Sundance 2014 TAGS

Review: They Came Together

This review originally appeared as part of JoBlo.com's Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: Joel ( Paul Rudd ) and Molly ( Amy Poehler ) fall in love amid a picturesque New York-setting, despite numerous- oddly familiar-obstacles in their path. REVIEW: After years spent directing mainstream Hollywood films ( ROLE MODELS and WANDERLUST ) David Wain returns to his...

Review: Hellion

HELLION was originally reviewed as part of JoBlo.com's Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: Thirteen year old Jacob (Josh Wiggins) has three interests: dirt bike racing, heavy metal, and raising hell. His delinquent behavior gets him put on probation, with his next infraction threatening to land him in juvie. Making matters worse is that his recently widowed father (...

Review: Cold in July

NOTE: This review originally ran as part of our SUNDANCE 2014 coverage. PLOT: A small-town Texas family man ( Michael C. Hall ) kills an intruder and has to contend with the dead man's vengeful father ( Sam Shepard )- although all is not as it seems... REVIEW: When the first 2014 Sundance titles were announced, COLD IN JULY seemed particularly interesting....

Review: God's Pocket

NOTE: This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: Mickey ( Philip Seymour Hoffman ) is a small-time schemer married to the beautiful Jeannie ( Christina Hendricks ) and living in the working class neighbourhood of God's Pocket. When his adult step-son dies under mysterious circumstances, Mickey's forced to investigate. REVIEW:...

Sundance 2014: A Complete Wrap-up & Top 10

As quickly as it came up, another edition of the Sundance Film Festival is in the books. Like every year, this was a ten-day-marathon of hot-ticket films, many of which you will be hearing about over the months to come. Many big distribution deals for some of the biggest titles (like INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, which I’m amazed hasn’t been picked up yet) are still in the works, so expect more...

Review: The Obvious Child (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: Donna (Jenny Slate) -a twenty-seven year old comedienne eking out a living in Brooklyn- finds herself pregnant after a one night stand. REVIEW: I never thought I'd see the day when a feel-good comedy about abortion would be the breakout hit of the Sundance Film Festival. Sure enough, shortly after its premiere, THE OBVIOUS CHILD found itself picked-up by...

Review: Infinitely Polar Bear (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: Cam ( Mark Ruffalo ) would be the perfect father and husband to his picture-perfect family if it wasn't for one thing. Cam suffers from manic depression- exacerbated by his drinking- and refuses to take medication. When his wife (Zoe Saldana) is forced to leave the family for an extended period of time, Cam finds himself a single dad, and struggles to show his daughters and...

Review: The Voices (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: Jerry ( Ryan Reynolds ) seems like a regular guy but he's hiding a secret. Every night when he goes home to his apartment, his dog and cat speak to him- literally- with his dog trying to keep the peace while his cat tells him to go out and kill. REVIEW: Just what we always needed: a serial killer comedy, complete with talking animals. Well, one certainly can't...

Review: Boyhood (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: The adolescence of a Texas-boy named Mason (Ellar Salmon)- from the time he enters grade one to his first day at college. REVIEW: Twelve years is a long time to spend on one movie. For years, there have been whispers about what Linklater was doing in Texas with Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette . The buzz was that every year, Linklater would reunite his...

Review: Camp X-Ray (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: A young woman ( Kristen Stewart ) stationed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay forms an unlikely friendship with a charismatic prisoner (Payman Maadi). REVIEW: A movie about Guantanamo Bay is sure to divide audiences. Now that CAMP X-RAY has premiered to mostly solid buzz at the Sundance film festival, you can expect it to stir up a ton of controversy once it gets...

Review: The Guest (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: A former soldier (Dan Stevens) makes his way to the family home of a fallen comrade, and quickly becomes a beloved, indefinite house-guest. However, the family's teenage children (Maika Monroe & Brendan Meyer) soon begin to suspect this former soldier is not all that he claims to be. REVIEW: Hot off the success of YOU'RE NEXT, director Adam Wingard is back with...

Review: A Most Wanted Man (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: A German spy ( Philip Seymour Hoffman ) operating out of Hamburg, uses a Chechen refuge (Grigoriy Dobrygin) as a pawn to nab a Muslim humanitarian with suspected ties to Al-Qaeda. REVIEW: A MOST WANTED MAN comes along at a time when John le Carré adaptations are especially hot thanks to the success of THE CONSTANT GARDENER and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. This...
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