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All posts tagged "U.S. Indie Film Review"

  • The End of the Tour | Review

    The Admiration Game: Ponsoldt’s Moving Homage to Artist and Artistry Following the critical successes of 2012’s Smashed and 2013’s The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt...

  • Jenny’s Wedding | Review

    Portrait of Jenny: Heigl’s Performance Buoys Social Issue Context There are several aspects to admire in Mary Agnes Donoghue’s sophomore directorial effort, Jenny’s Wedding, her...

  • Five Star | Review

    A Star is Born: Miller’s Returns to Saga of the Streets Director Keith Miller returns to a similar style of filmmaking with his sophomore film...

  • Big Significant Things | Review

    Eager Yet Flawed: Indie Darling is Safe-Guarded and Traditional Brian Reisberg‘s debut feature has many of the usual markings of an indie sleeper hit but like an...

  • Dark Was the Night | Review

    Into the Woods: A Creature Was Lurking in Heller’s Rudimentary Sophomore Film If it’s nifty poetic title manages to reel you in, you’ll discover a...

  • Unexpected | Review

    Baby Boom: Swanberg’s Pregnancy Drama Plays it Safe For a glaring portrait of the subtle audacity of subconscious privilege unawares, look no further than Kris...

  • 10 Cent Pistol | Review

    The Bonds of Bonding: Martin’s Debut a Choppy Crime Caper Sustained by a likeable cast of notable character actors, screenwriter Michael C. Martin’s directorial debut...

  • Southpaw | Review

    My Left Fist: Fuqua’s Sports Drama a Familiar, Emotionally Charged Comeback After another recent dalliance in action genre schlock, director Antoine Fuqua returns with the...

  • Safelight | Review

    To the Lighthouse: Aloupis Crafts Woefully Sluggish Tale of Truck Stop Tendencies Serving up a generous helping of outsider character study with teenage romance tinged...

  • Lila & Eve | Review

    Day of the Mother: Stone’s Flighty Revenge Thriller Favors Laughs There’s a certain degree of entertainment to be gleaned from director Charles Stone III’s latest...

  • Irrational Man | Review

    Tepid Contemplation: The Unraveling of a Mild Murder Plot For his 46th feature film, Irrational Man calls upon Woody Allen’s fascination, or at least tendency to create a...

  • Self/less | Review

    The Change-Up: Singh Sleepwalks Through Sci-Fi Stock Time is not on anyone’s side in director Tarsem Singh’s latest blunder through familiar material, Self/less, a mash-up...

  • Tangerine | Review

    Boulevard Ballads: Baker’s Enigmatic Journey into Hollywood’s Facade For those familiar with the cinematic offerings of Sean Baker, it will come as no surprise that...

  • Mad Women | Review

    Women on the Verge: Lipsky’s Overwrought Portrait of Dysfunction Those having experienced the independent cinema styling of Jeff Lipsky won’t be surprised by the end...

  • Jackie & Ryan | Review

    Ballad of the Sad Doublet: Mann’s Warm, Simplistic Tale of Lonely Hearts Recalling an era of simple, but warmly rendered studio features fitted specifically for...

  • Stung | Review

    Spirit of the Wasp’s Nest: Diez’s Debut a Schlocky Creature Feature African killer bees were once a common threat in disaster themed American cinema of...

  • Creep | Review

    People Are Strange: Brice’s Debut Retools Found Footage for Ordinary Madness Available on demand at the same time as his Sundance darling sophomore feature The...

  • The Midnight Swim | Review

    Out in the Moonlight, Just Like We Used to Do: Smith’s Throbbing, Eerie Debut The unnerving quality of Sarah Adina Smith’s directorial debut, The Midnight...

  • Burying the Ex | Review

    Ex to Grind: Dante’s ZomCom Never Finds Its Pulse Zombies are difficult subject matters for the screen. A staple of a popular subgenre, original narrative...

  • Infinitely Polar Bear | Review

    One Flew Over the Housing Project: Forbes Relates Childhood Memories in Debut Screenwriter Maya Forbes makes her directorial debut with Infinitely Polar Bear, an exploration...

  • Manglehorn | Review

    Locks of Love: Pacino Engrosses in Slight Narrative from Green David Gordon Green continues his examination of masculine relationships in Manglehorn, an adaptation from first...

  • People, Places, Things | 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Review

    Here in the Noun: Strouse’s Familiar, Charming RomCom The kids are basically all right in People, Places, Things, director James C. Strouse’s third outing as...

  • The Stranger | Review

    Stranger Danger: Roth & Amoedo Unveil Derivative Inclinations Director Eli Roth continues his collaboration with the South American crew from Aftershock (2012), by producing writer...

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl | Review

    Fault in Our Tastes: Teenage Death Gets Warmed Over in Gomez-Rejon’s Celebrated Sophomore Film Taking home the Grand Jury and Audience prize following its warmly...

  • We Are Still Here | Review

    From its chilly opening sequences and impressive title unveil, Ted Geoghegan’s slim yet sturdy debut We Are Still Here belongs to a contemporary tradition of...