• Border

    Border

    ★★★★

    You really don't know what's gonna happen, not because there are no clues in front of you, it's more because you really don't think it's gonna take the twists and turns that it does. But take you on a journey it does! It feels like the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. A heartfelt story about loneliness and choosing who you want to be in the world with the cards that you have. Unpredictable and refreshing.

  • Corpus: A Home Movie For Selena

    Corpus: A Home Movie For Selena

    ★★★★

    A film that takes a phenomenon driven by classicism, access, and South Texas loyalty and explores it in a quick 50 minutes. Portillo may not have an investment in Selena, but her investment in the folks of South Texas reverberates throughout the film. She wants their words to fill the screen, their love, and their pain. The young girls that have embraced Selena are front and center in this documentary and offer all of their Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, providing the heart to this film.

  • Salt

    Salt

    ★★★★

    A refreshingly strong female protagonist that literally kicks butts and outwits large groups of highly trained folks. As the late great Roger Ebert stated Jolie outBonds James Bond in this film and she performs her stunts with ease and professionalism. Schreiber is awesome in all of his Schreiber-ness and convinces. It is a shame the series did not continue, Salt's story feels like it could run for a long while.

  • A Few Good Men

    A Few Good Men

    ★★★★

    An engaging film from beginning to end, although it get better as time goes on. Cruise has a little too much Maverick in the first third, but luckily he lets that go and then proceeds to be the early 90s Cruise we all remember. Moore should have more to do then to be flummoxed and overreact, but I love that she does not hook up with Cruise's character, because that would be totally unnecessary. Then there is Jack Nicholson. He…

  • The Gang's All Here

    The Gang's All Here

    Berkeley is at it again. A highly controlled choreographic extravaganza of women's legs and body parts along with a lot of banana props. Carmen Miranda in what is clearly the precursor to Desi Arnaz english dazzles with her wardrobe and her levity. The story feels both contrived and a bit cruel as the serviceman seems to enjoy playing the game more than the feelings that get trampled in his pursuit. The film is fairly predictable, but that is not to say that does not provide comfort for some who enjoy 1940s Hollywood musicals.

  • Cuties

    Cuties

    ★★★★★

    An excellent film that takes the lives of 11 year olds seriously: their desires, their dreams, their fears and their anger. Amy is experiencing a cavalcade of emotions and her reactions are aggressive, violent, self-destructive and rooted in a sense of feeling trapped in her circumstances. Her family wants what is best for her, her friends want her to be blend in with them, but no one has asked her what she wants and in this film she sets out…

  • Down Argentine Way

    Down Argentine Way

    Although bright and awash in technicolor I could not get over the terrible bland Latin American accents, the buffoonery of the "Argentineans" depicted as sleepy, lazy, and as cheats...for laughs and of course the Latin lover stereotype abounds. That being said, Carmen Miranda is a force, which is impressive considering her limitations in this film. This is definitely a musical first, one for those die-hard 1940s musical fans.

  • Citizenfour

    Citizenfour

    ★★★★★

    An excellent film. A bit slow at times, but that also helps portray what waiting feels like. A film filming history in real time under the skilled eyes and hands of Poitras. Incredible for its presence and its composition and of course its content. It's rare to say a film has changed the world. But indeed the world has been changed by Snowden's revelations and the key roles that Greenwald and Poitras played in those revelations. Interesting, thoughtful, and powerful.

  • Ponyo

    Ponyo

    I am a big Miyazaki fan and this film is beautiful and full of whimsy, but there are a few big flaws that I found a bit difficult to overcome. The main one being that it is implied that Sosuke has to decide at 5 years old if he is going to love Ponyo forever or not...seems a bit much. Then of course that Ponyo's desire to be human becomes tethered to Sosuke and his love for her at 5…

  • Shaolin Soccer

    Shaolin Soccer

    A quirky, inventive film that does not take itself too seriously, but still is able to portray "high" stakes. Chow portrays his character's burdens well and also allows for his brothers to relay their lots in life that allow for us to root for them in their attempts to spread the Shaolin way through soccer. The jokes come fast although not all may hit their mark, but the ones that do seem to land with grace and good humor. Chow is clearly very talented and you can clearly see the evolution of his vision from Shaolin Soccer to 2004's Kung Fu Hustle.

  • Batman & Robin

    Batman & Robin

    Wow...soooooo I did not believe it when people said this film was terrible, because I thought...How bad could it be? Enough money was thrown at it! Anyway...yeah, the first 15 minutes are walk out of the theatre bad...preposterous, silly, unfathomable, uninteresting, confusing, cartoonish, and lacking any cohesion or empathy. Then the film settles into subpar silly with a dash of sentimentality with Alfred's timeline which is the only saving grace of the film. Michael Gough is the only one doing…

  • Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado

    Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado

    ★★★★

    Esta película es puro amor! Walter is cultura...es fuerza...es espíritu...es lumbre...es paz...es fuego! I am not a believer of astrology but I am a believer of Walter Mercado. Like many I grew up with Walter, he was a steady beacon of light and love on many a dreary day. My mother and I would be chatting away watching Primer Impacto and then shush when Walter y las Estrellas would come on. My mother believed in Walter wholeheartedly. And I grew…