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    Sundance Review: 'Rudderless' Is A Remarkable Directorial Debut From William H. Macy

    So let it be known throughout the land: William H. Macy has balls of steel. In addition to juggling a busy, successful film and television career, he’s taken on a new role -- filmmaker. His first feature film, “Rudderless”, is a poignant story that explores finding happiness in the midst of loss and...

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    Sundance: 'Dear White People' Director Wants to Call Sh*t Out While Making You Laugh

    "You absolutely have permission to laugh," "Dear White People" writer-director Justin Simien said at yesterday's Sundance screening before a largely Caucasian crowd at the Eccles. "You got your honorary black card with your Sundance ticket."

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    Sundance Review: David Cross's Directorial Debut 'Hits' Takes Shots at Brooklyn Hipsters and Libertarians

    David Cross's directorial debut is a savage film of pungent humor forecasting a grim trajectory for the state of fame-addled American society.

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    Sundance Review: ‘Dear White People’ Is A Sharp Satire That Still Cares About Character

    Written and directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” pulls off a surprising number of things with startling ability. It’s an American film that talks about race with strong feeling, common sense and good humor; it’s an indie screenwriting-directing debut as polished as it is provocative; it’s ...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Obvious Child’ Takes on Love, Abortion and Stand-Up Insecurity

    Premiering at Sundance, “Obvious Child” is about would-be stand-up Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) and her decisions when a one-night stand results in an ill-timed unwanted pregnancy. “Obvious Child” began as a short in 20009, then hunted for crowdfunding, got it, and resulted in this feature-length Sunda...

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    Producer Alix Madigan's Sundance Keynote: Instability of Indie Film is Worth the Risk

    Madigan was the keynote speaker at the Sundance Producer's Luncheon this year -- an opportunity she used to discuss her love of independent film. Her speech was a reaction to the widely reported departure of veteran producer Ted Hope from the world of filmmaking.

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    How a Zombie Movie Ended Up in the Sundance Narrative Competition

    At Sundance, zombie movies — like all horror films — are typically delegated to the Midnight section. This year, Sundance threw a curveball by programming Jeff Baena's gory debut "Life is Beth" in the narrative competition.

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    Sundance: Oscar Nominee Rinko Kikuchi on Her Astonishing Performance As 'Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter'

    Since netting an Oscar nomination for her astonishing performance as a troubled deaf teenager in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel," Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi has remained an active on the English language film front, appearing in Rian Johnson's crime caper "The Brothers Bloom," Guillermo de...

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    Sundance: George Takei and His Husband Brad On Their New Documentary

    At 76 years old, George Takei has managed an impressive transition from being known best for playing Sulu in the original "Star Trek" television series and movies to becoming a poster boy for LGBT rights and a considerable internet sensation (he has nearly 6 million Facebook followers) thanks to his...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Low Down’ Starring Elle Fanning, John Hawkes, Glenn Close & Lena Headey

    Evincing a similar mustard brown aesthetic and destitute mood—spiritually, emotionally and psychologically—Sundance indie, “Low Down” is to 1970s jazz, what John Huston’s “Fat City” is to that era of boxing: a down and out look at talented three-time losers that can’t get past their addictions, demo...

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