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    Sundance Review: Does 'Blue Caprice' Sympathize With the Beltway Snipers?

    From the outset, "Blue Caprice" reaches for authenticity. An opening compilation draws from news reports of the infamous Beltway sniper attacks in which a pair of men picked off random victims for several weeks before authorities finally caught up to them. In spite of this foundation, however, Frenc...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Austenland’ Is A Pleasant Comic Romp That May Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled

    Jane Austen has provided as fertile a ground for adaptation as nearly any author in the last century. From her most beloved works (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility") to more modern interpretations (“Clueless,” “Bridget Jones's Diary”), her work has inspired countless filmmakers to try ...

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    Sundance Review: Wise & Mature 'The Spectacular Now' Marked By Strong Performances From Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley

    Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties than...

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    Sundance Review: Jim Mickle's Slow-Burn 'We Are What We Are' Remake Is Quiet, Gross and Better Than the Original

    Writer-director Jim Mickle has steadily established himself as a horror filmmaker with interests that treat the art of shock value with rare maturity. In his feature-length debut "Mulberry Street," he funneled the mold for a cheesy monster movie into a metaphor for gentrification and urban decay; hi...

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    Sundance Review: Moving 'After Tiller' Makes the Case For Third-Trimester Abortions

    "Everything has a risk to it," says the late Dr. George Tiller in the opening moments of "After Tiller." It's a prophetic statement that defines the movie's stance. In 2009, Tiller, one of only five licensed physicians performing third-trimester abortions, was shot to dea...

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    Sundance Review: 'Don Jon's Addiction' Is A Charming & Impressive Directorial Debut From Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Jon Martello is the quintessential modern-day lothario. He and his friends objectify women, rate them on a scale of one to ten and cruise clubs for chicks that they can bed and discard. Jon, in particular, is exceptionally good at wooing the ladies with his muscles, slick-backed hair and cocky charm...

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    Sundance Review: 'Kill Your Darlings' Illuminates An Uncovered Corner Of Beat Generation History With Mixed Results

    When any filmmaker decides to chronicle a largely undocumented or unknown corner of history revolving around famous cultural figures, a question that can raise its head is: what's underneath the surface that compels the director to make the story?

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    Sundance Review: 'Escape From Tomorrow' Is a Surreal Indictment of Disneyfied Society That Disney Will Never Let You See

    Randy Moore's debut feature is already one of the most talked-about films in recent Sundance history. By filming without permission and portraying Disney World as the ultimate horror show, the question is whether anyone else will ever get to see it.

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    Sundance Review: Alicia Keys-Scored 'Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' Loses Its Way

    Director George Tillman Jr.'s filmography includes star-studded studio projects like "Men of Honor" and "Notorious," but you wouldn't guess it from the ultra-sincere "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," an earnest tale of two lower class kids spending the summer on their own in the Brooklyn p...

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    Sundance Review and Roundup: Jordan Family Drama 'May in the Summer'

    Writer-director Cherien Dabis adds actress to her skill-set with Sundance opening-nighter "May in the Summer," her follow-up to her first 2009 film "Amreeka." In both films Dabis takes her singular experience as an Arab American to reveal how complicated living between cultures can be.

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