As the Sundance Film Festival rolls on, early reviews of the premieres have everyone discussing what will be the most talked-about movies in the coming months.
The folks over at Film.com have a team on the ground in Park City, reviewing some of the buzziest movies of the fest, including “Camp X-Ray” with Kristen Stewart.
Check out the capsule reviews of some of this year’s Sundance premieres, and click each title to read the entire review.
Stewart is the star of the show, and for the first time since playing her daughter in “Panic Room,” the leading lady conveys the understated tenacity and vulnerability that has defined much of Jodie Foster’s career. With its painfully plain-spoken conflicts and eventually oversold gestures of kindness, “Camp X-Ray” may offer frustratingly little insight into the hazy world of wartime morality, but if nothing else, it suggests that Stewart may escape her own “Twilight”-shaped prison yet. — William Goss
“A Most Wanted Man”
The material is a natural fit for director Anton Corbijn, who seems to like directing films about slowly fitting together seemingly disparate pieces just as much as le Carre likes writing material with the same sense of style and pacing. “A Most Wanted Man” is a thoroughly modern tale about current anti-terrorism measures that still retains a classic sensibility and feel…. Philip Seymour Hoffman is the main event here, and despite some troubles with his essentially indeterminate accent (his name may smack of Germanic roots, but even Hoffman can’t quite seem to nail a believable way of telegraphing those roots via his voice), he turns in another solid, compelling performance. — Kate Erbland
here have been, of course, a plethora of films about the stuck, the slack and the stalled, but there’s still a spectrum of quality any seemingly-familiar plot or pitch can then be placed in, and “Laggies” is a high-quality example of that subset — full of flawed, real people and dialogue that both sparkles with a well-polished sheen and still has the rough edges of life. Superbly written, handsomely made and full of terrific performances, “Laggies” is Shelton’s best film to date; if Knightley and Moretz’s name recognition translates to Shelton’s skill finally being recognized by a larger audience, I can’t wait to see her next step forward. — James Rocchi