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

  • Nina | Review

    A Matter of Resistance: Mort’s Compromised Portrait of a Musical Legend She may try with a considerable, ambitious might, but Zoe Saldana does not conjure...

  • A Hologram for the King | Review

    Same as it ever Was: Tykwer’s Unwieldy Intersection of Commerce and Culture We’ve seen an increasing amount of films featuring Americans floundering about in the...

  • The Meddler | Review

    Chapter Two: Scafaria Scores with Sarandon in Earnest Character Portrait Writer-director Lorene Scafaria manages her most accomplished work to date with sophomore feature, The Meddler,...

  • Hostile Border | Review

    Confessions of a Pocha Hustler: Dwyer Tackles Topicality with Listless Thriller Michael Dwyer makes his directorial debut with Hostile Border, an adequate examination of contemporary...

  • Criminal | Review

    The Iceman Cometh: Vromen Baffles with Illogical Romantic Thriller Director Ariel Vromen dashes the promise shown in his 2012 portrait of contract killer Richard Kuklinski...

  • Green Room | Review

    Music Lets the People Come Together: Saulnier’s Latest an Enjoyably Intense Thriller Director Jeremy Saulnier follows the promise of his 2013 breakout thriller Blue Ruin,...

  • One More Time | Review

    Begin Again: Edwards’ Satisfying Sophomore Film Utilizes Walken Thanks to the overwhelming trend of quirk, cliché, or contrivance evident in most American indie offerings (whether...

  • Louder Than Bombs | 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,...

  • Darling | Review

    When She Calls You Sweetheart: Keating Invokes Femme Fou with Derivative Art-house Thriller Riding the thin line between copycatting and homage, indie director Mickey Keating...

  • Miles Ahead | Review

    Kinetic & Spirited: Debut Heavily Reliant on Cheadle’s Perf His raspy voice precedes, commanding the dark screen. Front and center, the unruly Don Cheadle channels the...

  • Hunter Gatherer | 2016 SXSW Film Festival Review

    Happy-Go-Lucky: Locy’s Odd, High-Spirited Portrait of a Scam Artist A mere glance at the extensive list of executive producers (which includes David Gordon Green, Jody...

  • Krisha | Review

    Turkey Shoot: Shults Brings Heartache to the Holidays in Intimate Debut We’ve seen it plenty of times before, the hellacious discomfort accompanying the enforced tradition...

  • Donald Cried | 2016 SXSW Film Festival Review

    Escapes of Time and Memory: Avedisian’s Debut and the Cinema of Discomfort Director Kris Avedisian wants to make you feel repulsed and uncomfortable in his...

  • The Arbalest | 2016 SXSW Film Festival Review

    Toy Story: Pinney’s Debut a Strange Love Puzzle Writer and cinematographer Adam Pinney (credited for both on indie filmmaker Adam Orr’s films Blood Car and...

  • A Stray | 2016 SXSW Film Festival Review

    Boy and His Dog: Syeed Offers Rare Glimpse into Urban Somali Community For his sophomore effort, A Stray, director Musa Syeed focuses on a specific,...

  • Take Me to the River | 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...

  • Road Games | Review

    Hitchin’ a Ride: Pastoll’s Debut an Assortment of Tropes No, it’s not a remake of the 1981 Richard Franklin thriller starring Stacy Keach and Jamie...

  • The Witch | Review

    Better the Devil You Know: Eggers’ Debut Marinates with Menace Easily the most profoundly unnerving film to play at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the...

  • 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...