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    Sundance Women Directors: Meet Jennifer M. Kroot

    "I was always a fan of 'Star Trek: The Original Series.' I was very intrigued and impressed with George when he came out in 2005 at age 68. He instantly became an LGBT spokesperson known for his quick wit and eloquence."

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    Sundance Review: Noaz Deshe's Disturbing, Distressing Venice Winner 'White Shadow'

    At what point does the deep discomfort of watching a film, one which casts needed light on a profoundly repulsive practice, become so challenging that it risks alienating the audience it seeks to engage? “White Shadow,” the first feature from Berlin-based Israeli filmmaker Noaz Deshe, which plays Su...

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    Sundance Review: John Slattery's Directorial Debut 'God's Pocket,' With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Is a Disappointing Mess

    Slattery's first feature is a disjointed mixture of screwball comedy and urban strife that never coalesce into a satisfying whole.

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    Sundance Review: How 'Last Days In Vietnam' Exposes a Troubling Episode In American History

    "Last Days in Vietnam," a documentary by Rory Kennedy (whose documentary “Ethel” premiered at Sundance in 2012) chronicles events from the end of April 1975, two years after the Paris Peace Accords.

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    Sundance Review: 'Alive Inside' Presents a Scattered But Moving Look at the Therapeutic Power of Music

    Michael Rossato-Bennett’s debut feature showcases powerful examples of music at work in combatting the ravages of dementia and Alzheimer's, but the focus of the film is occasionally pulled towards less compelling areas.

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    Sundance Review: 'CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart'

    Post-O.J. Simpson, we know that mass media coverage of a case can seriously affect its outcome. But in 1990, when attractive young Pamela Smart was on trial for persuading three teen boys to shoot her husband, and her case became the first televised trial in history, this was all unmined territory.

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    Kristen Stewart and Miles Teller Topline Sundance's First Breakout Hits

    As a Guantanamo guard and an obsessive jazz drummer, both actors reinvent themselves.

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    Sundance Review: Kristen Stewart Is Admirably Serious But Can't Salvage Mopey Gitmo Drama 'Camp X-Ray'

    Writer-director Peter Sattler's frustratingly on-the-nose screenplay — which finds Stewart's character forming an unlikely bond with an uncooperative detainee (Peyman Moadi) — only succeeds at emphasizing Stewart's talent in an otherwise half-baked drama.

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    Sundance Review: 'Lilting' Delicately Explores Grief and Cultural Divides With the Help of Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-Pei

    Hong Khaou's feature film debut looks at the relationship between Junn (Cheng Pei-Pei), an elderly Chinese-Cambodian woman living in England, and Richard (Ben Whishaw), the man who was, unbeknownst to her, the lover of her late son.

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    Sundance Review: Colonialism Is Explored As You’ve Never Seen It Before In Mesmerizing 'Concerning Violence'

    Goran Hugo Olsson’s non-linear, found footage snapshot of African colonialism mirrors “The Black Power Mixtape” for its similar use of preexisting material repurposed to strengthen its modern significance.

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