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October 10, 2014

by Dan Girmus Film

The Overnighters | Jesse Moss

October 10, 2014

Few current documentaries seem as of-the-moment as Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters, a film shot through with pulsating clarity and startling ambition. It follows Jay Reinke, a Lutheran pastor in Williston, N.D., as he faces increasing hostility from townspeople toward his “Overnighter” program, which allows out-of-state workers, drawn to the town for high-paying, dangerous fracking work, to sleep on the floor of his church if they don’t have anywhere else to go. Reinke argues that the incoming workers…

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by Peter Labuza Film

Whiplash | Damien Chazelle

There’s a moment near the end of the second act of Damien Chazelle’s sophomore feature Whiplash that threatens to completely derail the narrative: a character gets into what looks like a fatal car accident and keeps moving like he’s the Terminator. But that moment…

October 10, 2014
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