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Review: The Big Sick (Sundance) with Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan

PLOT: A Pakistani-American comedian ( Kumail Nanjiani ) finds himself torn between the demands of his traditional family and those of his girlfriend ( Zoe Kazan ) when her life is threatened by a mysterious illness. REVIEW: Judd Apatow ’s listing as a producer for THE BIG SICK is very apropos. Just like he made stars out of Steve Carell in THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN,...
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Review: Landline (Sundance) starring Jenny Slate

PLOT: Two sisters ( Jenny Slate & Abby Quinn) living in 1995-NYC struggle with the revelation that one of their parents is having an affair. REVIEW: LANDLINE is the sophomore feature from writer-director Gillian Robespierre , whose debut, THE OBVIOUS CHILD, was one of the buzziest titles in recent Sundance memory. As such, her follow-up comes with high expectations, and...
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Review: The Yellow Birds (Sundance) starring Alden Ehrenreich

PLOT: Two young soldiers, Bartle ( Alden Ehrenreich ) and Murph ( Tye Sheridan ) try to survive a violent tour of duty in the Iraq War under the supervision of a battle-hardened sergeant ( Jack Huston ). When Bartle eventually returns home, he discovers that his battle has only begun, with Murph’s mother ( Jennifer Aniston ) demanding answers regarding her son’s...
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Review: Wind River (Sundance) starring Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth Olsen

PLOT: A U.S Fish & Wildlife agent ( Jeremy Renner ) living on an Indian Reservation is recruited by an inexperienced FBI agent ( Elizabeth Olsen ) to help her solve a young woman’s murder. REVIEW: By now, we all know that Taylor Sheridan can write one hell of a script. SICARIO & HELL OR HIGH WATER were both distinctive, but they also benefited from two amazing...
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Review: Person to Person (Sundance) starring Michael Cera

PLOT: The lives of a crime reporter ( Michael Cera ), his intern ( Abbi Jacobson ), a watch-maker (Philip Baker Hall), a record collector (Bene Coopersmith) and more intersect over the course of a casual New York City day. REVIEW: There are some movies that, within the first five minutes, you can just sense won’t be for you. It doesn’t mean these are legitimately...
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Review: The Discovery (Sundance) starring Jason Segel & Rooney Mara

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 fatherís new project, which promises a glimpse into this newly-confirmed afterlife. REVIEW:...
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Review: I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore (Sundance)

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 DONíT FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE, which takes the cake as the most unwieldy film title in recent memory, is the directorial debut of Macon...
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Review: An Inconvenient Sequel (Sundance)

PLOT: Ten years after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, Al Gore continues to fight climate change in the face of numerous political setbacks. REVIEW: Part of the power of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH was the simplicity of the film, with Al Gore simply presenting the facts via his famous slide-show. Nothing else was really needed. He gave you the stats, scared the crap out of you, and...
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Review: The Little Hours (Sundance)

PLOT: A servant ( Dave Franco ) in 14th Century Italy, who’s being hunted by his vengeful master ( Nick Offerman ) takes refuge with a kindly priest ( John C. Reilly ) who puts him to work at a convent he over-sees, populated by three young nuns ( Alison Brie , Aubrey Plaza , & Kate Micucci ). In order to pass unnoticed, he poses as a deaf mute, but the ruse...
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A24's mystery film revealed to be 14-minute Toru; will premiere at Sundance

Last week, A24 Films released a trailer for a mystery project that they simply called, "Untitled." While it seemed sci-fi in origin, the trailer just showed images of people in what looked to be deeply emotional situations. Thanks to the folks at The Film Stage who did some detective work, we now know that the trailer was for a 14-minute short film called TORU. Shot by Matt...
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01.16.2017
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Review: Manchester By The Sea

This was originally reviewed as part of our Sundance 2016 coverage. PLOT: A man ( Casey Affleck ) returns to his hometown following the death of his brother ( Kyle Chandler ) to take care of his teen-aged nephew (Lucas Hedges). REVIEW: Following the whopping $10 million acquisition of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA by Amazon Studios, it seems like writer-director Kenneth...
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11.16.2016
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Review: Birth of a Nation

This review was originally posted at the Sundance Film Festival in January - long before the Nate Parker controversy. As such, it's not addressed in the review. PLOT: The true story of slave Nat Turner ( Nate Parker ) who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. REVIEW: It’s hard not to get a particular charge out of THE BIRTH OF A NATION. While 12 YEARS A...
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