Movie review: Sundance shorts show strength in variety

Published November 1, 2013 8:32 am

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The eight shorts selected from this year's Sundance Film Festival in this program are an oddly satisfying hodgepodge that will cater to any taste.

For comedy, there's Michelle Morgan's neurotic comedy "K.I.T.," in which Morgan plays a New Yorker dithering about whether to maintain a relationship with a checkout girl (Stephanie Allyne), or the Finnish tale "The Date," about the awkwardness of cat owners when their breeding stock meets.

Most fascinating are the documentaries "Skinningrove," about photographer Chris Killip's capturing of an English fishing town, and the animated "Irish Folk Furniture," which details stories of old furnishings.

Possibly the strongest, though, is "Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's dark tale of a novice drummer (Johnny Simmons) confronted by a hectoring jazz-band instructor (J.K. Simmons, no relation).

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Sundance Short Films 2013

Opens Friday, Nov. 1, at the Tower Theatre; not rated, but probably R for sexual content, violent images and language in some films; a couple of the films are subtitled; 91 minutes total.