MEMORIAL

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

I also appreciate cinematographer Joseph Loughrell’s fluid camera moves, and one particular scene where Alexandra and Jennifer sit on a Whirly Bird, as we watch the world spinning eerily behind them…


Posted on April 19, 2014 by

CHILD OF GOD

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There are better Cormac McCarthy movies than James Franco’s grotty “Child of God,” an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning author’s novel of the same name…


Posted on April 16, 2014 by

YOU’RE LOOKING AT ME LIKE I LIVE HERE AND I DON’T

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 53 minutes

Many sensitive viewers will find themselves becoming teary-eyed at this riveting view of a woman whose mind and body have separated…


Posted on April 14, 2014 by

OCULUS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

You know a filmmaker’s got something when he can take a trope as overused as a mirror and make you forget for a couple hours all the cliched ways they’ve been utilized in movies over the decades…


Posted on April 14, 2014 by

EARTH ANGEL

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

This film could’ve become really sentimental and cheesy, and it’s possible that some will still think it goes too far, but I think it found the right balance between sentiment, drama and comedy (which is no easy feat)…


Posted on April 14, 2014 by

CAMPAIGN OF HATE: RUSSIA AND GAY PROPAGANDA

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

This disturbing yet compelling film is a must-see for anyone with an interest in today’s Russia and the threat to LGBT people around the world…


Posted on April 13, 2014 by

LUNCHES WITH MEL

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

As far as the filmmaking goes, this film is aces. As far as the narrative goes, it’s forgettable…


Posted on April 13, 2014 by

THE PEOPLE VS. PAUL CRUMP (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 60 minutes

Friedkin blurred the lines of nonfiction filmmaking by using staged re-enactments of the robbery and conducting staged interviews…


Posted on April 12, 2014 by

NESTING GROUNDS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

Anthony Stratton does a convincing job as Noah. You can see the conflict and emotion in his performance, even when he’s acting as if he knows that he’s right. Since he’s the only actor you see or hear, it’s on his shoulders and, if he turns you off, there’s not much left in the film to pull you back in…


Posted on April 12, 2014 by

UNDER THE SKIN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 108 minutes

“Under the Skin,” I suspect, will polarize viewers. Some will surrender to the film’s free-form groove, and enjoy the ride. More pragmatic souls will grow restless over both its lack of narrative thrust and monotonously drawn-out scenes…


Posted on April 10, 2014 by

AWAKENING

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 45 minutes

This film never comes together in a positive way, and is better left as a learning experience…


Posted on April 10, 2014 by

IT IS WHAT IT IS

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

Does the film walk a thin line between trust in the audience and impenetrably ambiguous? At times, yes, but it also admirably pulls the balancing act off…


Posted on April 9, 2014 by

WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Giff is played by Mark Pellegrino, who took this character and made it his own — he’s menacing, hilarious and not afraid to die. This is the best villain I’ve seen on screen since Heath Ledger’s Joker because he takes nothing seriously, not even when a gun is pointed in his face with the trigger locked and loaded…


Posted on April 8, 2014 by

STALLED LOVE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

Attempts are made to liven up the imagery and composition, but there are only so many ways one can shoot two people arguing with each other through a bathroom stall wall…


Posted on April 8, 2014 by

JOE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 117 minutes

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Tye Sheridan marks a continued amazing start to a long career in “Joe.” With only a few films under his belt, he’s already commanding the screen and breathes life into every one of his scenes…


Posted on April 7, 2014 by

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