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Sal (2013)

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James Franco's Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award (R) nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been - but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be. Featuring a magnetic performance by Lauren, Franco's intimate portrait finds the human

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Despite its modest proportions and chilling finale, Sal is foremost an affectionate tribute, conjuring ample warmth out of relatively little.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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As always, Franco demonstrates a talent for and interest in composition, performance, and the naked human moment.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[S]cene after scene plays out as if Franco has watched one too many Gus Van Sant movies and figured that's how you make an Important Movie.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Glenn Dunks
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James Franco's lovingly crafted, if minimalistic, cinematic ode to Sal Mineo - the actor most famous for his Oscar-nominated role opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" - succeeds due in large part to Val Lauren's thoughtful portrayal.

November 10, 2013 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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All we do is wait through uneventful hours with the protagonist until their foreordained death comes as a kind of finale and release.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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Franco's visual sense and skill with atmosphere are strongly evident here, but, unfortunately, not enough happens in the movie.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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