 by

POETRY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 139 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! “Poetry” is a film more concerned with journey than destination, and yet it takes our eventual arrival to understand the latent meaning behind the long process…


Posted on November 13, 2010 by

SUBMARINO

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! Such a story could easily turn into melodrama, but Vinterberg prevents such a turn with a steady directorial hand, presenting everything as is and without sensationalizing in the slightest…


Posted on November 12, 2010 by

LITTLEROCK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! “Littlerock” is a road movie without much road and a love story without much love…


Posted on November 10, 2010 by

THE HOUSEMAID (2010)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! Aside from title and basic premise, Im Sang-soo’s remake of “The Housemaid” bears little resemblance to the original. The film thus deserves to be regarded on its own terms…


Posted on November 10, 2010 by

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! “Uncle Boonmee” is a film to be experienced for its immediacy and thought upon for its ineffability…


Posted on November 9, 2010 by

AARDVARK

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

AFI FEST 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION! It is fitting, given the film’s treatment of the relationship between frailty and strength, that its greatest strength is also the source of its flaws: its realism…


Posted on November 7, 2010 by

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