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Review: Chilly And Joyless 'War Story' Starring Catherine Keener And Ben Kingsley

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 29, 2014 7:35 PM
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  • 3 Comments
War Story
What is behind the desire to punish an audience? Truthfully, few filmmakers besides Michael Haneke maybe intentionally want to torture viewers (at least I think), but many dark and depressing indie movies attempting to explore the condition of suffering can often feel excruciating. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a grim and sad narrative—one so-called “miserablist” movie I love is “Bitiful,” and last year’s bleak “Sunshine Jr.” had a lot of value. These emotions are part of our existence, thus they shouldn’t be shied away from, but rather must be examined. But what is the value when a movie wallows in these kinds of dire feelings without ever illuminating the human condition beyond the superficial notion that grief is difficult? What then?

Watch: Catherine Keener Heads Into Danger In First Trailer For 'War Story' Co-Starring Ben Kingsley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2014 3:30 PM
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  • 0 Comments
War Story
On paper, this sounds really great. Catherine Keener and Ben Kingsley co-starring in a drama about a war photographer stricken with grief, it seems like it could be powerful stuff. But it says something after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, buzz has been mostly nil.

Sundance Review: ‘War Story’ Starring Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi & Ben Kingsley

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 25, 2014 2:13 PM
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  • 1 Comment
War Story
What is behind the desire to punish an audience? Truthfully, few filmmakers besides Michael Haneke maybe intentionally want to torture viewers (at least I think), but many dark and depressing indie movies attempting to explore the condition of suffering can often feel excruciating. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a grim and sad narratives – a so-called “miserablist” movie I love is “Bitiful” and last year’s bleak “Sunshine Jr.” had a lot of value. These emotions are part of our existence, shouldn’t be shied away from and must be examined. But what is the value when a movie wallows in these kinds of dire feelings and never illuminates the human condition beyond the superficial notion that grief is difficult? What then?

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