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  • Sundance Review: PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS

    "A slight but charming elevated rom-com that moves the dial" Read More
  • Sundance Review: MISTRESS AMERICA

    "An uneven, playful, totally daffy farce" Read More
  • Sundance Review: LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT

    "Surprisingly compelling, though sleepy, material for a "Jesus in the Desert" art film" Read More
  • Weekly Review 70: TWO DAYS, BROCKOVICH, STAND, MAD, GLENGARRY

    For the first time in months, we look back to the past. Read More
  • Sundance Review: THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT

    "Establishes an alarming, visceral sense of reality" Read More
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  • Sundance Review: MISSISSIPPI GRIND There are some people who just can't help but roll the dice. No matter how far ahead or behind they are, they just need to have one more go at the "big win". And as any longtime gambler knows, the win is incomparable elation. Though in the long run, this mentality always loses. Statically, a lifetime of gambling is bankrupting. Read More
  • Sundance Review: DIGGING FOR FIRE Displaying the kind of laid back candor that sums up the mumblecore founding member, Joe Swanberg revealed that once you have kids, "life is a clusterfuck." And so is Digging For Fire. Kinda. A lesser effort in the aftermath of two eruptively sweet victories (Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas), Digging for Fire takes on the humps and bumps of marriage Read More
  • Sundance Review: SLOW WEST Michael Fassbender is a welcome addition to any film marque - independent or otherwise. From the jaguar-like way he carries himself to the silky, chop salad baritone of his voice, his dangerous presence is inimitable and essential (even through a paper-machie helmet.) Like the great Western heroes of lore, he saunters on spurs, a meaty cigar never far from his tobacco-stained Read More
  • Sundance Review: ADVANTAGEOUS Metaphysical bodysnatching from the POV of the snatcher, Advantageous is a soft sci-fi-drama centered around a cool idea but repeatedly undone by shoddy execution, unconvincing performances and dreadful FX. Commendable though Jennifer Phang's mother-daughter relationship study might be in the context of Sundance's overabundance of father-son sagas, Phang is able to capitalize on the maternal bonds between ejector and ejected Read More
  • Sundance Review: 99 HOMES Success and honesty have become diametrically opposed forces in 99 Homes, a one-percenter housing thriller that pits a wolf of real estate in the form of an e-cigarette munching Michael Shannon against a hardworking everyman day laborer (Andrew Garfield). Money though is a powerful drug. Opulence, an even purer form of intoxicant. And as Dennis Nash's (Garfield) desperate catches the Read More
  • Sundance Review: SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE Leslye Headland arrived on the cinematic scene in a roundabout kind of way. Her debut film Bachelorette divided audiences -Reelview's James Berardinelli gave it zero stars and labeled it "the worst movie of 2012" (we gave it a soaring review) though it's gone on to achieve a quiet cult status. Originally written as a screenplay then adapted for the stage, Read More
  • Sundance Review: THE STRONGEST MAN Socially awkward black comedy with occasionally explosive moments of understated humor, The Strongest Man is Kenny Riches' follow-up to Must Come Down and his first big festival debut. His surgically shrewd examination of two nobodies stewing in the melting pot of Miami presents a deep and thoughtful metaphysical exploration of life as alien experience with the stonerish tendencies of Jared Read More
  • Sundance Review: JAMES WHITE James White is a revealing ailment drama fastened by excellent performances and as smothered in bathos as cafeteria nachos are in fluorescent cheese. Marking the writing/directing debut for longtime Borderline Films producer Josh Mond, this nuclear family implosion bespeaks a turning point for the genre-leaning studio. In the wake of such cerebral thriller vibes of Martha Marcy May Marlene and Read More
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