As I've written before, Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" is a film that creeps up on you even after you've seen it -- even as a devoted Reichardt fan, after seeing it in September, I wasn't sure I'd still be thinking about it the next spring, but here we are. It's tough to sell this kind of slow-burner with a single clip, but this one -- debuting exclusively on HitFix -- gives a pretty precise indication of the indie thriller's brittle, nervous tone, with every exchange between the characters from a certain point building the fractious tension. 

All three stars -- Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard -- are terrific in the film; it's particularly interesting to see Fanning on such pinched, chilly form. The film opens in the US on May 30, when it should serve as a brisk chaser to louder summer genre fare.

"Night Moves" premieres 9:30pm EST tonight (April 21) at the Tribeca Film Festival in the SVA Theater. Check out the clip and tell us what you think.


Guy Lodge is a South African-born critic and sometime screenwriter. In addition to his work at In Contention, he is a freelance contributor to Variety, Time Out, Empire and The Guardian. He lives well beyond his means in London.