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Rating Title/Year Author
Double Lover (2017) Staci Layne Wilson It's got a dark comic edge that may come as unexpected. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2018
Benjamin Troubles (2015) Staci Layne Wilson Snappy, acerbic script by Lee Ross is augmented by first time director Kai Ephron's pathos for his characters and situations. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2017
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Staci Layne Wilson I already knew a lot about Janis Joplin, but that doesn't mean I didn't learn something - and, I was deeply moved by its inevitable end. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2015
Dreams of a Life (2011) Staci Layne Wilson I like how Morely juxtaposes urban life with inner life, and how the two don't always intersect. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2015
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015) Staci Layne Wilson While I think it's a worthwhile doc, it runs too long and paints a rather (unintended, I believe) poor portrait of McQueen. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2015
Trumbo (2015) Staci Layne Wilson Not only is the story engrossing - and true! - sometimes upsetting, and always informative, but it's also funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2015
Three Holes, Two Brads, and a Smoking Gun (2014) Staci Layne Wilson If you're in the mood for a talky little neo-noir potboiler, 3 Holes and Smoking Gun is just the ticket. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2015
The Duke of Burgundy (2014) Staci Layne Wilson Like a lush Ingmar Bergman chamber piece with a touch Jess Franco style sensuality, one could say The Duke of Burgundy is a kinky cross between the seminal S&M sendup Secretary and the most dazzling homage to giallo in recent years, Amer. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2014
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013) Staci Layne Wilson As a mood piece, the film captures the essence of a time in music history quite beautifully. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2014
Housebound (2014) Staci Layne Wilson Comedic elements aside, Housebound succeeds as a horror film - it's got some great jump-scares, a compelling plot-twisty mystery, and oh yes: plenty of gore. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2014
Horns (2013) Staci Layne Wilson While Horns is a mixed bag - tonally, it can't quite decide if it's fable or grit - the flick's fine. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2014
The Equalizer (2014) Staci Layne Wilson The movie is overly long, and certainly overly-violent in contrast to its sometimes preachy do-right earnestness, but it's worth a look. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2014
Tim's Vermeer (2013) Staci Layne Wilson It's sure to please inquiring minds of both left- and right-brained nature. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2013
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) Staci Layne Wilson Style rules over substance here, and what style it is! EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
The Selfish Giant (2013) Staci Layne Wilson Deftly directed, Barnard's film gives just as much credence to quiet dialogue scenes as it does to a danger-fraught harness pace-race that's reminiscent of Ben Hur on a budget. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
Mary Queen of Scots (2013) Staci Layne Wilson Enjoyable enough for both the completest and the casual costume drama fan. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013) Staci Layne Wilson A must-see for filmmakers, aficionados, dreamers, doers and 'warriors' of all ilk. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
Herblock: The Black & the White (2013) Staci Layne Wilson Although a lot of it is talking heads, I was never once bored: the editing and presentation are every bit as dynamic as the anecdotes. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
Gloria (2013) Staci Layne Wilson While there's a lot to draw from here, there was perhaps too much Lelio found precious; a sagging center [does the film no favors]. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
Documenteur (1981) Staci Layne Wilson Not a lot happens in the film; it's mostly musings and the cacophony of monotony of day-to-day life, yet there is a spiritedness in the work that's quite unique to its director, Agnès Varda. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
The Congress (2013) Staci Layne Wilson While the sociopolitical aspects of the film are undeniably interesting, it's an entertaining but ultimately uneven and unfulfilling experience at best. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
Cleo From 5 to 7 (1961) Staci Layne Wilson The locations, costumes, and fantastic cinematography and editing present a time-capsule of pure wow. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
Blue Ruin (2013) Staci Layne Wilson Excellently-acted, beautifully shot and deliberately-paced to nail-biting perfection, Blue Ruin takes a deserved place in the pantheon of no-holds-barred revenge thrillers. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2013
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013) Staci Layne Wilson Fawning, but fun and fashion forward. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2 Guns (2013) Staci Layne Wilson There's enough gleeful use of T-N-T in this fun-fare flick to make Wile E. Coyote look like Mahatma Gandhi. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2013
