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  Rated R · 97 minutes · 2016

Comedy drama
Maybe it’s easier to forgive a wildly uneven movie when the things that it nails, it nails so well. Writer/director Benjamin Dickinson also stars as David, a New York advertising exec whose latest client is advanced virtual reality technology in the form of glasses—the beta version of which starts to take over David’s reality. The story also involves three other main characters—David’s best friend, fashion photographer Wim (Dan Gill); David’s girlfriend, yoga instructor Juliette (Nora Zehetner); and Wim’s girlfriend Sophie (Alexia Rasmussen)—in a way that fumbles through familiar material about urban 20-somethings and their discontents. But Dickinson occasionally finds perfectly-pitched scenes that capture a generation’s obsession with the life on their screens, including a priceless bit involving David multi-multi-tasking his way through a simultaneous video chat, two text conversations and fiddling with his VR software. The absurdist humor—like a commercial shoot for an anxiety medication in e-cigarette form—and Dickinson’s gift for striking imagery in the black-and-white cinematography carry Creative Control, even when he seems to be trying for too many Millennial morality plays at the same time.


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Director: Benjamin Dickinson
Producer: Craig Shilowich, Melody Roscher, Mark De Pace, Zachary Mortensen, Cameron Brodie, Greg Stewart and Emily Wiedemann
Cast: Benjamin Dickinson, Nora Zehetner, Alexia Rasmussen, Dan Gill, Gavin McInnes, Reggie Watts, Paul Manza, Jake Lodwick and Jay Eisenberg

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