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    11 Reviews from the 2012 LA Film Festival: 'Beasts,' 'To Rome With Love' and More

    This year's the Los Angeles Film Festival featured everything from apocalyptic romances to Cuban zombies. With the festival winding down, we've compiled a list of reviews by Indiewire film critic Eric Kohn to streamline your recapping experience.

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    Review: David Cross, Julia Stiles, America Ferrera and More Charm in Todd Berger's Satisfying Apocalyptic Couples Drama 'It's a Disaster'

    Character studies set during the advent of the apocalypse are so common these days they practically form their own genre, but "It's a Disaster" manages to stand out from the crowd by having as much fun as possible with the grim scenario. A largely uneven satire set entirely within the ...

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    LAFF Q&A: 'The Newsroom' Star Alison Pill Talks Woody Allen, Aaron Sorkin and the Thing About Hollywood That She Finds 'Disgusting'

    This week, the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival showcases Alison Pill in two of the highest-profile projects in the program: Woody Allen’s opening-night feature “To Rome With Love” and Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series “The Newsroom,” the pilot of which will screen Frid...

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    "It's a Disaster,' 'Dead Man's Burden,' 'The Iran Job' & More Get Added Screenings at LAFF

    The Los Angeles Film Festival has just added screenings of a few titles from its program that have been drawing enthusiastic crowds. The additional showtimes have been slotted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (check the LAFF website for specifics).

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    19 Filmmakers Chosen for Fast Track Program at Los Angeles Film Festival; Grants Awarded

    Film Independent chose 19 filmmakers for its 10th Annual Fast Track program last night at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Reception in Los Angeles. The non-profit arts organization, which produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Spirit Awards, also awarded a $15,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: Cory McAbee's Microbudget 'Crazy & Thief' Is an Adorable Musical Fantasy

    Musician-turned-filmmaker Cory McAbee's first two movie musicals, "The American Astronaut" and the episodically-distributed "Stingray Sam," brilliantly melded a concept album approach with expressionistic science fiction imagery for a unique form of pop art. At just under an ...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' Struggles to Make Its Apocalyptic Romance Into a Touching Affair

    "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" valiantly tries to inject a familiar premise with renewed emotional discernment and instead flails about in search of it. The directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria ("Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist"), "Seeking ...

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    'Little Miss Sunshine' Directors Dayton & Faris Sneak New 'Ruby Sparks' at LAFF With Stars Zoe Kazan & Paul Dano

    Six years after “Little Miss Sunshine,” directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris finally have another film ready to show fans of their Oscar-winning debut. “Ruby Sparks,” which has the same light touch and oddball tone as “Sunshine,” was a surprise present...

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    The 20 Best Quips & Insights from the LAFF Panel With Jonah Nolan, Zak Penn, Lorene Scafaria & John August

    Sunday night at L.A. Live’s Regal Cinemas, John August (“Go,” “Big Fish”) moderated a Los Angeles Film Festival Coffee Talk panel on screenwriting with Zak Penn (“X-Men: The Last Stand,” “The Grand”), Lorene Scafaria (“Nick and Norah&rsq...

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    'Star Trek' Scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Go Small and Intimate With 'People Like Us' at LAFF Premiere

    Friday night at the Los Angeles Film Festival, blockbuster screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci finally stepped out from behind the gigantic shadows of directors Michael Bay, J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg to show moviegoers what they could do on their own. Their first low-budget drama,...

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