Yesterday Was a Lie
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Writer/director James Kerwin infuses Raymond Chandler-influenced noir with a metaphysical twist by tracing the story of a female detective who's tough enough to take on even Philip Marlowe in this monochromatic mystery designed to challenge the viewer's very perception of reality. Hoyle (Kipleigh Brown) is a hard-drinking detective whose taste for bourbon betrays her razor-sharp sleuthing skills. Set out on the trail of a reclusive genius (John Newton), however, Hoyle soon finds her life becoming increasingly fragmented and surreal. The only people that Hoyle can trust as she begins to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"James Kerwin's conceptually ambitious low-budget debut offers stunning black-and-white HD cinematography, a sultry jazz score and a refreshingly high-minded script, but feels hopelessly amateurish in the acting department."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"It's a mixture of some very clever, but unguided ideas."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Yesterday Was a Lie deals with some heady themes, and Brown strikes some nice notes on her character's frustrated journey, but the film is finally too disjointed and incomprehensible to be enjoyed as much else besides an exercise in style."
‑ John Wheeler, L.A. Weekly
"This film is highly recommended for those who appreciate a good, dark portrayal of the human psyche. Be warned: it won't hold your hand."
‑ Lara Killian, PopMatters
"The sci-fi noir is a movie of intelligence, imagination and mostly beautiful execution, which is why Yesterday Was a Lie is not quite a success, but far more than a respectable failure."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, Sci Fi Wire
"There is brilliance here that demonstrates the best of what independent filmmakers strive to do."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
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