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The drama about a former death row inmate (Aden Young) who's released from prison and struggles to adjust to life on the outside, premiered April 22 to near-universal praise from critics. The current season runs six episodes, but Season 2 will expand to 10 hours.
"The response to 'Rectify' has been incredible," Sundance Channel president and general manager Sarah Barnett says. "We feel as though this story has tapped into something truly unique, with both critics and audiences using their platforms to share such strong, personal reactions to this very distinctive TV series. There's so much drama and character that's been set up in the first season, it will be electrifying to see where 'Rectify' goes in Season 2."
"Rectify" is Sundance Channel's first ever original scripted drama series, and as such arrives with the burden of needing to justify the network's foray into the field while living up to the Sundance brand. The good news is that this contemplative, utterly engrossing and frequently gorgeous character study achieves and then surpasses both of those goals over the course of its initial six episode season.
The pacing of the storytelling -- which has more in common with a film by Terrence Malick than anything else on TV today -- is resolutely cinematic, and not all audiences will embrace that from the traditionally less challenging medium of TV. Consider it the next evolution in bridging the gap between TV and art cinema that began with HBO and AMC's more highbrow efforts.
If you're already thinking "that doesn't sound like a show for me," you're probably right. But if you're a fan of "Mad Men, »
Chicago – Cable networks often develop an identity, whether or not it’s through an intentional marketing strategy like “Characters Welcome” at USA or a network like Showtime building shows around TV actors and actresses who have previously found success in the form (Duchovny, Falco, Hall, Lewis, etc.). With the Sundance Channel’s premiere of the brilliant “Rectify” (now available on Netflix Instant, Btw) and tonight’s two-hour premiere of the riveting “Rectiffy,” what identity are they developing? Character-driven, deliberatly paced, genre pieces that transcend the cliches of their form to become something greater. “Rectify” is at once familiar and unlike anything else on TV right now. Yes, it’s great.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
Daniel Holden (a beautifully understated Aden Young) has spent the majority of his life behind bars. In fact, his life was supposed to end there. He was on death row for a brutal murder in his small town before DNA evidence exonorated him. »
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Once again demonstrating that compelling drama can come from unlikely sources, Sundance Channel expands on the inroads it’s made with miniseries in “Rectify,” a series with a strong indie-film sensibility and slow-as-molasses, hypnotic pace. If that doesn’t exactly scream boffo box office, it does represent the sort of quality that can put a network on the media’s radar, buoyed as it is by Aden Young’s wonderfully stoic performance as a man who spent 19 years on death row before being freed by DNA evidence. Someone understandably refers to the protagonist as “Starman,” but his distant stare and alienation better approximate the vibe in “Sling Blade.”
Young’s Daniel Holden isn’t completely out of the woods when he’s released, since the former prosecutor — now a state senator (Michael O’Neill) — is convinced he got the right man, and the evidence doesn’t completely exonerate him. Whether »
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A project that feels like it has been around for absolutely ages is Ryuhei Kitamura's ('The Midnight Meat Train') slasher flick 'No One Lives'. Thankfully, however, if you live in the Us you'll be able to finally catch the WWE Studios and Pathe UK co-production in select theatres from 10 May. Anchor Bay will be dropping the thriller into the following cities next month; La, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Detroit, Houston and Baltimore. 'No One Lives' stars Luke Evans ('The Raven'), Adelaide Clemens ('Silent Hill: Revelation'), Derek Magyar, America Olivo ('Friday the 13th'), Beau Knapp, Lee Tergesen, Lindsey Shaw, Jake Austin Walker, George Murdoch, Laura Ramsey, Gary Grubbs and Dalton Gray. Head below to check out the new international trailer. »
It was a year and a half ago we posted the first piece of teaser art from Ryuhei Kitamura's ('The Midnight Meat Train') new killer thriller 'No One Lives' and since then we're still waiting with bated breathe at the final product. It was slated for a January 2013 release and even scored an 18 rating by the BBFC here in the UK but unless this completely bypassed us since we've not seen or heard anything. Anyway, for now we do know its hitting Russian theatres on 18th April at least according to this new international poster revealed by the Imp Awards. Luke Evans ('The Raven'), Adelaide Clemens ('Silent Hill: Revelation'), Derek Magyar, America Olivo ('Friday the 13th'), Beau Knapp, Lee Tergesen, Lindsey Shaw, Jake Austin Walker, George Murdoch, Laura Ramsey, Gary Grubbs, and Dalton Gray all star in the new thriller. Check out the poster below. »
6 items from 2013
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