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

  • 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...

  • Uncertain Terms | Review

    Rebounds and Role-play: Silver’s Latest Returns to Uncomfortable Interactions With his fourth feature film, Uncertain Terms, indie film director Nathan Silver advances the knack he...

  • Nightingale | Review

    On Yon Bloomy Spray: Oyelowo Dominates Lester’s One Set Drama Director Elliott Lester, best known for his 2011 Jason Statham offering, Blitz, adapts firstime screenwriter...

  • Heaven Knows What | Review

    Living Through Oblivion: Safdie Bros. Lens Devastating Tale of Desperation and Depravity on the Streets of NYC The story of how the directorial brothers Benny...

  • I Believe In Unicorns | Review

    Oh Them Silly Unicorns: Meyerhoff’s Coming of Age Debut Prizes Style Over Substance Director Leah Meyerhoff most effectively conveys the nature of her debut film,...

  • Sicario | 2015 Cannes Film Festival Review

    The Company of Wolves: Villeneuve’s Superb Packaging Enhances Customary Cartel Themes There’s much to be excited about with Sicario, the latest film from Quebecois director...

  • Louder Than Bombs | 2015 Cannes Film Festival Review

    Another Time, Another Place: Trier’s Graceful, Quiet English Language Debut Norwegian director Joachim Trier reteams with his regular scribe Eskil Vogt for Louder Than Bombs,...

  • The Sea of Trees | 2015 Cannes Film Festival Review

    The Forest for the Trees: Van Sant’s Melodramatic Misfire Gus Van Sant’s name seems to conjure wildly different reactions depending on how accustomed one is...

  • Carol | 2015 Cannes Film Festival 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...

  • Bessie | Review

    Lady Sings the Hues: Rees Returns to Resurrect the Star of Blues Singer Many may not be immediately familiar with the name Bessie Smith, an...

  • Every Secret Thing | Review

    Baby Blues: Berg’s Troubled and Troubling Feature Debut Treated to a chilly reception following its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival last spring, the...

  • I’ll See You in My Dreams | Review

    Dream a Little Dream of Me: Haley’s Superb Showcase for Blythe Danner Long a supporting fixture in a variety of film projects going on five...

  • Good Kill | Review

    Fatal Irony: Is There Anything Good About This Kill? Nearly two decades after collaborating on the shrewd and subtly realized sci-fi allegory, Gattaca, Ethan Hawke...

  • Bravetown | Review

    Home of the Brave: Duran’s Debut a Neutered Examination of Grief During Wartime There’s a war going on, though not one specifically referenced, mentioned or...

  • Ride | Review

    Ride of Passage: Hunt’s Belated Sophomore Effort Crests Waves of Cliché Perhaps the most surprising element of note in Helen Hunt’s Ride is the fact...