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Super Dark Times (2017)

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A harrowing but meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School massacre, SUPER DARK TIMES marks the feature debut of gifted director Kevin Phillips, whose critically acclaimed 2015 short film "Too Cool For School" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Zach (Owen Phillips) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each young man processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence. Phillips dives headlong into the confusion of teenage life, creating evocative atmosphere out of the murky boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, and good and evil.

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Strikingly shot, edited and scored, with convincing and vivid performances from a youthful cast, the picture loses its footing in the final stretch but should still take high rank among U.S. debuts of its ilk this year.

February 3, 2017 | Full Review…

It's hard not to appreciate the astute ways the script captures the moment when carefree childhood turns into the loss of innocence.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Super Dark Times is a worthy, tightly realized thriller of young lives that's better when it's thinking deeply than when it builds with stock blueprints.

July 20, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The kids aren't all right in an unsettling independent winner.

July 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Super Dark Times is a gripping, visceral movie that those of us who grew up in suburbs similar to the one depicted here might experience as deja vu. This is how it feels to finally recognize the off-ness of someone you've always taken for granted.

May 5, 2017 | Rating: 87/100 | Full Review…

SUPER DARK TIMES can certainly be commended for its scarily accurate portrayal of young white male angst, its solid performances, and deceptive setting but I still have trouble reconciling with what it's ultimately trying to say.

May 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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