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Sundance Film Festival

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    Sundance Review: Gregg Araki’s 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green & More

    By now, devoted cinephiles likely know what to expect going into a Gregg Araki movie: sex-crazed teens, an overabundance of nudity (sometimes pretty, sometimes not), a dream-like story wrapped snugly in a nightmare and a killer soundtrack. However, it would be lazy for someone to call it trash cinem...

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    Sundance Review: ‘War Story’ Starring Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi & Ben Kingsley

    What is behind the desire to punish an audience? Truthfully, few filmmakers besides Michael Haneke maybe intentionally want to torture viewers (at least I think), but many dark and depressing indie movies attempting to explore the condition of suffering can often feel excruciating. There’s nothing i...

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    Critic's Notebook: Ignore the Naysayers. This Year's Sundance Film Festival Transcended Clichés

    It's safe to say that a lot of the journalists attending this year's festival didn't see enough movies to assess the overall artistic lineup of the program; furthermore, they turned to buyers with narrow goals to provide the voice of authority.

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    From a Planetary Discovery to Reincarnation: Mike Cahill Returns to Sundance with 'I Origins'

    In 2011, the Sundance Film Festival witnessed the emergence of a new filmmaker with a particular voice, one that has a talent for creating affecting human stories within the context of the science fiction genre. Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" put him under the spotlight of the independent cinema worl...

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    How I Shot That: Confronting Dangerous Townspeople While Shooting Sundance Documentary 'The Overnighters'

    Documentaries accepted into the Sundance Film Festival often hold an air of prestige, but the actual shoots are seldom as beautiful as the footage appears on screen. Few of the Sundance 2014 cinematographers can claim such a difficult production as Jesse Moss, whose past work includes "Speedo: A Dem...

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    Sundance Review: More Fun With Zombie Nazis Isn't Enough to Salvage 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead'

    Like its predecessor, “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” heaps entrails and endless liters of blood onto the screen as straight-faced actors combat a Nazi zombie uprising.

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    Sundance: A24 and DirecTV Net Aubrey Plaza Zombie Comedy 'Life After Beth'

    A24 and DirecTV have joined forces to acquire U.S. rights to the Aubrey Plaza-starring zombie comedy "Life After Beth," per Variety. The buy includes a 30-day exclusive window for DirecTV prior to its theatrical release that A24 is handling. The film centers on a mild mannered guy (Dane DeHaan) who ...

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    'Hoop Dreams' Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Sundance: Watch it Now

    In honor of its 20th anniversary, Sundance hosted a special screening of the documentary to commemorate its place in independent film history.

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    Sundance: Magnolia Goes for Offbeat Comedy 'Frank' Starring Michael Fassbender

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to "Frank," Lenny Abrahamson's offbeat comedy that stars Michael Fassbender as a musician who wears a giant fake head at all times. Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal and Scoot McNairy co-star. The company plans to release it this summer.

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