WENDY & LUCY

Williams will absolutely break your heart here as “Wendy,” a young woman in a battered old car trying to make it cross-country with only her dog “Lucy” for company. Williams is in every scene, tightly scrutinzed by still mysterious. Where did she come from & where is she going? Everything is present tense–we will never…

THE UNFORESEEN

Fascinating story about real estate pressures in Austin, TX undermined by overly-artsy direction. As a parable of our time (with a diagnostic appearances by George Bush & Karl Rove to boot), doc required balance & precision. Novice filmmaker deserved better from executive producers Terrence Malick & Robert Redford. Click HERE for FF2 haiku.

UNDER THE SAME MOON

Beautifully acted & heartfelt story about a Mexican kid (Alonso) looking for his mother (del Castillo), now working illegally in LA”s underground economy. Kudos to America Ferrara for using her clout by taking an unsympathetic bit part to help open narrow minds in the current “immigration debate.” Yes, a bit long & a bit contrived,…

TWILIGHT

Jan loved this swoon-inducing romance about star-crossed lovers living in a Twin-Peaksy town in the Pacific Northwest made extra moody by Carter Burwell”s great soundtrack. Sure, so Edward”s a “vampire,” but this isn”t a film about fangs & blood, it”s about feeling overwhelmed by new passions dimly understood. Not yet seen by Rich. Click HERE…

TROUBLE THE WATER

TROUBLE THE WATER

Award-winning doc about Hurricane Katrina melds first person and third person perspectives into a taut 96 minutes that both captures the moment and provides the context.  Aspiring rap artist Kimberly Rivers Roberts just happened to have a new camcorder with her as storm clouds started building over New Orleans, and that helped her to become…

AMELIA

Easy to like but impossible to love, this is a surprisingly conventional BioPic about a very unconventional woman: aviatrix Amelia Earhart (played by Hilary Swank). Film has some very poetic flight scenes and you can feel the world get smaller as Earhart’s planes grow bigger & ever more sophisticated, but on the ground everyone is just…