standoff at sparrow creek trailer

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek earned positive reviews out of Fantastic Fest, and now the first trailer is here. This shadowy thriller finds a group of militia members descending into paranoia after one of their members engages in a mass shooting at a funeral. But who did it? No one knows for sure, and the clock is ticking. Watch the tense Standoff at Sparrow Creek trailer below.

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TIFF Midnight Madness

The Toronto International Film Festival is best-known these days as a Big Daddy of the awards season. Major films that premiere at TIFF – of which there are many – tend to do so with glamorous red-carpet events, stars congregating outside any one of the gorgeous theatres in the closed-to-traffic festival zone. Many are slick, prestigious studio dramas from celebrated filmmakers – think First Man, A Star Is Born, or If Beale Street Could Talk – and they’re rightly festooned with attention.

I did not attend TIFF this year for those films. I attended for Midnight Madness. Read More »

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek Review

Henry Dunham’s The Standoff At Sparrow Creek will split a furious political divide like most, if not all, of production company Cinestate’s as-now-released slate. Gun rights, civilian militarization, police corruption – unquestionably blurred ethics, but spectacularly intensified nonetheless. On-edge interrogations and stonefaced deceit. Reservoir Dogs in lumber safehouse. Every second tiptoes over pins-and-needles as the slightest slip-up might land you in a hangman’s noose, each character planted in their defense like a 300-pound lineman who wouldn’t budge for a wrecking ball. A chess game complete with pawns, time-clocks, and strategy – with martyrdom on the line. Read More »

Overlord - Standoff at Sparrow Creek - Hold the Dark - Fantstic Fest 2018 Recap

(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest, day three. In this diary entry: a well-intentioned horror comedy, a thrilling Indian tale of terror, the latest from Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier, Bad Robot’s Nazi zombie adventure, and a one hell of a promising debut.

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