Uncut Gems
First screened in November 2019
Director: Josh and Benny Safdie. Cast: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, LaKeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Keith Williams Richards, Eric Bogosian, Tommy Kominik, Judd Hirsch, Paloma Elsesser, Jonathan Aranbayev, Jacob Igielski, Lana Levitin, Josh Ostrovsky, Sahar Bibiyan, Benjy Kleiner, Louis Anthony Arias, Henry Ferstenberg, The Weeknd. Screenplay: Ronald Bronstein & Josh and Benny Safdie.

Twitter Capsule: Solid, or close, but a comedown from Good Time in all aspects: style less fresh, vision narrower, lead actor weaker.

VOR:   May help to have seen no other Safdie films; to me, comparisons hurt it, even as I acknowledge few U.S. directors explore these styles and milieus.

Photo © 2019 A24/Elara Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Independent Spirit Awards: Best Director; Best Male Lead (Sandler); Best Editing
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Actor (Sandler)
National Board of Review: Best Actor (Sandler); Best Original Screenplay

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