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    Sundance Review: 'Ping Pong Summer' Delights In 1980's Nostalgia, But There's More To It Than That

    With “Ping Pong Summer,” director Michael Tully (“Cocaine Angel,” “Septien”) gives us a film about the childhood he remembers: cheesy arcade games, pastels, Nike, and hip hop.

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    Sundance 2014 Wrap: Discoveries, Disappointments, Breakouts & Awards Contenders (TOP TEN LISTS)

    Sundance is always about emerging talent. While many established filmmakers such as Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") are returning and evolving, the festival is crammed with agents, managers, producers and execs looking for the next Miles Teller or Shailene Woodley and the next director to watch. Who d...

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    Sundance Review: Mike Cahill Follows Up 'Another Earth' With More Insightful Science-Faith Babble In Michael Pitt Vehicle 'I Origins'

    "I Origins" is like a knock-off of "The X-Files" that grounds its admittedly preachy science-versus-faith battles in subtler moments.

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    Sundance Review: 'Concerning Violence' An Intelligent, Bracing Look At The Dynamics Of Colonial Power

    When psychiatrist and writer Frantz Fanon published "The Wretched Of The Earth" in 1961, it was immediately banned in France, and given the provocative nature of the text perhaps it's not a surprise. The quote of above is just one of many viewpoints Fanon presents in his book without compromise, wit...

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    At Sundance, Misanthrophy Comes in Many Guises

    In 'Listen Up Philip' and 'The Voices,' Jason Schwartzman is a self-loathing novelist, and Ryan Reynold's cat tells him to kill.

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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 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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    Run, Don't Walk, to 'Gloria' & 'Stranger by the Lake' in Theaters This Weekend

    As Sundance starts to wrap up and Oscar voters continue filling out their ballots, it's a relatively light weekend in mainstream theaters, with Lionsgate's horribly reviewed "I, Frankenstein" opening Friday. But three must-see festival hits finally land at arthouses this weekend: France's "Stranger ...

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    Why Alain Guiraudie's Sexy, Scary 'Stranger by the Lake' Is Essential Queer Cinema

    Try as it may to find new and innovative ways to represent the gay experience, queer cinema has forgotten about sex. But in the brilliant and radical "Stranger by the Lake," about the dark politics of gay male cruising, Alain Guiraudie puts sex out in the light and right where we can see it.

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