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

LIFE ITSELF

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 112 minutes

But not only is “Life Itself” a fine remembrance of Roger Ebert, it’s also a good reminder to follow your dreams, love big and never give up…


Posted on July 4, 2014 by

KULTUR SHOCK!

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

You can guess things here or there, but the film never tips its hat too much. Just as the characters are kept off balance, so too is the audience…


Posted on July 3, 2014 by

THE HANDS YOU SHAKE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

Full of interesting characters in a story that is increasingly spiraling out of control, the film offers up a stylistic take that truly works. There’s certainly a familiarity to the tale, but it works within those expectations to offer up a few twists and turns that, even if predictable, are nevertheless appropriate…


Posted on July 2, 2014 by

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

0 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 165 minutes

Michael Bay didn’t invent sequels, one dimensional characters, incoherent narratives, laughable dialogue, product placement or deafening, incomprehensible action sequences. He’s just made them synonymous with summer movies. The guy’s an evil genius. Everybody knows these films suck yet practically everybody sees them anyway…


Posted on July 2, 2014 by

OIL & WATER

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

It’s not quite a call to arms, but it is informative, and what you do what that information is up to you. Clearly the silent genocide by corporations or governments pushing out communities in land grabs for resources is as unsustainable a system as the resources themselves are, and the film offers the unique perspective of those who are coming up with solutions that will work to improve the system until it can change, as opposed to expecting a revolution to explode and fix things overnight…


Posted on July 2, 2014 by

SCAVENGER KILLERS

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

Thus, while there are elements of story that attempt to hold the entire piece together, it’s hard not to see the film as just an excuse to get down, dirty and depraved in as many ways as the filmmakers can come up with. The film is extremely gory, full of sex and sexual innuendo and overall just generally offensive…


Posted on July 1, 2014 by

BANK ROLL

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

Beyond conversations of varying interest, and some attempts at interpersonal drama that never really goes anywhere, the film seems to take almost ninety minutes to do what many a film would do in the first thirty minutes…


Posted on June 30, 2014 by

MIDNITE CABBY

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

Not every joke hits, but it tends to move on to the next one rather fast. There’s never any real feeling of suspense or danger in the film; once the silliness is established, you settle into its comfort and go along with it…


Posted on June 30, 2014 by

COHERENCE

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

James Ward Byrkit rocks the metaphysical world with his mind-bending look at duality as told like a camp fire horror story….


Posted on June 30, 2014 by

COORDINATED FILM

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 38 minutes

Shot with a Fisher-Price PXL-2000 toy camera, the footage is black and white and pixelated often to the point that the imagery is ridiculously challenging to discern. Still, enough comes through to follow along…


Posted on June 30, 2014 by

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

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

Certain plot developments are too obvious and simple, and anyone who has seen their fair share of thrillers can detect where this one will end up…


Posted on June 29, 2014 by

MI HUA GAO (OR THE CHINESE RICE KRISPIES SQUARE)

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

Flatten, slice (nice and big!), and humbly serve. Add in a ‘yum’ for good measure….


Posted on June 29, 2014 by

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