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31 Ratings

Wild Canaries

United States, 2014
Comedy, Mystery, Romance


A Brooklyn couple suspects foul play when their rent controlled neighbor suddenly drops dead.

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Wild Canaries Directed by Lawrence Michael Levine
Levine builds the film on three axes of tension—the first is the deforming stress of financial need on intimate relationships; the second, the self-conscious psychological and narrative frame of Barri and Noah’s relationship, their cinematic self-awareness of being inside a story that seems like a movie; and the third, Levine and Takal putting themselves in the position of Barri and Noah. Which is to say that Levine is an impressively tight writer and director who keeps the acting loose…
February 27, 2015
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Levine, emblematic of an exciting new generation of low-budget New York filmmakers, appears uncommonly attuned to the tenets and traditions of a bygone age of comedic storytelling, a stylistic philosophy rooted in Capra and Sturges yet inherited from such descendants as Blake Edwards and Woody Allen. In the spirit of its forebears, Wild Canaries is gleefully antiquated, a fully dedicated neo-screwball effort as inventively constructed and effervescently acted as any modern genre exercise.
February 27, 2015
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In addition to proving adept at constructing and choreographing scenes that function as both farce and suspense, Levine proves to be a first-rate comedian, mugging for laughs without seeming vain or desperate for them, and expertly exploiting the Allen/Brooks/Arkin sweet spot where relatable and risible, schemer and put-upon overlap.
July 07, 2014
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