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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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    Obama and the Future of Comedy

    Obama and the Future of Comedy

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    "Bronson": Refn's Crazed Vision of Ultraviolence (Sundance '09)

    Nicholas Winding Refn has a knack for designing brutality. The Danish filmmaker's "Pusher" trilogy scrutinized the psychotic intensity of the country's underground crime world. With his latest feature, "Bronson," Refn condenses the selfsame psychotic intensity into a single, unstoppable expression of rage. Loosely based on the memoirs of relentlessly violent British prisoner Charlie Bronson — née Michael Petersen — the movie eschews linear storytelling for a peek inside the reasoning of the belligerent man, whose life goals revolve around engaging his captors in constant battle. Despite Petersen's brutal tendencies, he actually grows likable ...

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    Sundance Live VI: "Girlfriend Experience," "Education," "Season" Deals, LGBT Panel, "Dare" Premiere

    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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    Mary Jane Skalski: "Producer Solidarity" and Making It Happen

    The following is the text of Producer Mary Jane Skalski’s keynote speech (as prepared and delivered to indieWIRE today) from the Sundance Institute's Annual Producers Lunch, which works to strengthen the connections between independent artists, on Sunday, January 18th at the 2009 Sundance Film Festi...

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    2009 Sundance Director Interviews

    EDITORS NOTE: Below are the links to a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling dramatic and documentary competition and American Spectrum directors who have films screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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