Sundance Film Review: Toy’s House

Sundance Film Review: Toy’s House
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I knew this movie was going to be painful to watch as soon as the ‘70s or ‘80s power-pop intro song started. It seemed out of place, forced—As did most of the dialogue in the film. A couple of high school friends, Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) and Patrick Keenan (Gabriel Basso) decide that their parents are such a drag that the only option is to build their own house in the forest and live there.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Upstream Color

Sundance Film Review: Upstream Color
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It’s going to take me a few more viewings of this film to full grasp what the hell is going on and what it all means, but let’s try this: Larvae infect a plant, kids harvest and process the blue dust on the infected plant and they make a drink out of it which gives them mental, physical and spiritual connection. … read more

Sundance Film Review: MANHUNT

Sundance Film Review: MANHUNT
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 Before you jump to the conclusion that “MANHUNT” is only the documentary version of “Zero Dark Thirty” (and you’d be partially correct), Greg Barker’s accounting of the hunt for Osama bin Laden takes a further step back into history and recalls the actions of “The Sisterhood”, a group of C.I.A. analysts who were responsible for uncovering the existence of the terrorist network al-Qaeda. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Fruitvale

Sundance Film Review: Fruitvale
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Directed by a 26-year-old, first-time feature filmmaker, Fruitvale is a near-perfect, emotionally driven drama with a strong-hitting political agenda.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Animation Spotlight

Sundance Film Review: Animation Spotlight
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In the 12 years I have been coming to Sundance, I have never seen the Animation Spotlight program contain such risqué subject matter, which is fully embraced by this film critic. It’s nice to enjoy some lewd material with a sold-out theater of guests.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Hell Baby

Sundance Film Review: Hell Baby
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From the creators of Reno 911! comes a wickedly funny horror-comedy that explores horror film conventions in such an over-the-top and self-aware way that I’ll never be able to take a haunted house, exorcism or demonic baby films seriously again.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Magic Magic

Sundance Film Review: Magic Magic
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Everybody around Alicia (Juno Temple) is acting weird. Nobody is making any sense and there is an undercurrent of maliciousness behind everyone’s smiles. Alicia, an American girl travelling in Chile, is driving with her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) and Sarah’s friends to a cabin in remote southern Chile.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Houston

Sundance Film Review: Houston
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The idea of following the occupational responsibilities of an alcoholic German headhunter whose marriage is on the rocks is about as appealing as it sounds. When Clemens Trunschka (Ulrich Tukur) is given the task to locate and make contact with an American CEO for a large German organization, the task takes our leading man to the Lone Star state where his life continues to sink deeper into despair with every passing moment.  … read more

Sundance Film Festival: C.O.G.

Sundance Film Festival: C.O.G.
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Adapted from an essay of the same name in Sedaris’ 1997 autobiographical book, Naked, the film couldn’t have been more in-line with Sedaris’ dry wit and humorous yet terrifying experiences. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Touchy Feely

Sundance Film Review: Touchy Feely
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In this hip, light drama, Lynn Shelton returns from last year’s Sundance success (Your Sister’s Sister) with Rosemarie DeWitt as her leading lady once again, this time, in a quiet and, well, touchy feely kinda flick.  … read more