Alden Ehrenreich in The Yellow Birds review

The Yellow Birds is guaranteed to attract a certain amount of attention simply because it’s Alden Ehrenreich‘s last major role before Han Solo, and Star Wars fans will be gratified to see that Lucasfilm’s faith in him is not misplaced. He puts in an unforgettable lead performance as Bartle, a young soldier who’s deployed to war and comes back a haunted man, for reasons he’s unwilling or unable to articulate.

But The Yellow Birds is far more than an acting showcase for Ehrenreich’s talents, and would deserve to be seen no matter what big franchises its stars were doing next. It’s a war drama that’s far less interested in the heroism of battle than its cost, as told through the story of a single soldier and those in his immediate orbit.  Read More »

Blue Caprice

Eleven years after the Beltway sniper attacks in 2002, first-time feature director Alexandre Moors revisits the horrific episode from the perspective of the killers in Blue Caprice. The haunting indie drama drew raves at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and now it’s headed for a theatrical and VOD release next month. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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