It’s been a thin year so far for hardcore film nerds. The summer schedule has been predictably stacked with sequels, remakes and other effects-laden disasters, and the arthouses haven’t yielded much worth talking about so far. One film that has garnered almost unanimous raves is Debra Granik’s grim rural mystery Winter’s Bone, which took top honors at this year’s Sundance and has been creeping along the continent ever since. We’ll let you know if the hype is justified, as well as taking a look at Granik’s first feature, 2004’s Down to the Bone, which introduced most of us to its star, Vera Farmiga.
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