Tag Archives: Sundance FIlm Festival

First new kid Cha-Cha slides into town

7/10 Time is doing its thing. Cooper Raiff is a Dallas native who’s five years younger than I am, I drive past his high school a few times a week, and he made one of the biggest deals in Sundance … Continue reading

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Coming-of-age done right in thoughtful, sweet ‘CODA’

8/10 CODA is the archetypical coming-of-age story done properly, with an earnest, complex mix of emotions. There’s a well of authenticity here that’s usually absent from the genre and brings out the best it has to offer. Gloucester, Massachusetts- Ruby … Continue reading

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The Möbius Strip: Bryan Singer accused by four more, SAG awards

It was a whisper-quiet weekend at the box office, with the top 12 making only $79.8 million overall, the third worst number going back a full calendar year. A big reason why was a lack of exciting new releases – … Continue reading

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‘Searching’ a great story, not right for its gimmick

6/10 When I saw the first Unfriended, I thought it had the potential to advance film as an art from in a way that very few movies can. Four years later, Searching, which is also entirely composed of shots on … Continue reading

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Razor-sharp script, shots race across screen in Sundance favorite

9/10 With Hollywood seemingly unable to produce more than a few movies a year without obvious gaffs, Thoroughbreds is a refreshing spurt of disciplined, technically perfect filmmaking and the birth of a new star in writer/director Cory Finley. In a … Continue reading

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