Gun Hill Road

After three years in prison on a drug conviction, Enrique (Esai Morales) is coming home to the Bronx and to his family. It wasn’t his first time in the joint, but he intends for it to be his last. He returns home to his wife Angela (Judy Reyes) who seems emotionally distant and his son Michael (Harmony Santana) who’s also changed quite a bit in the past few years. It’s not quite the homecoming Enrique expected, and he immediately tries to take control of the situation in the only way he knows how… by demanding it. But with the added stress of a parole officer (Isiah Whitlock Jr) just waiting for him to screw up, his every move could be the one that sends him back to jail. His wife’s secret affair eats at his manhood, and his new boss at a low-wage kitchen job treats him with disrespect and disdain, but it’s his son’s refusal to meet his masculine ideals and expectations that challenges Enrique the most. Michael’s lost interest in sports, hangs around with a less than manly crowd, and seems to be hiding a double life. A double life as a teenage girl named Vanessa. Michael is a transsexual in the preliminary stages of moving from a male to a female, and he meets regularly with an older woman who’s been down that path and provides him with medication, encouragement, and incredibly uncomfortable-looking injections to plump up his ass cheeks. Enrique is not programmed to understand what […]

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Can you even imagine? A world overrun by Reject Reports? It’s like there’d be no movies, but we’d still report the weekend box office. While I stew over the quandary that’s just created, the world outside is still running smoothly. Blockbuster movies are still hitting. Small indie flicks are dividing audiences around certain parts of the country. Transformers are raking in a billion dollars. But this week, like it or not, belongs to the apes. Not Nim. I looked into it, and he’s safe, but the other ones are about to rise up and start fight back. Let’s see just how well those apes can handle themselves against the collective force of Smurfs, Captain America, and Jason Bateman.

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Editor’s Note: In a fevered rush to get straight to the movies he loved, intrepid reviewer Robert Levin didn’t write an intro. In fact, he might not even believe in them. Maybe he believes you’d rather dig into the movies than read one. So without any ado, here’s Robert’s list of the best movies he saw at Sundance. Look out for a few of them coming to a theater near New York and LA and On Demand throughout the year.

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