Sundance Film Festival

The Force – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

This timely, well-intentioned doc offers a revealing look at the inner workings of the Oakland PD.

A Ghost Story – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara reunite for David Lowery’s slow-burn meditation on loss and grief.

Manifesto – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

Cate Blanchett goes hell for leather in this unapologetically arty film about art.

Killing Ground – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

There’s shades of Straw Dogs and Deliverance in this effective Aussie backwoods horror.

The Discovery – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

Jason Segel and Rooney Mara are an unlikely central pairing in this low-key sci-fi about the discovery of an afterlife.

The Eyes of My Mother – first look review

By Ed Frankl

First-time director Nicolas Pesce takes audiences on a nightmarish journey with this impressive American Gothic.

The Birth of a Nation – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

The buzz film from this year’s Sundance is a stirring, historical tale of racial injustice that feels more vital now than ever.

Christine – first look review

By Ed Frankl

A stunning central turn from Rebecca Hall grounds Antonio Campos’ dramatisation of TV reporter Christine Chubbuck’s on-air suicide.

Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

Spike Lee’s follow-up to Bad 25 shines a light on the King of Pop’s indisputable talents, but is otherwise alarmingly lightweight.

Wiener Dog – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

Todd Solondz’s typically bleak ensemble piece serves up a fresh ingredient for an otherwise familiarly grim trek across America.

Maya Angelou and Still I Rise – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

The African-American icon’s richly textured and often traumatic story is unpacked in this near-definitive documentary for PBS.

Certain Women – first look review

By Ed Frankl

Kelly Reichardt confirms herself as one of America’s greatest living filmmakers with this stunning three-part character study.

Captain Fantastic – first look review

By Ed Frankl

Viggo Mortensen stars as a doting forest-dwelling father in this impressive debut from writer/director Matt Ross.

Ali and Nino – first look review

By Ed Frankl

Asif Kapadia ditches the tried-and-trusted doc formula in favour of this bland historical drama.

Dark Night – first look review

By Ed Gibbs

The events leading up to the 2012 Aurora multiplex shooting are reimagined, Elephant-style, in this unsettling and deeply affecting drama.

Swiss Army Man – first look review

By Ed Frankl

Daniel Radcliffe quite literally rips it up in this fart-based bromantic comedy with Paul Dano.

Love & Friendship – first look review

By David Jenkins

Whit Stillman returns – and on absolute peak form – with this drastically delightful Jane Austen adaptation.

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