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

  • The Neon Demon | Blu-ray Review

    After premiering to divisive responses at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it played in competition (jeers were mixed with waves of derisive laughter along...

  • Colossal | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    Seoul of the Matter: Vigalondo’s Environmental Impact Creature Feature Unique but Wonky Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo scores major points for ambition and uniqueness in his...

  • Jackie | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    The Safety of Objects: Larrain Revisits Traumatic Chapter of Iconic First Lady There have been very few First Ladies either before or after Jacqueline Kennedy...

  • Moonlight | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    When the Rainbow is Enuf: Jenkins Returns with Exceptional, Moving Character Portrait It’s been eight years since indie filmmaker Barry Jenkins debuted his exceptional directorial...

  • (re) Assignment | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    A Dish Best Served Bold: Hill’s Revenge-Thriller a Sleazy Mix of Action and Body Horror Grindhouse groupies will have something to celebrate with the latest...

  • Message from the King | 2016 Toronto Int. Film Festival Review

    To Live and Die in LA: Du Welz Explores the Los Angeles Underbelly in Revenge Noir Belgian auteur Fabrice Du Welz makes his English language...

  • The 9th Life of Louis Drax | Review

    One Life to Live: Aja’s Childhood Abuse Drama a Soapy Misstep Once at the forefront of the French horror wave of the early to mid-2000s...

  • The Sea of Trees | 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...

  • Imperium | Review

    Made in USA: Radcliffe Infiltrates Neo-Nazi Faction in Solid Potboiler Daniel Radcliffe impresses once again in an unlikely bit of casting as an FBI agent...

  • Sun Choke | Review

    Choke Up the Sun: Cresciman’s Dubious Deliberation on the Female Psyche Mentally unstable women with fragile personalities formulate a vibrant subgenre of their own across...

  • Little Men | Review

    Gentrified Agreement: Sachs’ Poignant Examination of a Childhood Friendship For his sixth feature, Ira Sachs returns to Brooklyn with Little Men, a perceptive study of...

  • Equity | Review

    Greed is God: Menon Crafts Terse, Uneven Femme-Centric Wall Street Noir Meera Menon follows up her 2013 road-trip comedy Farah Goes Bang with a low-fi...

  • Don’t Think Twice | Review

    Funnier People: Birbiglia’s Sincere Dramedy Examines Failure, Success Comedian Mike Birbiglia’s sophomore directorial effort Don’t Think Twice is a rather melancholy, ambitious rendering of the...

  • Outlaws and Angels | Review

    For a Few Hollers More: Mollner’s Retro Western a Few Cents Short on the Dollar Opening with Psalm 104:21, “They seek their meat from God,”...

  • The Infiltrator | Review

    Undercover Blues: Furman’s By-the-Numbers Thrills Enhanced by Cranston Certain performers manage an incalculable hook into material otherwise hampered by cliché and familiarity, something accomplished with...

  • Café Society | Review

    The Beautiful and the Consigned: Allen’s Latest Instance of Compromised Love Like all of Woody Allen’s features over the decades, his latest examination of humans...

  • Equals | Review

    Sweet Emotion: Doremus Does Dystopia on Enjoyable, Recognizable Canvas Emotions cannot be controlled, but they also cannot be allowed to control you. At least, that...

  • Private Property (1960) | Review

    Piece of the Pie: Stevens’ Psychosexual Drama Gets Revamped The poster tagline for Leslie Stevens’ 1960 directorial debut Private Property says it all, proclaiming the...

  • Carnage Park | Review

    Carnage Knowledge: Keating’s Halfhearted Shot at Grindhouse not a Fine Vintage For his fourth feature, indie genre director Mickey Keating attempts a vintage crime/horror mash-up...

  • The Neon Demon | Review

    Death Walks on High Heels: Refn Delves Daftly into the Los Angeles Fashion Demimonde To reference John Waters’ definition of beauty, “a face should jolt,...

  • Swiss Army Man | Review

    Pretend That We’re Dead: Or – Two Dans, a Dano, and a Dead Body What is there to be said about a dramatic comedy built...

  • Careful What You Wish For | Review

    Imitation of Life: Rosenbaum Bastes Noir Tropes in YA Sheen Director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum seems dangerously preoccupied with fashioning ill-suited screen personas for pop stars,...

  • The Fits | 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...

  • Loving | 2016 Cannes Film Festival Review

    United States of Love: Nichols Falters with Hokey Prestige Picture In 1967, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark civil rights decision with Loving...

  • Last Days in the Desert | Review

    Just By Looking At It: Garcia’s Hollowed Jesus Flick At one time an adept purveyor of what could loosely be termed the modernized ‘women’s picture’...