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Review: The Discovery starring Jason Segel & Rooney Mara

THE DISCOVERY was previously reviewed as part of our 2017 Sundance coverage.  PLOT: A scientist ( Robert Redford ) is able to prove the existence of the afterlife, a discovery that leads to millions of suicides all over the globe. Years later, his son ( Jason Segel ) returns home with a mysterious woman ( Rooney Mara ), and both find themselves drawn into his...
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03.30.2017
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Review: I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore

This was originally reviewed as part of our Sundance 2017 coverage. PLOT: After her home is burglarized, a depressed nurse ( Melanie Lynskey ) and her oddball neighbor ( Elijah Wood ) try to track down the culprits, but find themselves pulled into an inevitable, violent confrontation. REVIEW: I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE, which takes the cake as...
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02.24.2017
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Review: Get Out

GET OUT was originally reviewed as part of our Sundance 2017 coverage. PLOT: A young black man ( Daniel Kaluuya ) visits his white girlfriend’s ( Allison Williams ) parents in the country, and immediately senses something sinister is afoot. REVIEW: GET OUT marks the directorial debut of Jordan Peele , best known as half of the comedy duo Key &...
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02.20.2017
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2017 Sundance Wrap-Up and Top 5

And so another edition of the Sundance Film Festival is in the books. The 2017 edition marked my eighth year wandering around Park City, Utah, and it was a memorable fest, with blizzard conditions in the first week, cyber-attacks, protests and more giving this a vibe I’ve never really experienced before. Ah, but how were the movies? A mixed bag truthfully. I think the festival was...
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02.02.2017
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Review: Sidney Hall (Sundance) starring Logan Lerman & Elle Fanning

PLOT: A young writer ( Logan Lerman ) drops off the face of the earth after his first two novels become best-sellers. Years later, an investigator ( Kyle Chandler ) tries to figure out what happened to him. REVIEW: Watching SIDNEY HALL at Sundance, right after seeing the J.D Salinger bio-pic, REBEL IN THE RYE, was weird. Did Sundance schedule their premieres so close...
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01.30.2017
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Review: The Hero (Sundance) starring Sam Elliot

PLOT: Following a bleak medical diagnosis, an aging Western star ( Sam Elliott ) comes to terms with his mortality and tries to mend his fractured relationships - all the while hoping for one last shot at glory. REVIEW: Sam Elliott has always struck me as an actor born fifty years too late. Had he been around during the Golden Age of Hollywood, it’s not hard to...
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01.30.2017
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Review: Berlin Syndrome (Sundance) starring Teresa Palmer

PLOT: An Australian backpacker ( Teresa Palmer ) traveling through Germany has a one-night stand with a stranger (Max Riemelt) only to discover the next morning that he’s made her a captive in his prison-like apartment. REVIEW: The premise for BERLIN SYNDROME is admittedly familiar. A young, gorgeous girl is held prisoner by psychopath. We’ve seen this...
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01.29.2017
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Review: A Ghost Story (Sundance) starring Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara

PLOT: The spirit of a deceased man ( Casey Affleck ) haunts the home he lived-in with his beloved wife ( Rooney Mara ). REVIEW: One of the Sundance Film Festival’s most unique categories is the “Next” section. Meant to spotlight daring narratives, it usually focuses on emerging filmmakers, which is why it was a surprise to see David Lowe ry’s...
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01.29.2017
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Review: Walking Out (Sundance) starring Matt Bomer

PLOT: A fourteen-year-old city boy ( Josh Wiggins ) is forced to step-up in a big way after his hunter father ( Matt Bomer ) is badly wounded on a winter hunt, stranding the two of them deep in the wilderness. REVIEW: Hunting gets a bad rap. When we think of it, we tend to imagine middle-aged one percenters posing for photos with the corpses of animals bagged for little more...
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01.27.2017
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Review: Rebel in the Rye (Sundance) starring Nicholas Hoult

PLOT: The life of author J.D Salinger ( Nicholas Hoult ), from his early years as a student of Columbia lecturer Whit Burnett ( Kevin Spacey ), through his war years, to the publication of “The Catcher in the Rye.” REVIEW: Is there an American novel that’s been more widely read than "The Catcher in the Rye?". A staple of high school curricula all...
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01.27.2017
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Review: Brigsby Bear (Sundance) starring Kyle Mooney & Mark Hamill

PLOT: A young man (Kyle Mooney) living a sheltered existence with his parents ( Mark Hamill & Jane Adams ) finds meaning in his life through the adventures of Brigsby Bear, a superhero children’s TV character. However, all is not as it seems… REVIEW: BRIGSBY BEAR is a late Sundance treat. Having premiered with very little buzz, and a program description...
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01.26.2017
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Review: The Polka King (Sundance) starring Jack Black

PLOT: The true story of Jan Lewan ( Jack Black ), a Pennsylvania Polka sensation who ran a $5 million ponzi scheme, to the complete ignorance of his wife ( Jenny Slate ) and best friend/ band-mate ( Jason Schwartzman . REVIEW: THE POLKA KING is so strange a tale, it could only be based on fact. Were it not, people would have written-off Maya Forbes (INFINITELY POLAR...
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01.26.2017
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