Sundance 2020: Falling

Viggo Mortensen’s feature directorial debut, Falling, benefits from having a superb performance from actor Lance Henriksen. When we first meet Willis (Lance Henriksen), we can immediately tell that he’s a character from a different era.  The more that we learn about him, the more we truly begin to know why: he has dementia.  One moment, Willis can be living in the present.  The next minute, he’ll be shouting for a wife who is no longer…

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Sundance 2020: Shirley

Shirley sees filmmaker Josephine Decker returning to Sundance with a period drama that features strong performances from its acting ensemble. Fred (Logan Lerman) and Rose (Odessa Young) are moving to a small college town in Vermont as Fred hopes to land a job at the local college.  Before they know it, professor Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg) offers them free room and board.  It comes with something of a catch because it means Rose must clean…

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Sundance 2020: The Nowhere Inn

The Nowhere Inn aims to put a different perspective on the music documentary genre but manages to miss the mark in bringing something new. Annie Clark aka St. Vincent asks best friend Carrie Brownstein to direct a documentary about her.  The goal is a documentary about her music, touring life, and the musician’s on-stage persona.  But in making this documentary, their friendship ultimately gets tested to the point of maybe not even surviving the film. …

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Sundance 2020: Kajillionaire

Kajillionaire is a heist movie that follows a family of con artists living in Los Angeles and struggling to keep a roof over their head. Robert (Richard Jenkins) and Theresa Dyne (Debra Winger) are con artists.  They’ve raised their daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), to follow them into the family business.  It may not be the best life but it’s the life they have for themselves.  The family owes money while also living in…

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Sundance 2020: Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a film that will certainly resonate with a number of people given that the film deals with an unintended pregnancy. Eliza Hittman’s follow up to Beach Rats is not going to be for all audiences.  Conservative film goers will most certainly not be fans.  Then again, maybe they’re the exactly the right people who really need to see this film. Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) leaves work early with her cousin, Skylar…

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Sundance 2020: The Go-Go’s

It’s a blast to the past as Showtime presents a documentary about The Go-Go’s, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. “We’ve Got The Beat.”  “Our Lips Are Sealed.”  The list of hits goes on and on.  What may be the most surprising piece of information in watching this documentary is that the band is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  How is it that one of the most…

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Sundance 2020: The Last Shift

One man is preparing to call it quits in The Last Shift while training his replacement in a film that starts a conversation on social issues. Stanley (Richard Jenkins) is closing in on his final graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish.  For this final weekend after 38 years, Stanley trains Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie) to take over the shift.  Throughout the weekend, we learn more about the characters.  For instance, Jevon is also a…

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Sundance 2020: Horse Girl

Horse Girl features a superb performance from writer-star Alison Brie while the film also has something to say about mental illness. Sarah (Alison Brie) works at an arts and crafts store with Joan (Molly Shannon).  While it pays the bills, Sarah would rather be taking care of her favorite horse or watching her favorite supernatural TV show.  Much to the dismay of roommate Nikki (Debby Ryan), of course.  Nikki does her best to get Sarah…

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Sundance 2020: Zola

Zola is a film that manages to bring A’Ziah King’s outrageous viral twitter thread to life in complete cinematic fashion. Zola (Taylour Paige) works as a waitress in Detroit when she first befriends a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough).  Shortly thereafter, Stefani recruits Zola to join her on a weekend trip to Florida.  Zola says yes to going on this trip, which will prove to be against her better judgement.  The story only gets crazier from…

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Sundance 2020: Tesla

Tesla may not mark the first time that Nikola Tesla’s story has been brought to the screen but it is certainly the most innovative version. There are so many things that a Tesla film could focus on.  However, this one is presented in the most comical fashion.  We get Tesla singing into a microphone!  There’s no denying that Ethan Hawke can sing but it was certainly a surprise.  But on a serious note, the film…

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