PARTY SLASHERS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

The composition is solid for a film tasked with fitting a lot of people into a small room, and the work done in the audio mix brings everything together in a fun and energetic way. Some of the acting is a bit forced, but for the most part it all works to set a mood of an odd assembly of high school students trying not to get murdered…


Posted on July 10, 2014 by

THE CONVICT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 21 minutes

This is a film that works because of the quiet allure of its lead actor, and the measured way in which it reveals itself…


Posted on July 9, 2014 by

TAMMY

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 96 minutes

I’m still shaking off the shock but there’s no getting around it: This is a road movie in which Melissa McCarthy-one of the planet’s funniest people-takes her audience down a dead end…


Posted on July 9, 2014 by

HIT TEAM

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

This isn’t a gritty criminal drama, it’s a madcap comedy full of sexual innuendo and fart jokes…


Posted on July 8, 2014 by

THE S WORD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 16 minutes

The tone is often dry and straightforward, as a foil to the absurd scenario at the center of the film…


Posted on July 8, 2014 by

RHOMBUS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes

I don’t mind experimental films. I really don’t. In fact, I feel that they can be a palate cleanser for film buffs. When you’ve seen too many mainstream movies nothing is better for your soul than watching some weird shit made by genuinely artistic people…


Posted on July 8, 2014 by

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (BLU-RAY + DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

“Jodorowsky’s Dune” digs into what has been called “the greatest science-fiction film never made.” Certainly, it was an avant garde project with a lot of potential, but Jodorowsky made some questionable choices in trying to bring it to the screen…


Posted on July 8, 2014 by

FALCON SONG

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 109 minutes

You follow along just fine, but you pretty much know where everything is going because of the familiarity of the narrative. It’s not a bad time, but it’s not an incredible experience you’ll want to share with friends…


Posted on July 7, 2014 by

IF ONLY CATS COULD TALK

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

Neither storyline is strong enough to carry a film to half this running time; maybe each one could pull off fifteen minutes solo, and that’s being charitable…


Posted on July 7, 2014 by

SALTY DOG BLUES

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

This intelligent and well-produced endeavor is a compelling triumph of non-fiction filmmaking…


Posted on July 7, 2014 by

THREE HOLES, TWO BRADS, AND A SMOKING GUN

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

The acting helps, as the two main leads, James Wilder and Zuher Khan, both deliver solid, if sometimes uneven, performances. You believe that either man is capable of anything, and since neither exudes any sense that they should be trusted, there’s a constant unease that heightens the mystery…


Posted on July 6, 2014 by

MARGIE: A RETIREMENT TALE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

It’s a short film, so the fact that it has such a simple premise is to its benefit. The filmmakers don’t overstay their welcome, allowing a nice, stable ramp-up to the film’s hilarious conclusion. Sure, it might be a bit too saccharine sweet for some tastes, as it wears its heart on its sleeve, but it is entertaining. It does its job…


Posted on July 6, 2014 by

UNWARRANTED INFLUENCE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

If you’re looking for depth and measured debates and solutions, this is not the place to look; at eleven minutes, this is the biased, broad strokes. Enough to make you think a little, but any real study will have to be self-motivated…


Posted on July 5, 2014 by

THE FIRST STEP

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

I knew I was going to have fun watching this short when I saw the monster. Most filmmakers, when doing horror, wisely hide their monsters. It’s not that they’re being unimaginative – not always anyway – it’s just that innuendo and suggestion always both seem to work better and be more effective than an out-and-out revelation…


Posted on July 5, 2014 by

SLEW HAMPSHIRE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

It’s not the goriest film I’ve seen in my life; not even the goriest I’ve seen this month, but it does make a good showing in that arena. If you’re a gorehound, and require little else to satisfy your cinematic appetite, then this one should work for you…


Posted on July 5, 2014 by

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