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Review: Hellion

Saturday May 31, 2014

Hellion

Writer-director Kat Chandler's third feature, starring Josh Wiggins and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, is a humane, well-acted drama about a motocross-loving troublemaker.  Read Eric D. Snider's review.

Review: Cold in July

Thursday May 29, 2014

Cold in July

Cold in July, based on Joe R. Lansdale's novel and directed by Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are), is a highly satisfying bit of pulp fiction. Starring Michael C. Hall. Read Eric D. Snider's review.

Winter Sleep Wins Palm d'Or in Cannes

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Cannes 2014

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Bennett Miller, Julianne Moore, Jean-Luc Godard, Alice Rohrwacher, Xavier Dolan, and Timothy Spall were among the winners at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, which came to a close last weekend with the awards ceremony at the Palais. We have an overview of the winning films with links and quotes to the best festival coverage.

Review: The Discoverers

Saturday May 24, 2014

The Discoverers

Written and directed by first-timer Justin Schwarz, The Discoverers has the form an urbane indie dramedy about a disheveled academic's existential and family crises -- something in the vein of Wonder Boys or The Squid and the Whale -- but in content is much more lightweight and unpolished. Read Eric D. Snider's review.

Review: Whitewash

Friday May 9, 2014

Whitewash

Thomas Haden Church, Oscar-nominated for his role as affable sidekick in Sideways, is the best reason to see the bemusing semi-thriller Whitewash. The film begins when Bruce (Church) runs over a man with a snow plow -- and gets stranger from there. Eric D.  Snider reviews the debut feature from Canadian filmmaker Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais. Read Eric's review.

Review: Zero Motivation

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Zero Motivation

The Israeli Defense Forces are not generally known as a humorous organization, but writer/director Talya Lavie managed to use it as the setting for a genuinely funny comedy with loose style and deadpan humor. Winner of the jury prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation plays like Girls meets M*A*S*H, with a pinch of Office Space thrown in for good measure. Read Eric D. Snider's review.

Review: Blue Ruin

Monday April 28, 2014

Blue Ruin

Macon Blair plays a shaggy drifter hell-bent on revenge in Jeremy Saulnier's tightly focused and uncluttered suspense drama about a man on a tragic mission. Amy Hargreaves of TV's Homeland co-stars. Read Eric D. Snider's review.

Review: Under the Skin

Saturday April 19, 2014

Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson stars as predatory alien in Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast, Birth) adaptation of Michel Faber's novel. Eric D. Snider calls it a nightmarish, adults-only version of E.T. -- if E.T. fed on Elliott instead of befriending him. Under the Skin, a movie that requires -- and rewards -- your attention and imagination, is now playing in theaters across the country. Read Eric's review.

Review: Hide Your Smiling Faces

Friday April 11, 2014

Hide Your Smiling Faces

"Do you ever think about dying? About someone killing you, or you killing yourself?" Youthful summertime memories and untapped adolescent angst take center stage in Daniel Patrick Carbone's honest, impressionistic first film. Eric D. Snider reviews.

Reviews: Oculus

Monday March 31, 2014

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Much better than a film about a haunted mirror has any right to be. Directed, co-written, and edited by Mike Flanagan, this effective tale of terror stars Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, and Brenton Thwaites. Read our review.

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