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    James Ward Byrkit's Bracingly Original Sci-Fi 'Coherence' Will Mess with Your Brain

    I did not sleep the night I watched James Ward Byrkit's metaphysically terrifying debut "Coherence," a low-budget sci-fi indie that doubles, and triples, and quadruples, as a truly original existential horror movie.

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    Trailer of the Week: Elijah Wood Plays the Performance Of (And For) His Life in 'Grand Piano'

    Dubbed a "breakout masterpiece" by many who attended this year's Fantastic Fest, Eugenio Mira's "Grand Piano" has a premise so over-the-top, it merits attention

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    Fantastic Fest Tour Takes Genre Film Favorites on the Road; 'Congress' and 'Borgman' Included in Lineup

    Austin,Texas-based genre film festival Fantastic Fest has announced the November Fantastic Fest Tour which is set to bring independent film favorites from the 2013 festival to Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the nation.

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    Watch: A Girl Gets Cozy With the Devil in Racy Red Band Trailer for 'Here Comes the Devil'

    A stumbling, blood soaked man drops a bag full of severed fingers in the opening shots of the red band trailer for the indie horror "Here Comes the Devil," giving you a good sense of what to expect from this pic. The film, which snagged several key awards at the Fantastic Fest, tells the story of tw...

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    Elijah Wood and Eugenio Mira Talk About Their Musician Thriller 'Grand Piano' And the Appeal of Making Movies Outside Hollywood

    After stints on a variety of projects as camera operator, assistant director, writer, composer, producer and director, Eugenio Mira's third feature, "Grand Piano," utilizes all of his skills simultaneously. The director and star Elijah Wood discuss their process and expectations for the future.

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    What Makes Fantastic Fest Unlike Any Other Festival In America

    Where most film festivals are a haze of long hours, indistinguishable screenings, half-eaten meals and endless awards-season predictions, Fantastic Fest is an altogether different kind of gauntlet: the hours are the same, but the meals are decadent and plentiful, the movies almost all guarantee to s...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Grand Piano’ Starring Elijah Wood Is Like The Best Brian De Palma Movie He Never Made

    A welcome reminder that high-concept thrillers needn’t rely on stupid coincidences and even stupider characters in order to succeed, “Grand Piano” turns the unlikeliest of scenarios into a riveting battle of wills. The story of a concert pianist whose comeback performance gets hijacked by a sniper w...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: Jonathan Levine's Belated Horror ‘All The Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Starring Amber Heard

    ​Horror movie fans have it rougher than most. Their breed is one of the most loyal of audiences, and yet what they are often served is predictable, by-the-numbers tripe. Smart, well-crafted horror movies are usually in short supply (yes, there are small exceptions) and instead the industry has been ...

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    From Keanu Reeves to Cricket Eating, Here's Why Fantastic Fest 2013 Is A Bottomless Goodie Bag Of Fun For Genre Fans

    In the proud tradition the festival has maintained now for nine years, Fantastic Fest offers some of its most eclectic and provocative programming yet, which more than makes up for the lack of external options – because you pretty much always want to be in theaters watching something.

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    'The Congress' Tops Fantastic Fest Winners; 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Wins Audience Award

    Austin's Fantastic Fest announced their winners yesterday with Frank Pavich's documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune" taking the audience award. Ari Folman's "The Congress" won the best picture in the Fantastic Features category along with best screenplay and best actress for Robin Wright, while "Afflicted"...

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