SnagFilms celebrates its first anniversary today with a freshly designed website and a slew of announcements pertaining to upcoming releases and new partnerships. Here's my indieWIRE report.
Speaking of indieWIRE: Happy thirteenth birthday, guys! I am happy to be a contributing member of the team, and remain in awe of your ongoing success in the digital age, not to mention the pedigree you've cultivated over the years.
In other news, there's another Harry Potter movie in theaters. Here's my review for Moving Pictures.
Finally, I would like to highlight two particularly interesting smaller releases in theaters this weekend. Both deal with immature males obsessing over impossible romantic fixations. The difference between these characters is that one of them should be immature — that would be Tomo (Thomas Turgoose), the adolescent star of Shane Meadows's appropriately cutesy Somers Town — and the other one, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the heartbroken lead of Marc Webb's breezily enjoyable (500) Days of Summer, just needs to grow up. Here's my (500) review from Sundance.
Take my word on Somers Town, which doesn't outdo Meadows's flat-out masterpiece This is England, but still marches to a delightful little rhythm that you simply can't dismiss. (500) does that, too, but it starts to get grating after awhile. Take my word for that, too.