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 Canyons

The Canyons

in American Movies

Paul Schrader’s The Canyons is one the rare movies that dare to walk on a fine line between art and exploitation. Since Andy Warhol pretty much pioneered that subgenre, several influential filmmakers went on to experiment with this twisted, intricate universe, from Brian de Palma with Femme Fatale to Steven Soderbergh with The Girlfriend Experience and Harmony Korine with Spring […]

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All Together Now

All Together Now

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With its premise – a group of teenagers meeting in a wood at night for a series of underground concerts – All Together Now had all the ingredients to either be a horror movie or some kind of raunchy romp. Writer/director Alexander Mirecki is however interested in visiting other themes, delivering instead a lighthearted tale, where social commentary, existentialism, humor […]

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Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

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Orchestrated by mad scientist Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives looks like some kind of monstrous, artistic creation, the result of an incestuous cross between Drive and Valhalla Rising. Valhalla Rising was an uncompromising, minimalist, metaphysical Viking film while Drive was a successful homage to 80’s B-movies. Only God Forgives is a much more basic work and looking for any […]

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Winter in the Blood

Winter in the Blood

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Set in Montana and based on a James Welch novel, Winter in the Blood follows a Blackfoot Indian (Virgin – Chaske Spencer) as he looks for his missing rifle and, subconsciously, for a purpose in life. His journey is haunted by the absence of several figures, from the wife who stole the rifle to the older brother who took care […]

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The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring

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Sofia Coppola’sThe Bling Ring draws comparisons to Harmony Korine’s Spring breakers. Both films portray American teenagers as superficial, aimless figures obsessed with celebrity culture and rap music. While Harmony Korine’s picture fully embraces the vacuity of its characters, his film featuring a subtle and fantasy-like glossy surface finely reflecting its subject, Sophia Coppola however fails at giving concrete form to this apparent […]

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Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

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Steven Soderbergh comes full circle presenting his – supposedly – last film in Cannes, the festival that put him on the map with his first – award-wining – feature film, Sex, Lies and Videotape. And, to an extent, Behind the Candelabra is somewhat reminiscent of his debut, not in terms of visuals but because of familiar themes such as image, lies […]

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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A metaphor about its own superficiality, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is filled with glitz, fireworks, confetti and champagne hardly masking the emptiness of a world haunted by its enigmatic central figure, Gatsby. Presented in exhilarating 3D, the film seems to enjoy getting high on aerial shots, circling above the Long Island bourgeoisie, while oscillating between digital grandiloquence and aesthetic ugliness. In […]

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On The Road

On The Road

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Published in 1957, Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel remains one of the most influential works coming from the Beat Generation. Following a group of friends as they travel back and forth throughout the U.S., it’s not hard to believe how this book proved to be so revolutionary at the time: Indulging in drugs, alcohol, sexual excesses and embracing the arts – […]

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Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

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Here is a film that follows genre rules but manages to surprise, taking the audience in an unexpected direction. Is it another formatted thriller? No and the main character isn’t the hitman who pretends to kill his victims softly. This isn’t one of these young wannabe thugs attempting a robbery either. The real central figure is instead the U.S., still […]

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The Master

The Master

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Since his first feature, Hard Eight, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has been building a solid filmography which culminated with the uncompromising oil epic There Will Be Blood. Mr. Anderson has, throughout the years, developed his own narrative and thematic signature, with a taste for charismatic and damaged characters often used as threads to make us explore particular universes or eras. […]

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