If the world has heroes, they’re the civilian first responders of Last Men In Aleppo

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It was in August of last year that the full horror of the war in Syria went viral, the attention of the entire world captured by a single profoundly disturbing image: that of a 5-year-old boy, Omran Daqneesh, seated calmly in the back of an ambulance, face caked with blood and dust after the destruction of his home.…

Sundance gives top prize to I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore

Robert Redford may have recently suggested that the Sundance Film Festival isn’t about politics, but it’s pretty tough to avoid getting political when the night of your end-of-festival awards ceremony coincides with the second big anti-Donald Trump protest in as many weeks. So, despite Redford’s assurances, the…

Jordan Peele’s woke horror thriller Get Out makes a surprise midnight debut

Every screening at Sundance begins the same way: with a short video officially introducing the festival and acknowledging its sponsors. Most of the major public fests now include some variation on this branded bumper—Toronto has a whole maddening block of them, seemingly designed to destroy what’s left of the press…

Jeremy Renner shoots and misses in a directorial debut from the writer of Sicario

Sundance isn’t going quite as smoothly as it usually does. That’s okay. The world isn’t going too smoothly right now either. Yesterday, on the first Saturday of the festival (usually a very well-attended day), the shuttle service everyone uses to get from venue to venue sputtered to a crawl. That’s okay, too, because…

Kumail and Emily retell their distinctive love story in a wonderful new comedy

When a critic describes something as a “Sundance movie,” they usually mean it disparagingly. (Sometimes they just mean a “movie that played at Sundance,” but that’s not what I’m talking about.) The expression has become a lazy but admittedly useful shorthand, a way to identify a particular kind of film that…

St. Vincent wrote the score for Kristen Stewart’s short film

Cool person St. Vincent—also known as Annie Clark—has announced that she wrote the score for fellow cool person Kristen Stewart’s short film. The narrative piece called “Come Swim” will premiere at Sundance, and is described in its official synopsis from the festival as “a diptych of one man’s day, half impressionist…

Despite its unique setting, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is pretty ordinary

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For better and worse, the adjective that best describes Songs My Brothers Taught Me is “unemphatic.” The film premiered in the Dramatic Competition at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won no awards and was generally politely ignored—not because people didn’t like it, but because it lacked any sort of…

New Sundance darling Birth Of A Nation gets picked up by Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million

A few days ago, when we reported on Amazon picking up Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea for $10 million, we referred to the film as a “Sundance darling” thanks to the huge wave of positive buzz it was building at the festival. Now, though, another movie has come along that is getting so much positive buzz that…

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