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Sundance 2018: "The Last Race, "On Her Shoulders"

“The Last Race,” directed by debut filmmaker Michael Dweck, is essentially a requiem for a stock car race track. Observational and sometimes emotional, it captures the afternoons and evenings where the Riverhead Raceway is in full business. Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “You Were Never Really Here”

Lynne Ramsay’s brutal thriller, “You Were Never Really Here,” made waves last year at the Cannes Film Festival, where it played in competition, and won awards for Ramsay’s screenplay and star Joaquin Phoenix’s lead performance. It bypassed...Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “Leave No Trace”

Seven years ago, Debra Granik shook the film world with “Winter’s Bone,” a film that premiered at Sundance, winning the Grand Jury Prize on its way to four Oscar nominations, including one for its instant star Jennifer Lawrence. Granik...Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “Minding the Gap” & “America to Me”

No group of artists better embodies Roger Ebert’s belief that the best cinema serves as an empathy machine as the good people of Kartemquin Films, and they affirmed that fact at Sundance 2018 with a pair of projects that take us into...Show More Summary

#320 January 23, 2018

Matt writes: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, and is there to review the highlights, with coverage headed by Managing Editor Brian Tallerico and Assistant Editor Nick Allen. Our site's publisher,...Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Tyrel”

A pair of interesting auteurs debuted films this weekend in the U.S. Dramatic Competition portion of the Sundance Film Festival 2018, and they were two of my most anticipated films coming into this year’s celebration of independent cinema. Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: "Blaze"

Returning to Sundance as a director almost 25 years after he had a short film play here in 1994, Ethan Hawke debuted a gem of a country musician movie on Sunday afternoon with “Blaze.” Competing in the US Dramatic Competition category,...Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: "Yardie," "The Catcher Was a Spy"

Sundance's World Cinema section featured one of the most celebrated actors working today, but not in front of the camera. Idris Elba makes his directorial debut with the film "Yardie," based on the 1992 novel by Victor Headley. It tells of a young man from Jamaica named Dennis, who also goes by D. Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: "306 Hollywood," "Our New President"

“306 Hollywood” has a unique place in Sundance history by being the first documentary to ever premiere in the forward-thinking NEXT category, which is often the place for filmmakers who take decidedly different approaches (two of my top 10 films from last year, “Menashe” and “Lemon,” came from this category). Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: "Time Share," "The Queen of Fear"

Like a horror movie with the third act taken out, Sebastian Hofmann’s “Time Share” throws pebble-sized commentary at a Disney-like conglomerate called Everfields, imagined here as a soul-sucking resort in Mexico. It begins with an unsettling...Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “Sorry to Bother You”

There’s been an energy that’s been somewhat lacking at Sundance 2018 so far. The buzz among critics is that there’s no “The Big Sick” or "A Ghost Story" or “Call Me By Your Name” this year, and people feel like they’re anxiously waiting for that film to explode into the public consciousness like great ones have from this platform in the past. Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “Bisbee ‘17”

Robert Greene’s beautiful and haunting new film tells a story that isn’t often taught in history classes, not even in the city in which it took place, but it couldn’t be more resonant an entire century later. There are a great number...Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “The Tale,” “The Kindergarten Teacher”

Two phenomenal actresses drive the narratives of a pair of films that screened today in the U.S. Dramatic Competition program at Sundance 2018, and their work will be on lists of the best of the year, even if both films struggle at times to match the fearlessness of their lead performances. Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: "Mandy"

Just being the second movie from Panos Cosmatos, the director of cult favorite “Beyond the Black Rainbow" would make "Mandy" a noteworthy Sundance film by its very selection alone. And Nicolas Cage adds to the buzz factor instantly.Show More Summary

PBS Press Tour Spotlights "Little Women"

Two inspiring women caused a stir at the recent two-day PBS Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. The diversity-rich PBS winter-spring schedule promises "Little Women," great men and women, nostalgic remembrances and people who reached for impossible dreams. Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “Blindspotting,” “American Animals,” “Lizzie”

Three very different films premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition program at the Sundance Film Festival today, representing the diversity in tone and subject matter clearly attempted by the programming committee this year. Sadly,...Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: "White Rabbit," "Clara's Ghost"

Daryl Wein's "Lola Versus" had the clear objective of propelling the career of a budding actress named Greta Gerwig further into the film world. At this year's Sundance, Wein attempts the same with Korean-American artist Vivian Bang....Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “Loveling,” “Pity,” “The Guilty”

The World Cinema Competition line up can easily get neglected in Sundance amid the buzz around US Competition films and high-profile premieres. But it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on this wide-ranging crop to discover surprising gems along the way. Show More Summary

Sundance 2018: “Three Identical Strangers,” “Crime + Punishment,” “The Price of Everything”

The U.S. Documentary Competition category is always a strong one at Sundance, launching non-fiction films that people talk about all year long. Recent winners from this select group include “Weiner,” “The Wolfpack,” “The House I Live In,” and “Restrepo,” and dozens of other notable films have premiered in this elite program. Show More Summary

The Final Year

Greg Barker's "The Final Year" is an engrossing documentary about the last year's worth of foreign policy work during the Obama administration. It's also about the grim surprises that life sometimes has in store for the complacent, an...Show More Summary

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