Into the Abyss: 2011 AFI Fest

Werner Herzog introduced his newest film, a documentary called Into The Abyss, at the Egyptian Theater on Sunday night, by stating off the bat that if you’re looking for an issues film, then you’re going to be disappointed. And he’s right. But, I wasn’t at all disappointed. Quite the contrary,
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Kill List: 2011 AFI Film Fest

It’s rare for me to say that I’ve never seen a movie quite like this. But that’s the case with Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, a genre-bending heart attack-inducer that will leave you rattled long after you’ve left the theater. I was completely unprepared for this. Based on a quick glance...
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The Invader: 2011 AFI Film Fest

From its mesmerizing and shocking opening shot, The Invader immediately places us into another world, clearly one not typical for American audiences. It’s not normal that I wouldn’t want to ruin the very first frame of a movie – or even consider that as “ruining” anything -- but I’d feel...
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Carnage: 2011 AFI Film Fest

Packed into iconic Chinese Theater on a Saturday night at AFI Fest 2011 to see Roman Polanski’s latest film Carnage, with nearly everyone dressed to the nines and cordial ushers helping everyone to their designated seats, it felt like we were settling in to watch a Broadway performance rather than...
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Green: 2011 AFI Film Fest

Green is what you’d come to expect from a film festival: extremely low budget, no-name actors, and minimalist plot. While writer/director Sophia Takal offers glimpses into an interesting world in rural America, the film spends too much of its runtime without any momentum, which is one of the common pitfalls...
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