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

POPOVICH AND THE VOICE OF THE FABLED AMERICAN WEST

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

Not necessarily for the cynical, as the film benefits from those who are open to its more whimsical nature, but it is entertaining regardless of what you think of the narrative. Popovich is just that talented a performer, and his routines are just that enjoyable to watch…


Posted on August 2, 2014 by

TRUE STORIES FROM RUG CITY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 26 minutes

It’s strong and smart storytelling that always makes you feel engaged, even if you can’t quite put your finger on why you feel that way…


Posted on July 31, 2014 by

PERSONA: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

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

This is the ultimate celluloid Rorschach test, where the production refuses to offer a straightforward solution to the maze of thorny challenges.


Posted on July 30, 2014 by

AND SO IT GOES

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 94 minutes

Are you sitting down? I’m about to coin a new phrase and I wouldn’t want to knock you over with its culturally observant pithiness. Ready? Wrinkle porn…


Posted on July 30, 2014 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXX (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes

“Mystery Science Theater 3000″ Volume XXX offers up another helping of four very funny episodes from the popular series, but the bonus features aren’t quite up to the standard set by Shout! Factory during its long run with the show. They’re not awful, though — they’re just “meh.”


Posted on July 29, 2014 by

SCANNERS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

“Scanners” arrives from Criterion in a set that includes the film and the bonus materials on one Blu-ray and two DVDs. The movie has been restored, and the extra stuff includes a smattering of new and old material, including director David Cronenberg’s first movie, “Stereo.”


Posted on July 27, 2014 by

DIAGRAM FOR DELINQUENTS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

“Diagram For Delinquents” details a dark chapter in American comic book history that many may not know about. And even if you’re familiar with Wertham, “Seduction of the Innocent,” and the CCA, you’ll likely learn a few new things from this documentary, as I did.


Posted on July 26, 2014 by

DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 60 minutes

Writer/director Pablo D’Stair has crafted an intriguing story where lies and obfuscations suffocate a marriage…


Posted on July 26, 2014 by

LUCID

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 18 minutes

Overall the film is stellar. The acting is strong, the visuals accomplished and alluring and, as previously mentioned, the edit is incredible…


Posted on July 24, 2014 by

RAVANA’S GAME

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

It tries to be too much, and winds up shortchanging itself overall. It’s a story that would be more at home in a book, where the tangents and ambiguities could be fleshed out in a way that doesn’t feel like a narrative jumble…


Posted on July 23, 2014 by

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