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Creative Control

  • Starring:
  • Director: Benjamin Dickinson
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 97 min.

The setting is New York, 5 minutes in the future. The glorious technological advances and communication devices of the near future meant to increase connectivity and alleviate boredom are only increasing the anxiety level of the insecure New Yorkers who’ve inherited them. David (writer/director Benjamin Dickinson) is an overworked, tech-addled advertising executive developing a high-profile marketing campaign for a new generation of Augmented Reality glasses.

"A contemplative tone, a zigzagging narrative, superb widescreen black-and-white cinematography and an infusion of dry humor make it feel genuinely fresh"
- Ben Kenigsberg, Variety
"Visually scrumptious and slickly told, Creative Control illustrates the power of groundbreaking technology while also indicting its extremes."
- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"When something is this engaging (and funny, did I mention funny?) it ceases to merely be about ideas and becomes, even in this borderline sci-fi context, a thoughtful movie about people."
- Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
"Creative Control goes its own playful, provocative way. For a film about technology's growing dehumanization, this stylized beauty is a frisky, formidable temptation."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Creative Control is funny and imaginative, where many films of this type are dispiritingly plain."
- Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
"Well-acted, quietly funny, and with enough meat to keep a thinker satisfied, Creative Control pushes against just being beautiful to look at and manages something more."
- Bill Graham, The Film Stage
"Captivatingly confident, unsparingly wry, and agreeably cynical about how the black mirror of technology can reveal our worst qualities by reflecting our best selves, Creative Control is the rare blast of speculative fiction that has the temerity not to limit itself to rhetorical questions."
- David Ehrlich, Slate

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