VALENTINE ROAD

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! While still an interesting conversation starter, this is a topic that needs more scrutiny and I remain unclear as to what “Valentine Road” is trying to say. ..

Posted on January 28, 2013 in Reviews by

THE WAY, WAY BACK

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There’s nothing groundbreaking here by any stretch of the imagination but it’s not always the freshness of the joke but how well it’s told that matters…

Posted on January 28, 2013 in Reviews by

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The Sundance Film Festival has wrapped up another year and announced the award winners for the 2013 event…

Posted on January 27, 2013 in Festivals by

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! The inconsistency up and down in Soloway’s script and tone at least has the occasional deflection of Hahn doing her best to make this the character study it was likely intended to be…

Posted on January 26, 2013 in Reviews by

THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! With a film this intriguing, harrowing and harsh, it almost feels like a rip off that you aren’t crying by the end…

Posted on January 26, 2013 in Reviews by

HELL BABY

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT FEATURE SELECTION! Lennon and Garant clearly belong to a brand of comedy that dictates that if it works once, run the joke into the ground until at least hitting the rule of three. The problem is that none of the jokes work the first time…

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Reviews by

C.O.G.

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Kyle Patrick Alvarez will forever hold a unique spot among a select group of literature-loving cineastes in that he is the first writer/director to adapt a work by the beloved David Sedaris into a film…

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Reviews by

FILL THE VOID

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SELECTION! Director Rama Burshentein offers a fascinating portrait of Hasidic Jews, a community of law and ritual that is also one of mutual support and interconnectivity…

Posted on January 24, 2013 in Reviews by

LASTING

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Michal and Karina are not bad people, but they are immature and unsure of how to handle their problems when they come up; both make the mistake of retreating into themselves, and the result is the alienation of the other…

Posted on January 23, 2013 in Reviews by

BLUE CAPRICE

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT FEATURE SELECTION! It’s to Moors’ credit that the first three-quarters of Blue Caprice represent an attempt to understand how John comes to be the way he is and that the inevitable violence is almost an afterthought…

Posted on January 23, 2013 in Reviews by

THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! There’s a touch of the fantastical embedded into the all-over-the-map narrative, all of which falls flat and some of which is even cringe-worthy…

Posted on January 23, 2013 in Reviews by

AUSTENLAND

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Hess offers a wry, modernized take on a perennial favorite, and indeed, it is catnip for the ovaries…

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Reviews by

TWO MOTHERS

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! The unintentional laughs that came out at my screening were one of the only things I liked about the film…

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Reviews by

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! This is a consistently moving tone poem of a film, even if its immediacy doesn’t necessarily translate into long-lasting resonance…

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Reviews by

THE STUART HALL PROJECT

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! It’s clear that Akomfrah holds Hall in high regard as do many in the world, both scholars and armchair philosophers…

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Reviews by

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