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

  • The Witch | 2015 Sundance Film Festival 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...

  • Partisan | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Pledge Allegiance: Kleiman’s Intriguing Debut a Fascist Allegory Sure to draw superficial comparisons to other famed pre-teen assassin films like The Professional (1994) or Hanna...

  • City of Gold | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Eating One’s Way To Enlightenment: Gabbert Follows Gold Down A Rabbit-Hole Of Crucial Cultural Cuisine Everyone in Los Angeles knows that Jonathan Gold is the...

  • Z for Zachariah | 2015 Sundance Film Festival 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...

  • Tangerine | 2015 Sundance Film Festival 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...

  • The End of the Tour | 2015 Sundance Film Festival 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...

  • Song One | Review

    Title Track: Barker-Froyland’s Cloying Debut Plays Familiar Tune “Sad song at night, hipster’s delight” should be the opening line in Kate Barker-Froyland’s mournful, musically inclined...

  • Cake | Review

    Let Them Have It: Barnz Banks on Adept Aniston Grief is a prickly emotion to convey within the confines of the indie American melodrama, a...

  • The Humbling | Review

    Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s...

  • Little Accidents | Review

    Casualties of Class War: Colangelo’s Well Performed, Soporific Debut The directorial debut of Sara Colangelo, Little Accidents, finds a filmmaker afforded the possibility to expand...

  • Match | Review

    Stewart’s Eccentricity Barely Keeps “Match” Lit Groomed and primmed ballet dancers create arches and points which are lauded and corrected by their instructor, kept sharp...

  • Still Alice | Review

    Red Queen’s Lost Her Head: Westmoreland & Glatzer’s Poetic Elegy of Familial Tragedy It’s been a busy year for Julianne Moore, in between tent pole...

  • The World Made Straight | Review

    Civil War on Drugs: Burris Turns Southern Gothic into Southern Comfort Though its title sounds something you’d expect to grace a Christian propaganda film starring...

  • Predestination | Review

    Adjustment Bureau: The Spierig Bros. Resuscitate Heinlein’s Dime Store Sci-Fi Though it gets off to an idle, clunky start, the Spierig Bros, an Australian directing...

  • A Most Violent Year | Review

    Year of Living Stressfully: Chandor Returns with Slow-Boil Scald Baby, it may be cold outside, but the climate’s sure changing in J.C. Chandor’s flashback to...

  • Ask Me Anything | Review

    Ask and You Shall Receive: Burnett’s Adaptation Buoyed By Arresting Performances Landing somewhere on a spectrum of unraveling female adolescent prototypes that plays like one...

  • Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks | Review

    Dance, Fools, Dance: Performances Elevate Seidelman’s Stagnant Adaptation Marking the fifth film collaboration between director Arthur Allan Seidelman and writer Richard Alfieri is Six Dance...

  • Life Partners | Review

    She’s the One: Fogel’s Debut a Top Tier Examination of Co-Dependent Friendship Borrowing shades of autobiographical instances from their own lives, director Susanna Fogel and...

  • The Foxy Merkins | Review

    American Gigola: Olnek’s Hilarious Sophomore Film Reinvents the Masculine Realm of Hustler Bonding Few filmmakers are able to successfully create a distinctly unique universe of...

  • Wild | Review #2

    A Prayer for the Wild at Heart: Vallee Continues Reinvention of Lost Souls Arriving at the end of star Reese Witherspoon’s auteur binge is one...

  • Wild | Review

    Peaks and Vallée: Witherspoon Eats, Prays, Hikes When Cheryl Strayed’s memoir was released in 2012, the climate for gender politics was different. The book’s popularity soared...

  • Butter on the Latch | Review

    Pass the Butter: Decker Cooks Up Female & Peyote Driven Experiment Serving as a statement more so than a film, Butter on the Latch, tosses...

  • Before I Disappear | Review

    The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his...

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night | Review

    Walking After Midnight: Amirpour’s Expressive, Moody Debut Described as an Iranian vampire film with all its characters speaking Farsi, yet filmed in California and set...

  • V/H/S: Viral | Review

    Headcleaner: VHS Series Gets Third Installment Blues Perhaps after this third installment this franchise can enter the same void for the format which it’s named,...