TIME STOPS MOVING

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

There’s just a feeling like the narrative is stuck in the mud, spinning its wheels. And it’s not like it’s a fun time; everyone is just so damn serious!


Posted on September 1, 2014 by

ONE DAY: A MUSICAL

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 52 minutes

In the end, I liked the resolution the film found for its protagonist’s art vs. commerce dilemma, and I appreciated the ambitious attempt at a musical. It has a lo-fi charm to it, and the fun in the filmmaking can be infectious…


Posted on August 31, 2014 by

AN AMERICAN IN HOLLYWOOD

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

The film doesn’t say anything new, so as an audience you seek something else to connect with, and there’s not much there. The performances are good, but you don’t quite connect with the characters because they lack depth. I’ll always take two or three fully fleshed-out, layered characters over ten faces whose names I won’t remember when the credits roll…


Posted on August 30, 2014 by

5 WAYS 2 DIE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

From the opening you know you’re in accomplished and thoughtful filmmaking hands, and the film stays technically strong throughout. Overall, it’s a skillful bit of filmmaking, with an effectively intriguing narrative…


Posted on August 30, 2014 by

A SECRET CROSS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

Instead of playing out as a psychological thriller that does its emotional damage via a nuanced build of suspense, the film seems clumsy and heavy-handed with broader strokes…


Posted on August 29, 2014 by

THE ICING

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 112 minutes

An action sequence early on, while bonkers and over-the-top, set a fun, almost cartoonish tone that the film never comes near again. I wouldn’t have minded less serious-minded complexity and more humor, honestly; at least then you’d feel a sense of fun with the film…


Posted on August 29, 2014 by

REEDS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

While the film harbors a twist or two, they are hinted at early and often enough. Even name-checking the films that handle these narrative similarities more fluidly would give away too much…


Posted on August 29, 2014 by

IF I STAY

1 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes

What can I say? If I were a twelve year old girl, this might seem like the greatest thing since Robert Pattinson. Clearly I’m not the target demo for this sentiment-fest…


Posted on August 27, 2014 by

THE MIGHTY TEN POINT BUCKS CLUB

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

It’s an enjoyable little piece, and I can’t say I disliked it, but it’s a bit slow and it has a wonky tone. At times it’s too goofy to be a satire, and then becomes too serious to be an over-the-top roast to hunting and hunters…


Posted on August 26, 2014 by

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 97 minutes

Few, if any, laughs. Few, if any, new ideas. And nothing in terms of narrative we can’t see coming a kilometer away…


Posted on August 24, 2014 by

THURSDAY’S SPEAKER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

It stays away from dramatic extremes, never dropping too low or raising up too high. This even-keeled approach adds a sense of reality to the film, as it’s more accurate to most daily dramas than what we normally see in films…


Posted on August 21, 2014 by

AMISS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

I do think it is possible to fall out of the experience if you’re expecting the level of suspense that the film fosters in its open to sustain; that tone is a gateway to a different feel for the majority of the film, and not everyone will enjoy the gear shift. It worked for me, however…


Posted on August 20, 2014 by

BEARS (DVD)

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

To its credit, the film offers some of the most invigorating cinematography presented on screen this year.


Posted on August 20, 2014 by

THE GOOD WORKER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

You have good, solid acting, an intelligent story and some very, very good editing. Bannon crafted a great little film here, one that’s worth a look…


Posted on August 19, 2014 by

#RIP

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

Now, while I didn’t enjoy the content, I do think the acting was solid. Everyone commits to their characters, whether I liked them or not, especially the unseen Lydia, who we hear instead…


Posted on August 19, 2014 by

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