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[Review] The Hallow

9 hours ago

Don’t go to Ireland or, better yet, don’t go to the part of Ireland where your insane neighbor tells you to stay out of the woods is the moral of The Hallow. Also, when something crashes into your child’s bedroom and somehow slams the door, don’t assume it’s a bird and move on with your […] »

- Jack Giroux

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[Sundance Review] Digging for Fire

30 January 2015 10:35 AM, PST

Joe Swanberg keeps getting better and better. A few years ago, Swanberg seriously stepped up his game with his highest-profile film yet, Drinking Buddies. The filmmaking, structure, and acting is all polished in that film, and the same goes for the writer-director’s latest, Digging for Fire. Co-written by the film’s star Jake Johnson, this marks another step forward in […] »

- Jack Giroux

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[Sundance Review] Don Verdean

30 January 2015 8:11 AM, PST

In 2004, director Jared Hess was behind one of the most successful indies of the year: Napoleon Dynamite. The two films of his which followed that wild success were received less warmly. The director’s funniest film, Nacho Libre, didn’t come close to matching Dynamite‘s impact on pop culture or its success, while Gentlemen Broncos was mostly just a disaster. The one bright spot […] »

- Jack Giroux

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[Sundance Review] A Walk in the Woods

30 January 2015 8:03 AM, PST

Originally designed to be another collaboration between Robert Redford and Paul Newman, A Walk in the Woods is now coming to the screen with Redford intact and the addition of Nick Nolte. Making the two legendary actors enjoyable to watch as they converse on a trail doesn’t sound too difficult, but sadly, the script stumbles to give them material […] »

- Jack Giroux

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[Sundance Review] Listen to Me Marlon

29 January 2015 12:29 AM, PST

Some iconic talents of cinema rarely gave an interview, while others were relegated to the routine press circus. Regardless of where one falls on the spectrum, the bite-sized, often pre-packaged tidbits of one’s career do little to paint an accurate portrait of a life, and it’s effectively unfeasible to get such a look apart from the talent itself. […] »

- Jordan Raup

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[Sundance Review] Last Days in the Desert

27 January 2015 7:10 AM, PST

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of this year’s Sundance Film Festival slate, Last Days in the Desert, follows Jesus (and Satan), both played by Ewan McGregor, as he’s in the final steps of his contemplative 40-day journey before returning to civilization in Jerusalem. Far removed from the recent bombastic Biblical tentpoles Noah and Exodus, Rodrigo García‘s beautiful, spare drama can […] »

- Jordan Raup

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[Sundance Review] Entertainment

27 January 2015 7:07 AM, PST

Director Rick Alverson makes some scary comedies. His previous endeavor, The Comedy, showed us the horrors of aging trust fund babies, making for an excellent, funny and headache-inducing result. The challenging experience that is Alverson’s latest film, Entertainment, makes The Comedy feel like a walk in the park. The comedy, which he co-wrote with star Gregg Turkington and co-star Tim Heidecker, follows a bottom-of-the-barrel […] »

- Jack Giroux

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[Sundance Review] Strangerland

26 January 2015 9:46 AM, PST

It’s not easy to watch a family disintegrate before your eyes. Kim Farrant’s directorial debut, the Aussie drama Strangerland, follows Catherine Parker (Nicole Kidman) and her husband Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) as they fight together to hold on to their family and their sanity the wake of their children’s disappearance on the eve of a devastating dust storm. As […] »

- Heath Jones

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[Sundance Review] I Am Michael

26 January 2015 9:19 AM, PST

Sure to ignite many impassioned discussions,  I Am Michael tackles complex issues of sexuality and faith with a balanced view. The directorial debut of Justin Kelly, a past collaborator with Gus Vant Sant (who produces here), the drama’s formal elements aren’t as compelling as the ideas it wrestles with, but it does make for one of James Franco‘s […] »

- Jordan Raup

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[Sundance Review] Knock Knock

26 January 2015 8:34 AM, PST

With his tirelessly brutal movies, Eli Roth isn’t for everybody. Hostel and Hostel II aren’t exactly easy watches, but Roth does what he does well, even if it’s not one’s cup of tea. The filmmaker’s work is at its most enjoyable when there’s a playfulness to the horror, which is why Roth’s latest, Knock Knock, a thriller full of laughs, is his […] »

- Jack Giroux

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[Sundance Review] Mistress America

26 January 2015 8:26 AM, PST

Something happened to Noah Baumbach. The writer-director behind GreenbergMargot at the Wedding, and The Squid in the Whale never once pulled a punch as a storyteller, telling honest and emotional stories. What’s great about his more cringe-inducing work is that, underneath all the pain, there’s still a sense of optimism; Baumbach truly roots for his characters to pull their lives […] »

- Jack Giroux

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[Sundance Review] Nasty Baby

26 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST

Sebastián Silva is a director who strives for the unexpected. Both premiering at Sundance a few years ago, Magic Magic and Crystal Fairy are wild movies, often veering into strange and dark territory. Even if the tonal or structural gambles don’t always payoff, it’s refreshing to see a filmmaker take those kind of chances. Silva does that yet again with Nasty […] »

- Jack Giroux

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