Film Critiques (for Indie Filmmakers)

At MicroFIlmmaker Magazine, we love Indie films and encourage filmmakers to make the best films possible.  However, we know what it’s like to just be starting out and to make some missteps and blunders!  (Or to make missteps later in your career!)

That’s why we crafted the MicroFilmmaker Critique program seven years ago and have helped hundreds of filmmakers make better films through it!  Learn from other critiques or submit your own film and get the help you need!  Once you’ve made the best possible film you can, submit your final film to our Straight Shooter reviews and have a killer review for the film watching audience your film deserves!

Current Turnaround: We are running 90-120 days turnaround on critiques and Straight Shooter reviews.

[Note: If you are an established indie filmmaker--meaning you've completed at least one feature or at least two short films outside the studio system--and you're interested in helping write critiques to help give back to the community, please contact us and let us know!] 

Where Am I? (Critique)

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Bill (Daniel Munns) is lost in his own mind. Images of his wife and their life together flash before his eyes, but he keeps getting interrupted by mysterious voices and, curiously enough, an image of himself that keeps changing costume. He thinks there was some sort of accident, but the real truth is much more terrifying.

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Tumbleweed! (Critique)

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For their first foray into digital (at least that I’ve seen), the Varavas (Justin wrote andd Jared directed) went with the RedOne (which is arguably the highest end digital rig that most microbudget filmmakers can afford to rent and still stay microbudget). But what to tell with this digital exploration? Why, what else? A Western tale about a tumbleweed, of course! But not just any tumbleweed, of course. A loner tumbleweed who marches to the beat of his own windstream!

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Trane & Miles (Short Critique)

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March 2nd and April 22nd of 1959, Miles Davis and John Coltrane teamed up to record “Kind of Blue,” an album that would become one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time and would mold the sound of most of the jazz that came after. Trane & Miles tells a possible tale of these momentous recording sessions between these iconic musicians from the fictionalized perspective of a post-life Miles Davis, who’s had some time to reflect on things and really focus on his most endearing memories.

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The Strange and Unusual (Feature Critique)

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Joel (Tim Ross) is the producer of, “The Strange and Unusual,” a reality show that probes the mysteries of the unknown every week. When the show gets cancelled, Joel discovers he’s allowed to do a series finale that people will remember forever. Armed with the show’s star, Martin Luckey (Dervin Gilbert), and a skeleton crew, Joel heads to a small town in South Carolina to uncover a mysterious…

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The Deposition (Critique)

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In a small West Virginia town, on-again off-again lovers Adam Long (Charles Rashard) and Jill Dotey (Rachel Forbes) leave a wedding reception to be reunited in a passionate drive. Unfortunately, when a chaotic series of events leads to an accident, Jill is killed in the wreck and Adam is left doubting his own memories.

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The Brother (Critique)

Mark is happy with his life in the big city.

Mark is living his dream in the big city and everything is going well, until he receives a call from his estranged mother. She tells him that his brother Danny is dead, but because she didn’t know how to reach Mark, Danny’s funeral has already passed. Mark decides to return to his small hometown to make peace with both his brother and his past.

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Stalled Love (Short Critique)

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Eddie (Steve Theiss) is in trouble with his girlfriend, Lori (Sarah Nadeau), because he’s making eyes at Rebecca (Iliana Inocencio). However, when he follows Lori into the women’s bathroom to explain, things go further awry when he gets stuck in the adjoining bathroom stall.

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Smoking & Masochism (Critique)

John's insecurities start an awkward night.

When John (Juan Amador) picks up Mimi (Angeline Prendergast) for a date, he’s excited to see hear that she wants to see a porno. However, when she lights up an electronic cigarette in his car, he finds himself unable to stop trying to guess what sort of abuse or childhood trauma led her to be a smoker. When she retaliates, threatening to burn him with her cigarette if he doesn’t shut up, she uncovers the fact that he’s into pain and would actually be turned on by that. She then proceeds to make assumptions about him as they drive.

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Romancing Sydney (Final Critique)

All against the dramatic backdrop of the city of Sydney.

