Film

The Passing Season

The Passing Season

| January 23, 2017

The Passing Season is barely a feature-length film about a hockey player, Sam (Brian J. Smith; Sense 8), who gets suddenly cut from his team with no prospects of a trade or ever playing again.  So, he decides to leave Boston to move back to his home town and hang out with some friends while […]

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The Free World

The Free World

| January 17, 2017

How hard would you fight to be free? After spending two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Mo (Boyd Holbrook) struggles to put his past behind him as he readjusts to a new life working in an animal shelter. Doris (Elisabeth Moss) is trapped in another sort of prison: an abusive marriage. […]

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Long Way North

Long Way North

| January 16, 2017

Sasha’s grandfather was a Russian explorer looking for a new route to the North Pole when his ship went missing and he was presumed dead.  After losing her grandfather, Sasha slipped into the contented life that being the daughter of Russian aristocrats necessitates.  She attended balls, danced with princes, and tried to suppress anything bold […]

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My King

My King

| January 11, 2017

No story is potentially more predictable than the romantic drama. Well, scratch that, there are stories about dogs. In both cases, you usually know what to expect. Both narratives are almost always marked by pathos, and, more than likely, they both don’t end well. In the French film, My King (now on DVD), starring Emmanuelle […]

Counter Clockwise

Counter Clockwise

| January 9, 2017

I will watch literally any movie if you tell me it’s about time travel.  You could even use the phrase “I think there might be a little time travel in it” and I’ll check it out.  My editor here at Filmmonthly knows this and that’s why most of these little indy time travel films that […]

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Accattone

Accattone

| January 1, 2017

Like all of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s work, Accattone is more pensive than entertaining. The film is a cryptic moral tale about a hardboiled pimp, meant to subtly resemble Christ, who faces trials and tribulations in Rome’s poor slums. While this could be ostensibly pleasing, Pasolini seeks to convey, again through murky allusion, the current state […]

Stevie D

Stevie D

| January 1, 2017

When Stevie D (Chris Cordone), the son of a local crime boss, Angelo (John Aprea; The Godfather Part 2), accidentally kills the son of another crime boss, Nick (Al Sapienza; House of Cards), Nick wants revenge.  His plan is to hire two hitmen, Big Lou and Little Dom (Phil Idrissi and Darren Capozzi) to kill […]

The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room

| December 26, 2016

The creators of this film must have been absolutely fearless of bad reviews when the decided to put the word disappointment right in the title.  The bad reviews really write themselves at that point.  On Twitter, after watching the film, I sent out something along the lines of “it turns out the real disappointments room […]

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Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

| December 26, 2016

If you like westerns, this movie should have everything you’re looking for.  A grizzled hero with a tormented past, a plucky sidekick, gun fights, camping under the stars, horse-riding, blood, and sand.  I always resisted the western genre, but recently have come across many westerns that I thoroughly enjoy.  It turns out that I was […]

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Birthday

Birthday

| December 16, 2016

“Birthday” is a short film written and directed by Chris King about a marine (Chris Gouchoe) who is injured in the line of duty and his wife (Mandy Moody) who is tasked with helping him recover afterwards as they try to figure out how to continue their lives together.  It only has a 13 minute […]