Author Stacia Kissick Jones

From the moment she heard that computer ask, "How about a nice game of chess?" Stacia has been devoted to movies. A film critic and writer for the better part of a decade, Stacia also plays classical guitar, reads murder mysteries and shamelessly abuses both caffeine and her Netflix queue.

Reviews Men and Chicken

When their father dies, Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) are given a video containing an important message from the recently deceased. Or at least it’s supposed to be an important message, but thanks to incompetence is instead just a few seconds of the camera accidentally pointed at their father’s…

Reviews Creative Control

It’s New York in the not-to-distant future, as indicated by see-through smartphones and pills that look as though they were produced by a Play-Doh Fun Factory. Hip ad exec David (Benjamin Dickinson) is moments away from the biggest pitch of his life. He’s meeting with Augmenta, a company who has developed some spectacular…

Reviews Backgammon

College kids Lucian (Noah Silver) and his girlfriend Elizabeth (Olivia Crocicchia) are spending a weekend with their friend Andrew (Christian Alexander) at his family’s estate. Lucian has developed a minor obsession with Gerald (Alex Beh), an eccentric artist who lives at the estate with Andrew’s sister Miranda (Brittany Allen). Even…

Reviews Colliding Dreams

The concept and philosophy of Zionism is unfamiliar to many, perhaps most, people in the United States. Many assume the word itself is synonymous with something mysterious and conspiratorial, thanks to the amount of crackpot theories floating about. In truth, Zionism is the name of a nationalist movement of Jews…

Reviews The Wave

It’s Kristian’s last day at his job at a warning station that monitors Åkneset Mountain, a real-world location that geologists have been watching closely for some time, especially a fissure in the mountainside that is expected to collapse into the fjord underneath. This collapse may very well cause a catastrophic wave which…

Reviews Tokyo-Ga

Tokyo-Ga (1985), Wim Wenders’ documentary of his trip to Japan in search of the world as seen in the films of famed director Yasujirô Ozu, was described by Vincent Canby on its American premiere as a “small but important film.” Thirty years on, with greater access to Ozu’s films and the expansion of Wenders’ own…

Reviews Mojave

Thomas (Garrett Hedlund), a famous, floppy-haired, self-absorbed actor has run off from his family and his commitments to the desert, where his full schedule includes drinking and sulking and wrecking a Jeep technically owned by his million-dollar production company. He encounters a nutty and armed man by the name of Jack…

Reviews Moonwalkers

It’s 1969 and the United States government, afraid of losing the space race, has seized upon a drastic plan: to stuff a suitcase full of cash, give it to a scary CIA agent, and fly him to the UK on a mission to force director Stanley Kubrick to fake the landing of a man on the moon. But this is Moonwalkers, an allegedly wacky farce…

Reviews Earth vs the Flying Saucers

With a railroad plot and the kind of emotionless acting that bad 1950s movies are known for, one wouldn’t expect much from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), a tiny little B-movie “weirdie,” as Variety called science fiction films at the time. Thanks to the stellar visuals from legendary special effects master Ray Harryhausen, however…

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