THE LAZARUS EFFECT

2 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 83 minutes

Writers Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater set a new world record for first act technical gibberish. Duplass deserves an Oscar for keeping a straight face while issuing comically incomprehensible instructions to his crew as they conduct an experiment on a pig…


Posted on March 5, 2015 by

WHITE GOD

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 117 minutes

As a thriller, a canine character study, an unusual love story, and a parable on mistreatment by our Haves on our Have-Nots, “White God” works.


Posted on March 4, 2015 by

UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

In “Under a Shipwrecked Moon,” filmmaker Antero Alli presents the classic mythic tale of a hero on a vision quest, but places it in a naturalistic setting where the fabulous and the visionary is seen as a part of everyday life. Jari Hietanen (in a passionate and precise portrayal by Gabriel Carter) is a young Finnish […]


Posted on March 2, 2015 by

BLOOD, SWEAT AND BEER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 69 minutes

Hiden and Irvin make a great statement about how America is enjoying the great craft beer revolution. Drink up…


Posted on February 26, 2015 by

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2

3 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 93 minutes

Half the jokes may miss but its creators machine gun so many it hardly matters. I guarantee you’ll be offended by some but promise you’ll be laugh your head off at others…


Posted on February 25, 2015 by

LITTEKENS (SCARS)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

“Littekins” fits unevenly into an edgy, ever-darkening genre of human horror thrillers, part “Seven” and “Gone Girl,” even if it’s wrapped around a low-budget story…


Posted on February 23, 2015 by

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 129 minutes

It offers affectionate riffs on lethal gizmos, smart roadsters, sexy women and colorful bad guys. Its soul, however, may be the more intriguing part of the picture…


Posted on February 18, 2015 by

TIMBUKTU

4 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 97 minutes

There’s no oasis to be found in this film’s arid landscape. Peaceful co-existence is just a mirage…


Posted on February 18, 2015 by

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

2 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 125 minutes

Frankly, after watching the film, I felt ambivalent. The film’s not exhausting, at least. It’s not quite fifty shades of dreck…


Posted on February 14, 2015 by

THE ZERO THEOREM (BLU-RAY)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 111 minutes

“The Zero Theorem,” Terry Gilliam’s latest film, has all the hallmarks of his past science-fiction efforts, like “12 Monkeys” and “Brazil,” but it’s ultimately an unsatisfying film. This Blu-ray disc has a healthy smattering of extras, though.


Posted on February 14, 2015 by

RIVER’S EDGE (BLU-RAY)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

The minor 80s classic “River’s Edge” arrives in a new Blu-ray whose only bonus feature is an informative commentary track by director Tim Hunter.


Posted on February 12, 2015 by

THE STORY OF WOMEN AND ART (DVD)

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 186 minutes

Vickery displays some of the works on her iPad and rarely allows the camera to capture a contemplative gaze at the great paintings she discusses…


Posted on February 11, 2015 by

FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2015
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

The life and death of a human being is seldom written and directed by the person experiencing both, unless of course, that individual is Regina Nicholson…


Posted on February 7, 2015 by

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 125 minutes

The movie looks great. Here and there it’s gripping but, between the often arch dialogue, the paint by numbers subplot concerning political corruption and the fact that the point of the story’s a no show, viewers are likely to conclude in a New York minute that, for the first time in his career, Chandor failed to take the path that was most right…


Posted on February 5, 2015 by

MR. TURNER

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 150 minutes

Frequent collaborator Timothy Spall creates an unforgettable character, a grunting, snorting frog of a man who might be mistaken on a London street for a middle-aged clerk but just happens to be the most visionary painter of his age…


Posted on February 4, 2015 by

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