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‘Nothing Bad Can Happen,' ‘The Selfish Giant,' & 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ Take Top Honors At AFI Fest 2013

Another straight week of Hollywood and international films has wrapped up in Los Angeles, as AFI Fest 2013 drew to a close yesterday and announced its slate of juried and audience prizes. The selection this year had its share of Oscar-season glamour—“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” all received gala screenings—but when it came time for the festival prizes, it was new, small-scale works from directors Clio Barnard and Katrin Gebbe that really impressed. Read More »

Fantastic Fest Review: 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' An Emotionally Resonant Crime Thriller

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 24, 2013 9:59 AM
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In movies, small towns are too often populated with inbred, murderous hillbillies, but there’s nevertheless a wealth of interesting, seldom-explored and considerably more believable stories to tell about them. “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” offers audiences little that they haven’t seen in one form or another – small town kids, dreams of escape and the interference of local criminals – but in the hands of screenwriter Dutch Southern and directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins, its familiar components come together in a unique way. A crime thriller rich with emotional resonance, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” offers the kind of clean, elegant storytelling whose emotional impact eclipses the cosmetic horrors of its counterparts while announcing the arrival of considerable new filmmaking talents.

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