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

  • Manchester by the Sea | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

    The Fire Last Time: Lonergan’s Austere Portrait of Razed Emotions in Chilly New England Kenneth Lonergan musters yet another masterful portrait of pervasive trauma with...

  • The Birth of a Nation | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Born Again: Parker Resuscitates Turner Narrative in Painful Labor of Love An odd, continued legacy of unquestioned applause greets the reception of actor Nate Parker’s...

  • Certain Women | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

    All I Desire: Reichardt’s Exceptional Triptych of Tenacious Women Though she’s already touted as one of the most talented American contemporary directors, Kelly Reichardt accomplishes...

  • Frank & Lola | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

    A Lover I Don’t Have to Love: Ross’ Debut Explores Troubled Romance Notions of monogamy and ownership hover on the troubling periphery of Matthew Ross’...

  • Lovesong | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Her Best Friend’s Wedding: Kim’s Poetic Exploration of Muted Desire Indie auteur So Yong Kim continues in English with her fourth narrative feature, Lovesong, a...

  • The Eyes of My Mother | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

    And Soon the Darkness: Pesce’s Debut a Superbly Stylized Nightmare If Portugal were the portal to some Lynchian netherworld of dreams deferred, it would look...

  • The Fits | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Get in Where You Fit In: Holmer’s Impressive Allegory of Assimilation Although it may feel a bit too allegorical or stylistically esoteric for its own...

  • The Abandoned | Review

    Be Afraid of the Dark: Rockaway’s Familiar Debut Enhanced by Atmospheric Locale Director Eytan Rockaway makes his directorial debut with the claustrophobic single set horror...

  • Anesthesia | Review

    Causality and Kindness: Nelson’s Latest Look at All the Lonely People The multifaceted Tim Blake Nelson unveils his latest directorial effort in nearly seven years...

  • Lamb | Review

    Strangers With Cabins : Partridge’s Uncomfortable Sophomore Film Returning behind the camera for the first time since his 2000 debut indie film Interstate 84, actor...

  • Anomalisa | Review

    Re-Animators: Kaufman & Johnson Brilliantly Translates Kafkaesque ‘Sound Play’ From The Stage To Stop Motion Springing from the mind that spewed an incredible string of transcendent work from Being...

  • Chimes at Midnight (1965) | Review

    Sweet Creature of Bombast: Welles’ Restored Homage to Shakespeare’s Ultimate Clown Before the world finally gets a chance to see Orson Welles’ last uncompleted film...

  • Yosemite | Review

    Palo Alto 2: Demeestere Crafts Franco’s Prose for Portrait of Preadolescent Angst Director Gabrielle Demeestere adapts James Franco’s A California Childhood for her directorial debut,...

  • American Hero | Review

    Street Wise Hercules: Love’s Homespun Superhero Film Too Conventional for Kicks No one can deny the super hero is now an immovable staple of Hollywood...

  • Don Verdean | Review

    Going Clear: Hess’ Uncomfortable Religious Comedy Defuses Subversive Potential Religion and comedy don’t make for comfortable bedfellows, at least not for films attempting to play...

  • Stinking Heaven | Review

    A Place on Earth: Silver’s Period Commune Channels Cinema-Verite While his 2014 title Uncertain Terms still awaits theatrical release as it makes the rounds of...

  • Chi-raq | Review

    Sexual Healing: Spike Lee’s New Joint Aims to Anoint Provocateur Spike Lee continues to fling his ambition into surprising experimental formats and narratives. Following the...

  • #Horror | Review

    As You “Like” It: Subkoff Finds the Sound and the Shrillness in Social Media Actress Tara Subkoff makes her directorial debut with #Horror, a film...

  • Criminal Activities | Review

    Subliminal Criminal: Haley’s Debut Feloniously Familiar There’s a certain amount of smarmy appeal to justify Jackie Earle Haley’s attraction to taking on Criminal Activities, the...

  • Carol | Review

    Locked Out of Heaven: Haynes Delivers Chilly Lesbian Romance Todd Haynes makes an exciting return with Carol, his first feature film since 2007’s I’m Not...

  • Dangerous Men | Review

    Man Trouble: Rad Enters Race for Worst Film Ever Made A unique oddity even amongst contemporary counterparts competing for notoriety as one of the worst...

  • Shelter | Review

    A Hard Knock Life: Bettany’s Naive Debut Exudes Good Intentions Actor Paul Bettany makes his directorial debut with Shelter, meant to be a glimpse into...

  • Trumbo | Review

    The Brave One: Roach Recapitulates Black List Era Hollywood Examining the past from the safer perspective of our more enlightened period, Jay Roach’s Trumbo is...

  • Take Me to the River | 2015 Newfest Film Festival Review

    River of No Return: Sobel Brings Scent of Southern Gothic to the Mid-West with Stellar Debut Family reunions have tremendous potential as battlefields for dysfunctional...

  • Burnt | Review

    Chef Boyardee: Wells Fails with Filmmaking Recipe For his third film outing, director John Wells delves into the catty universe of high-end cuisine with Burnt...