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Review: Unflinchingly Honest And Grim 'Sunlight Jr.' Starring Naomi Watts & Matt Dillon

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 12, 2013 6:07 PM
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Sunlight Jr.
To orient you to a filmmaker who's been away for far too long: If Wes Anderson’s central preoccupation is tightly controlled diorama-like compositions, Tim Burton’s obsession is dark, kooky misfits, and Sofia Coppola’s fixation is alienated teenagers soundtracked to exquisite pop songs, then Laurie Collyer’s main absorption is the forgotten underclass and their perils. The filmmaker behind “Sherrybaby” (and the gripping social documentary “Nuyorican Dream”), Collyer hasn’t made a movie since 2006, but her latest, “Sunlight Jr.,” could easily act as the third in a trilogy about the impoverished, the destitute and the depressed.

Exclusive: Naomi Watts & Matt Dillon Share A Moment In Clip From 'Sunlight Jr.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2013 11:01 AM
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Sunshine Jr.
Currently in theaters portraying royalty in "Diana," the upcoming indie "Sunlight Jr." is a reminder of the range Naomi Watts can deliver. Here in a completely different role, she sheds designer fashion and opulence for discount chain clothes and a grittier tale about two people just trying to make it to the next day.

Watch: Naomi Watts & Matt Dillon Are Having A Baby In Trailer For 'Sunlight Jr.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 10:59 AM
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While the awards season machine is aligning for Naomi Watts around "Diana," maybe "Sunlight Jr." should've been the card that was played? With the biopic receiving some rather vile early notices, this little indie perhaps better showcases the range and talent we've long come to appreciate from the actress.

Tribeca Review: ‘Sunlight Jr.’ Authentically Portrays The Underclass, But Spares Few Rays Of Hope

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 21, 2013 11:01 AM
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  • 6 Comments
To orient you to a filmmaker who's been away for far too long: If Wes Anderson’s central preoccupation is tightly-controlled diorama-like compositions, Tim Burton’s obsession is dark, kooky misfits, and Sofia Coppola’s fixation is alienated teenagers soundtracked to exquisite pop songs, then Laurie Collyer’s main absorption is the forgotten underclass and their perils.

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