Category Archive: Reviews

Review: Web Junkie (Shlam and Medalia, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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Web Junkie is situated inside a rehabilitation center(/prison/boot camp) for Chinese teenagers addicted to online gaming. As the documentary reports, China is one of the first countries in the world to label overuse… Continue reading

Review: The Overnighters (Moss, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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I’m going to begin this review by saying I have no idea how to critique documentaries. As I’ve been known to say, it seems to me that when a documentary is made well,… Continue reading

Review: White Bird in a Blizzard (Araki, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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I promised my husband, who is quite fond of this film, that I would make at least a few positive observations about White Bird in a Blizzard. Actually, in hindsight, it’s remarkable to… Continue reading

Review: Frank (Abrahamson, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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Because Frank has received a surprising amount of┬ápositive press, I’m beginning to feel that my opinion of this movie is completely out of step with what most people think. Therefore, I’m going to… Continue reading

Review: Jamie Marks Is Dead (Smith, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Two of my least favorite films from Sundance this year I watched because my husband is drawn to movies based on novels or short stories. Our friend backed him up saying, “At least… Continue reading

Review: Life after Beth (Baena, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Like the other Aubrey Plaza movie we saw at Sundance, Safety Not Guaranteed, this film was funny and entertaining but nothing more. I’m not sure why it needed to be at Sundance because… Continue reading

Review: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Zellner & Zellner, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Originally, we hadn’t intended on seeing any movie during this time slot, but then we had our bags with us and nothing else to do, so our friend nabbed two tickets for us… Continue reading

Review: Ping Pong Summer (Tully, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Unlike the other films we watched, Ping Pong Summer competed in Sundance’s NEXT category, which showcases “pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling.” Translation: wackier and somewhat lower budget… Continue reading

Review: I Origins (Cahill, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Most will know director Mike Cahill from his previous Sundance feature Another Earth, which enjoyed a relatively robust festival afterlife (I watched it on the plane, having missed it at the 2011 festival… Continue reading

Review: Song One (Barker-Froyland, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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We typically avoid movies with big stars at Sundance because it seems counter to the spirit of the festival. They don’t feel truly “independent,” though of course I’ve never bothered to look up… Continue reading