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Top 3 Critics’ Picks In Theaters this April: Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin


Top 3 Critics’ Picks In Theaters this April: Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
Limited Release – April 25th
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Awards & Fests: FIPRESCI PRIZE Cannes 2013 (Directors’ Fortnight), Locarno, Deauville, TIFF, Rotterdam, Sundance.

What the critic’s are saying?: A truly visceral cinematic experience that’ll have some wincing uncomfortably, as Variety’s Justin Chang underlines, this “carefully exploiting the audience’s fear of what it can’t (or can only partially) see, Saulnier’s shallow-focus widescreen compositions amp up the suspense at key intervals.” Screen Daily’s Allan Hunter makes the comparison that several other critics have mentioned in their analysis of the film: “There are still enough brutal deaths and gallows humour to satisfy most fans but the more measured approach and lean, well-crafted execution should allow it to reach the kind of wider audience who once embraced Blood Simple and early Coen brothers titles.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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