CONSENSUS: “Indulgent? Yes. Entertaining? More or less. Worth watching? Sure. You can pick this movie apart if you want, but it is a pretty cool fictional travelouge that will make you want to drop out of your life for two months. The Way is also a lovely movie if you are big fan of Martin Sheen.” INSTAFLICKA INDEX 3.50
CONSENSUS: “Will Farrell gives a solid performance in Everything Must Go, but the rest of the movie has trouble maintaining its dramatic punch all the way to the end. There are definitely some nice, earnest moments in this movie. Don’t expect Farrell to being running around in his underwear. This is not that kind of movie.” INSTAFLICKA INDEX 3.17
In this dark tale, a young college student takes a decidedly offbeat job: As a “sleeping beauty,” she’s paid to be fondled or otherwise handled by strangers while in a sedated slumber. Soon, however, she begins to wonder what she’s submitting to.
CONSENSUS: “Christian Slater is a surprise in this nice independent walkabout of a film. He Was a Quiet Man is a story you probably won’t soon forget. It makes an impact. It is not a great film, but it does a great job at being good.” INSTAFLICKA INDEX 3.75 Cubicle worker Bob is a resentful outsider who’s started carrying
CONSENSUS: “Ed Harris kills it in this obvious passion project. His direction, his acting and even his painting are wonderful. It is one of the best bio-pics that we have seen. Pollock is especially good if you have an interest in 20th century American art.” INSTAFLICKA INDEX 4.50 This riveting biopic follows abstract painter Jackson Pollock — who’s alternately
CONSENSUS: “If you can get past the shortfalls that came with digital video films of the era, Manic is a great look at the pitfalls of youth, abuse and anger. It is an independent film that rings true with its compelling characterization of youth on the edge.”
CONSENSUS: “Powwow Highway has fun characters, a strong story (although with a few plot holes) and an easy-going road movie tone. The overall quality, however, holds it back from being more acceptable for a wider audience.”
In director Debra Granik’s unflinching noir drama set deep in the Ozarks, resilient teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) goes on the trail of her missing, drug-dealing father when his absence jeopardizes the family’s safety. Her deadbeat dad has a key court date pending, and Ree is determined that he show up — despite the objections of the insular Dolly clan.