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    Dallas Film Fest Announces Lineup and Bold Opening Move

    The 2010 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), which runs from April 8-18, will play host to 153 feature films and shorts with a total of 170 screenings, including six feature film world premieres. In a bold move, the festival's opening night will feature screenings of eight films in an effort ...

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    REVIEW | Fraternity Failure: Will Canon's "Brotherhood"

    A breathless thriller from its very first frame, Will Canon's "Brotherhood" careens forward with spastic momentum. Following a group of deranged frat boys in a single night of hazing gone awry, Canon eschews patient storytelling in favor of wall-to-wall sequences loaded with distress. The dialogue is cheap and incredulous, the plot twists seem too perfectly conceived, and it ends with a shrug rather than any kind of natural climax. But "Brotherhood" succeeds as sheer pulpy entertainment, ferociously indicting frat culture in much the same way that "Hostel" critiques rambunctious American tourism - simplistically, but not at the expense of a g...

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    REVIEW | Americana in Microcosm: Jeff Malmberg's “Marwencol”

    Jeff Malmberg’s “Marwencol” portrays an accidental artist for whom creativity serves as catharsis, rather than angst. Mark Hogancamp, an upstate New York resident left with brain damage after several men attacked him outside of a bar in 2000, copes by creating his own world. An amnesiac and alcoholi...

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    Eugene Hernandez: 5 Hot Topics at #SXSW

    It might be a stretch to say that South by Southwest is having growing pains, but such a statement is actually not that far from the truth. When all is said and done, 2010 will be remembered as a watershed for SXSW. In short, it's the year that the film and interactive events dwarfed the an...

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    SXSWdaily | "Tiny Furniture," "Marwencol," and More Winners on the Web

    The SXSW jury seemed to be following the buzz on the street as they named two of the fest's biggest conversation pieces as jury prize winners. Leading an impressive lineup of provocative films, Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" took home the award for best narrative feature and Jeff Malmberg's "Marwen...

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    "MacGruber" Hits SXSW With Raunchy Press Conference

    "This moderating is exceeding my wildest expectations," "Saturday Night Live" feature film spin-off "MacGruber" writer-director Jorma Taccone said in the middle of a panel at the SXSW Film Festival today. The comment came after moderator (and Lonely Island performer) Akiva Schaffer said to "MacGrube...

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    REVIEW | Fierce Iconoclasm: Cameron Yates's "The Canal Street Madam"

    Jeanette Maier, the firecracker featured in Cameron Yates's "The Canal Street Madam," is a natural screen presence: The once-powerful overseer of a popular New Orleans brothel, she exudes old fashioned charm while maintaining a seductive aura and a filthy mouth. But she's also defined by the courage...

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    REVIEW | Blossoming "Furniture": Lena Dunham Entertaining Self-Portrait

    On a purely creative level, a movie generally should be absorbed without foreknowledge of its back story, but Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" is defined by it. Dunham's lightly entertaining self-portrait, in which the director plays a version of herself wandering around New York City in post-graduate...

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    SXSW '10 | Rebecca Richman Cohen Justifies Her Law School Tuition with "War Don Don"

    Rebecca Richman Cohen went from law school to behind the camera after finding the story that she needed to tell. "In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the 'special court.' Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who played a crucial role in bringing peace. "War Don Don" tells the story of a sensational trial with unprecedented access to prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims and, from behind bars, Issa Sesay himself. In Krio, war don don m...

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    "Passenger Pigeons" Director Martha Stephens: "I put every piece of myself into it"

    Set among the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky, Martha Stephens' "Passenger Pigeons" is a story about dealing with loss and an ambiguous future in the dark hills of Appalachia. The film quietly interweaves four separate story lines over the course of a weekend as the town copes with the death of a loc...

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