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‘Life of Crime’ Pays the Highest Tribute to Elmore Leonard

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Not quite a comedy of errors or a thriller, but something that feels brand new up on the screen.   

Winter's Bone (Review)

Sundance winner a tense, well-crafted naturalistic thriller

0 Comments · Thursday, July 8, 2010
Based on Daniel Woodrell's novel, 'Winter's Bone' tells of 17-year-old backwoods Ozarks girl named Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) who needs to get her missing meth-cooking father to a court date or her family will lose their log-cabin-style home because he jumped bail. The film incorporates an insightfully sociological sense of place yet doesn't get bogged down by it. Grade: B-plus.  

Elemental Pleasures

Debra Granik discusses her Sundance-approved drama, 'Winter's Bone'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Debra Granik's 'Winter's Bone' stands in stark relief to this summer's more bombastic fare. Taking in its elemental pleasures, you feels as though you're entering a parallel cinematic universe in which the simple inflection of a character's voice or the crack of a tree branch have the ability to impart more tension than a dozen CGI-driven multiplex thrillers put together. Granik spoke with CityBeat about the Sundance Film Festival's influence on her career, the casting of Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role and the dramatic power of gnarly trees.