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    Martha Marcy May Marlene—movie review

    Even if it had nothing else to offer, Martha Marcy May Marlene would be worth seeing to witness the debut of an extraordinary young actress, Elizabeth Olsen. But writer-director Sean Durkin’s feature, which earned him a Best Director prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, h...

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    And So It Begins, 'The Descendants' & 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Lead Gotham Award Nominees

    Well folks, the first batch of nominees this awards season have been revealed, with the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations landing this morning, giving an early peek at what will likely be some strong contenders down the line. Bear in mind, the Gotham Awards have little bearing on the eventual Oscar nods with only last year's Best Feature winner "Winter's Bone" factoring into the proceedings at the Kodak Theater. However, it does represent a good chunk of what you might see at the Independent Spirit Awards later in the year and if anything, these nominations confirm that Fox Searchlight is going to have another banner year on the statu...

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    Sean Durkin And Elizabeth Olsen Discuss The Optimism At The Heart Of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

    From the mind of Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is an unsettling and stunning experience (check out our Sundance review). The film follows the dual narrative of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), a young girl who becomes absorbed into a small cult community, only to escape to the confines of her sister’s lake house. As we see both parts of this story run parallel, we discover that Martha may not be ready to assimilate back into society, as she quarrels with her sister and her sister's husband, unable to understand what could be considered a “right” way to behave. Meanwhile, we also are given a window into her life on the cult commune led by t...

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    Director Sean Durkin Talks Food, Violence And Open Endings In 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

    All The Lowdown From The NYFF Screening Of One Of The Year's Best FilmsIt may feel like you've been hearing about "Martha Marcy May Marlene" all year; the film, the debut of director Sean Durkin (who was the producer of Antonio Campos' underseen "Afterschool"), bowed at Sundance, and has spent the l...

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    Teaser Trailer For Rodrigo Cortes' 'Red Lights' Features Robert De Niro Turning Around Slowly

    While many of our writers didn’t exactly love Rodrigo Cortes’ “Hitchcock in a box” thriller “Buried,” it’s hard to deny that Cortes took some inventive turns with the film’s high concept premise. Next up for the director is “Red Lights,” which MTV has the trailer for, and it’s about as minimalist a...

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    Elizabeth Olsen Says 'Very Good Girls' With Dakota Fanning May Be Delayed

    Elizabeth Olsen, the young sister of the Olsen twins, broke out earlier this year at Sundance with her performance as the titular character in "Martha Marcy May Marlene." This writer recently saw the film at MIFF and found out exactly why the actress was the talk of the town in Park City with a magn...

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    Dakota Fanning And Elizabeth Olsen To Star In 'Very Good Girls'

    Peter Sarsgaard, Dustin Hoffman And Sissy Spacek To Round Out CastThe Cannes shopping continues, with streams of announcements coming out everyday. One of the more high-profile ones in the last 24 hours is "Very Good Girls," a vehicle for fast-rising starlets Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. The ...

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    Elizabeth Olsen & Josh Radnor Go To School For 'Liberal Arts'

    'How I Met Your Mother' Star Will Direct & Star Based On His ScriptThe Sundance Film Festival is good to a lot of people, but no one seems to benefit more than rising new stars on the independent film scene.

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    We're So Over Jennifer Lawrence: 5 Actresses Who Broke Out At Sundance 2011

    Every year, the Sundance Film Festival serves not only as a showcase of the best of independent cinema from around the world, but as a strong indicator of some of the rising talent likely to make waves in future years. As much as the festival showcases young writers and directors, it's for its insta...

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    Sundance '11 Review: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' A Stunner With A Breakout Turn By Elizabeth Olsen

    From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.

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