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    Sundance Review: Jason Schwartzman Does Well Under The Literary Influence in Alex Ross Perry’s 'Listen Up Philip'

    Marking a great leap forward in terms of style, structure, and star power from his previous feature, “The Color Wheel,” “Listen Up Phillip” will likely be trailed by positive word of mouth and land a healthy distribution deal.

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    Sundance Review: Jason Schwartzman Does Well Under The Literary Influence in Alex Ross Perry’s 'Listen Up Philip'

    Marking a great leap forward in terms of style, structure, and star power from his previous feature, “The Color Wheel,” “Listen Up Phillip” will likely be trailed by positive word of mouth and land a healthy distribution deal.

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    Sundance Review: Terrific & Remarkable ‘Listen Up Philip’ Starring Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss

    Even the simplest melody can sound marvelous when played by a virtuoso, and in cinema, it’s amazing what well-trained, naturally gifted professional actors can do to with even basic material. Just look at the gigantic gulf between early Joe Swanberg movies featuring unrehearsed amateurs and his more...

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    Rewatching The Queer Canon, Part 1: "Fucking Amal"

    "Have you seen Fucking Amal?" was an icebreaker I once used at a shitty part-time job with a new coworker who would go on to become my boyfriend. He was from Sweden and aside from it being an all-time fav of mine I also knew it had been one of his country's highest-grossing films ever. The would-be ...

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    Sundance Review: 'The Raid 2' Is One Of the Great Action Films Of Recent Memory

    This is a feat that raises the bar for modern action filmmaking, and while claims of its stature as greatest action film of all time might sound premature, they aren't unwarranted.

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    Sundance Review: Roger Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' A Profoundly Moving Story About One Of Cinema’s Greatest Superheroes

    Without question, Roger Ebert is the most recognizable figure in American film criticism, possibly even international criticism, and deservingly so. Ebert helped curious minds alive today better understand movies and what they were trying to say, moving past the obvious and always finding something ...

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    Sundance Review: Joe Berlinger's 'Whitey' is a Captivating, Comprehensive Look at the Whitey Bulger Saga

    The latest true crime doc from Joe Berlinger chronicles the expansive list of individuals impacted by Boston boss Whitey Bulger and the frustrating search for the truth behind his alleged crimes.

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    Sundance Review: 'Under the Electric Sky' is a Glossy, Energetic Look at the Country's Largest Music Festival

    Through the experiences of six different groups of festivalgoers, "Under the Electric Sky" combines personal stories with thrilling 3D concert footage.

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    Sundance Review: In 'Calvary,' John Michael McDonagh Tries Sincerity On For Size

    “I think there’s too much talk about sins and not enough talk about virtues," Father James says in director John Michael McDonagh’s second film “Calvary,” an Irish mystery-comedy hybrid. Echoing Montgomery Clift's Father Logan in Alfred Hitchcock's 1953 thriller "I Confess," the vested protagonist e...

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    Sundance Review: Devastating Doc 'The Overnighters' A Humane Look At Compassion & The American Dream

    The latest documentary from filmmaker Jesse Moss, “The Overnighters” contains, much, much more than meets the eye. It’s a film that seems to be about one serious issue—the overflow of men looking for work in oil-rich North Dakota—but is actually about morality, consequence, and the choices we make. ...

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