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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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    EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Pick 'Little Accidents,' Starring Elizabeth Banks, Releases Three New Character Posters

    Writer/director Sara Colangelo has accomplished the rare feat of turning her acclaimed short film into a feature. Now an official Sundance selection, "Little Accidents," starring Elizabeth Banks, Jacob Lofland and Boyd Holbrook, has just given Indiewire an exclusive sneak peek of three character pos...

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    Sundance Review: J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller Impress With a Ferocious Student-Teacher Dynamic in 'Whiplash'

    A feature-length reprise of Damien Chazelle's award-winning short of the same name, "Whiplash" stars Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") as Andrew, a budding young drummer at the country's top music school who thinks he's the next Buddy Rich, and who's instructed by the brutal Fletcher (J.K. Simmon...

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