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"There's plenty of eye and ear-catching stimulation in this survey of the Residents' 40-year career."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety
"While hundreds of bands will be struggling to emerge from the obscurity at SXSW 2015, one set of oddballs will be celebrating a 40-year home there...the film delves deep into the apocrypha and mystery of the one-of-a-kind, dissonance-crazed band. "
- Christopher R. Weingarten, Rolling Stone
"Fans will appreciate this loving probe into the determinedly anonymous history of S.F.'s superstar art weirdos, now closing in on 50 years of seemingly bottomless inspiration."
- Adrian Mack, Straight.com
"Idris Elba gives a powerful performance in an impressive homegrown slice-of-life drama that's tinged with unease...driven by confident, searching writing."
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"...refreshing...full of emotionally and psychologically complex black characters who are not limited to representing race-defined themes. "
- Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
"...Marshall is both engaging and evasive, perfectly matching the fluid tone of Tucker Green's enigmatic urban parable...the film's heart is bold, striking and tangible. "
- Mark Kermode , The Guardian
"In her second directorial outing, Melanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession."
- Scott Foundas, Variety
"An impressive second film that features intelligent writing and several knockout performances...Laurent also impresses here as a director of actors."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
"Melanie Laurent's gorgeous, twisted and confident Breathe is a natural second act to the early moments of Kechiche's time-spanning new classic [Blue is the Warmest Color], applying the same level of care and consideration to the hormonally driven closeness of yet another pair of wild teen girls."
- Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects
THE BAREFOOT ARTIST
"A poignant documentary about the transformative power of art."
- Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
"There is much healing in "The Barefoot Artist," Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub's fascinating documentary portrait of the artist Lily Yeh. "
- Andy Webster, New York Times
"Ivano De Matteo beautifully adapts Herman Koch's best-seller with an all-star Italian cast"
- The Hollywood Reporter
"Terrific...with barely a missed beat."
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
"A must see for all those interested in how austere and spiritual techniques can be employed in cinema."
- Paul Schrader
"An austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy."
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Stations of the Cross belongs among the decade's best films about the lengths one must go to in order to balance strong beliefs with a tolerance toward a secular world that fights against those beliefs."
- Ross Bonaime, Paste Magazine
"Top Ten List for 2014. One of the great films about the nature of love. Brilliantly employs lieder by Mozart and Beethoven - the most telling use of period performance since Straub-Huillet's 1968 CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDELENA BACH."
- James Quandt, Artforum
"A satirical yet sensitive study of the 1811 death pact between poet Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel. Hausner expertly conveys the claustrophobia and inflexibility of this environment by tightly choreographing her characters through carefully composed, sparsely decorated spaces."
- Film Comment
"Hausner reveals her strongest work yet, a droll, romantic exploration of sorts that manages to expertly blend her unique tone with exquisite digital compositions."
- Nicolas Bell, Ioncinema
"[Chronicles] the rise and fall of the beachside snack stand, with the humble hot dog joint standing in as a symbol for the American Dream..."
- New York Observer
"...shows the tremendous highs and lows that came along with founding a New York City institution, and takes the audience along for a whirlwind trip down memory lane."
- AM New York
"...a unique and intimate look into almost 100 years of his family's history and the history of New York City, using the hot dog as a lens. "
- Wall St Cheat Sheet
"Wickedly visceral! Tough, gripping, emotionally rewarding through trenchant plotting!"
- Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"The film ultimately understands poverty as a profound and often irreversible desolation of terra firma."
- Slant Magazine
"Quietly compelling human drama... (with) a commanding central performance from Margita Gosheva... You become completely captivated by her refusal to surrender to her fate."
- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
"Rarely has fetishism been portrayed with such intense, empathetic attention to detail."
"Brilliant. An intimate character piece that's all about the details."
- The Hollywood Reporter