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Sundance Film Festival

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    Sundance Review: Bleakness, Anger & Pain Mark 'Hellion' Starring Aaron Paul

    It's a somewhat glib, reductive thought, but the archetype of the Sundance indie film (apart from being cutesy and unbearably quirky) often can be summed up in its miserablist bleakness. And if some Park City indies can sometimes be defined by their dark, depressing nature with few rays of hope, "He...

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    'Whiplash' Lands at Sony Pictures Classics: Sundance Breaking News

    The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance on opening night, rookie director Damien Chazelle's adrenaline-pumped performance anxiety nightmare "Whiplash," starring an incendiary J.K. Simmons as an abusive college music professor and Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer, has landed at Sony Pictures Cl...

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    Sundance: Lynn Shelton and Keira Knightley Debut Their Delightful 'Laggies'

    "This is the first film I made -- and I've made six now -- that I didn't write myself so it was a big leap for me personally and I'm really glad that I did," director Lynn Shelton said at the world premiere of "Laggies" last night, and audiences and critics alike are already really glad too.

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    Sundance Review: Stirring Documentary 'The Overnighters' Explores Unemployment Struggles With a Twist You'd Never Expect

    At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, "The Overnighters" transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest.

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    Sundance Women Directors: Meet Maya Forbes

    "I wrote a script based on my childhood, growing up with a manic-depressive father and a mother who had to make some very hard choices."

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    Sundance Review: Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams & More

    As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” w...

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    Sundance: What Critics Are Saying About Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray'

    All eyes were on Kristen Stewart yesterday on the first full day of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to see how she fared as a Guantanamo Bay rookie in Peter Sattler's directorial debut, "Camp X-Ray." While the film received mixed notices (our own Eric Kohn called the film "half-baked"), critics all ...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Frank’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson & Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Are some diamonds in the rough so special they can only exist on the fringes? When a rare species enters the ecosystem of the mainstream, does its fragile, sensitive needs break down amongst the polluted elements around it? These are some of the ideas expressed in “Frank,” an off-the-wall and terrif...

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    Exclusive: Beautifully Noir Teaser Poster For Jim Mickle's Sundance Thriller 'Cold In July'

    A year ago, at the Sundance Film Festival, director Jim Mickle made everyone sit up and take notice with his cannibal chiller, "We Are What We Are." The film broke out in Park City, and while it went on to play a slew of prestigious festival dates—hitting Cannes, Fantastic Fest and more—Mickle buckl...

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    Embrace The Onslaught: How More Films Can Mean Better Viewing

    SnagFilms' Ted Leonsis and Rick Allen respond to Manohla Dargis' suggestion that too many films are being distributed.

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