THE TRIP TO ITALY

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! There are very few instances that a comedic sequel is as good as the original, and “The Trip to Italy” falls prey to that very curse…

Posted on January 27, 2014 in Reviews by

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARDS

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has announced the recipients of this year’s audience and jury awards…

Posted on January 26, 2014 in Festivals by

GOD’S POCKET

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Alternately a working class crime drama infused with almost random bits of black comedy and ever greater shots of unrealistic silliness, the film becomes the very definition of a tonal mess…

Posted on January 25, 2014 in Reviews by

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Unabashedly a woman-centered film, “Happy Christmas” presents two devastatingly authentic female characters who may have been roughly outlined by Swanberg but were fully colored in by Lynskey and Kendrick…

Posted on January 25, 2014 in Reviews by

JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Lew’s cinematography and Smith’s direction often place Marks on the fringe of the composition, a character always out-of-reach and placed in the background, as Jamie was when he was alive…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

CALVARY

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! It’s a film that works almost like a sermon: It lost me at points along the way but hit me like a ton of bricks in its conclusion. On the way home and in the days that passed, I’ve only come to admire it even more…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

THE BABADOOK

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT SELECTION! Throw in just a few fresh images, a pair of great performances and enough creepy audio to have you fearing those dark corners again, and you have one entertaining and frightening experience in store…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

A MOST WANTED MAN

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! Espionage work has become a truly thankless career, not nearly as sexy and glamorous as what James Bond, Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt make it out to be…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! It is a fine tonal balance to make a film like this one that has so little narrative thrust and Amirpour sometimes loses that battle…

Posted on January 23, 2014 in Reviews by

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME 1

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SECRET SCREENING SELECTION! This is a very challenging, original, and often hilarious piece of work that fans of LvT’s really must see but I’m also not sure yet what to make of it as an entire work of art…

Posted on January 23, 2014 in Reviews by

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! If this is a film about someone finding comfort in her own skin and moving forward from there, Akhavan’s future seems the brightest of all…

Posted on January 23, 2014 in Reviews by

THE DOUBLE

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! None of what he borrows from the cinematic past is blatant enough to constitute stealing, instead Ayoade builds his own stylistic brand of cinema, tying everything together with a uniquely droll style of absurdism…

Posted on January 23, 2014 in Reviews by

DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT SELECTION! Bigger, brasher, bloodier, and with more bowels, “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” is a blast…

Posted on January 23, 2014 in Reviews by

FILMS GONE WILD: 2014 SUNDANCE #2 (WHY WOULD A S&M CLUB HAVE A CEO?)

So after I get home from the “Artist at the Table” event Wednesday night, I need to get a head start on the movie watching…

Posted on January 23, 2014 in Features, Films Gone Wild by

THE SKELETON TWINS

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! It’s not breaking news to claim that Hader and Wiig have perfect comic timing and they seem to improve it just by playing off each other…

Posted on January 21, 2014 in Reviews by

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