Low Down

Low Down

Low Down

The entanglements of drug addiction faced by '60s-'70s jazz pianist Joe Albany, played by Oscar-nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), are portrayed in this biopic told from the perspective of Joe’s daughter Amy (Elle Fanning, Super 8). Co-stars Glenn Close, Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), and Game of Thrones regulars Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage. Adapted from Amy Albany’s memoir.

2014Rating: MA15+, Strong themes and drug use114 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

Preiss ... certainly knows the music and the milieu, but proves less adept at shaping the material into a consistently compelling narrative.

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Time Out

Time Out

Fanning manages to bring soulfulness to a character who mostly reacts to others; you just wish the whole movie were, well, jazzier.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

This movie from Jeff Preiss is a stream of recollections, but the late-afternoon-light grain of its Super 16-millimeter camerawork and the gestures of warmth between its characters perhaps say more than any rise-and-fall might.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A lovely film that brings great emotion and a dead-on feeling for time, place and recaptured mood to a story that is as universal as it is personal.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

As the wages of addiction are awfully familiar, as well as sadly tedious to watch, there is little new the film has to say on the subject, leaving this obvious labor of love with a real struggle ahead to find much of an audience.

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