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Harsh Fragments of Fur

Harsh Fragments of Fur

A whole hoard of reviews of new releases from Reverse Shot are up and ready to read over at indieWIRE…so if you’re trying to figure out whether to go see Nicole Kidman giving Robert Downey Jr. a full body shave or Ashley Judd pulling herself up by her Southern bootstraps (hint: just go see Iraq in Fragments, instead), check ‘em out. And there’s more to come this week, on The Aura, Fast Food Nation, The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and For Your Consideration.

“…of course characters reference mutual acquaintances who never actually show up in the movie (preferably with funny nicknames—the gold standard is still Menace II Society‘s Willie Lump-Lump). Toss in a calm-before-the-storm, south-of-the-border idyll a la Peckinpah—Ayer currently has a remake of The Wild Bunch in production—and you have Harsh Times: a movie for guys who like movies (that feel exactly like other movies).”

Nick Pinkerton on Harsh Times

“Though it’s at once distant, almost artless in its documentary-style directness, it retains an intimacy in its loving attention to detail.”

Kristi Mitsuda on The Cave of the Yellow Dog

“As with many other actor-turned-directors, Joey Lauren Adams focuses on performance rather than the visual capacities of the medium. Come Early Morning is neither a cinematic achievement nor is it highly original; but if you look closely, it’s less middling and more provocative than it first appears.”

Kristi Mitsuda on Come Early Morning

“The details surrounding Diane’s marriage are smeared to imply that our heroine’s creative soul’s been carapaced by the expectations of Fifties domesticity—and already uneducated reviewers are buying this reductive story wholesale…”

Nick Pinkerton on Fur

“Despite its flaws, Iraq in Fragments marks an important turning point in the still short history of the Iraq War documentary. No longer content to simply portray the American side of the conflict, filmmakers are finally showing what things look like from various Iraqi perspectives.”

Michael Joshua Rowin on Iraq in Fragments

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