Piers Marchant is a film critic and writer based in Philly. Find more confounding amusements and diversions at his blog, Sweet Smell of Success (http://sweetsmellosuccess.tumblr.com), or read his further 142-character rants and ravings at @kafkaesque83.
Two movies at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Fear, Inc. and Always Shine, want to explore audience expectations within the possibilities of the horror genre.
25 Apr 2016
Christopher Abbott imbues James with both dynamic self-loathing and deep sense of affliction, so that he shifts between irritating and mesmerizing.
22 Mar 2016
Two exceptional films at this year’s Sundance Festival resist the typical character arc, and instead follow individuals who either have no interest in changing or are powerless to do so.
27 Jan 2016
Two films at the Sundance Film Festival -- Wild and Author: The JT LeRoy Story -- challenge familiar categories.
26 Jan 2016
We follow the exploits of Minnie (Bel Powley), a 15-year-old aspiring cartoonist in 1976 San Francisco. The first thing she tells us -- “I just had sex. Holy shit!” -- sets the film's tone.
07 Aug 2015
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