31 Jan

‘Coming Home in the Dark’ Review: An Unbearably Tense Thriller That Sticks With You [Sundance 2021]

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A one and a half-hour gut-punch, Coming Home in the Dark is bleak, tense, and often unshakable. It sticks with you; haunts you. Leaves you feeling restless. Anxiety-inducing and frequently unpleasant, it travels down dark roads, and while you can likely guess the destination, getting there is no less unnerving. In James Ashcroft‘s film, a family […]

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31 Jan

‘The Sparks Brothers’ Review: A Delightful, Cheeky Portrait of an Eccentric, Eclectic Pop Rock Duo [Sundance 2021]

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Despite having a career that spans over 50 years and 25 albums, there’s a decent chance you’ve never heard of Sparks. However, the pop rock duo comprised of Ron and Russell Mael and an ever-changing band behind them have undoubtedly influenced many of the synth-pop, new wave, post-punk, and alternative musicians you’ve loved over the years. […]

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31 Jan

‘On the Count of Three’ Review: Jerrod Carmichael and Christopher Abbott Balance Dark Comedy and Suicidal Depression [Sundance 2021]

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There’s a moment in Jerrod Carmichael‘s directorial debut On the Count of Three where the comedian’s character Val delivers a line that feels like it could have easily been part of one of his stand-up acts. As he ponders why suicide is looked down upon by so many people, Val says, “When you’re a kid […]

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30 Jan

‘Try Harder!’ Review: The Odds Are Stacked Against Gifted Teens as They Apply for College [Sundance 2021]

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Lowell High School in San Francisco is the top public school in the city. Every student is practically a genius and will do everything they can in order to be accepted to schools like Stanford, Harvard, Brown, MIT, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and more. While it might seem like just a first world problem for these […]

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30 Jan

‘Wild Indian’ Review: A Powerful, Unforgettable Drama That Simmers With Raw Emotion [Sundance 2021]

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“It’s not my fault Indians are a bunch of fucking liars and narcissists,” Michael says through gritted teeth, his voice shaking with rage. “We’re the descendants of cowards. Everyone worthwhile died fighting.” This rage is directed outward at someone else, but we can feel the self-loathing lurking beneath it all. The contempt Michael feels is […]

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30 Jan

‘Cryptozoo’ Review: A Dazzling, Deeply Cynical, ‘Jurassic Park’ for Mythical Creatures [Sundance 2021]

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“Maybe we’ll find something magical…” There’s something about Cryptozoo that truly captures your imagination. Dash Shaw’s kaleidoscopic animated film follows a group of well-intentioned hunters of mythical creatures, who aim to gather these “cryptids” in a sanctuary called the Cryptozoo. But it’s less a sanctuary than an amusement park, a gaudy ploy to introduce these […]

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30 Jan

‘How It Ends’ Review: Seeking Self-Love at the End of the World [Sundance 2021]

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What would you do if you knew the world was coming to an end? It’s a familiar topic, but co-writers/directors Daryl Wein (Lola Versus, White Rabbit) and Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid, The Craft: Legacy) had the unique experience of putting their own spin on that idea during a time when our real world actually felt like […]

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30 Jan

‘President’ Review: An Eye-Opening Chronicle of Zimbabwe’s Harrowing Struggle for True Democracy [Sundance 2021]

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America just scraped through an election where the President of the United States and a radical sect of his colleagues and constituents incorrectly claimed that there was fraud that resulted in the Republican party losing the presidency. But this is nothing compared to the level of election corruption that has plagued an African nation for […]

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30 Jan

‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ Reboot For Disney+ Adds Star Zach Braff Alongside Gabrielle Union

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The Cheaper by the Dozen reboot headed to Disney+ has found its parents: Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union. Disney revealed Union was starring in the project back during their big Investor Day presentation late last year, and now word has come to Braff is joining the cast as well. The movie “centers on a blended family […]

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30 Jan

‘Strawberry Mansion’ Review: An Anti-Capitalism Fever Dream That’s a Real Snooze [Sundance 2021]

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A defeated-looking businessman (co-writer and co-director Kentucker Audley) sits in a Pepto Bismol-pink house, full of pink utensils and pink food, nothing real except his despair and a bucket of fried chicken wings that his “Buddy” (Linas Phillips) enthusiastically hawks to him. “Juicy and delicious!” Buddy says before biting into the chicken, smacking his lips […]

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