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Never Leave Nevada
By turns goofy and reflective, Never Leave Nevada is a quirky and intelligent comedy/drama about making do in a world perched on the brink of nuclear annihilation. This first feature...
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Film Review  June 14, 1991, by Marie Mahoney
"...Starring: Steve Swartz, Rodney Rincon, Katherine Catmull, Janelle Buchanan, Barbara Chisholm, Lorne Loganbill and De Lewellen. By turns goofy and reflective, Never Leave Nevada is a quirky and intelligent comedy/drama about making do in a world perched on the brink of nuclear annihilation..."

An Open Letter to Reno, Nevada...
Reno: Not such a great place for movies
DAILY Screens  June 24, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Dear Reno, Nevada,..."

Letters at 3AM
We call them "retirees," although in other cultures and eras they would be elders, but if they had anything real to do they wouldn't be coming here to Jean, Nevada.
Columns  May 2, 2003, by Michael Ventura
"...Two gaudy, cheap-looking, neon-lit structures constitute most of what there is of Jean, Nevada, one on each side of I-15. They call themselves "gambling halls." "Casino" would be a little high-toned for Jean, Nevada, and Jean, Nevada, knows it -- and lets you know it..."

Where the Wild Things Roamed: Visiting "The Misfits" Shooting Set
Savlov visits the set of John Huston's "The Misfits"
DAILY Screens  June 28, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Scrubby little knots of bone-brown brush and tufts of spiny desert thistle dot the landscape, which rises in slow-building slopes before descending down to flat patches of silty playa. All around are the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and above that, like whitecaps on a dead blue sea, are sprawling puffballs of cumulonimbus clouds, still and magnificent..."

Roadside Prophets
Another entry into the burgeoning ranks of the American New Wave, ...Prophets is a road movie for the Nineties that recalls the archaic escapades of Bob Hope, Easy Rider, and...
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Film Review  April 3, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...Morgan's A Matter of Degrees, Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth, and Rick Linklater's Slacker, among others. John Doe, a Los Angeles factory worker and motorcycle aficionado, embarks on a less-than-well-thought-out mission to scatter the ashes of a dead friend in El Dorado, Nevada, though he hasn't a clue as to where that may be..."

Free Solo
Staggering mountaineering achievement mixes vertigo with wonder
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Film Review  October 12, 2018, by Steve Davis
"...Its most striking peak, El Capitan, inspires awe in those first witnessing its singular majesty. Vertically ascending skyward to a height of over 3,200 feet, the mountain is nowhere near the pinnacle of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but its unforgivably sheer facade of block granite has long dared humans to conquer it..."

Good Kill
Ethan Hawke pilots drones over Afghanistan from a trailer in the Nevada desert
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Film Review  June 12, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...The film clumsily debates the ethical pros and cons of this dispassionate form of warfare: Advocates justify the use of UAVs in the Middle East as a necessary means to combat an enemy capable of using children as suicide bombers or flying commercial jets into skyscrapers, while detractors view it as nothing more than terrorism at 10,000 feet. While these polemics underpin the narrative drama, the soul of Good Kill resides in the men and women who pilot this controversial weaponry halfway around the world in the confines of sterile portable buildings in a Nevada desert not too different from the arid Afghan expanse..."

Earth to Echo
A trio of suburban kids befriend an alien entity in this Spielberg-influenced family film.
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Film Review  July 4, 2014, by William Goss
"...Tuck (Bradley) is our intrepid videographer, encouraged to continue filming every moment around best friends Alex (Halm) and Munch (Hartwig) once the threat of eminent domain has forced their families to vacate their Nevada suburb. On their last day together, all three see their phones lit up by a mysterious beacon and they bike off into the nearby desert to discover its sender, a wide-eyed robotic alien they decide to name Echo..."

The Signal
A trio of tech-savvy twentysomethings get waylaid and wind up as subjects in a weird but stylish sci-fi mystery.
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Film Review  June 13, 2014, by William Goss
"...William Eubank’s background in marketing and music videos is plainly apparent in each of his directorial efforts, Fantastic Fest 2011 selection Love and this Sundance-approved follow-up, in which a trio of tech-savvy twentysomethings – Nic, Haley, and Jonah (Thwaites, Cooke, and Knapp) – allow a cross-country trip to get waylaid by the provocations of a mysterious hacker. After being drawn out to the Nevada desert by the titular beacon, our hapless trio soon find themselves detained in an underground facility, subject to the curious investigations of an aloof doctor (Fishburne, who's further removed by the hazmat suit he always wears) and given few actual answers as to what they have stumbled upon...."

Fiction Favorites
From postapocalyptic islands to mining camps in Nevada, these novels will rock your world
Books Story  October 25, 2013
"...What are the odds that a collection of short stories about Nevada would be last year's most devastating read? Every story in Claire Vaye Watkins' debut collection, Battleborn, is a high-stakes game, and Watkins plays to win, taking big risks and backing them up with prodigious feats of pacing, character, and plot. The stories in Battleborn sear and singe, illuminating the often-quiet landscape of regionalism like an electrical storm over the desert...."