Thale (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Hokey CGI; if the budget wasn't enough to make the effects good enough, they should have been left out entirely. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
Sightseers (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Sightseers is not worth seeing at all. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
Kiss of the Damned (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Just about any episode of True Blood is sexier, more entertaining and thought-provoking than Kiss of the Damned. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
The Expatriate (2012) Staci Layne Wilson It's a serviceable thriller, but brings nothing new to the arena. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
Barrymore (2011) Staci Layne Wilson In spite of creating a CGI world around Plummer, much is lost in this translation, making an impressive performance from him seem inert. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
Augustine (2012) Staci Layne Wilson As the plot unfolds, the aim comes undone, leaving the viewer abandoned and wanting. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2013
Come Out and Play (2012) Staci Layne Wilson A relentlessly routine remake. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2013
Jack Reacher (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Cast and production value went quite a long ways for me in smoothing out an otherwise bumpy road. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2012
The Impossible (2012) Staci Layne Wilson ...a brilliant disaster film and a refreshing recalibration from those of the sensational sort. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Silver Linings Playbook is really touching, and more memorable than all the rom-coms of 2012 put together. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2012
On the Road (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Shocking revelation! The movie is not as good as the book. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2012
Killing Them Softly (2012) Staci Layne Wilson It's a rollercoaster: long talky tete a tetes, punctuated with shocking violence (both of which are masterfully presented). EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2012
Skyfall (2012) Staci Layne Wilson More than anything, Skyfall is about the Bond girls. They've come a long way, baby. Fully-formed, strong-thinking, and smart, pivotal characters, Skyfall focuses firmly on M, and rookie Eve. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2012
Café de Flore (2011) Staci Layne Wilson Affectionate, sexy, thought-provoking, devastating, beautiful, bittersweet, life-affirming... Cafe de Flore is all that, and more. See it, listen to it, believe it. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2012
Here Comes the Devil (2012) Staci Layne Wilson It's not outright terrifying, but Here Comes the Devil is subtly scary and well worth a look. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
The ABCs of Death (2012) Staci Layne Wilson As to expected, ABCs is a mixed bag. It's just too bad there aren't more treats than tricks in this Halloween haul. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
Berberian Sound Studio (2012) Staci Layne Wilson I appreciated the caressing style of the cinematography, fetishizing and sexualizing even the most inanimate and mundane recording equipment and sound-related props, but it's overall hollow and unsatisfying. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
Holy Motors (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Whatever your approach to the schoizoid storyline, you're unlikely to ever forget the exhilarating, eruptive cinematic splooge of Holy Motors. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
The Hunt (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Gripping; there's more suspense and white knuckle tension in this Danish drama than 90% of the outright horror films I saw this year. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
Room 237 (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Think of it as Trekkies for the horror set. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
Rust and Bone (2012) Staci Layne Wilson The best movies encompass not only story, direction, acting, and a certain visceral passion, but striking visuals and amazing audio as well. (I don't ask for much!) Rust and Bone fulfills all. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
West of Memphis (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Excellent director and investigative reporter Amy Berg had the support of producers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, musicians Henry Rollins and Eddie Vedder, all of whom are a part of the presentation. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
The Central Park Five (2012) Staci Layne Wilson While the film is educational, it also packs an emotional and thoughtful punch without ever being manipulative. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
Amour (2012) Staci Layne Wilson Somber, noble, and in a way quite beautiful even in its spartan brutality, Haneke has made a movie that is About Something. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2012
Gainsbourg (2010) Staci Layne Wilson As a musical mischief maker who exuded endless existential ennui, Serge's complexity is just too ungainly for any one biopic - but G:AHL is great starter kit. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011