Night Moves
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NIGHT MOVES, the fifth feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam-the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise. Harmon is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains the same reckless alpha male he always was, eager for adventure, excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena is a high… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"I'd say this is a movie about alienation that, in the spirit of the boldest activism, isn't afraid to be ostracized itself. You may beg to differ, and I'd say that's the point."
‑ Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
""Night Moves" is an unexpected pleasure, offering more than what we expect and taking its time to deliver."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"I'm a great admirer of Reichardt's work, but having watched 'Night Movies' twice, I have to concede that it's something of a dud."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Impatient viewers are likely to complain that Night Moves is too slow and subdued for their tastes, but those in the market for an alternative thriller will find much to enjoy."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Jesse Eisenberg's performance has an intensity that is deliberately alienating, with Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard solid in support."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Night Moves, including its title, borders on generic."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"You may not buy the third-act developments, but Reichardt and her actors see to it that you believe in how these people got to that third act in the first place."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The subdued acting combines with deliberate editing to slowly ratchet up viewers' nerves."
‑ Tony Stamp,
". A master at understatement, [director Kelly] Reichardt elicits very effective, subdued performances from her key cast, who have to keep the lid on their emotions almost all of the time."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Virtually every shot feels like it adds to Reichardt's vision and it draws so tightly together that by the end, the only people left accessible to the likes of Josh are those in the watching audience. Night Moves makes you an accessory."
‑ Craig Mathieson, Sydney Morning Herald
"Reichardt wisely leaves it for her audience to decide."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
""Night Moves" is a study of murky actions, fuzzy ideals and wrong moves for righteous reasons."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The narrative and visual minimalism, initially such an asset, eventually leaves the audience feeling numb."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"It's a very well made film."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"It's an unconventional thriller, more interested in character than plot, but gripping as both."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
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