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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Broken Mountain: Matthew Stanton's "North Starr"

    A laundry list of missteps including sloppy editing, poor supporting performances and lethargic storytelling qualifies Matthew Stanton's directing debut "North Starr" as a gigantic bust. The fact that "North Star' tackles worthy themes involving racism and the need for tolerance makes its flaws all ...

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Chit-Chat Love: Geoff Haney's "The Last Word."

    They banter constantly, the cerebral, soft-spoken Evan (Wes Bentley) and his high-energy, somewhat needy girlfriend Charlotte (Winona Ryder). Quiet or subtlety has no place in their relationship or in writer/director Geoff Haley's oddball romantic comedy "The Last Word." But constant chatter is not the same as fully developed storytelling. "Last Word," Haley's debut feature after his 2002 short film "The Parlor," claims a clever idea but never develops into fully drawn storytelling. Evan Merck (Bentley) lives a solitary existence as the writer of other people's suicide notes. His reclusive existence in a drab downtown Los Angeles apartment c...

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Crazy/Beautiful: Anthony Haney-Jardine's "Anywhere, USA"

    High Art crashes into "The Dukes of Hazzard" in writer/director Anthony Haney-Jardine's "Anywhere, USA," the most unusual of the dramatic competition films at this year's Sundance Film Festival. On one level, "Anywhere" is experimental hokum, a parade of Southern stereotypes and trailer park jokes. ...

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    AFP: Abu Ghraib documentary to premiere at Berlinale

    A picture about the prisoner abuse scandal at Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail will become the first documentary ever to enter the competition at the Berlin Film Festival next month, organisers said Tuesday. "Standard Operating Procedure" by Oscar-winning director Errol Morris uses recovered footage, reenactm...

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    AFP: Diane Kruger, Sandrine Bonnaire to join Berlin film festival jury

    Hollywood actress Diane Kruger and French star Sandrine Bonnaire will join the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, on a panel led by Greek-French director Costa-Gavras, organisers said Tuesday. AFP reports.

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | American Wine: Randall Miller's "Bottle Shock"

    Does every film festival get the wine movie it deserves? Four years ago, Cannes popped the cork on Jonathan Nossiter's "Mondovino," a rich and full-bodied documentary wherein the subject of winemaking was mainly a means to explore the buzz-kill of globalization and to toast anti-Americanism (at leas...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Catching Up: 100+ Dispatches, Buzz, Photos, Notebooks, Reviews, and Interviews From

    The 2008 Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night in Park City, UT and indieWIRE is wrapping up its coverage this week. Our dispatches, reviews, interviews, news, photos and buzz from Park City '07 included more than 100 articles and buzz items about Sundance and Slamdance 2008, iPOP p...

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Love Rollercoaster: Dennis Dortch's "A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy"

    Six vignettes make up "A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy" and as is always the case with omnibus storytelling, some of writer/director Dennis Dortch's LA-based stories of men, women and their sexual battles are better than others. What's undeniably consistent about "Black & Sexy," premiering in the Dram...

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    PARK CITY '08 REVIEW | Dancing Fool: Stanley Tucci's "Blind Date"

    Ordinary conversations between actor/director Stanley Tucci and his past collaborator actress Patricia Clarkson would be joys to behold compared to Tucci's creative stumble, a backwards remake of late filmmaker Theo Van Gogh's 1996 couples drama "Blind Date." Tucci and Clarkson have displayed liveli...

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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | "Frozen River" and "Trouble The Water" Win Top Prizes at Sundance '08, "Man

    Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" won the dramatic grand jury prize and Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Trouble The Water" won the documentary grand jury prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival tonight. The dramatic audience award went to Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness," while the documentary audience award went to Josh Tickell's "Fields of Fuel." In the world cinema documentary competition, James Marsh's "Man on Wire" won both the grand jury prize and the audience award, while the world cinema dramatic jury prize went to Jens Jonsson's "King of Ping Pong" ("Ping Pongkingen") and the dramatic audience award went to Amin Matalqa's "Captain Abu Raed...

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