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Dark Night (2017)



Critic Consensus: Dark Night's narrative coherence isn't always on par with its visual beauty, but for patient viewers, it adds up to an absorbing, thought-provoking, and thoroughly singular statement.

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A haunting, artfully understated critique of American gun culture, Tim Sutton's third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Employing a mesmerizing documentary-style technique and a cast of non-professional actors, DARK NIGHT follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, the shooter among them. Shot in Sarasota, Florida and lensed by veteran French DP Hélène Louvart (PINA, THE BEACHES OF AGNES), the dream-like visuals articulate both Sutton's carefully crafted landscapes and the characters' sense of alienation and suburban malaise. Winner of the Lanterna Magica Award at the Venice Film Festival following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, DARK NIGHT is essential viewing, not only for art-house filmgoers, but for anyone invested in the debate over gun violence in America as well.

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Dark Night is an atmospheric, anxiety-tweaking outing. But cinematic elegance is not enough when the stakes are so very high.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Sutton's vision is unsettling and immersive, his technical precision immaculate.

February 8, 2017 | Full Review…

A haunting, thought-provoking piece of work, made infinitely more powerful by all the things it chooses not to show.

February 3, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

At its prettiest and most self-indulgent, it plays like a cinematographer's reel with a massacre at the end.

February 3, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The wordplay of the title is sufficiently egregious that a potential viewer is apt to think, "Well, if it got a distributor, it has to be better than that." It is not.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

[Sutton] has a poet's vision, rendering familiar American nowheres into dreamscapes.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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