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Before I Go to Sleep (Clarius Entertainment, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:59

film before-I-go-to-sleep_smAside from a strong screenplay and very impressive directorial flourishes, the film boasts a terrific cast.

 

Nightcrawler (Open Road Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:54

film nightcrawler_smThe character of Bloom (and the strong performance by Gyllenhaal) is memorable and odd as far as film characters go.

   

The Last Supper (Random Media, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 19:04

thelastsupper 75The Last Supper is a real historical epic of the old-school, put-your-money-on-the-screen variety.

 

A Woman in Flames (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 19:01

womaninflamesThis direct translation raises other questions, too, such as “does a woman really get flambéed in this film? If so, by whom, and why?”

   

Mona Lisa Is Missing (Midair Rose Productions, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:57

monalisamissingMedeiros puts himself front and center in this story, but fortunately, he’s a charming host and travel companion.

 

Birdman (Fox Searchlight, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 October 2014 18:49

birdman 75It’s so good it’s distracting, and in this case, that isn’t a bad thing.

   

NOIRCON 2014 Preview | 10.29-11.02.14

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:44

NOIRCON-sqNOIRCON takes an expansive view of noir—including not only film, but also literature, art, and more—and the lineup of events for the weekend reflects this broad approach. 

 

Brandon Bell & Marque Richardson | Black People in John Hughes Movies

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 October 2014 18:39

dwp sqFruitvale Station opened the week of the George Zimmerman verdict. Art is a medium to express what’s going on in society.

   

The Blue Room (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:35

blueroom 75The Blue Room is not afraid to cut the ordinary experience of life into fragments, leaving the viewer to put them back together.

 

Dear White People (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 October 2014 18:27

dwp sqEven if Simien never makes another good movie, he’s got at least the one under his belt, which is more than most filmmakers can say, both aspiring and veteran.

   

Boobs: One Woman’s Search for Perfection (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:11

Boobs 75This film offers a view of plastic surgery often neglected in discussions about it in popular culture.

 

Don’t Blink (Vertical Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:01

Dont-Blink 75Don’t Blink is no cinematic masterpiece, but it’s an OK horror movie perfect for home viewing with a group of friends.

   

The Best of The Danny Kaye Show (MVD Visual)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:43

dannykayeWell written, and perhaps a bit ahead of its time, it stands the test of time due to the sheer talent of its host, cast, and writers, not to mention the star-studded list of guests.

 

The Green Prince (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 October 2014 22:33

The-Green-Prince 75If you don’t arrive already interested in the topic, The Green Prince can be a long slog.

   

Men, Women & Children (Paramount Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:42

Men-Women--Children 75If anyone tries to argue with me on the grounds that this movie is actually terrible, I wouldn’t try to argue with them. But really, I kind of liked it.

 

The Book of Life (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, PG)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:18

The-Book-of-Life 75Praising Halloween just like Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Book of Life focuses mainly on impressive visuals.

   

St. Vincent (The Weinstein Company, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:50

St.-Vincent 75If you’re a Murray fan and need your new fix, St. Vincent will do just fine, but it feels like it’s just biding the time until the next one comes along.

 

Telluride Horror Show | Day 3

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Written by Ashby Walters Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:13

Telluride-Horror 75If you’re going to enjoy a horror film festival, there is no better way than Telluride’s Horror Show.

   

Telluride Horror Show | Day 2

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Written by Ashby Walters Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:39

Telluride-Horror 75Spring was too sleepy to cap a day of movies. I found myself fighting to stay awake or interested.

 

Telluride Horror Show | Day 1

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Written by Ashby Walters Saturday, 11 October 2014 16:30

telluride5 sqA couple’s plans to split from the CIA and go rogue is undermined in part by the world’s deadliest spider's plans to mate with a human.

   

A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 October 2014 14:46

A-People-Uncounted 75For a subject so potentially fraught with emotion, A People Uncounted is a surprisingly calm film, which is a good thing.

 

The Siege of Leningrad: Hitler’s Army Invades the Russian Heartland (First Run Features, NR) & Führer Cult and Megalomania (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 October 2014 14:05

The-Siege-of-Leningrad 75They make good use of their materials and provide a different angle on the war than you may be used to.

   

Kill the Messenger (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 October 2014 21:15

killthemess 75It’s too bad that this story was broken to me by an unsubtle, overly dramatized, slightly-above-average film; something tells me that’s not how Webb would have wanted the world to learn about the work he did.

 

Dracula Untold (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 09 October 2014 21:06

drac 75What makes this Dracula story stand out from the other vampire fables is that Vlad is actually a pretty noble fellow who makes decent, moral choices based on the good.

   

The Judge (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:41

judge 75Even though most of the characters reveal some sort of twisted past or other, they’re all astonishingly easy to connect with, and most scenes luckily end up more humorous than awkward.

 

Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:31

rude 75Good artists may need to be self-centered, and Rude certainly has that attitude down, but artistic talent, or even artistic success, do not equal a free pass through life.

   

Pride (CBS Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:15

pride sqPride has a big cast, but relative newcomer Schnetzer really stands out as the main character, and we witness most of the action through the eyes of 20-year old political convert (and still closeted gay) Joe.

 

A Haunting at Preston Castle (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:21

A-Haunting-at-Preston-Castle 75Nothing groundbreaking really happened.

   

Sons of Liberty (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:58

Sons-of-Liberty 75The complex plot (and sub-plot), the vast amount of characters, and the advanced, fast-paced, scientific dialogue can get pretty difficult to follow.

 

Gone Girl (20th Century Fox, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 02 October 2014 23:09

film gone-girl_75Gone Girl seems to subscribe to the common mystery genre logic that the more twists a story has, the better that story becomes.

   

The Equalizer (Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:05

film equalizer_75The main character has no identity of his own, and so we as the audience never connect with him or care about what happens.

 

A Walk among the Tombstones (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:08

film Walk-among-the-tombstones_smAnd yes, if you are wondering, the film does contain a couple “I will find you and I will kill you” lines.

   

This is Where I Leave You (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:03

film This-is-where-I-leave-you_smIt’s something of a new formula, or at least a new spin on an old formula, but it works. 

 

My Old Lady (Cohen Media Group, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:50

myoldlady 75If My Old Lady does not always succeed dramatically, it’s still a superb vehicle for its actors.

   

The Zero Theorem (Amplify, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:39

zerotheorem 75The film is bursting with hyper-realistic color schemes that make every scene look as if it is taking place in the fever dream of a bedridden circus clown.

 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXX (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 14 September 2014 18:31

Mystery-Science-XXX 75If you’re a fan, that’s great, because every set delivers pretty much the same reliable pleasures.

   

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