Sundance Film Review: The Fits

Sundance Film Review: The Fits
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Toni (Royalty Hightower) trains in the boxing gym with the boys in The Fits. She executes more sit-ups than I could dream of doing at this stage in my life—the same with pull-ups. Her jabs look mean. … read more

Sundance 2016 Film Reviews

Sundance 2016 Film Reviews

With releases from Sundance veterans such as Ira Sachs, Kelly Reichdart and Kenneth Longeran as well as other notable filmmakers such as Anna Rose Holmer and Kerem Senga, Sundance 2016 promises to provide a hefty lineup of high-quality indie films. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Mapplethorpe: Look At the Pictures

Sundance Film Review: Mapplethorpe: Look At the Pictures
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Whether you’re an avid follower of Robert Mapplethorpe’s career or just now hearing about him, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures offers a comprehensive look at his controversial oeuvre. … read more

Sundance Film Review: NUTS!

Sundance Film Review: NUTS!
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NUTS! tells the story of Dr. Brinkley and his bizarrely successful attempt to build an empire on a foundation of trans-species testicular transplants. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Plaza de la Soledad

Sundance Film Review: Plaza de la Soledad
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Plaza de la Soledad examines the lives of sex workers in Mexico City. The women that director Maya Goded features in this documentary provide enduring sisterhood for each other amid a lifestyle in which they maintain volition over their own destinies. Each woman speaks for herself about her experience in this insightful film. … read more

Sundance Film Review: First Girl I Loved

Sundance Film Review: First Girl I Loved
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Anne finds herself to be attracted to Sasha, a girl on their high school’s softball team. When Anne tries to tell her bestie, Clifton, though, he reveals his feelings for her, which compromise Anne’s simple intention to woo the girl she has a crush on. First Girl I Loved provides alternatively styled narration as to how Anne navigates her desire for Sasha. … read more

Sundance Film Review: The Greasy Strangler

Sundance Film Review: The Greasy Strangler
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Amid tableaus that fixate on cartoonish gore, ungainly sex, feral pubic hair and lurid sausage consumption, The Greasy Strangler does tell a story—I think. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Trash Fire

Sundance Film Review: Trash Fire
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The horror/comedy is a tricky genre to blend. While it seems like the two fit hand in hand, very few directors have been able to actually make it work. The problem with Trash Fire is that director and screenwriter Richard Bates, Jr. tried to make a horror/comedy that was also a family drama, a treatise on mental illness and a critique of religious conservatism. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Wild

Sundance Film Review: Wild
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Dog may be man’s best friend, but Ania’s lover is a wolf. Director Nicolette Krebitz’s Wild shows Ania (Lilith Stangenberg) in a state of apathy toward her surroundings. She puts up with patriarchal men at her office job and must suffer through her sister’s boyfriend who rudely interrupts their video chats. … read more

Sundance Film Review: The Eyes of My Mother

Sundance Film Review: The Eyes of My Mother
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My mouth was agape for much of The Eyes of My Mother. Borrowing from horror yet far from it, this film by director Nicolas Pesce disturbs the emotions that accompany our love for our family—our mothers, our fathers and our children—with violence and morbidity. … read more