Here are all our reviews of American movies focusing on independent, art-house films plus a few Hollywood flicks.
Also check out our reviews of American documentaries

American Movies

The Neon Demon movie poster

The Neon Demon

in American Movies

Since gaining critical acclaim with Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn seems to have given up telling stories, preferring to focus on images and music, rather than stories. While developing haunting visuals and atmospheres have always been his forte, as the glorious and mystical Valhalla Rising can attest, his previous movie Only God forgives didn’t have much to offer, besides glossy images […]

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The Sea of Trees movie poster

The Sea of Trees

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With the release of his latest movie, American filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s glory days – more particularly radical, unapologetic works such as Elephant, Gerry and Last Days – seem to suddenly be distant memories: taking us for a walk in the forest where he loses both himself and his audience, it almost looks like the trees were casting a shadow […]

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The Homesman

The Homesman

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With his second feature both behind and in front of the camera, the actor-turned-director Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men, Men in Black) seems to be following a path similar to Clint Eastwood’s. Mr. Jones plays George Briggs, a low-life who, after being saved from hanging must help his savior Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) transport three crazy […]

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Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jimi: All Is By My Side

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While I always complain that most filmmakers play it safe, most particularly when it comes to creating formal biopics, this little indie film about the great Jimi Hendrix surprised me with its ingenuity. I’m not sure what artistic choices writer/director John Ridley (12 Years As A Slave) originally had in mind but the fact that the Hendrix estate refused to […]

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Apartment Troubles

Apartment Troubles

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Written and directed by co-stars Jenniifer Prediger and Jess Weixler, Trouble Dolls is your typical indie debut, with all the flaws and fresh ideas it implies. It is an inventive, amusing, talkative and self-absorbed work which looks like it was made on a shoestring budget. What differentiates it from most first features is the presence of some popular comedic figures […]

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Recommended By Enrique

Recommended By Enrique

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As I was reading the synopsis for Recommended by Enrique on the LA Film Fest guide, I couldn’t really figure out what this movie was about: saying something like “based on a bizarre true story about an aspiring actress and a mysterious cowboy stranded in a border town”, this film seemed to wander in Mulholland Drive territory, which was leaving […]

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Awful Nice

Awful Nice

in American Movies

Road trips and dysfunctional families are popular themes when it comes to comedy and this second feature from director Todd Sklar brings them together: Following the death of their father, two estranged brothers must travel together to a summer home they inherited and end up spending extra time fixing it. Whenever attending a festival, I usually try to catch some […]

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Man of Tai Chi

Man of Tai Chi

in American Movies

Keanu Reeves is probably one of the most intriguing figures in Hollywood. He’s been in a successful cult trilogy, The Matrix, in a pop-corn blockbuster, Point Break, in an acclaimed indie feature, My Own Private Idaho but also in quite a few duds – anybody remembers Chain Reaction? He’s also often panned by critics for his limited acting abilities but […]

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starts where most movies end, with an outlaw couple – Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara) – getting arrested. Bob takes the blame and goes to jail while a pregnant Ruth ends up being released. Staying in their home town, she raises their child by herself while Bob, behind bars, can’t wait to be reunited […]

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Lovelace

Lovelace

in American Movies

Lovelace features everything you would expect from a movie about a porn actress: There’s a naïve heroine, shady guys, a rise to fame, sordid situations and some glamour. This is certainly more than most of us will ever experience during a lifetime but this narrative asset is also what harms this biopic about Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace. Whether or […]

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