This is the third and final critique of Anoml Mishra’s Romancing Sydney. Elisa and Sachen are a couple in love; so are their friends, Alex and John, who have recently gotten engaged. Since Elisa’s visa is about to expire, Sachen has gotten the idea to propose to her so that they can stay in Australia together. But there’s one problem – Sachen has let John’s constant teasing get the better of him, and, to retaliate, Sachen has sabotaged John and Alex’s relationship in revenge. And even though…

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Romancing Sydney (Critique)

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[We previously critiqued the film "Romancing Sydney," in its semifinal form, under the name "A Walk in Hyde Park." ] “Romancing Sydney” is a love story between Sachen (Anmol Mishra) and Elisa (Susanna Richter.) The two meet by chance one night – Elisa has been kicked out of her apartment and is sitting on the beach, crying. Sachen’s car breaks down in the same spot where she is sitting, and the two strike up a conversation that leads…

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Quinkin (Critique)


In Aboriginal legend, the time of creation is known as the Dreamtime. It was a sacred and mystical era in which spirits created the world. One of those spirits – still feared by modern-day Aborigines – was known as the Quinkin. The Quinkin had two distinct beings: one was described as being long and whip thin with a rounded head that had spikes coming out of it. This being lives in cracks in rocks and is good-natured. The other being is evil in nature – big and fat, and known for any and all kind of mischief and bad deeds. Some Aborigines are afraid to even pronounce the name of this spirit for fear of its power.

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Oculus: The Man with the Plan (Flashback Critique)

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With the amazing new Oculus feature film about to come out on April 11th, it seemed appropriate for us to showcase the flashback critique that began the film franchise back from 2006. Some slight changes have been made to transform it for the current database system, and the links for getting new information on this film have all been updated. As a bonus, at the end, we’ll include the bonus extended trailer for the 2014 film!

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Nathan Davis Still Lives (Critique)

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Filmmaker Dean Garris chose to explore the life of a talented musician who died too young, a blues singer/songwriter from North Carolina named Nathan Davis. In this film, he explores Davis’ formative years, his lost love, his hustling love for music, the brink of fame and fortune that was swallowed by death, and the lasting impact he had on those whom he touched with his young life.

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Gold Field (Short Critique)

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Set in the brutal Gold Rush of Australia in the 1850′s, Gold Field tells a tale of betrayal and greed. Guillaume (Dino Marnika) and his brother, Frederic (Albert Goikhman), are camping on their claim in the Australian region of Victoria. As Frederic heads off to gather more wood for the fire, Guillaume catches sight of an old acquaintance in the dark and calls out to him. Etienne (Alan King) emerges from the surrounding thicket, stripped naked with his hands tied in front of him. Guillaume invites him to the fire and….

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DramaClass (Critique)

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When a television studio of ill repute decides they need to one-up their already questionable line of reality shows, they decide to create a reality show set in a tiny college that’s owned by Barbara Marconi, the barely legal wife of a millionaire. As the reality show gets ready to shoot, things come to a head between Mrs. Marconi, her current beau, her husband, and his enforcer.

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Dig (Critique)

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David (Aaron Himelstein) appears to be an average college student in 1962. He spends most of his waking hours debating philosophy with his friends in a local coffee shop and questioning how morality is subject to perspective. However, one day, as David is chatting with Marie (Tiffany Brouwer) and a few of his collegiate friends about Nietsche, his theory of the ubermensche (“superman” or “overman”), and how his viewpoints can justify many of the most horrific acts between human beings, the discussion goes from abstract to personal for David when a man from his past walks into the shop. Upon seeing the man, David knows he has no choice but to do something he’s never done before. What this is, why he feels this compulsion, and how he intends to carry it out is what makes Dig such a powerful film.

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Broadcast (Critique)

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Ethan is a car thief. He boosts cars for a living, which has led to a lifetime of friction and disconnect between himself and those closest to him. When he carjacks a car, throws the occupant out by the side of the road, and drives off into the boonies, it’s just another day in his life. However, as he drives toward the rendezvous he’s set up ahead of time with his cohorts, a disturbing news broadcast makes him realize that this is the worst day for business as usual.

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Assumption of Risk (Feature Critique)

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Wes Riemann (Dan McLaughlin) is a numerical savant. He can predict your life expectancy better than almost anyone else—and it’s led him on a fast ride into one of the most lucrative life insurance companies in the country. However, when a new colleague, Darci Bettencourt (Patricia Mizen), points out some shocking anomalies in the company, Wes discovers that there are some dark secrets…

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Aberrations (Short Critique)

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A nearly bankrupt photographer is out taking pictures when he encounters a strange man in a dark hood. The man opens fire, and the Photographer (also an accomplished marksman) fires back. Wounding the man, he’s unable to confront him, but finds a box left behind that contains several unusual camera lenses…

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A Walk In Hyde Park (Critique)

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Sachen (Anmol Mishra) lives in Sydney, Australia, and works at an antique store. One day, his car runs out of oil and he happens to run into a damsel in distress – Elisa (Susanna Richter), a German immigrant. She had just been kicked out of her apartment and was sitting outside crying. Sachen offers her comfort, and soon this unlikely meeting evolves into a relationship.

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