BOYHOOD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 164 minutes

If it falls just short of its auteur’s best work, it is largely because of how difficult it was to produce. It’s not like Linklater took the last decade off to fine-tune this piece of filmmaking…


Posted on July 18, 2014 by

THIS WAS MY SON

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

I think, as a standalone piece, it could’ve done with some more context and history about Emmett Till, but the emotions still come through. And maybe that’s the best entry point to history; connect with the universal emotion of a mother grieving her dead son, and discover the facts of the past from there…


Posted on July 17, 2014 by

CLAIRE

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

Since it’s hard to root for anybody, even Jack’s best friend Aiden (whose supposedly noble attempts to stop helping Jack do horrible things are undone by the fact that he never stops helping), a detachment grows as you watch the film. By the end, you really don’t care what happens to any of these young adults; you might instead hope that karma kicks all of their asses even more…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

KILLING STACY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

The quiet expanse of the narrative allows the absurdity to be that much more subversive; you keep waiting, like Sarah, for it all to be a joke but it never is, at least not to Claire. The result for me, however, was I kept waiting for the film to push its ideas further…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

THIRD PERSON

0 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 137 minutes

2014’s barely past its midpoint but, my friends, we have a winner: Paul Haggis’ latest is a lock for worst movie of the year…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes

It’s an ominous cloud from the get-go, so you’re not hopeful of much, but you’re nevertheless curious…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

DIPSO

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

Quietly intense, the film plays its alcoholism in a realistic way. There are moments of melodrama here and there, sure, but for the most part the film expertly captures that creeping alcoholic haze that descends on the drunkard; they’re awake and seemingly with you, but there’s little going on behind their eyes…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

A GIRL AND A GUN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

The film doesn’t go for madcap or absurd, it sticks with an almost wry tone. The result is a unique, oddly entertaining flavor to the piece that works in every way it can…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

PISTOL OF THE FORGIVEN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 17 minutes

It never for a second takes itself seriously, going for absurd by way of goofy, but wrapped in some massive respect for classic cinema…


Posted on July 14, 2014 by

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DANCIST AMERICAN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

The writing is really, really good here, which is as it should be, because this would be so hard to pull off otherwise. The main character, for example, is never quite likeable nor is he quite unlikeable. Instead, he feels like an actual person…


Posted on July 14, 2014 by

LIFE FEELS GOOD

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

The notion of our bodies betraying us – of skin and bone deteriorating while the mind remains lucid – is among the most primal of fears…


Posted on July 14, 2014 by

NO LOVE LOST

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

It’s a powerful tale, and tragic at the same time. There is a redemptive element to be found, and for all the negativity that can exist within this tale, it works in a galvanizing way for the young couple…


Posted on July 13, 2014 by

I WAS A GREENHOUSE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes

The universal elements of a broken family trying to pick up the pieces, and likewise George overcoming his own tragic history, are where the film scores its emotional points. The rest of the narrative works because of the audience’s curiosity and suspension of disbelief…


Posted on July 13, 2014 by

HONOUR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

Khan’s film is ambitious in terms of storytelling, content, and character and, as such, is strategically complicated…


Posted on July 13, 2014 by

THE WASHING MACHINE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

The film plays fantastical, but has a simple message. It doesn’t stray from its main narrative, or puff itself up beyond necessity. It’s the proper length, well-executed and it gets the point across…


Posted on July 12, 2014 by

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