THE MARCEL PEREZ COLLECTION (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

This new DVD collection offers a rare sampling of Perez’s surviving work, with five comedies made in Italy between 1911 and 1914 and five comedies made in the U.S. between 1916 and 1921.


Posted on February 1, 2015 by

AMIRA & SAM

5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Also of note are the brilliant comic moments, which add to the charm of this must-see-gem of a film…


Posted on January 31, 2015 by

MISS HILL: MAKING DANCE MATTER

5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

A very special thanks should be given to Greg Vander Veer, for sharing the vulnerability and strengths of the oh-so-human Martha Hill— and showing us that even our wildest dreams are always within our reach.


Posted on January 28, 2015 by

WRESTLING WITH SATAN (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76 minutes

Can a Christian find salvation with the help of XL-sized men in tights that pummel each other with folding chairs?


Posted on January 27, 2015 by

FOXCATCHER

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 135 minutes

The movie is 135 minutes long and takes its time saying absolutely nothing of consequence about America, entitlement, the power of privilege, the haves and have nots or what have you. It offers little more than the portrait of a psychologically unstable hobbyist behaving in psychologically unstable ways…


Posted on January 24, 2015 by

THE ROYAL ROAD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 65 minutes

2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEW FRONTIER SELECTION! It is a risky film if your attention span is not forgiving, and some people will love it while others will be terribly put off by it…


Posted on January 23, 2015 by

THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2015 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Roberts has his good days, when his personality shines and you understand why so many were drawn to him, and he has his bad, where he’s falling off the wagon and bullshitting anyone who will listen about it. His chaotic emotional journey is matched by the tribulations of his physical self; shaping up and getting healthy is not easy when your shoulder is busted and your hip is betraying you…


Posted on January 23, 2015 by

STILL ALICE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 101 minutes

The predictable frustrations continue and escalate. The tears flow. Ilan Eshkeri’s score, flush with mournful violins and sad pianos, brings on a loneliness as well. The hankies in the audience come out…


Posted on January 22, 2015 by

BIPOLARIZED: RETHINKING MENTAL ILLNESS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76 minutes

The film is so heavily burdened with hammy close-ups that it often feels like a feature-length selfie…


Posted on January 21, 2015 by

BECOMING MADE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 35 minutes

This marvelous documentary short is truly fascinating and invigorating, and the gallery of woodblock prints presented at the film’s closing is a joy to behold…


Posted on January 19, 2015 by

SWORD OF DOOM: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 121 minutes

Kihachi Okamoto’s “Sword of Doom” receives the Criterion Blu-ray treatment, with a digital restoration and a new commentary track by film historian Stephen Prince, who explains why you might find the story a bit confusing. Toshiro Mifune received major billing for this movie, but his part is much smaller than you might expect…


Posted on January 18, 2015 by

STILL LIFE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

“Still Life” offers up much bittersweet comfort and joy as it reaches a most unexpected close…..


Posted on January 17, 2015 by

AMERICAN SNIPER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 132 minutes

Eastwood stages the scenes of confrontation masterfully. This is one of the very few war movie told from the viewpoint of a sniper and the director, now 84, takes full advantage of the unique perspective…


Posted on January 15, 2015 by

A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

The music miraculously synthesizes a wild and solitary energy with a patterned and communal form…


Posted on January 14, 2015 by

BELOVED SISTERS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 170 minutes

Set against the backdrop of 18th Century Germany and the French Revolution, Dominik Graf’s “Beloved Sisters” is a curious romantic, historical film that brings sisterhood and youthful friendship-pacts to disturbingly new heights…


Posted on January 12, 2015 by

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