Steve Erickson

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  • On the surface, writer-director Ryan Jaffe's road-trip comedy seems to combine two trends: marijuana chic and recent indie films centered on senior citizens. It kicks off with the 89-year-old Estelle (Cloris Leachman) proudly proclaiming herself...

  • Recent European films such as Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake have drawn on the visual vocabulary of porn to make sex look like a chore that only the compulsive would bother engaging in....

  • Well-known both for its political activities and for its long-running film festival, Human Rights Watch becomes the subject of a documentary itself in E-Team. Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's film isn't a broad portrait of the...

  • Irish director Lance Daly's Life's a Breeze faces a curious dilemma. How to depict the degrading effects of poverty when your central character, 79-year-old grandmother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan), lives in squalor by choice, having saved up...

  • Picture a high school civics teacher with a great love for Ken Burns and access to people such as Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama — but no ability to ask them interesting questions — making his first documentary on a laptop's...

  • As critic Kent Jones noted, the progression of digital technology has made it much easier and cheaper to shoot two people in a room talking but no simpler to direct a period piece. That makes the success of Fort McCoy, a low-budget film...

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