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

  • Queen of Earth | Review

    Earth Below Us: Perry’s Esoteric Puzzle of Women and Madness What a delight to see director Alex Ross Perry continuing his delightful examinations of unlikeable...

  • Z for Zachariah | Review

    This is the End: Zobel’s Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangle Following the success of his galvanizingly uncomfortable 2012 film Compliance, director Craig Zobel teases his way into...

  • The Curse of Downers Grove | Review

    Teenage Wasteland: Ellis & Martini Join Forces for Derivative Teen Angst Check your expectations at the opening credits with The Curse of Downers Grove, a...

  • 6 Years | VOD Review

    There’s Always Tomorrow…Maybe: Fidell Explores the Familiar Predicaments of the LTR Director Hannah Fidell follows her 2013 debut A Teacher with concisely minded 6 Years,...

  • Some Kind of Beautiful | Review

    Some Kind of Nonsense: Vaughan’s Unintentional Antithesis of the RomCom Not long into Some Kind of Beautiful, the new film from director Tom Vaughan, a...

  • Grandma | Review

    Citizen Lily: Weitz’s Character Study Homage to Iconic Lead Since beginning his directorial career with 1999’s American Pie, Paul Weitz has hovered in an in-between...

  • The Mend | Review

    Mysteries of Miseries: Magary’s Misanthropic Glance at Troubled Brothers There’s a perverse pleasure to be had watching John Magary’s directorial debut, The Mend, if mostly...

  • The Boy | Review

    The Sad Seed: Macneill’s Portrait of Rural Malaise Flickers with Occasional Menace In the cinematic landscape of evil (or at least sociopathic), children, it’s rare...

  • She’s Funny That Way | Review

    Funny Ha-ha: Bogdanovich’s Pleasant Return to the Screwball Comedy The buzz has been rather hushed concerning She’s Funny That Way, the return of 70s auteur...

  • American Ultra | Review

    The Long Spliff Goodnight: Nourizadeh’s Stoner Action Flick Mixes Kooky with Convention Comprised of a tangle of similar narrative threads spliced together from a variety...

  • Ivans Xtc | Retrospective for Bernard Rose at the American Cinematheque Review

    Notes from Hollywoodland: Rose’s Heady, Meaningful Tolstoy Update “It is as if I had been going downhill while I imagined I was going up,” realizes...

  • Amnesiac | Review

    Before I Go to Steal: Polish’s Familiar, Bare Bones Genre Trick It isn’t long after the film’s opening car crash sequence that the essence of...

  • Big Sky | Review

    Wide Open Spaces: Grau’s Arid English Language Debut Misses the Mark For his long awaited follow-up to his handsomely unsettling 2010 debut We Are What...

  • One & Two | Review

    One is the Loneliest Number: Palermo Exercises Tone Over Content Playing like the tangential origin story you’d expect to see from some rurally grown mutant...

  • Ten Thousand Saints | Review II

    New York I Love You: Berman & Pulcini’s Schmaltz Soaked Latest Nostalgia, especially in large doses, tends to hobble the authenticity of a text, whether...

  • Return to Sender | Review

    Harder Candy: Pike Headlines Predictably Exploitative Rape Thriller It seems Rosamund Pike is now the girl most likely to…. exact ruthless retribution on her instigators,...

  • Ten Thousand Saints | Review I

    East Village Ennui: Coming of Age Story Displaced, Too Hip For Own Good A coming of age narrative comprised of the familiar: teen angst, frustration,...

  • Mistress America | Review

    Sister, My Sister: Baumbach’s Energetic Return to Facades of NYC The latest in Noah Baumbach’s prolific slew of projects, Mistress America is the follow-up collaboration...

  • People, Places, Things | 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...

  • Two Step | Review

    Ordinary Madness: Johnson’s Character Study Enriched by Neo-Noir Aesthetic Premiering earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival, Alex R. Johnson’s directorial debut Two Step...

  • Cop Car | Review

    Riding in Cars with Cops: Watts’ Thriller Offers Low Yield Excitement Jon Watts continues in the B-grade vein showcased in his 2014 Eli Roth starring...

  • 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...