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Dark Night (15)


The lives of six strangers intersect at a suburban Cineplex where a massacre occurs.

The critical consensus

A worthy — if chilly and difficult — addition to the sadly extensive filmography of American mass murder. The soundtrack from Canadian singer-songwriter Maica Armata adds some much-needed heart.

***(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 09/08/2017

The Aurora cinema shooting is the inspiration for Tim Sutton's oblique drama.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 14/08/2017

More video installation than narrative feature, Tim Sutton’s film is chilling in some respects, but its too abstract in its approach to really nail the pathology that makes these tragedies such a regular occurrence in American life.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 17/08/2017

Beautiful camerawork and a slow (maybe a bit too much so?) suspenseful build up serve for a knockout finale.

***(*)(*)Tiago Richardson, Little White Lies, 17/08/2017

Six characters go about their faintly ominous business before a mass shooting in Tim Sutton’s artful study of ennui and a dislocated society

****(*)Phil Hoad, The Guardian, 18/08/2017

A film that brings little insight to a troubling issue.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 18/08/2017

Little insight is gained into the 2012 Aurora cineplex tragedy in this fragmented drama.

**(*)(*)(*)Jonathan Romney, The Observer, 20/08/2017

Features about Dark Night (15)

Dark Night's Tim Sutton: What I wanted to do was show someone that shouldn't have access to a gun.

Douglas Greenwood, The Independent, 16/08/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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