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Best: "Cold in July"
Anyone worried that Michael C. Hall would have issues transitioning out of his iconic role as Dexter can take a deep breath. In "Cold of July," one of the most entertaining films in the dramatic competition this year, Hall, Sam Shepard and a scene stealing Don Johnson bring John Carpenter's '80s aesthetic to a Texas whodunnit. In fact, Jim Mickle's confident direction is much better than Carpenter's would have been with this material. It's a genuine thriller with fantastic performances and some key, big laughs. [Also: A good example of a filmmaker/producer selecting the wrong "official" publicity still. This one completely misrepresented the movie to too many people. First impressions are everything. Even at Sundance.]
- Gregory Ellwood