Specialty Releases

Film Review: Visually Stunning “Aquarela” Delivers Soggy Narrative

Aquarela (Viktor Kossakovsky, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A frequently beautiful meditation on water in all its forms (ice, snow and pure liquid), the new documentary Aquarela achieves its most spectacular narrative effects when placing people at its center. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Reviews, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: “What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?” Burns but Doesn’t Consume

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Italian director Roberto Minervini has, since moving to Texas in 2007, been on a mission to tell elliptical, nuanced stories about both the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Reviews, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: Fascinating, Complex “Hillbilly“ Champions Truth over Stereotypes

Hillbilly (Sally Rubin/Ashley York, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. What is a hillbilly? Who better to ask than the folks in question, and who better to ask the question than a hillbilly, herself? Filmmaker Ashley York (Tig), born and raised … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Reviews, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: “Tel Aviv on Fire” Offers Broad Comedy As a Salve for Open Wounds

Tel Aviv on Fire (Sameh Zoabi, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. A surprisingly light comedy about a very weighty subject, Sameh Zoabi’s Tel Aviv on Fire takes place mostly inside a Palestinian broadcast studio where the eponymous television series, set in … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Reviews, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: “Camp Wedding” Needs More Camp

Camp Wedding (Greg Emetaz, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. There seem to be two types of horror spoofs/parodies: comedies with horror elements (think the Scary Movie franchise) and horror films with comedic elements (the Scream franchise). Then, there are … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Film Reviews, Matt Patti, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: “Ode to Joy” Is a Pleasant Enough Ditty

Ode to Joy (Jason Winer, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. A profoundly silly but nevertheless often enjoyable romantic comedy, Ode to Joy follows the misadventures of a man afflicted with cataplexy, a condition that causes him to pass out every time … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Reviews, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: “Three Peaks” Ably Navigates the Treacherous Terrain of Divorce and Remarriage

Three Peaks (Jan Zabeil, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. A 2017 film from German director Jan Zabeil (The River Used to Be a Man), Three Peaks (“Drei Zinnen”) has finally secured an American release, and we are lucky to have it. … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Reviews, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: Lynn Shelton’s “Sword of Trust” Cuts Only Skin Deep

Sword of Trust (Lynn Shelton, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Stand-up comedian and avid podcaster Marc Maron leads the cast of Lynn Shelton’s comedy of errors, Sword of Trust. When a couple, played by Michaela Watkins and Jillian Bell, find … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Film Reviews, Patrick Howard, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: Rambling “Summer Night” Offers Chill Vibes

Summer Night (Joseph Cross, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. An enjoyable enough, if rambling and slight, study of twentysomething ennui, director Joseph Cross’ Summer Night follows a group of thirteen friends over the course of one night (as per the movie’s … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Reviews, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Film Review: “Deadsight” Is Unique but Underwhelming

Deadsight (Jesse Thomas Cook, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. The horror subgenre of zombie films all started in 1968 with the infamous blunder made by George Romero’s distributor for Night of the Living Dead. This gaffe involved forgetting to … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Film Reviews, Matt Patti, Specialty Releases | Tagged , , | Leave a comment