Reviews: Limited Release

'Sparrows Dance' A Review

September 3rd, 2013 8:29pm EDT
Sparrows Dance poster
Sparrows Dance, a Tribeca film is written and directed by Noah Buschel.  Simply made but profoundly touching, capturing vulnerability unlike anything I’ve seen in film.  It stars Marin Ireland, who was nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Featured Actress in a play for Reasons to Be Pretty, and Paul Sparks who is a series regular on HBO’s hit, Boardwalk Empire.

This film is about a former actress who is stricken with stage fright which cripples her to the point of isolation.  She lives alone in New York City.  No cat, no dog, no fish...alone.  She also has no name. ...
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'Springsteen & I' Review: A Must See For Boss Fans

July 22nd, 2013 11:10am EDT
Springsteen & I
I know specifically the moment when I became a Bruce Springsteen fan for life.

It wasn’t after I (illegally) downloaded so many of his live albums off of Napster when I was a college sophomore—don’t worry music industry, I’ve long since erased everything I took and now purchase all of my music legally or use Spotify, which I also pay for.

It wasn’t after my first live show, which I attended in Philadelphia in 2003. Nor the second live show, which I attended at the Meadowlands in 2009 or 2010.

It was about a year after 9/11 when The Rising album came out and I recall all the interviews Br...
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Understanding 'Only God Forgives' & Why It's a Masterpiece (Spoilers)

July 22nd, 2013 9:15am EDT
Only God Forgives
Nicolas Winding Refn's latest movie "Only God Forgives" has been almost universally panned by critics, who have called the movie slow, dull, ultra violent, and confusing. To be fairly blunt, most of these reviewers have jumped on the "hate" bandwagon that this film has produced with the hope of getting more hits, considering that this movie is in fact equal to it's predecessor "Drive" in terms of quality and is bound to be a future classic. Just think, "Taxi Driver" got booed at Cannes in it's day and it's hard to think of anyone who doesn't now consider it a masterpiece.

Hollywood of late...
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Review: De Niro And Travolta Face Off In ‘Killing Season’

July 12th, 2013 10:20am EDT
Killing Season
“Killing Season,” originally titled “Shrapnel,” stars seasoned actors Robert De Niro and John Travolta. The psychological thriller revolves around two former Bosnian War veterans who strike up a friendship after a outlandish encounter in the Appalachian Mountains. Their seemingly friendly relationship takes a turn when Emil Kovac (Travolta) and Benjamin Ford (De Niro) start to duke it out in thrilling fashion, forcing the men to face their past emotional wounds head on.

The film shines light on the psychological wounds left behind from the Bosnian War. Kovac, a former Serbian solider, hope...
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Review: The Oddly Fascinating 'Like Someone In Love' Is Sadly Left Undone

February 15th, 2013 1:10pm EST
Like Someone in Love
Sometimes when the conventions of typical movie fare get redundant, a simple slice of life flick can seem like a blessing.  In the case of the new film "Like Someone In Love" there is an oddly fascinating and captivating quiet in the everyday stillness, so even when nothing appears to be happening you can’t help but be engrossed.  Unfortunately "Like Someone In Love" also ultimately suffers from the same fate as so many films trying to be clever by using ending ambiguity as an intelligence tool, but even a smart rip off is still just a rip off.

A young woman sits in a local shop and takes ...
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Review: The Genre Mixing World Of 'Resolution' Begs To Be Explored Firsthand

January 24th, 2013 12:22pm EST
Resolution
Mixing genres in a single film is a tricky thing – sometimes things can get marred down in an uneven tone.  But in some instances such a prospect can actually breathe new life into familiar ideas and in the case of the new film "Resolution" produces a unique and ultra-real vibe not to be ignored. 

Mike is worried about his long-time friend Chris.  Seems Chris has thrown in the towel as far as life is concerned and taken up in a little abandoned cabin where meth is the special of the day.  So Mike decides to make one final intervention to save his mate – he cuffs him to a cabin pipe and pou...
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Review: 'Citadel' Puts You In An Uncomfortable Place...And Leaves You There

November 16th, 2012 12:15pm EST
Citadel
Sometimes a serious case of authenticity can take a basic premise and bring things up a notch. This is especially the case when the film in question is a genre picture – always a sure fire sign of ratcheting up the intensity. A new horror thriller infuses such a personal device by inflicting the lead character with a severe and crippling case of agoraphobia, all the while being terrorized by a gang of thugs outside that are out for blood – welcome to "Citadel."

Tommy Crowley is a quiet man who lives with his pregnant wife in a decaying apartment complex. One day she’s attacked by a gang...
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Review: Sweet Starting 'Starlet' Ruined By Cheap Stunt Disguised As Meaningful Subtext

November 6th, 2012 11:00am EST
Starlet
Some movies start out one way and evolve into something else. A midway story turn can either be an effective device that adds layers or a mindless mind trick employed for shock value. "Starlet" is a classic case of the latter, a film that starts out in a very subtle, sassy and even sweet way and then proceeds to hit the viewer with an unneeded 2x4 twist in the name of being clever.

Jane is an aspiring actress who has just moved into an apartment with her drug and alcohol addled friends Melissa and Mikey. The gang spends most of their time getting high, playing video games and hanging ou...
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'The Bay' Will Make You Afraid Of The Water Again

November 2nd, 2012 12:30pm EDT
Though we, as humans, have always been frightened of the unknown, a potentially more terrifying and disturbing element of life is when the familiar becomes strange. Steven Spielberg’s genre-defining film Jaws perfectly exemplified this facet of the human experience because, for the first time, we were shown a reason to be afraid to go into the water that was, previously, benign as far as we were concerned. Horror films have historically relied on serial killers with supernatural powers (Jason or Freddy, for example), but isn’t it more unsettling to see a brilliant psychologist turn to canni...
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'The Sessions' A Moving True Story With Oscar Worthy Performances by Helen Hunt & John Hawkes

October 19th, 2012 10:40am EDT
The Sessions
Every so often a film comes along that lifts your spirits and makes you feel that anything and everything is possible.

'The Sessions' starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt is just such a film.

This is the true story of a man named Mark O'Brien, who lived in Berkeley CA in the 1980's.

Mark is different from most people. He contacted polio as a child and is confined to an Iron Lung. The only part of his body that isn't paralyzed is his head, which he can move slightly to the side. He is also dependent on a breathing tube and a caregiver.

But this isn't the tale of a disabled dude that lie...
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