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    Sundance 2012: "Compliance" is a Bloodless Horror Film That I Couldn't Resist

    For a good portion of Craig Zobel’s twisted new single-setting drama, “Compliance,” I had difficulty believing what was happening. The film, which is based on a true story, depicts a busy night at a Midwest fast food restaurant during which a teenage employee is accused of theft, detained in a stock room and consequently strip searched in the process of investigating her alleged crime. The problem is there’s no police detective in sight, though there is supposedly one on the phone dictating irregular procedures to the chicken joint’s manager and staff. And to them it all seems a strange yet acceptable idea to conduct such an outlandish probe by proxy with only the word and authority of an unfamiliar “cop.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Jonny Greenwood & Krzysztof Penderecki's Album Lands March 13th, Features Music From 'There Will Be Blood' & More

    To call avant garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki an influence on Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood would be an understatement, but what has been so thrilling to watch is how the alternative-guitarist-turned-film-scorer has created his own bold, creative voice outside the band with his orchestral work. Well, Penderecki and Greenwood have at long last combined forces for an album which will illustrate musically both the passing of the torch from one generation to another, and yet also, how Penderecki's work continues to stand tall today.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Angela Davis Offer Her Own Perspective On "The Black Power Mixtape" Documentary

    It's a film you've likely read about numerous times on this site, but only because The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 continues to generate news almost weekly.  This week, PBS' The Independent Lens released a video clip of one the film's subjects, activist Angela Davis, speaking on how she felt as she viewed The Black Power Mixtape.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Fiercely Independent: "Simon Killer," "Beasts," "Keep the Lights On" at Sundance

    Not long ago on this blog I called for the celebration of non-corporate films in non-corporate theaters. Well, at Sundance, I've been pleasantly surprised by the committed and audacious indie filmmaking on display: it's defiantly non-corporate, indeed. (And I'd like to thank the Sundance organizers for limiting the sponsorship trailers before the screenings.) The three competition films I've seen so far, "Simon Killer," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Keep the Lights On" all show a surprising lack of interest in commercial viability. If Sundance has become synonymous with Harvey Weinstein-like bidding wars, here are three films that take much highter ground, aiming more for art than commerce.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: 'The Raid' Is A Triumph Of Kicks, Punches & Unrelenting Thrills

    If you ever wanted a feature-length version of the scene from Tony Jaa’s “The Protector” where in one shot he literally fights his way up to the roof of a building filled with baddies, then “The Raid” is the movie for you. Although his two previous films failed to make an impression outside of Indonesia, writer-director Gareth Evans crafts a relentless – and relentlessly exciting -- onslaught of visceral entertainment with his tale of a SWAT team that’s ambushed after being assigned to invade a drug kingpin’s heavily-fortified stronghold. Featuring fight sequences almost literally from start to finish, “The Raid” is an action-lover’s dream, precisely because it pitches the choreography at a thrilling but believable level that prevents viewers from succumbing to an overdose of kicks and punches.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 - Settling Into Day 2 + "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Has Distribution Companies Roaring!

    So this is Day 2 at the Sundance Film Festival for me; I had a rough day arriving yesterday, thanks to Delta Airlines, but I made it. I managed to get 2 film screenings in (I reviewed 1 earlier today 4 posts beneath this one). 

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: 'West Of Memphis' An Exhausting & Exhaustive Chronicle Of Justice

    "West of Memphis" doesn’t ignore the fact that filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have already crafted a trilogy of documentaries concerning the perceived injustice of the West Memphis Three, three Arkansas teens convicted in 1994 of murdering three young boys in 1993. In their small town, the threat of satanic cults made the juvenile delinquents ripe for persecution, but over the two decades since, conflicting testimonies and newly uncovered evidence have caused many to reach out and champion their cause of innocence.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Red Tails" Looks Like It's Headed For An O.K. Weekend Opening

    O.K. folks, the wait is over, and did you do your duty to see Red Tails... OR ELSE THERE WILL NEVER BE A BLACK FILM EVER MADE AGAIN!!!!!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Film Stills of Mario Van Peebles and Carl Weathers in "Battleship" Rip-Off "American Battleship"

    We last talked about American Battleship when Tambay announced a few weeks ago that the Mario Van Peebles and Carl Weathers starrer was scheduled to be released on home video, which by the way hits DVD/VOD on May 15th, just before the other Universal Studios' big-budgeted, live action adaptation of Hasbro's naval combat board game Battleship, opens in theaters.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Red Tails" Review - What We Thought... What You Thought... Let's Go!

    Even though I saw the film about 2 weeks ago, I thought I'd wait to post any thoughts on it until some of you folks had seen it as well. So, now that you have, what do you think of it?

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