Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R – 6/26/2014 issue

index#barnesyardbumps:

*The highlight of the opening weekend of the Sacramento French Film Festival was Alain Gauraudie’s quietly spellbinding Stranger by the Lake, which is like Hitchcock distilled down to his purest form.

#barnesyardharrumphs:

index2*In the lovely but empty The Immigrant, director James Gray carves away genre trappings to expose the small-time chintz and chicanery at the heart of the American Dream, but what’s left is just a carcass of clichés.

*For all of the delicately structured character arcs and hushed visual poetry in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, his cinematic reserve often makes it feel arid and passionless.

#barnesyarddumps:

*David Michod’s The Rover is the work of a talented and ambitious filmmaker with nothing to say.