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WRECKING CREW, THE
"Long in limbo, but worth the wait."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""The Wrecking Crew" has had a long time on the path to release - it played the festival circuit back in 2008, but it started shooting in 1996, meaning that it took director Denny Tedesco nearly two decades to shoot, edit, and secure the ability to use the music and video necessary to tell the story of Los Angeles studio musicians in the 1960s. As an audience member, it's worth it, but it's a good thing that this was a labor of love on Tedesco's part." (more)
NO MERCY
"Colorful Crime Tale"
4 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Didn't exactly set the world on fire with a box-office take of less than $13 million, it's definitely recommendable and an underrated entry of its genre." (more)
GIRL LIKE HER, A
"The Rhymes-With-Witch Project"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... ""A Girl Like Her" is a film that is as bad as it is well-meaning and, sad to say, it is incredibly well-meaning. It has a provocative topic and a game cast but no real idea of what to do with them except to squander them on a gimmicky conceit that overly complicates matters and which gives the film a tacky and borderline exploitative feel that only serves to distract from the honest points that it presumably wanted to make in the first place." (more)
HONEST LIAR, AN
"Telling the truth is a good but difficult thing."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "James "The Amazing" Randi has been best-known his efforts on debunking psychics, faith healers and other frauds for so long that many associate him with that alone. Even remembering that it was his qualifications as a magician that led him to become America's most famous skeptic doesn't necessarily imply he was a great escape artist. This movie won't necessarily do much more than remind a viewer of that fact but it will fill that person in on a couple things he or she might find pretty interesting." (more)
HEIST, THE
"Lame Caper Flick"
1 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "A cookie-cutter entry in an overworked subgenre that can't even get the basics right." (more)
FADE TO WHITE
"100 years of dangerous walks in the park."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: "Fade to White" alternates between three science fiction stories taking place in and around New York City's Central Park over the course of 112 years, and while they are in some ways a bit of a mixed bag quality-wise, the overall quality is quite good, with none actually being duds. That's a pretty good showing for a movie that kind of looks like it was made by sneaking a camera into the park when it would be less occupied during the winter hours." (more)
I WAS A TEENAGE SUPERHERO SIDEKICK
"Ground-bound but still pretty good."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: The trick to something like "I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick" is to do at least a little more than just poke fun at comic-book clichés, both because there's no real accomplishment in replacing fun with smugness and because over seventy-five years of growing superhero universes, the various publishers and individual crappies have done every bit of self-examination and mockery there is, and emphasized their point with rampaging robot dinosaurs that an indie comedy can't afford. Filmmaker J. Hanna had better be able to do more than point and laugh, which Fortunately turns out to be the case." (more)
RUSTLERS' RHAPSODY
"Soporific Western Spoof"
1 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Suffered poor reviews and lackluster box office in a year when serious westerns "Pale Rider" and "Silverado" managed more intentional laughs than this intended comedy." (more)
SLAP SHOT 2: BREAKING THE ICE
"Surprisingly Good Sequel"
4 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "The original came out twenty-five years before, and though Paul Newman returning would've been too good to be true, this is fine Saturday-afternoon viewing." (more)
NOAH, THE
"The last man on Earth, all but lost."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT THE 2015 BOSTON SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL: Having an unusual life doesn't actually make a movie like "The Noah" better, but it undoubtedly makes pulling it out of obscurity a bit more exciting. One might be inclined to dismiss this post-apocalyptic art-house film as not one's thing, but to learn its history is to become a little curious: The director could have made it with Jack Lemmon but baled at both having a big start and shooting in color? It sat on the shelf for roughly eight years before playing two midnight shows and once again disappearing for decades? Even if this were a bad movie - which is not the case - a film fan really should give it a look when it surfaces in his or her area." (more)

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