MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 28, 2023: SUSIE SEARCHES

Part Only Murders in the Building, part Nancy Drew, and part Wednesday, Susie Searches is a charming, appealingly quirky little mystery with some genuinely surprising twists. Stylish and well-acted, this story about an earnest, ambitious armchair detective (played by Kiersey Clemons) marks the feature directorial debut of Sophie Kargman, who co-wrote the screenplay with William Day Frank based on their 2020 short, also titled Susie Searches, in which Kargman originated the title role.

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SUSIE SEARCHES – Review by Sherin Nicole

Everyone—no matter how nefarious or nice—is the hero of their story. This gives antagonists and anti-heroes their pull. It also draws us into Susie Searches. But there’s something else. Those of us who stand behind the curtain of influencer-based entertainment are often like The Wizard, wearing a grand mask to hide fragilities or darker things.

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SUSIE SEARCHES – Review by Jennifer Merin

Susie (Kiersey Clemons) has a secret crush on Jesse (Alex Wolff), the most popular boy on campus — he’s an internet influencer for the commonsense spirituality he delivers with gurulike self-assurance. When Jesse disappears, Susie embarks on a mission to find him. She’s smarter and more persistent than local authorities, and discovers critical information that leads to solving a case of kidnapping. And as a result of her sleuthing, she not only gets to hang out with her main crush, but she gets wide attention and validation from her peers and the media.

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PIG – Review by Susan Granger

Nicolas Cage delivers a heartfelt, realistic performance as shaggy, grizzled Robin ‘Rob’ Feld, a mysterious truffle-hunter who lives alone in a cabin deep in the Oregon wilderness with his beloved pig. One night, when his rustic hut is invaded, Rob is badly beaten and his prized pig is stolen. Determined to find and rescue his treasured friend, anguished Rob takes a road trip into Portland, where he’s forced to confront his past.

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PIG – Review by Diane Carson

Writer/director Michael Sarnoski’s feature Pig is a meditative, cinematic poem on loneliness, love, and loss. It unfolds through a powerful blend of hallucinatory, surrealistic scenes juxtaposed with realistic, unnerving confrontations. Expressionistic lighting and emotionally evocative sound add to the impact of a presentation teeming with food and nature metaphors, all enhanced by minimal, yet consequential dialogue.

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