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: 86%

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"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
"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)
"After a riveting first half filled with tension and one in which we are left to draw our own conclusions about details and relationships, the remainder of the film fizzles to some extent, diminishing the payoff"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"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
". 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
"This is still a powerful film from one of America's best filmmakers who continues to push herself."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
""Night Moves" is an unexpected pleasure, offering more than what we expect and taking its time to deliver."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"As in Wendy and Lucy, the natural and social environs are impeccably authentic, in this case conveying the bohemian radicalism of the Portland area that nurtures the trio's dangerous scheme."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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
"Eisenberg is in characteristically intense form, while Sarsgaard and Fanning are solid supports."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]
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