Reviews: Gimme Shelter' and 'Visitors'
PG-13, 1 HR., 40 MINS.
Apathy abounds in Ronald Krauss’ DOA snorer about a pregnant teen (Vanessa Hudgens) tracking down her birth father (Brendan Fraser). Hudgens competently recites fill-in-the-angst monologues and Rosario Dawson finds surprising depth as her addict mother, but no one escapes Krauss’ script, which drops every hollow cliché of troubled teens into a movie you swear you’ve seen better versions of a hundred times before. C- —Marc Snetiker
NOT RATED, 1 HR., 27 MINS.
Thirty years ago, Godfrey Reggio directed Koyaanisqatsi — a cult stoner classic that used time-lapse photography and a hypnotic Philip Glass score to warn us about the soulless, dehumanizing nature of technology. Now he’s back and his once innovative technique feels just as numbingly repetitive as Glass’ trancelike soundtrack. Containing mostly static shots of human faces, eerie moonscapes, and derelict factories, Visitors sure looks swell. But if there’s a deeper point to Reggio’s juxtapositions, it was lost on me. C —Chris Nashawaty