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Dark Night Directed by Tim Sutton Opens February 3 at the Alamo Drafthouse A contemporary look at the disaffection and desensitization that have long been native to American suburbia, the unsettling independent film Dark Night describes a world of vast parking lots, manicured lawns, and latent violence. The third feature by Brooklyn-based writer-director Tim Sutton, which premiered last year in the low-budget NEXT sidebar of Sundance, imagines a sort of alternate-history version of the movie-theater massacre that...
In its current and most recognizable iteration, that affiliated with Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival dates back to 1991, which means that many filmmakers who presented their earliest works at the festival are now cohabiting with a newer generation they’ve likely influenced. Included in that year’s lineup were novices Todd Haynes and Richard Linklater, alongside Barbara Kopple, who had already won an Oscar for Harlan County, USA, and canonical documentarians the Maysles....
The Kentile Sign meant nothing to me. It was dismantled before I was able to see the 8-story advertisement grace the Gowanus skyline, but even if I had been here, and passed it on those rare occurrences that I took the F train running through Smith-9th Street, I doubt I would have any emotional attachment towards it.   To me, it was just an aesthetically pleasing billboard with no story behind it, no message or...

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