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Red Sparrow Review: A Boring and Sexually Brutal Spy Thriller

Red Sparrow commits the deadly sin of the spy thriller by being boring and poorly paced and tops it off with rape, attempted rape, and sexual coercion. Director: Francis Lawrence Summary: Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’, a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But […]

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed Review: An Unsatisfying Climax to a Terrible Series

Fifty Shades Freed is just as awkward and unsatisfying in every way as previous entries into this uninteresting series. Director: James Foley Summary: Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship. There are plenty of reasons to hate the three Fifty Shades movies, and none of them have to do […]

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[Sundance 2018] Search Review: Overcomes its Gimmick to be Truly Thrilling

Search: overcomes what should have been a goofy premise to be legitimately thrilling and enjoyable. Director: Aneesh Chaganty Summary: After a five-minute sequence of the Kim family’s online activity that beautifully relays a decade of their shared lives, Search drops us into the current online existence of family patriarch David and daughter Margot, a high […]

[Sundance 2018] The Jury and Audience Awards

The Sundance Film Festival is getting ready to close out another year — that means it’s time for awards. There are two types of awards that come out of Sundance: the jury awards, chosen by a group of filmmakers, actors, and the like; and the audience awards, where regular audience members are polled for their […]

White Fang

[Sundance 2018] White Fang Review: Beautifully Animated Retelling of the Classic Story

White Fang is a beautifully animated telling of the classic story all of us read in grade school. Director: Alexandre Espigares Summary: Based on Jack London’s classic novel White Fang, this contemporary adaptation is an adventure-filled tale that explores the relationship between humanity, nature, and the animal kingdom. Set during the Klondike Gold Rush of […]

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[Sundance 2018] Ophelia Review: Revisionist Shakespeare at its Best

Ophelia takes one of the most misunderstood women in classic literature and gives her new dimensions as we look at the world through her eyes. Director: Claire McCarthy Summary: Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. Amid it all, the queen’s brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds […]

[Sundance 2018] Seeing Allred Review: A Humanizing Look at a Polarizing Figure

Seeing Allred aims to humanize one of the polarizing figures in recent memory by showing us where she came from and where she gets her drive. Directors: Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman Summaery: To some, Gloria Allred is a money-grubbing, shrill feminist prone to tawdry theatrics; to others she’s the most effective and fearless women’s […]

[Sundance 2018] The Tale Review: Breathtaking, Uncomfortable, and Incredibly Vital

The Tale is a deeply personal and at times hard-to-watch story of a woman coming to terms with her own sexual assault as a child. Director: Jennifer Fox Summary: Jennifer, a globetrotting journalist and professor, lives an enviable life with her boyfriend in New York City. That is, until her mother finds a story Jennifer […]

Bisbee '17

[Sundance 2018] Bisbee ’17 Review: Drags Its Feet to a Satisfying Ending

Bisbee ’17 doesn’t entirely work because of pacing issues, but watching a small town come to terms with its own dark past is fascinating. Director: Robert Greene Summary: It’s 2017 in Bisbee, Arizona, an old copper-mining town just miles from the Mexican border. The town’s close-knit community prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bisbee’s […]

American Animals

[Sundance 2018] American Animals Review: A Heist Movie with a Harsh Dose of Reality

American Animals starts off like a fun heist movie — until reality comes crashing down in a tonal shift that has no right to work as well as it does. Director: Bart Layton Summary: Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. They head off to colleges in the […]

Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn appear in Beast by Michael Pearce

[Sundance 2018] Beast Review: A Better Short Than a Full Movie

Beast has an interesting concept and takes the story in intriguing directions, but only has enough material for a short rather than a feature. Director: Michael Pearce Summary: Moll is stuck. She’s isolated on Jersey, a tiny island in the English Channel. She’s also beset by her domineering mother and her history of mental fragility […]

Jakob Cedergren appears in The Guilty by Gustav Möller, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Nikolaj Möller.

[Sundance 2018] The Guilty Review: A Game of Telephone That Doesn’t Quite Connect

The Guilty might not be the most intense thriller but the frustration by the main character is easy to understand. Director: Gustav Möller Summary: When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call […]

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[Sundance 2018] Our New President Review: A Terrifying Montage of Russian Propaganda

Our New President is a point-blank look at the Russian propaganda machine and how it presents United States politics. Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin Summary: Ever since a fateful visit to a mummy’s glass-encased tomb in 1997, Hillary Clinton has been plagued by fainting spells, drug use, and even allegations of sexual abuse and murder. Don’t believe […]

Robert Redford at Sundance 2018

Sundance 2018: Robert Redford Talks #MeToo, Change, and More During Press Conference

Park City, Utah is the focal point of film and critics this week, as the 35th Annual Sundance Film Festival kicked off today. During the annual press conference that usually signals the official beginning of the famed film fest, SFF founder and acclaimed actor/filmmaker Robert Redford took the lead on a few hot button subjects, as […]