“Stander” by Bronwen Hughes (South Africa 2003)

Stander

Robbery as a political statement. Intelligent direction

Cast: Thomas Jane, David O’Hara, Dexter Fletcher
Director: Bronwen Hughes
Writer: Bima Stagg
Music by The Free Association
Cinematography by Jess Hall
Film Editing by Robert Ivison

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“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” by Sydney Freeland (USA, 2017)

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train by Sydney Freeland (2017)

A weak script, but the light tone, a nice cast, some good dialogues and good music make it fun to watch
SPOILER: The engaging tone of the movie comes mainly from the fact that all the personages are on the side of the thieves and help them get away with it, except the detective who ends up being the bad guy.

Cast: Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson, David Sullivan, Danielle Nicolet Director: Sydney Freeland
Writer: Shelby Farrell
Cinematographer: Quyen Tran
Editor: Michael Taylor
Composer: Mark Orton

“The Lovers” by Azazel Jacobs (USA, 2017)

The Lovers (2)

A dull first half and a disappointing end in spite of (or is it just because of) the final twist. The performances and the musical score are the best things this movie has to offer.

Cast: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters, Tyler Ross, Jessica Sula
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Writer: Azazel Jacobs
Cinematographer: Tobias Datum
Editor: Darrin Navarro
Composer: Mandy Hoffman

“In A World…” by Lake Bell (USA, 2013)

In A World....

An interesting and original idea marred by a predictable plot, stereotypical personages, and relationships that bring nothing to the story. What a pity!

Cast: Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino
Director: Lake Bell
Writer: Lake Bell
Director of Photography: Seamus Tierney

“Lolo” by Julie Delpy (France, 2015)

Lolo by Julie Delpy (2015)

A bad script that sharp dialogues and a whiff of humor can’t save

Cast: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard, Antoine Lounguine
Director: Julie Delpy
Writer: Julie Delpy, Eugénie Grandval
Cinematographer: Thierry Abrogast
Editor: Virginie Bruant
Composer: Matthieu Lamboley

“Wakefield” by Robin Swicord (USA, 2016)

Wakefield

The two male and the female leads are (strangely) miscast
Original and insightful story but dull at times 

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Jason O’Mara, Beverly D’Angelo
Director: Robin Swicord
Writer (short story): E.L. Doctorow
Writer: Robin Swicord
Cinematographer: Andrei Bowden-Schwartz
Editor: Matt Maddox
Composer: Aaron Zigman