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Man From Reno Review

30 March 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Visually, Man From Reno looks like the year’s best mystery thriller. Much of it is set in San Francisco, that twisty, foggy city by the sea that has housed the works of Raymond Chandler and Alfred Hitchcock. Several sequences within Dave Boyle’s film have the olive green tinted lighting of a David Fincher flick, and that director’s fascination with laying out the details of a dense investigation is also replicated here.

Boyle’s screenplay, which he co-wrote with Joel Clark and Michael Lerman, pays tribute to the wit and panache of classic sleuths. Both of the film’s detective protagonists are conventional in the classical way: one is a sly, intelligent woman trying to flee her past, the other an old time sheriff of a small town with a creased face and fatigued voice.

Unfortunately, Boyle’s beautifully lensed pastiche is less the sum of its parts, »

- Jordan Adler

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Man From Reno | Review

25 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Reno 911: Boyle’s Indie Neo-Noir an Enjoyable Pulpy Exercise

For his fifth feature, indie filmmaker Dave Boyle pays homage to film noir tropes with his twisty, engaging Man From Reno. Along the lines of the light, comically inclined indie sleuthing of Aaron Katz’s Portland set Cold Weather (2010), Boyle gives noir a fresh face in the culturally ambiguous city of San Francisco. Though not all of its tangential elements feel quite successful, Boyle’s screenplay, co-written with his regular collaborators Michael Lerman and Joel Clark, features an unpredictably dark third act that more resolutely recalls the films it’s inspired by than most of its modern counterparts.

Recently escaping from a book tour back home in Japan, famed pulpy mystery author Aki (Ayako Fujitano) finds herself alone in San Francisco while her disappearance causes a dramatic furor. She runs into a sexy stranger who calls himself Akira (Kazuki Kitamura »

- Nicholas Bell

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Independent Spirit Awards 2015: Winners list in full

21 February 2015 4:35 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell hosted the 30th Independent Spirit Awards from Los Angeles today (February 21).

Digital Spy rounds up all of the winners from this year's ceremony below:

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - Winner!


Love is Strange



Best Director

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

Ava DuVernay - Selma

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Richard Linklater - Boyhood - Winner!

David Zellner - Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Best Screenplay

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski - Big Eyes

J.C. Chandor - A Most Violent Year

Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler - Winner!

Jim Jarmusch - Only Lovers Left Alive

Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias - Love is Strange

Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer.)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah

Dear White People

Director/Producer: Justin Simien

Producers: Effie T. Brown, »

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2015 Independent Spirit Award Winners: 'Birdman' Tops the Field

21 February 2015 4:34 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The 2015 Spirit Awards were handed out today and it was Birdman taking Best Feature and Best Actor (Michael Keaton) while Boyhood went home a double winner taking Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). However, while that's the result for the two big guns that will be going head-to-head at tomorrow night's Oscars, Nightcrawler was also a double winner taking Best Screenplay and Best First Feature, both awarded to writer/director Dan Gilroy. Otherwise, no big surprises with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) taking Best Actress and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) taking Supporting Actor, Citizenfour took Best Documentary and Birdman scored a third win for Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography. Justin Simien (Dear White People) took home Best First Screenplay and, whoa!, Look!, Whiplash was also a double winner, with Tom Cross winning for Best Editing (well deserved!) and anticipated Oscar winner in the same category, Ida won Best Foreign Language Film. »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Birdman’ Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards

21 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Birdman” won the Spirit Award for best feature, and Michael Keaton nabbed the statue for actor for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s whimsical comedy-drama that dominated the 30th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The film thus triumphed in two of the categories that have been most difficult to predict this awards season. The feature trophy went to producers Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.

Richard Linklater was named top director for “Boyhood.” The split between the helmer/pic prizes could be a foreshadowing of Sunday’s Oscars, since the top races are hard to call. And Oscar could throw a few other curve balls into the mix, since “American Sniper,” and “The Theory of Everything” are ineligible for Spirits (since, respectively, the budget exceeded $20 million and the production was British).

Otherwise, there were few surprises in the Spirits: Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) for actress; J.K. Simmons »

- Dave McNary

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