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2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Because the film fails, I believe, to move away from stereotypes with Jesse, the gay friend whose characterization Justin Long lisps and sashays his way through…

Posted on February 21, 2012 in Reviews by

L

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURES SELECTION! “L” is most certainly strange, but the movie itself never acknowledges as much. It instead offers itself at face value as though in a self-induced trance, unaware or indifferent to whether we might join in…

Posted on February 19, 2012 in Reviews by

LAY THE FAVORITE

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! Its proficiency as lighter fare aside, the film’s rare ventures into more serious territory feel forced. Put simply, the characters (Hall’s in particular) aren’t suited for it…

Posted on February 18, 2012 in Reviews by

ETHEL

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! If you are looking for an inspiring, optimistic, personal documentary, please see this film and be awed…

Posted on February 12, 2012 in Reviews by

RED HOOK SUMMER

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! Once your brain adjusts to the over-the-top, stage-styled performances, there’s a strong chance Spike Lee’s latest effort, “Red Hook Summer,” will come off as a poignant project with a lot to say…

Posted on February 6, 2012 in Reviews by

SHADOW DANCER

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! Andrea Riseborough deserves to be one of 2012’s breakout stars. Her performance as Colette McVeigh is outstanding…

Posted on February 6, 2012 in Reviews by

RED LIGHTS

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! This could have been a fun, “X-Files”-esque exploration of paranormal phenomena. Instead, it is an extremely earnest failure that is still fun to watch, but only because of the unintended laughs…

Posted on February 6, 2012 in Reviews by

BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SELECTION! Gertten spends his second banana film defending his first banana film without offering enough factual information to really defend either…

Posted on February 1, 2012 in Reviews by

FOR ELLEN

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURES SELECTION! In fact, there were many opportunities for this film to take expected, clichéd turns but Kim’s taste level is strong enough to avoid them each and every time…

Posted on January 28, 2012 in Reviews by

FILLY BROWN

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURES SELECTION! This will be the performance that puts Gina Rodriguez onto people’s radars. It’s hard to believe that she wasn’t an emcee before starting this project…

Posted on January 28, 2012 in Reviews by

MY BROTHER THE DEVIL

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Sally El Hosaini has produced a tremendous debut feature. All of her actors, from the leads to supporting players deliver noteworthy performances…

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Reviews by

BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOC PREMIERES FEATURES SELECTION! This is the coolest documentary I’ve ever seen. That’s the sentence that kept running through my head as I watched “Bones Brigade”…

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Reviews by

BLACK ROCK

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT SELECTION! “Black Rock” is an intense thriller that does a lot of things right…

Posted on January 25, 2012 in Reviews by

ME @THE ZOO

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SELECTION! I liked “Me @the Zoo” (incidentally, the film title derives from the title of the first ever YouTube video) best when the filmmakers cast their eye on Internet celebrity culture and how completely insane it can become…

Posted on January 24, 2012 in Reviews by

VALLEY OF SAINTS

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURES SELECTION! It is a tale of enduring friendship, cautionary statement on the importance of the ecosystem and environment, a love story and a patriotic ode…

Posted on January 24, 2012 in Reviews by

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