FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP

AMERICAN SPECTRUM

212 ^ The lives of these characters intertwine as they attempt to get their love lives in order, making for one very entertaining, and even soothing, romantic comedy…

5TH WORLD ^ The film is a promising but ultimately clunky debut by Blackhorse Lowe, who aims toward an ambitious poetic meditation on life but fails due to low-quality digital photography that clashes with the film’s style and some pacing mistakes…

DUANE HOPWOOD ^ We learn a fair amount about Duane’s family, friends and job, but we don’t get much insight into the man. Schwimmer’s capable but unimaginative performance is largely to blame…

HIGH SCHOOL RECORD ^ This year’s Sundance Film Festival high school tribes and tribulations entry is nothing like last year’s “Napoleon Dynamite”, but instead comes off more like Penelope Spheeris’ 1984 punk rock classic “Suburbia”…

LOVE, LUDLOW ^ Portrayed by Alicia Goranson as a feisty tough woman from Queens, Myra’s harsh exterior is partly a way to keep people out of her world, which she shares with her mentally disabled brother…

MITCHELLVILLE ^ Mitchellville” is a mysterious dream in which plot lines wander in unexpectedly from the subconscious and add layers of meaning to the protagonist’s life…

THE MOTEL ^ There seems to be a bit of a perverted Norman Bates in the works here…

RIZE ^ Clown make-up or no, there’s something almost disturbing in clowning and krumping’s spasmodic mock violence, but that’s just a reflection of the war torn environment that created it…

THE SALON ^ After “Barbershop,” “Barbershop 2,” and now “The Salon,” Mark Brown is in real danger of running out of ideas…

SAVING FACE ^ “Saving Face” is thought provoking and brimming with charm, match that with an infectious sense of humor and outstanding performances and you have a film better than most of the fare hitting national theaters every weekend…

STEAL ME ^ Ah, the life of a 15-year-old homeless kleptomaniac…

SWIMMERS ^ In a quiet working-class town on Maryland’s coast, a young girl’s innocence may forever be shattered as she confronts the realities of adult weakness and pain…

THE TALENT GIVEN US ^ “I’m not in therapy five days a week because you were a good mother…”

THIS REVOLUTION ^ The protagonist of “This Revolution” is Jake, a cameraman for fictional TV network BCN. He’s a hot-blooded, socially conscious guy with a chip on his shoulder because the network suppressed footage he taped of civilian casualties in Iraq…

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