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The Overnighters

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THE OVERNIGHTERS Jay Reinke
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The Overnighters

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
100 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/10/14
director:
Jesse Moss
distributor:
Drafthouse Films
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

This Sundance-award-winning documentary has been billed as a sort of modern-day Grapes of Wrath: a stark portrait of the North Dakota oil boom and the fallout when a local pastor opens his church to the hopeful, often desperate men lured by the promise of quick work and high wages. Filmmaker Jesse Moss frames his shots beautifully; the landscapes look like Andrew Wyeth paintings. But a narrative jackknife in the final minutes feels less like a surprise than a sucker punch. B+

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