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Los Angeles Film Festival

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    LAFF Review: ‘Cut Bank’ Traps John Malkovich, Bruce Dern, Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer & More In Half-Baked Caper

    Cut Bank, Montana might be the last place we’d expect to witness an “Office Space” reference, and yet halfway through “Cut Bank” there it is—actor Michael Stuhlbarg asking after a parcel just as Stephen Root’s Milton did with a stapler. The line is meant as a source of both laughs and menace, but th...

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    LAFF Review: 'The Road Within' Has Trouble Finding Its Real Purpose

    There’s a difficulty in telling a story based at a hospital, rehabilitation center or any other kind of treatment facility because everyone is there for a specific reason. Regardless of ailment or condition, each patient has something specific pinning them to that location. The challenge becomes to ...

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    Women Directors Win Majority of LAFF Awards for Features

    "Winter's Bone" director Deborah Granik took home the Best Documentary Feature award for "Stray Dog."

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    LAFF Review: 'Comet' Starring Justin Long And Emmy Rossum Is An Original & Inventive Love Story

    It’s not always easy to pull off high concept romantic dramas, or to futz with the format of what could be a straightforward boy-meets-girl breakup/makeup story, but in staying grounded, and real, “Comet,” directed by Sam Esmail and starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, manages to do just that. Jum...

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    LAFF: Adapted from a Scam: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia on 'Recommended by Enrique'

    Displaying tonally perfect performances by the protagonists, “Recommended by Enrique” is awkwardly hilarious and downright original. Modern trends inhabit a strange world of makeshift stardom, obscure intentions, and traditional Mexican spooky legends for an indie movie experience unlike many out th...

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    LAFF Review: 'Meet The Patels' A Funny, Fresh Take On Family And Finding Love

    Most singles in their 20s and 30s can relate to having parents push them on the marriage issue — Ravi Patel’s are just a bit more vocal about it. In a documentary co-directed with his sister, filmmaker Geeta Patel, Ravi, a Los Angeles-based actor, bravely puts his dating life in the hands of his par...

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    SCREEN TALK EPISODE 2: 'Boyhood,' 'Jersey Boys,' Telluride vs. Toronto Clash & More

    New York's Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies seen and still to come. We both adore Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which didn't make Indiewire's mid-year critics' poll (TOH's picks are here) because it hasn't been released yet. Is it a Best Picture Oscar contender? I t...

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    LAFF Review: 'Lake Los Angeles' Is a Dreamy, Mystical Portrait of a Place Steeped in Harsh Realities

    Director Mike Ott returns to the Los Angeles Film Festival with “Lake Los Angeles,” the third film in what has become known as his Antelope Valley trilogy. Following the dovetailing paths of an older male Cuban immigrant, and a young female Mexican immigrant, “Lake Los Angeles” is a dreamy slice of ...

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    Listen: Indiewire's Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson Debate 'Jersey Boys,' 'Boyhood,' the Telluride/Toronto Face-Off and More in 'Screen Talk'

    In the latest edition of "Screen Talk," Indiewire's new podcast, chief film critic Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood's Anne Thompson delve into the results of our recent critics poll of the best movies released so far this year while anticipating one movie likely to show up on many critics' top 10...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting in Extreme Weather Conditions for 'Lake Los Angeles'

    Mike Ott has made four feature films over his short career and received numerous accolades, including an Independent Spirit Award. His newest, "Lake Los Angeles," focuses on the intermingling lives of middle-aged Cuban exile worker Francisco and a ten-year-old Mexican girl who crosses the border wit...

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