Sundance 2013 TAGS

Review: The Lifeguard

Previously reviewed as part of JoBlo.com's Sundance 2013 coverage. PLOT: Leigh ( Kristen Bell ) is an NYC journalist going through a crisis. She abandons her job, and heads back to her hometown, where she moves in with her parents ( Amy Madigan & Adam LeFevre), and reconnects with her childhood friends ( Martin Starr & Mamie Gummer ). In a bid to...

Review: The Spectacular Now

(This film was originally reviewed as part of JoBlo.com's 2013 Sundance Film Festival Coverage) PLOT: Sutter ( Miles Teller ) is a high school senior who thinks he has it all figured out. He's ultra-popular at his school, has a gorgeous girlfriend ( Brie Larson ), and a part-time job at a men's store that he loves. He's also an alcoholic, but he'd never admit...

Review: Hell Baby

PLOT: Jack ( Rob Corddry ) and Vanessa ( Leslie Bibb ) are an expectant couple, who move into an infamously cursed house in a run-down section of New Orleans. Within days, Vanessa starts acting strangely, and Jack becomes convinced she's somehow possessed. Meanwhile, two Vatican exorcists ( Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant ) come to New Orleans to avert the birth of...

Review: Crystal Fairy

Note: This review originally ran as part of our Sundance coverage in January. PLOT: Jamie ( Michael Cera ) is in Chile on a non-stop drug binge, with the ultimate goal of trying a shamanistic hallucinogen called the San Pedro Cactus. He takes a road-trip with his Chilean roommate and his two brothers, with the goal of buying this elusive cactus and taking it on the beach....

Review: The East

THE EAST was originally reviewed as part of JoBlo.com's 2013 Sundance coverage. PLOT: An undercover operative (Britt Marling) for a private security group is sent to infiltrate a radical cell of activist extremists- called “The East”. As she gets deeper and deeper into the cell, her cover is jeopardized when she falls in love with their charismatic leader (...

Review: Upstream Color

This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2013 coverage. PLOT: Kris ( Amy Seimetz ) is an ambitious exec who, after a chance encounter at a nightclub, wakes up after several days to find she's lost her job, along with all of her savings. She's even lost her home equity. Some time later, she's drawn to a man named Jeff ( Shane Carruth )- and the two fall...

Review: Stoker

PLOT: When her father is killed on the eve of her eighteen birthday, India ( Mia Wasikowska ) is left in the care of her cold-blooded mother- Evie ( Nicole Kidman ). Their world is shaken when India's long-absent uncle Charlie ( Matthew Goode ) comes to live with them. Both India and Evie quickly fall under the spell of the handsome and charismatic Charlie- but India soon...

Top 10 movie-related stories from January 2013

Here's a new feature for JoBlo.com where, every month, we're going to look back at some of the most popular stories in the world of entertainment and fandom, weigh in with our two cents and offer you guys the same opportunity. The types of stories covered will range from general entertainment news, to movies, TV, and even video games and comics should something huge break. Basically, anything...

2013 Sundance Wrap-Up! (including our top 10)

And so another edition of the Sundance Film Festival is over and done with. Once again, I was lucky enough to attend for JoBlo.com (my fourth time), and I had an absolute blast. I ended up reviewing twenty-nine movies; as opposed to the twenty I did last year, which should give you an idea of how many films that were well worth seeing. Heck, even at twenty-nine, I missed one biggie- FRUITVALE,...

Review: C.O.G (Sundance 2013)

PLOT: After a falling-out with his parents, David ( Jonathan Groff ) or Samuel, as he now chooses to go by, heads to Oregon to work as an apple picker. He hopes this will be his defining moment- a la John Steinbeck, but he quickly finds himself out of his element. REVIEW: The “young guy figuring it all out” genre is one of the hallmarks of indie cinema. It’s given us lots...

Review: Magic Magic (Sundance 2013)

PLOT: Alicia ( Juno Temple ) is a fragile young woman, who comes to Chile to visit her cousin, Sarah ( Emily Browning ). After Sarah has to leave for an important exam, Alicia’s left alone with her friends, Agustin (Agustin Silva), Brink ( Michael Cera ) and Barbara (Catalina Sandino Moreno)- on a trip to remote part of the country. Alicia slowly begins to unravel…...

Review: Breathe In (Sundance 2013)

PLOT: The dynamic of an apparently happy suburban family is shattered when they agree to house a foreign exchange student. REVIEW: Right from the start of BREATHE IN, it’s obvious the suburban family headed by Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan is in big trouble. Dad (Pearce) is a musician, making a living as a high school music teacher, while living for the odd occasion...
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