When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long ... read morehistory of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations has gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym--with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama--is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.
chel Getting Married' is one of the year's best, and it's a sure hope for the future of filmmaking, independent and Hollywood alike. I'd be shocked to find Hathaway and DeWitt not being nominated come
Reviewed 15 months days ago
of her finest performances in years
It's as simple as that, Rachel Getting Married is a very fine independent feature featuring astounding acting and excellent theme handling.
Reviewed 14 months days ago
. The shooting style screams "independent movie", but it works exceedingly well with the story. Definitely worth watching.
When Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day... read more off, he tries, though half-heartedly, to perform his minimum-wage duties as efficiently as possible. This gets tough amidst the on-going fight with his girlfriend, Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti), and his attempt to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Caitlyn Bree (Lisa Spoonhauer). Meanwhile, his friend and alter ego Randall (Jeff Anderson) is working behind the counter of the adjacent video store -- at least when he feels like it. Randall's unabashed disdain of his place of employment, a long with his self-admitted hatred towards its customers is a sharp contrast to Dante's feeble attempts at the niceties of customer service. Much of the film consists of Randall and Dante's criticism of their customers, their lives, and the world in general. Clerks, filmed in black-and-white on a budget of only $27,000, began the career of writer director Kevin Smith, who would go on to make Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
. Common folk talking about common stuff. That's what all independent film makers do. I don't see anything fresh about the film, script or editing. Sure, a co
Reviewed 19 months days ago
i always enjoy a good independent film, and watching this for my film essay made the assignment that much more interesting
Reviewed 3 years days ago
Probably the best independent film I've ever seen. A great script, and simply hilarious. I don't think there is anythi
Mark Boone Jr.
Frozen River is the story of Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom who is lured into the world o... read moref illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray's Dodge Spirit.
This independent film set in northern New York state tells the story of a down on her luck woman living i
An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth's energy cris... read moreis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. For three long years, Sam Bell has dutifully harvested Helium 3 for Lunar, a company that claims it holds the key to solving humankind's energy crisis. As Sam's contract comes to an end, the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth, where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. His work on the Selene moon base has been enlightening -- the solitude helping him to reflect on the past and overcome some serious anger issues -- but the isolation is starting to make Sam uneasy. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth, Sam starts feeling strange: he's having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly awry, it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn't been entirely straightforward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth, he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Up there, hundreds of thousands of miles from home, it appears that Sam's contract isn't the only thing about to expire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
. A solid independent-ish effort though.
Reviewed 2 years days ago
A great independent film. Makes you think. What science fiction should be.
Reviewed 2 years days ago
As far as independent -sci-fi goes, this was top notch. Ziggy Stardust's son did a great job directing.
David Lee Smith,
In the tradition of such psychologically-charged sci-fi outings as The Next One (1982) and K-PAX (20... read more01) comes the cerebral science fiction opus The Man From Earth (2007). The story concerns Professor John Oldman, a scientist who summons a group of associates to a cabin one freezing night, and strikes them with a fantastic revelation: he is not a traditional human, but a 14,000 year-old immortal, who has survived centuries of evolution from the Cro-Magnon Era to the present. In the hours to follow, Professor Oldman's earth-shaking assertion about himself challenges the men on spiritual, scientific and historical levels. But the most incredible is yet to come - an even more astonishing truth in which the men's discussions culminate. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Danai Jekesai Gurira,
A lonesome widower and college economics professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up wh... read moreen he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants, one of whom has recently been threatened with deportation by U.S. immigration authorities, in the sophomore feature from The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Years after losing his wife, 62-year-old Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) has also lost his passion for writing and teaching. In an effort to fill the empty void that his life has become, Walter makes a half-hearted attempt to learn to play classical piano. Later, when Walter's college sends him to a conference in Manhattan, he is surprised to discover that a young couple has moved into his seldom-used apartment in the city. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and his Senegalese girlfriend Zainab (Danai Gurira) have fallen victims to an elaborate real-estate scam, and as a result they no longer have a place to call home. When Walter reluctantly allows the couple to remain in his apartment, talented musician Tarek insists on repaying his host's kindness by teaching him to play the African drum. Over the course of Walter's lessons, the ageing academic finds his spirits revitalized while gaining a newfound appreciation for New York jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles. Later, Tarek is arrested in the subway and threatened with deportation after police learn that he is an undocumented citizen. Suddenly, in his attempt to help his new friend, Walter's passion for life is unexpectedly awakened. When Tarek's radiant mother Mouna (Hiam Abbass) arrives in the city in search of her son, that passion turns to romance -- something that Walter had previously thought he would never experience again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
. Both deal with immigration issues, both are independent, and both are primarily liked for a solid lead performance by underappreciated character
Reviewed 5 years days ago
. an emotional, captivating, and sadly underrated independent film. check it out!
Reviewed 5 years days ago
Good independent film about forming close relationships with strangers and immigration issues. Understate
The debut feature from filmmaker Shane Carruth -- who wrote, directed, photographed, edited, scored,... read more and stars -- Primer is a psychological sci-fi thriller about a group of four tech entrepreneurs. Toiling away in a garage, the quartet have successfully created error-checking systems for their clients. But their recent work seems to have created an unexpected and seemingly impossible side-effect. Suddenly, two members of the group realize they are in possession of a device that can double, or perhaps even quadruple, the space-time continuum of anything that enters it. What at first seems like a windfall of astronomical proportions eventually proves to be much more than they bargained for, as the duo attempt to manipulate time to their financial -- and emotional -- benefit. Also starring Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, and Carrie Crawford, Primer premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
an interesting, low-action very intellectual science fiction independent film. The filmmakers cleverly use audio and pull off some beautiful montages. The acting
Reviewed 6 years days ago
This is the way independent films should be. THis movie is a good one!
Reviewed 5 years days ago
Awesome independent film. Won the grandprize at Sundance. Very lowbudget, but very well made.