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    Sundance Review: Michael Winterbottom's Swinging 'The Look Of Love' Fails To Titillate With Shallow, Empty Story

    While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.

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    Sundance Review: 'S-VHS' Is An Uneven, Occasionally Thrilling Sequel To The Horror Anthology

    Last year, the indie horror anthology "V/H/S" was released and promised to be chock full of truly in-your-face terror – these were fearless directors, given complete creative freedom, and squeezed together under a tight, blood-soaked package. Of course, the promise of "V/H/S" and the actual movie it...

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    Sundance Review: 'Blackfish' Ensures You'll Never Go to SeaWorld Again

    Nobody from SeaWorld agreed to an interview for "Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's searing take on the theme park's mistreatment of killer whales and the dozens of deaths that have resulted from it. Instead, the majority of its subjects are ex-SeaWorld trainers frustrated by the negligence they w...

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    When Are Films Political? Inequality For All

    In lectures, books, and years of commentary, former labor secretary and current UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich has argued passionately that widening income inequality poses one of the most severe threats to our economy and our democracy.

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    Sundance Review: Felicity Jones & Guy Pearce Are Tremendous In The Flawed But Beautiful 'Breathe In'

    Intimate, expressive, agonizing and beautifully rendered, director Drake Doremus' third feature-length effort, "Breathe In," will be familiar to those that know the indie filmmaker's small, but already distinctive oeuvre. While similar in tone and style, his latest effort is like the darker cousin t...

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    Sundance Review: 'It Felt Like Love' Captures The Beauty & Confusion Of Burgeoning Female Desire During A Brooklyn Summer

    The debut feature film from writer/director Eliza Hittman, "It Felt Like Love," is a poetic, expressive exploration of a young girl's sexuality during one hot Brooklyn summer. Lila is lonely and inexperienced, tagging along with her friend Chiara and her boyfriend Patrick as they explore Rockaway be...

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    Sundance Review: James Franco Discusses His Sexuality (And Yours) In 'Interior. Leather Bar'

    "Interior. Leather Bar" is an experimental collaboration between queer filmmaker Travis Mathews and James Franco that aims to reenact the 40 minutes lost from William Friedkin's "Cruising." As a fleeting essay on sexual biases, what exactly are the filmmakers trying to say?

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    Sundance Review: Romance 'The Spectacular Now' Works on Star Chemistry

    "The Spectacular Now," James Ponsoldt's follow-up to last year's Sundance hit "Smashed," manages to be realistic without being dour, funny without being a caricature, and romantic without being sappy.

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    Sundance 2013 Review: Shaka King's 'Newlyweeds'

    Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the “black comedy.”

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    Sundance Review: Moving Beyond 'Putty Hill,' Matthew Porterfield Turns to Music With Melancholic Drama 'I Used to Be Darker'

    Matthew Porterfield's sleeper hit "Putty Hill" was heralded for its keen melding of documentary and narrative traditions into a poetic exploration of a small Baltimore community impacted by a young man's sudden death. The movie drifted effortlessly from one environment to another, ...

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