TIM’S VERMEER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 80 minutes

It’s hardly surprising that a movie made by Penn and Teller would feature a mindbending stunt. What you’re less likely to expect is that the magicians aren’t the ones who perform it and it’s a 17th century Dutch masterpiece that’s pulled out of a hat…


Posted on March 15, 2014 by

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT SELECTION! You will laugh harder than you ever have at a Wes Anderson film and will enjoy all the adventures you see while visiting this five-star hotel — the charm cranks to a new level of appreciation in every movie he makes…


Posted on March 13, 2014 by

VERONICA MARS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL HEADLINERS SELECTION! Unlike a lot of TV shows turned into films, it serves not as an epilogue to the series but, hopefully, the beginning of a new franchise…


Posted on March 13, 2014 by

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! It’s always entertaining, sometimes over-the-top and brash, but likewise populated with subtle, sentimental moments and reflection. A quality time with Swedish House Mafia, whether you know what that could mean or not…


Posted on March 13, 2014 by

THAT GUY DICK MILLER

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! You may not know how much you love Dick Miller but this movie will make sure you do by the time it’s over…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

THE GUEST

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHTERS SELECTION! The fight scenes are just as humorous as they are impressively choreographed, culminating in a visually orgasmic coup de grâce set in a haunted house…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

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

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! Rinko Kikuchi is amazing as Kumiko. While she doesn’t have much to say, her eyes say it all as we at first see her simmering rage and frustration at her place in life. She tries to hold it in, but her vacant stares and, later, angry fits about her search really fill us in on her character…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

WAWD AHP

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

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT SHORTS SELECTION! In my opinion, Steve Girard’s incendiary little film is severely vexing, deeply disturbing, extremely liberating, and highly intelligent…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

HELLION

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! And so even though we have watched people heal before, we are invigorated by being so artistically given the chance to do so again…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

EVAPORATING BORDERS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 73 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! Aesthetically, I’ve never seen such magnificent cinematography in a documentary, and love the way the landscape, sea and the free-living flamingos are juxtaposed against the displaced, and the violent. Equally impressive is Radivojevic’s skill in driving her message home, by subtly and seamlessly building upon each preceding vignette…


Posted on March 11, 2014 by

SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND SELECTION! Eschewing the talking head interviews scattered throughout many a documentary also allows the audience to focus in on the visual and, more importantly for a doc about Spandau Ballet, the music…


Posted on March 11, 2014 by

BEGINNING WITH THE END

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 63 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! I think it’s easy to think of the experience for all involved as life-changing, and no doubt it is, but I also see it more as a series of small life-altering adaptations that add up…


Posted on March 11, 2014 by

BEFORE I DISAPPEAR

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! The script is beautifully written with realistic dialogue that never misses a beat. Each actor works in sync with the others and all are outstanding…


Posted on March 10, 2014 by

ANIMALS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! Breaking free from the lack of realism or overdone moral messages that have sunk similar films, Schiffli and writer/star David Dastmalchian focus on character, defining the arc of two people who think they’re the only thing keeping one another alive but may be doing more to drag each other down than they can possibly know…


Posted on March 10, 2014 by

I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! Young love can be a tumultuous, traumatic eye-opener. It can also tell you a lot about the person you are, and potentially craft the person you’ll become…


Posted on March 9, 2014 by

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