McFarland, USA (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - June 3rd, 2015 - Blu-ray and DVD

McFarland, USA is still one of the better films I’ve seen in all of 2015. Disney’s Blu-ray release is a strong one, lack of extensive extras notwithstanding, and family audiences wondering if they should add this to their respective libraries should do so as quickly as they can.

McFarland, USA is still one of the better films I’ve seen in all of 2015. Disney’s Blu-ray release is a strong one, lack of extensive extras notwithstanding, and family audiences wondering if they should add this to their respective libraries should do so as quickly as they can.

Focus (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - June 2nd, 2015 - Blu-ray and DVD

I gave Focus a second chance mainly on the strength of the first half and because the two leads have such sensational chemistry. Sad to say, I was just as disappointed this time as I was when I originally watched it in the theater. The second half just isn’t very good, building to an unbelievable and unappealing climax that wastes the talents of all involved. Pity.

I gave Focus a second chance mainly on the strength of the first half and because the two leads have such sensational chemistry. Sad to say, I was just as disappointed this time as I was when I originally watched it in the theater. The second half just isn’t very good, building to an unbelievable and unappealing climax that wastes the talents of all involved. Pity.

Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - June 2nd, 2015 - Blu-ray and DVD

Monsters: Dark Continent isn’t going to be what most expect (or probably want) it to be, but for my part I’m fine with the down-and-dirty thriller director Tom Green has thrown together. The sequel’s Blu-ray presentation is excellent (lack of special features notwithstanding), and I doubt fans will be disappointed.

Monsters: Dark Continent isn’t going to be what most expect (or probably want) it to be, but for my part I’m fine with the down-and-dirty thriller director Tom Green has thrown together. The sequel’s Blu-ray presentation is excellent (lack of special features notwithstanding), and I doubt fans will be disappointed.

Cinema Squabble Podcast #11

by Dennis Landmann - May 31st, 2015 - Podcast

Here’s what’s happening in Episode #11 (download .mp3) of the Cinema Squabble Podcast. Another weekend is upon us, therefore more squabbling is in order. This week focuses on an eclectic line-up of genre flicks: Tomorrowland / Poltergeist / Slow West / Aloha / San Andreas Squabblers Sara Michelle Fetters, Matt Oakes, Brian Zitzelman and Adam […]

Here’s what’s happening in Episode #11 (download .mp3) of the Cinema Squabble Podcast. Another weekend is upon us, therefore more squabbling is in order. This week focuses on an eclectic line-up of genre flicks: Tomorrowland / Poltergeist / Slow West / Aloha / San Andreas Squabblers Sara Michelle Fetters, Matt Oakes, Brian Zitzelman and Adam […]

Photo: Miramax

“54: The Director’s Cut” – Interview with Mark Christopher

by Sara Michelle Fetters - May 29th, 2015 - Film Festivals Interviews

The new film is a revelation…All-in-all, it’s a completely different motion picture, and one definitely worth seeing.

The new film is a revelation…All-in-all, it’s a completely different motion picture, and one definitely worth seeing.

PHOTO: Sony

Aloha (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - May 29th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

[It’s] hard not to walk out of Aloha with a smile, the other stuff lurking inside the narrative, the way the characters interact, how they communicate, the subtle, delicate little human truths they discover along the way, much of that isn’t just terrific, it’s shockingly close to sublime.

[It’s] hard not to walk out of Aloha with a smile, the other stuff lurking inside the narrative, the way the characters interact, how they communicate, the subtle, delicate little human truths they discover along the way, much of that isn’t just terrific, it’s shockingly close to sublime.

PHOTO: Warner Bros

San Andreas (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - May 29th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

By keeping things small, intimate even, [San Andreas] ups the emotional ante by leaps and bounds over many of the more recent entries in the genre. Better, it keeps things from spilling into silly, overwrought and absurd ultra-cheap SyFy Channel terrain; and while this is still nothing more than a glorified B-movie, it’s still rather more compelling than it honestly has any right to be.

By keeping things small, intimate even, [San Andreas] ups the emotional ante by leaps and bounds over many of the more recent entries in the genre. Better, it keeps things from spilling into silly, overwrought and absurd ultra-cheap SyFy Channel terrain; and while this is still nothing more than a glorified B-movie, it’s still rather more compelling than it honestly has any right to be.

The Seven Five (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - May 29th, 2015 - Movie Reviews

It’s compelling stuff, fascinating, even, but it also feels a little more like an audition reel for a potential feature than it does an insightful, intimately probing documentary, and that’s an issue Russell’s investigative opus sometimes has trouble overcoming.

It’s compelling stuff, fascinating, even, but it also feels a little more like an audition reel for a potential feature than it does an insightful, intimately probing documentary, and that’s an issue Russell’s investigative opus sometimes has trouble overcoming.

Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - May 26th, 2015 - Blu-ray and DVD

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles is an engrossing, if still only surface level, examination of one of the 20th century’s most towering cinematic figures. While never digging as deep as I would have liked, the film’s nonetheless a wonderfully entertaining documentary filled with numerous delights both for diehard cineastes and the modestly curious alike.

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles is an engrossing, if still only surface level, examination of one of the 20th century’s most towering cinematic figures. While never digging as deep as I would have liked, the film’s nonetheless a wonderfully entertaining documentary filled with numerous delights both for diehard cineastes and the modestly curious alike.

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