CHILD OF GOD

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There are better Cormac McCarthy movies than James Franco’s grotty “Child of God,” an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning author’s novel of the same name…

Posted on April 16, 2014 in Reviews by

WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Giff is played by Mark Pellegrino, who took this character and made it his own — he’s menacing, hilarious and not afraid to die. This is the best villain I’ve seen on screen since Heath Ledger’s Joker because he takes nothing seriously, not even when a gun is pointed in his face with the trigger locked and loaded…

Posted on April 8, 2014 in Reviews by

JOE

2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Tye Sheridan marks a continued amazing start to a long career in “Joe.” With only a few films under his belt, he’s already commanding the screen and breathes life into every one of his scenes…

Posted on April 7, 2014 in Reviews by

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

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 in Reviews by

HELLION

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 in Reviews by

I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

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 in Reviews by

NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! While Ellis is an interesting guy, the film covers his entire career and the things that happen along the way overshadow his own story which, although the guy was an all-star, he didn’t have a particularly great career…

Posted on March 9, 2014 in Reviews by

OBVIOUS CHILD

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! Jenny Slate is the lynchpin of this material and it has the confidence of a true star-making performance…

Posted on March 9, 2014 in Reviews by

THE OVERNIGHTERS

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! This is a masterfully directed piece of work, akin to Errol Morris in the way that it presents a full picture without judgment…

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Reviews by

R100

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! There’s just some films that are so messed up that they gain cultish, legendary status and seeing them is like a rite of passage amongst film geeks. Unfortunately, “R100” is not that kind of film although I think secretly director Hitoshi Matsumoto wishes it was yet, knows it isn’t…

Posted on January 19, 2014 in Reviews by

REZETA

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION!

Posted on January 19, 2014 in Reviews by

LOCKE

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! Hardy takes an incredibly difficult assignment in that he’s the only face seen for 85 minutes, but he gets so deep under the skin of this complex character that he elevates a script that can sometimes feel like a narrative cheat…

Posted on January 17, 2014 in Reviews by

COPENHAGEN

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! Usually, when reviewing a movie, it’s very easy for me to see both strengths and weaknesses— but every so often I’ll discover staggering excellence. In my opinion, “Copenhagen” is flawless in its narration, technicality, action and silence…

Posted on January 17, 2014 in Reviews by