IN LIMITED RELEASE! Matters of faith are inherently complex issues, and a more rounded presentation usually makes for a more compelling argument…

Posted on October 11, 2013 in Reviews by


2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! Poyser’s oh-so-frank approach to sexuality goes much further than any Hollywood movie I have ever seen; but it is mimed, so it seems innocent and playful. Let’s just say that I will never look at a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex the same way, ever again…

Posted on March 16, 2013 in Reviews by


2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! Throw Alex Karpovsky, Todd Berger, Jason Newman and Chris Doubek into a room together and some sort of cinematic magic is going to happen; but there is also no doubt that it is the emotionally dynamic duo of Adriene Mishler and Jonny Mars who turn “Good Night” into something that is truly special…

Posted on March 15, 2013 in Reviews by


2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! To follow such an ambitious (and acclaimed) film as “Take Shelter” with what’s essentially a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a doe-eyed adolescent is ultimately a bold move in and of itself, even if it doesn’t represent as large a step forward as it could have…

Posted on March 10, 2013 in Reviews by


2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILM SELECTION! “#PostModem” covers much ground in its investigation of eternal life and salvation through technology. And while it seems to hop around with slightly more restraint than someone might operate their TV remote, it still all works to paint an entertaining, intriguing and often bewildering, picture.

Posted on March 8, 2013 in Reviews by


2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILM SELECTION! A moody and entrancing tone piece with a complex argument at its core, Kat Candler’s “Black Metal” succeeds in personalizing an often theoretical discussion about violence and art…

Posted on March 8, 2013 in Reviews by


2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The movie itself doesn’t take enough risks. It’s too reluctant to push into ugly territory in order to unearth any substantial revelations…

Posted on March 8, 2013 in Reviews by


2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Kyle Patrick Alvarez will forever hold a unique spot among a select group of literature-loving cineastes in that he is the first writer/director to adapt a work by the beloved David Sedaris into a film…

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Reviews by


2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND SELECTION! There’s little real attempt to delve into the systemic issues that make things the way they are for these women, just a one-sided look at their careers that inadvertently shows why most of them never made it to the spotlight in the first place: some are better singers than they are songwriters, others aren’t aggressive enough self-promoters, and others still simply aren’t interested in fame…

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