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‘Kicks’ Is A Coming-Of-Age Indie That Mixes Terrence Malick And Hip-Hop — IndieWire On Demand

Justin Tipping's directorial debut breathes new life into one of the indie's scenes most tired genres.



The coming-of-age movie is a tired and true staple of independent film, but every once in awhile a movie comes along to shatter genre conventions and make you experience something familiar in a brand new way. Justin Tipping’s directorial debut “Kicks” is one of those movies.

READ MORE: Review: Jahking Guillory is a Major Discovery in ‘Kicks’

One of the best films to come out of the Tribeca Film Festival this year, “Kicks” stars the breakout Jahking Guillory as Brandon, a bullied 15-year-old street kid who dreams about a fresh pair of sneakers. Working hard to get them, his kicks are soon stolen, prompting Brandon on a coming-of-age odyssey to get them back.

In his positive review out of Tribeca, IndieWire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn praised Guillory as a major discovery. As for Tipping’s filmmaking: “He constructs a lyrical atmosphere that suggests Terrence Malick for the hip-hop set, with cinematographer Michael Ragen’s roaming camera capturing its young lead as he wanders about the neighborhood streets, while addressing the audience in a plaintive voiceover.”

Watch the video below for more reasons to watch “Kicks” on VOD this week.

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