THE GOD QUESTION

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

Much of this film is the audience impatiently watching Stephen and Alan impatiently monitor their computer amid fits and starts. Sometimes the film offers up suspense regarding the government becoming more aware of what might be going on, but for the most part it’s waiting and watching other people wait. Which isn’t the most compelling experience…


Posted on August 15, 2014 by

EXHIBIT A

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

I’d hazard to say that there’s a seed of a really good full length movie lurking in here…


Posted on August 14, 2014 by

INTO THE STORM

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 89 minutes

This is a storm that’s far from perfect but adjust your expectations sufficiently and you just may have an experience that doesn’t blow…


Posted on August 13, 2014 by

SUNSET EDGE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

The nonlinear nature of the piece does offer some potentially confusing moments, but if you go with the film it tends to sort itself rather quickly. It keeps you off balance, but that’s part of the haunting charm that hooks you…


Posted on August 10, 2014 by

ADELANTE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 51 minutes

The film is predominantly an informational experience; it makes its points well and offers examples to personify and flesh out its story. But it also feels like it goes on too long, meandering down side streets that could easily be removed for a more succinct experience…


Posted on August 10, 2014 by

HELL LEAKS LAUGHTER

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 69 minutes

It says it will present you with a horrible film, and then it does. It succeeds at its basest goal. In that way, it’s almost critic-proof; it told you it was bad, and then it was, so what are you really saying if you just agree with that assessment?


Posted on August 9, 2014 by

F-3

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76 minutes

The pacing is glacial, and the film’s excursions into gore are less shocking than they are repetitious and tedious. Watching the film is a ponderous and joyless experience…


Posted on August 9, 2014 by

A KIND OF WONDERFUL THING

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

There is a lot here to like, and it will come down to a person’s individual sensibilities; I had trouble embracing the film, but I can see how other people could love it. I appreciate the talent that went into the film’s creation, even if the result never felt right for me…


Posted on August 8, 2014 by

LUCIFER’S ANGELS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 61 minutes

It’s a film that is full of interchangeable characters with little character development, save what is eventually placed on them after the fact by the film’s climax…


Posted on August 8, 2014 by

THE BIG CHILL: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

This re-release of “The Big Chill,” just a year past its 30th anniversary, includes a remastered copy of the movie along with a 1998 documentary, deleted scenes (but no Costner; boo), a Q&A discussion from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and a new introduction by co-writer/director Lawrence Kasdan. It’s a worthy acquisition for fans of the film.


Posted on August 7, 2014 by

A FIVE STAR LIFE

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

If all of this seems like cut-throat-exotica at its most sterile-finest, look a bit deeper and you’ll see much more…


Posted on August 6, 2014 by

SEAHORSES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

Visually, the film is alluring. From the color palette to the creative uses of lighting to the composition, the film makes a strong impression…


Posted on August 5, 2014 by

THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT FAIRIES

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

It’s not a home run, for you baseball fans, but it’s an attempt at legging out a bunt; it’s not highlight reel material, but it could get you on base. Maybe…


Posted on August 5, 2014 by

ART AS A WEAPON

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 59 minutes

Technically it’s a very polished and competently crafted film. The film comes together in an aesthetically pleasing and entertaining way, offering a significant amount of information and education without feeling preachy, disjointed or uncomfortably academic…


Posted on August 4, 2014 by

COMMON GROUNDS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 36 minutes

We get the emotions of the main characters, and how their lives have been disrupted by their inabilities to deal with a childhood tragedy, but as an audience, catharsis is as elusive for us as it has been for them…


Posted on August 2, 2014 by

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