Hammer to Nail

KNEECAP
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(The 2024 Sundance Film Festival runs January 18-28. Check out M.J. O’Toole’s movie review of Kneecap. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) “Every word of Irish spoken is a bullet fired for Irish freedom,” Michael Fassbender’s IRA fugitive repeatedly tells...
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WE GROWN NOW Trailer: Two Boys Navigate Changing Times in Minhal Baig’s Independent Spirit Award Nominee
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Writer-director Minhal Baig returns with a new coming-of-age tale set in her native Chicago. We Grown Now centers on the city’s Cabrini-Green housing district in 1992. It follows two young boys who are best friends and neighbors, played by first-time...
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A DIFFERENT MAN
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(The 2024 Sundance Film Festival runs January 18-28. Check out Melanie Addington’s movie review of A Different Man. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) Aaron Schimberg in his third feature film, A Different Man, sets himself into a...
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PONYBOI
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(The 2024 Sundance Film Festival ran January 18-28. Check out  Bears Rebecca Fonté’s movie review of Ponyboi. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) [Note: I will be using he/him pronouns in this review as that is how the...
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A Conversation with Felipe Gálvez (THE SETTLERS)
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Felipe Gálvez has been working in the film industry for over 15 years. While this is his debut feature as a writer and director this is, not the first time he has worked on a feature film. For years he served...
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THE ZONE OF INTEREST
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(Check out Sammy Levine’s movie review for The Zone of Interest, in theaters now via A24. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) There are very few filmmakers whose work I will trek across town in the pouring...
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SXSW 2024 LINEUP: New Films From Crystal Moselle, Pamela Adlon, & Roshan Sethi Coming to Austin
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The SXSW Film Festival has just announced the lineup for its competition and spotlight titles for its 2024 edition, which will be held in Austin from March 8 – 16. The screening sections include Headliner; Narrative Feature Competition; Documentary Feature...
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THE CURBSIDE CRITERION: GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
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(Here at Hammer to Nail, we are all about true independent cinema. But we also have to tip our hat to the great films that continue to inspire filmmakers and cinephiles alike. This week, Brad Cook seeks to become a...
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SHE IS CONANN Trailer: Bertrand Mandico’s Queer, Feminist Retelling of the Legend Arrives in February
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Writer-director Bertrand Mandico (The Wild Boys) debuted his new 35mm queer fantasy, She Is Conann, at Cannes last year. Now, it is making its way to U.S. theaters where it will undoubtedly grab the attention of many cult audiences. Drawing...
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THE PEASANTS Trailer: Love & Tragedy Unfold In DK & Hugh Welchman’s Oil-Painted Spectacle
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The creators of the sensation Loving Vincent are back with a new oil-painted feature. The Peasants is adapted from Władysław Reymont’s 1904 Nobel Prize-winning novel. Set around that era in the Polish village of Lipce, DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman’s...
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