We'll tackle any film foreign or otherwise, paying exclusive attention to Arthouse, Indie & Cult features. Selected up to the minute News will also be given prominence.

August 19, 2011

Winter's Bone

Director - Debra Granik

Genre - Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Praised to the clouds and given considerable recognition by critics, we expected much from this indie. Unfortunately, it is not as incredible as it is made out to be. Jennifer Lawrence is certainly the best thing about this movie and will hopefully come out unscathed from playing 'Mystique' in 'X-Men: First Class'. Strong-willed, stubborn, full of spunk, her role here as a young girl who has to take care of her even younger siblings when her dad ran afoul of something terrible and lost their house as a result is what pulls you in to watch this movie. Alas, the thriller we were promised went missing in action and we were left waiting for the pay-off at the end. Obviously, the critics see more to this than us. We'd like to be enlightened as to what this could be as well.

2.5 STARS!

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August 10, 2011

Rakht Charitra

Director - Ram Gopal Varma

Genre - Action/Biography/Crime

After 'The Godfather' trilogy introduced us to an underworld of cool and charismatic gangsters, we were left hungering for more of the same, that feeling of blind adulation for criminals which feed our need to be one of the bad boys on the wrong side of the tracks. If not in real life, we reasoned, might we not have our pie in reel life? Ram Gopal Varma's intense gangster drama has lighted, ignited and blazed the trail for our illicit love affair to begin again. And oh my...what a collection of terrifying, bloodcurdling gangsters these turned out to be! We were most impressed with Vivek Oberoi. Playing the leading role of Pratap Ravi, his devilishly suave demeanor reminds us of a young Pacino as Michael Corleone. Those certainly are big shoes to fill but we feel Vivek more than held his own. We can't wait for Part 2!


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August 2, 2011

In A Better World

Director - Susanne Bier

Genre - Drama/Thriller

We only need to look at the younger generation today in order to gauge our future. Miles apart from the innocence of our parents and grandparents in terms of using violence to solve problems, youths today will resort to blood and weapons at the drop of a slight. Susanne Bier's film is a heart-pounding, mind-wrenching look at how our children have run away from us, from the warmth and love we seek to provide for them but continue to elude even ourselves. The characters here are not merely representations of me and you, they mirror what is happening around the world this moment. The film itself and its powerful story show us what is wrong with society today. Are we to leave our children be or find a way to end the madness? We can't afford to turn a blind eye anymore.

4.5 STARS!

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