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Reviews for May 29th, 2015

Barely Lethal

Directed by Kyle Newman


Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by A24.
Opens at Village East Cinema.

Brother's Keeper

Directed by T.J. Amato and Josh Mills


Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Released by Desert Wind Releasing.
Opens in select theaters.

Gemma Bovery

Directed by Anne Fontaine


Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Music Box Films.
Opens at Landmark Sunshine Cinema and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

San Andreas

Directed by Brad Peyton


Number of times I checked my watch: 3
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Opens nationwide.

Sunset Edge

Directed by Daniel Peddle

      Set in an abandoned trailer park, Sunset Edge centers on two different stories that eventually connect later on. In the first, a bunch of teenagers, namely, Will (William Dickerson), Jacob (Jacob Kristian Ingle), Blaine (Blaine Edward Pugh) and Haley (Haley Ann McKnight), mill about their community, eating junk food and skateboarding. In parallel story, Malachi (Gilberto Padilla), recently left alone when his grandfather (Jack Horn), his sole caretaker, leaves him all alone. He leaves near Sunset Edge, but goes there to visit a trailer where a killer lived. That killer has something to do with the painful memories of Malachi's past.

      Writer/director Daniel Peddle should be commended for trusting the audience's patience and intelligence by not force-feeding them key information and by moving the film along at a slow pace. Those qualities alone make Sunset Edge very ant-Hollywood, but at the same time its lack of exposition and meandering, minimalist plot leads to confusing and frustration more often than not. The suspense isn't an edge-of-your-seat kind of suspense because it's an atmospheric slow burn. Nature along with the trailer park itself become like characters. Peddle makes the most out of the cinematography which creates an eerie atmosphere.

      How Peddle incorporates the supernatural element into the film won't be spoiled here, but it results in unevenness and bizarreness. The performances from the non-actors feel real and natural although they're not given much to chew on nor are any of them memorable for that matter. Sunset Edge ultimately suffers from style over substance. It would make for an interesting double feature with a similarly flawed, enigmatic and confusing mystery/drama out now called Aloft.

Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Released by CAVU Picturess.
Opens at Cinema Village.


Directed by James McTeigue


Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Amplify.
Opens at AMC Empire.
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