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Reviews: Cold in July (2014)

cold_in_julyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: Based on Joe R. Lansdale’s novel, the film “Cold in July” has gaping plot holes (mostly involving the police) and aggravating music cues (by Jeff Grace) but I can forgive all that thanks to the trio of actors headlining the film.
  • Anton Bitel @ FilmLandEmpire.com
  • Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • [New – 8/28/14] | Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: Cold in July is the sort of film that is extremely dependent on the quality of the writing, the confidence with which it presents the issues and themes it seeks to tackle and the ease with which it juggles a great many turning points, each helping said themes to fully blossom.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film isn’t wholly satisfying, raising questions it never answers, but the film boasts fine performances from Hall and especially Johnson, who’s turning into a character actor of note.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Director Jim Mickle grants himself an endless free range in which to explore Hawksian notions of manhood and camaraderie by way of Jeff Grace’s synth score, deliberately evocative of the compositions of 80s-era Howard Hawks disciple, John Carpenter.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Confused suspense drama starts out gripping and descends into a moral muddle that a very good performance by Michael C. Hall cannot quite overcome.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Seamlessly zigging and zagging from taut home-invasion horror to an off-kilter buddy road picture that subverts expectations and then a grindhouse revenge-thriller with sordid twists that will have your heart in your mouth, “Cold in July” is a shrewdly tense and darkly funny cross-genre of Southern pulp.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … the most eccentric crime saga since ‘Killing Them Softly’ … edgy, suspenseful, cathartic … provides Sam Shepard with his juiciest role in far too long.
  • Michael Pattison @ idFilm
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: With the actors so in command of their space, Mickle is freed to take the crime-fiction plotline and put it through a John Carpenter food processor.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Director Jim Mickle keeps things visually interesting, mostly out of necessity, because some of the many stray bullets seem to have shot gaping holes in the film’s plot.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Henry Stewart @ The L Magazine
Updated: June 8, 2015 — 10:08 pm

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