Generation Iron
This doc about bodybuilders vying for the Mr. Olympia title is narrated by Mickey Rourke.
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Film Review  October 4, 2013, by Louis Black
"...This surprisingly engrossing documentary follows bodybuilders as they train and compete to qualify for the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition in Las Vegas, Nevada..."

Spark: A Burning Man Story
This doc's not for burning.
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Film Review  September 13, 2013, by Marc Savlov
"...In case you’ve been living in Kansas for the past 20 years, Burning Man is a weeklong annual “exercise in radical self-reliance,” held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a few hours’ drive outside of Reno. I’ve twice attended, back in the Nineties and in 2000..."

Faster
Dwayne Johnson is an ex-con out to avenge his brother's death and Billy Bob Thornton is the junkie cop on his tail.
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Film Review  November 26, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...He means to kill each and every one of the snitches who killed his brother and made off with the spoils of a past robbery. Carrying a list of names in his pocket and a really big revolver in his hand, he covers a lot of ground between California and Nevada while culling the scumbag herd in his cherry ’65 Chevy Chevelle, leaving behind burnt rubber and bloodstains..."

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
If you're looking for escape, then the fourth installment in the beloved cliff-hanging archaeological-adventure franchise should fit the bill.
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Film Review  May 23, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Beneath all the derring-do and Indy's patented wry understatement ("this can't be good," he notes on more than one occasion, echoing Han Solo's "I've got a bad feeling about this") runs a smart if somewhat overcrowded script by David Koepp, which makes allowances for both Ford and his character's advancing maturity while sacrificing none of the series' innate innocence. Quite a feat, that, considering that before the plot even really begins, we're treated to alien beings, a nuclear explosion in the Nevada badlands, and squirrelly, HUAC-style federal agents with pinkos on the brain..."

Vote Pot!
DAILY News  November 7, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Voters in six states will today be asked to cast their ballots in favor of drug-law reform. Specifically, voters in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and South Dakota will weigh in on a series of marijuana-related ballot questions, from propositions that seek to make pot-law policing the lowest of law enforcement priorities, to a Nevada proposition that would make legal marijuana possession and use by adults..."

America: Freedom to Fascism
Although grounded in Libertarian theory, this documentary by producer-turned-director Aaron Russo presents provocative material about the perceived illegality of income taxes – and various freedom-restricting consequences of the new world order.
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Film Review  July 28, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Cohen, who tries to explain what is meant by “voluntary compliance” and the meaning of various Supreme Court rulings that he finds inapplicable to the IRS. Yet the majority of Russo’s speakers are supporters of his cause – a cause that this former music promoter; former Bette Midler manager, producer of the films The Rose and Trading Places and failed candidate in the Nevada governor’s race is championing with this self-produced film..."

The Hills Have Eyes
This remake ratchets up the gore while subtly rewiring some of the characters, but it never manages the nagging subtexts Craven so handily injected into the original horror film.
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Film Review  March 10, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...For the most part, mainstream filmgoers remain unaware of Craven’s decidedly more chewy early films – the brutal Last House on the Left (a sociopathic gaze into Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, no less) and what remains for many his most subversive and freakishly engaging work: 1977’s The Hills Have Eyes. That film’s plot was as simple as it was outrageous: An all-American family (i.e., squabbling, miserable) headed to California on an RV vacation is waylaid while passing through the Nevada badlands by a clan of bloodthirsty, cannibalistic mutants who then attack, slaughter, and force their “civilized” mirror image to ever-more subhuman acts of violence, thus obliterating the line between “us” and “them.” Craven’s nuclear family vs..."

View From the Top
No doubt it gets stuffy winning Oscars and wooing onscreen suitors with a stiff British accent, which must explain why Gwyneth Paltrow signed on for this lowbrow comedy. What better...

Film Review  March 28, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...What better way to show a serious actress' range than with spandex and high-volume hair? Paltrow plays Donna, a small-town girl who dreams of a life in the sky, servicing first-class passengers on route to Paris or Prague. She gets there eventually, working her way through a creaky Nevada airline with her best gal pals (Applegate and Preston) and then flight attendant school for the top-line Royalty Airlines..."

Waking Up in Reno
Not reviewed at press time. After sitting on the picture for more than a year, Miramax has finally seen fit to release Waking Up in Reno ... although, given the...
Film Review  November 15, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...although, given the zero publicity afforded the film and the lack of a press screening, one suspects the powers-that-be fear they have a dog on their hands. A Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice for the hillbilly set, Waking Up in Reno details the partner-swapping of two couples on the road to a monster truck rally in Nevada..."

Kiss Me, Stupid
The smutty humor of this Billy Wilder farce got it in trouble with critics, the Catholic Legion of Decency, and other self-appointed American censors at the time of its Christmas...
Film Review  July 8, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The smutty humor of this Billy Wilder farce got it in trouble with critics, the Catholic Legion of Decency, and other self-appointed American censors at the time of its Christmas release in 1964. The story involves a womanizing crooner named Dino (Martin) whose car "breaks down" in Climax, Nevada, where he is at the mercy of piano teacher/unpublished tunesmith (Walston) and his partner (Osmond)..."

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