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    Park City at Midnight: "Dynamite," "Snow," "Grace," "Carter" and More

    Two hit-or-miss comedies, two uneven horror ventures, one brutal thrill-ride, one memorable thriller and what is already destined to become the most outstanding doc of 2009 make-up the veritable independent menu that is this year's Sundance Film Festival Park City at Midnight section.

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    Assessing the Fallen Sky: Heavy Hitters Talk Biz; And 25 Years of Indie

    The state of the industry and the future of independent film were the topics for the pair of showcase Sundance Film Festival panel disucssions earlier this week.

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    Sundance Live VIII: "Cove," "Barking" Reviews, "Motherhood," "Cold Souls" and Oscar

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Throughout the festival indieWIRE is posting continuous updates. Check back here throughout the day to get the latest.

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    Sundance Live VII: "Dirt" Scuffle, "Snow" and "Objective" Deal, "Zion," "Clone" "Missing" Reviews

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    Five Minutes of Heaven (Sundance '09 Review)

    Five Minutes of Heaven (Sundance '09 Review)

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    Chris Rock's "Good Hair Day" at Sundance

    Chris Rock's "Good Hair Day" at Sundance

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    A Tender Urban Love Story Grows During 9/11: 'Don't Let Me Drown" (Sundance '09)

    Other independent dramas use the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as emotional background but few with the skillful subtlety as first-time director Cruz Angeles in "Don't Let Me Drown." While primarily a young love story, arguably the most overly familiar of movie genres, "Don't Let Me Drown,...

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    An Engaging Portrait of Obsession: Robert Siegel's "Big Fan" (Sundance '09)

    A comic formula wrapped in lonely sentiments, Robert Siegel's "Big Fan" is an engaging portrait of obsession. Siegel, the former editor of "The Onion," wrote "Big Fan" several years ago while attempting to launch his screenwriting career; the darkly humorous story of a New York Giants aficionado cau...

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    Chancy, Over-The-Top 'Vicious Kind' is a Mixed Success (Sundance '09)

    Risky material matters more than the skilled technique and earnest performances throughout writer/director Lee Toland Krieger's battling brothers drama "The Vicious Kind." Granted, all the core ingredients of a quality dysfunctional family drama are here: family conflict, violence, sexual impropriet...

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    Coming-of-Age Drama "An Education" Is a Triumph for Director and Star (Sundance '09)

    Much is remarkable about the sweet and wonderful coming-of-age period drama “An Education,” the latest from Danish director Lone Scherfig and the first unqualified breakout at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. For Scherfig, who remains best known for her 2000 foreign-language comedy “Italian for Beginners,” “An Education” reveals a filmmaker talented at quality, mass-appeal storytelling. Veteran novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity,” “About a Boy”) adapts a short memoir by journalist Lynn Barber and expands it into a distinct, full-fledged script as satisfying as any of his previous stories. But its greatest surprise revol...

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