Archive for June, 2014

Review: The Rover

— by RON WILKINSON — David Michôd ups the ante and hauls in a big one in this Aussie thriller set in the desolate outback 10 years after the collapse. The collapse? The comedians in the audience will point out that the outback 10 years after the collapse looks about the same as it did [[...]

Review: Ida

— by BEV QUESTAD — Mother Superior calls Ida to her office. Ida is informed that she must visit her mother’s sister before she takes her final vows. Ida didn’t know she had any relatives, much less an aunt. Ida had been left with a priest who had placed her as an infant at th[...]

Review: The Internet’s Own Boy

— by RON WILKINSON — Screened at the 40th Seattle International Film Festival, Brian Knappenberger’s biopic of Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz is as much a cautionary tale about the new web-based world as it is a story of one of its brightest stars. Swartz was a brilliant child who grew [...]

New Akron indie cinema set to open

Akron Film+Pixel has announced that the new downtown Akron venue, The Nightlight Cinema, will be open to the public starting on July 1, 2014. The one-screen theater, made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will show five films during its first weeks, including Cuyah[...]

Review: Rigor Mortis

— by RON WILKINSON — Screened at the 40th Seattle International Film Festival, “Rigor Mortis” was a welcome change from the everyday. It seemed as if all of the good, old fashioned, action / horror flicks were being canceled at the last minute and substituted with religious dogma or [...]

We Are the Best hits iTunes and On Demand

Magnolia Pictures has announced that the critically-acclaimed film “We Are the Best” is now available on iTunes and On Demand, as it continues its expansion to select theaters across the country. From director Lukas Moodysson, “We Are the Best” is the story of three young mis[...]

Lucky Them: Trailer

— by JESSIKA OWENS — There are a couple actors out there, and I think this rings true for everybody, whose films you will go see regardless of what it is, even if you have no idea what it’s really about. For me, Toni Collette is one of those actors. I am insanely biased when [&hell[...]

Review: Coherence

— by RON WILKINSON — James Ward Byrkit’s sci-fi thriller “Coherence” starts as an updated comedy of manners like Luis Buñuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and ends like something from Alfred Hitchcock. In the background we are waiting for Rod Serling’s [...]

Review: Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

— by RON WILKINSON — Starting off with great archival footage of the now famous marijuana fear mongering campaigns of the mid-twentieth century, Riley Morton’s documentary (written by Nils Cowan) picks up the trail of the long and winding road towards marijuana legalization in Washingt[...]

Review: Seeds of Time

— by BEV QUESTAD — “The way in which we are feeding the current population is not sustainable. Twelve of the hottest 15 years have taken place in the last 16 years. …We’re really in a race against time. We need to mobilize before it’s too late. We’re gonna pay a price if we don[...]

Sex Tape: Pop-Up Trailer

— by JESSIKA OWENS — It’s no secret that today is a technologically advanced age. Social media and clouds are the way we share and distribute information. Our phones and tablets are little computers that keep us connected 24-seven, constantly sending and receiving information. What[...]

Two Clips from Boyhood

— by JESSIKA OWENS — Film shoots can take a lot of time and effort, some upwards of several years. It’s the way things are in the industry, especially in a day and age where, technologically speaking, there’s a smorgasbord of tasks to undertake in post production. Locations, [...]

Review: Anna

— by RON WILKINSON — Mark Strong (Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) comes back a good guy in “Anna” (aka “Mindscape”). He is still as cold and calculating as ever, approaching the diagnosis of his most recent case as he approached[...]

Review: Bright Days Ahead

— by RON WILKINSON — Marion Vernoux’s romantic comedy starts off with recent retiree Caroline (Fanny Ardant—“8 Women,” Confidentially Yours”) plunging ahead with retirement at the Bright Days Ahead senior center. The screenplay has Caroline visiting the center with trepidation [...]