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Take Me To The River (2016)

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A Nebraskan family reunion couldn't seem more backwards to a gay Californian teenager. If Ryder had his way, he'd choose a moment just like this to come out, the bigger the scene the better. For his mother's sake however, Ryder agrees to keep quiet, save parading around the picnic in his most audacious pair of short-shorts. Ryder's antics raise dubious eyebrows from his hardened cowboy relatives, but 9-year-old Molly can't get enough. She follows her cool California cousin everywhere. After lunch, they walk to the barn to look for a bird's nest in the rafters. Their strange encounter, and whatever happened while the two escaped their family's watchful eyes, makes Ryder the sudden target of suspicion, and places him at the center of a long buried family secret. Anchored by a breakthrough performance by Logan Miller as Ryder and rich, dramatic turns by Robin Weigert and Josh Hamilton, TAKE ME TO THE RIVER constantly forces one to question any given character's culpability until the film's finale. The film, woven together by an omnipresent sense of dread, is the masterful debut from writer/director Matt Sobel.

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With its lyrical approach to a deliberate pace, the movie develops a hypnotic effect even when deceptively little happens.

September 13, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Matt Sobel transforms a nightmare he once had into an evocative, original drama.

May 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Is it me, or is the big climactic reveal not really worth all the hubbub?

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Sobel evokes more terror from a shot of a field of sunflowers, or a weathered barn, than can be found in the last dozen found-footage films combined.

April 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sobel is clearly trying to hit on something more original than a family-secrets drama, but in doing so, he pulls most of his punches.

April 1, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie pivots from what I expected it to be: a family drama about an outsider, as the opening conversation suggests. Instead, it becomes an eerie mood piece about secrets buried deep in a family's fabric.

April 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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