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      In the Radiant City

      2016 1 hr. 35 min. Drama List
      Reviews 60% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score A man must return home to rural Kentucky, where he and his family still carry the stigma of a murder his brother committed 20 years ago. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 18 Buy Now

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      Kevin L Kentucky-made film with fine performances by a largely unknown cast. Director/writer Rachel Lambert shows promise here with this, her full-length debut. Tone is established early and maintained well. The visual approach, with the dark hues, desultory rooms, and yellow fields, helps set its own feel. Standout work by Michael Abbott, Jr. and Marin Ireland in the two leads, and strong support work from the fine actors Paul Sparks, Celia Watson, and young Madison Beaty. Family is torn apart by a sibling testifying against another. Many years later an attempted reconciliation is as messy and broken as one would expect. But is there hope? Hope is a good thing. 3.4 stars Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/25/23 Full Review ronald h There's a Jeff Nichols vibe to this film, even though he didn't direct it. He co-produced it, with Rachel Lambert directing. The characters are rural, small town, working class folks, evoking Nichols' films like "Mud," "Take Shelter," and "Shotgun Stories." The story is told slowly, in pieces, with some flashbacks. It's a slow burn, not for the impatient. Michael Abbott, Jr. is Andrew, a crew member on a commercial fishing boat who, for reasons not immediately explained, leaves his job and returns to his home town in Kentucky. He checks into a shabby motel, and while picking up some stuff at the grocery store, is seen by the cashier Laura, (Marin Ireland) who immediately goes outside and throws up. Why? We learn in bits and pieces. Years before, Andrew testified in the trial of his brother Michael (Paul Sparks), who was accused of murdering a young boy. Andrew's testimony put Michael away for life. Laura's reaction to seeing him is understandable when we learn that she is the sister in the family. To further complicate things, Andrew encounters a teenage girl outside a convenience store who induces him to buy her some beer. Unbeknownst to either of them, they're related. She is Andrew's niece, his sister Laura's 15-year old daughter (Madisen Beaty) Beth. The two wind up in Andrew's motel room, but there's nothing sexual; there's more of a father / daughter thing going on. I'll leave it there. We have questions: Why does Andrew return? Did Michael really do it? If so, was Andrew complicit? Or did Andrew do it and allow Michael to go down for it? Viewers who expect pat answers and neat closure in movie plots will probably hate this film, which is more about the journey than the destination. But it's a good character study and a chance to see some committed acting. Ireland is exceptional. I don't mind ambiguous endings, as long as the plot and acting are good. But I do question the film's title. It seems to have nothing to do with the story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie ends a scene or two too early. The subject is interesting and the characters relate to each other in authentic ways. It's slow, but detail-oriented, and I think it gets its point across in most every scene, except it is lacking anything resembling a resolution. It is unfinished and just leaves the audience hanging without providing any of the important details we were waiting for the whole time. Disappointing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I felt like the ending left me wanting. Did he go to bat for his brother, did he and his sister reconcile, did Beth and her mother fix their broken relationship, did his mother find some happiness? Just an inkling of a hint at the end of the film would allow us to draw our own conclusions. Instead, the director gave us no idea what path Andrew would take. I loved most of this movie but the ending ruined it for me. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member This is about as real as it gets. At least about as real as you can expect from a film. Well done, Ms. Lambert. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review monty h Slooowwwww with way too much naked exposition. Interesting premise that was massacred in execution. Very disappointing as I was excited to see it. (PS The 2nd Act with uncle/niece storyline was ridiculous & painful.) Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Michael Sicinski Cinema Scope There are significant problems with the film, mostly having to do with a certain tonal confusion. Nov 20, 2017 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film An interesting piece that reveals considerable talent. Rated: 3/5 Feb 3, 2017 Full Review Kevin Jagernauth The Playlist Smolders with intelligence, empathy for its characters, and a rare resistance to give them an easy out or pat resolution. Rated: B Sep 18, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A man must return home to rural Kentucky, where he and his family still carry the stigma of a murder his brother committed 20 years ago.
      Director
      Rachel Lambert
      Executive Producer
      Michael Abbott Jr., Javier Gonzalez, Gill Holland
      Screenwriter
      Nathan Gregorski, Rachel Lambert
      Production Co
      Candlewood Entertainment, Distiller Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 10, 2017
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