The indie film friendly Dances with Films Festival 2016 (taking place June 2-12 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) is unspooling fast and furious and in the midst of so many movies we’re scrambling to keep up. So we wanted to give reaction to the few we have seen – thus, encapsulate below for your convenience. From futuristic visions of the future to the undying love of a brother to his sister check out the DWF 2016…“Feature Film Reviews!”
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“Kelly’s Hollywood” – This doc about a brother’s undying love for his down syndrome afflicted sister is a real hidden gem. Funny, inspiring, sad and heartbreaking, there’s a wonderful no holds barred quality here that makes the viewer feel like they’re watching something special. But the real five-star quality here is the honest and at times brutally personal nature of the piece that elicits tears of both joy and sorrow – I cried both. 5/5 stars
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“Creedmoria” – Even though I’d be hard pressed to give a story overview of this cinematic odd egg, “Creedmoria” is filled with so much splendid style, toe-tapping music and quirky characters that it’s utterly impossible to hate. Fixating on various folks within the vicinity of Queens, New York, writer/director Alicia Slimmer seems to be making a flashy statement on the joy of being both different and daring – not unlike her equally alluring film. 3.5/5 stars
“Virtual Revolution” – A heavy mix of “Blade Runner” and “Trancers,” this sci-fi indie borrows a lot – and it shows. From the futuristic slum streets (Deckard’s home anyone?!) to the idea of jumping into virtual characters unlike yourself (dry hair’s for squids!), there’s just way too many elements here that have already been done to death. Plus as the lead man with a past, hunter Mike Dopud just doesn’t quite have the right mix of brooding and brawn to keep the audience engaged. Like ho-hum games we’ve played that feel familiar, ‘been there, done that’ has cinematic meaning here. 1/5 stars
And the flicks don’t stop so stay with Starpulse.com for more and be sure to check out the Dances With Films Festival 2016 for memorable movies to discover – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for details!