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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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    Sundance Review: Noaz Deshe's Disturbing, Distressing Venice Winner 'White Shadow'

    At what point does the deep discomfort of watching a film, one which casts needed light on a profoundly repulsive practice, become so challenging that it risks alienating the audience it seeks to engage? “White Shadow,” the first feature from Berlin-based Israeli filmmaker Noaz Deshe, which plays Su...

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    Review: 'The Adventurer: Curse Of The Midas Box' Starring Michael Sheen, Lena Headey And Sam Neill

    There’s a certain practiced apathy that comes from some movies, the sense that a duty is being fulfilled by professionals who have no illusions of legacies, they’re only trying to pay some bills. Sometimes this can be done on a grand scale, and you don’t really see it in Hollywood as much as you cat...

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    Sundance Review: John Slattery's Directorial Debut 'God's Pocket,' With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Is a Disappointing Mess

    Slattery's first feature is a disjointed mixture of screwball comedy and urban strife that never coalesce into a satisfying whole.

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    Sundance Review: How 'Last Days In Vietnam' Exposes a Troubling Episode In American History

    "Last Days in Vietnam," a documentary by Rory Kennedy (whose documentary “Ethel” premiered at Sundance in 2012) chronicles events from the end of April 1975, two years after the Paris Peace Accords.

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    Sundance Review: 'Alive Inside' Presents a Scattered But Moving Look at the Therapeutic Power of Music

    Michael Rossato-Bennett’s debut feature showcases powerful examples of music at work in combatting the ravages of dementia and Alzheimer's, but the focus of the film is occasionally pulled towards less compelling areas.

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    Sundance Review: 'CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart'

    Post-O.J. Simpson, we know that mass media coverage of a case can seriously affect its outcome. But in 1990, when attractive young Pamela Smart was on trial for persuading three teen boys to shoot her husband, and her case became the first televised trial in history, this was all unmined territory.

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    Sundance Review: Kristen Stewart Is Admirably Serious But Can't Salvage Mopey Gitmo Drama 'Camp X-Ray'

    Writer-director Peter Sattler's frustratingly on-the-nose screenplay — which finds Stewart's character forming an unlikely bond with an uncooperative detainee (Peyman Moadi) — only succeeds at emphasizing Stewart's talent in an otherwise half-baked drama.

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    Slamdance Review: Fascinating Documentary 'Elliot' Tackles The Illusion Of Truth

    Who is Elliot "White Lightning" Scott? Well, that depends on who you ask. According to the man himself, he's Canada's next (first?) Jackie Chan, an action hero waiting in the wings, with multiple awards for his marital arts prowess. But Elliot isn't waiting around for other people to make things hap...

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