THE ORBS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 71 minutes

While the film does come together by its final minutes, the most interesting developments don’t occur until that final stretch of time, and everything in the lead-up is an endurance challenge…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

PREPARATION

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 27 minutes

It’s compelling to watch the filmmaker, and lead actor, express their ideas of what might have happened to get Heath Ledger from charming, handsome, romantic lead all the way over to his memorable performance as the unhinged Joker. Regardless of whether those ideas are accurate, you still get to see Stiaan Smith go on that journey to find himself at the same end point, and he is quite convincing…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

ALT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

It’s a film with an intriguing idea at its core, if not one that seems to offer much concrete context; the audience is left to do quite a bit of interpretation, and I can imagine some running wild with the option, while others just remaining confused…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

THE LAST ROAD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

While I did find my mind wandering in the middle, I was never really bored with the film. Trying to figure out what the film was getting at with certain characters and situations allows you to run with the narrative in a number of directions beyond the obvious, and that offers an extra level of engagement…


Posted on July 20, 2014 by

NO PLACE FOR WEAK

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

The film plays itself up like folklore, complete with the omniscient narration from the reporter, whose voice sometimes reminds you of Morgan Freeman’s soothing otherworldliness. The stage is set for something epic, but the film doesn’t entirely deliver…


Posted on July 20, 2014 by

PROUD CITIZEN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

Everything that happens, even the seemingly more manipulated moments of drama, still maintain a realistic authenticity. Krasimira’s story is her own, but I don’t think it could be seen as that uncommon…


Posted on July 19, 2014 by

SKIN IN THE GAME: THE RAVEN RILEY STORY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

This is one of the most intelligent and provocative films about the adult entertainment business.


Posted on July 19, 2014 by

BLIND

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

It’s about one of those small, intimate moments in your life that feels as if a combination of events all came together perfectly in order to create a strange but perfect surreal moment, one that words will later fail to convey to others why it felt so special to you…


Posted on July 19, 2014 by

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

BOYHOOD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 164 minutes

If it falls just short of its auteur’s best work, it is largely because of how difficult it was to produce. It’s not like Linklater took the last decade off to fine-tune this piece of filmmaking…


Posted on July 18, 2014 by

THIS WAS MY SON

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

I think, as a standalone piece, it could’ve done with some more context and history about Emmett Till, but the emotions still come through. And maybe that’s the best entry point to history; connect with the universal emotion of a mother grieving her dead son, and discover the facts of the past from there…


Posted on July 17, 2014 by

CLAIRE

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

Since it’s hard to root for anybody, even Jack’s best friend Aiden (whose supposedly noble attempts to stop helping Jack do horrible things are undone by the fact that he never stops helping), a detachment grows as you watch the film. By the end, you really don’t care what happens to any of these young adults; you might instead hope that karma kicks all of their asses even more…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

KILLING STACY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

The quiet expanse of the narrative allows the absurdity to be that much more subversive; you keep waiting, like Sarah, for it all to be a joke but it never is, at least not to Claire. The result for me, however, was I kept waiting for the film to push its ideas further…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

THIRD PERSON

0 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 137 minutes

2014’s barely past its midpoint but, my friends, we have a winner: Paul Haggis’ latest is a lock for worst movie of the year…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes

It’s an ominous cloud from the get-go, so you’re not hopeful of much, but you’re nevertheless curious…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

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