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    Sundance Review: 'Song One' Is Exclusively An Ode to Anne Hathaway

    For a first-time filmmaker, getting an A-list actor as major as Anne Hathaway to produce and star in your movie is unquestionably a big win; that shouldn’t mean, however, that the movie should work for its star, rather than the other way around.

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    Sundance Review: A Mining Town Faces a Devastating Challenge In Impressive Debut 'Little Accidents'

    "Little Accidents," director Sara Colangelo’s first feature (developed in the Sundance Institute’s Writers’ Lab from her 2010 short of the same name) takes place in a small Appalachian mining town in the aftermath of a fatal accident. The only survivor, Amos Jenkins (Boyd Holbrook), is under pressur...

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    Sundance Review: Baseball Maven (And Kurt Russell's Dad) Bing Russell Saluted By His Grandsons In 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball'

    "The Battered Bastards of Baseball," a documentary by siblings Chapman and Maclain Way, manages to be many things at once: an affectionate ode to their grandfather, a distinctive snapshot of a noble experiment and a bittersweet glimpse at the possibilities of the many ways in which the game of baseb...

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    Sundance 2014: Highs and Not so highs

    A funny, perhaps Freudian slip occurred while I was putting together a list of my favorite and not so favorite films from Sundance 2014. I wrote the title "Love is Violence," an accidentally amalgam of two of the most memorable (and very different) movies from the festival, Ira Sachs' lovely and int...

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    Sundance Review: Bodily Deprivation For Justice In the Spiritually Charged 'Cesar's Last Fast'

    Leader of the most vulnerable sector of American workers, Cesar Chavez was a relentless activist whose pioneering advocacy earned him a place among the great figures in world history. His battle against the tyrannical wealthy growers to better the conditions of thousands of Mexican Americans farm wo...

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    Sundance Review: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Serve up a Plate of Leftovers in 'The Trip to Italy'

    Winterbottom's Italian riff on "The Trip" turns the tables on the characters with a middling sort of conviction.

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    Sundance Review: 'Jamie Marks is Dead' is a Poetic but Flawed Meditation on Human Connection

    Carter Smith's "Jamie Marks is Dead" is a spooky rendition of teenage passion and shame.

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    Slamdance Review: 'Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe à la Hache' A Tale Of Disaster, Oil & Fishing

    In the aftermath of an environmental disaster, the question usually (and rightfully) turns to the environmental impact, and how the incident will affect wildlife and plants that are in the area. Less considered is the human ecosystem: the lives that exist in conjunction with nature and make a living...

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    Review: Uniquely Moody & Explicit ‘Stranger By The Lake’ Brings Together Summer Love & Murder

    The scheduling of the Cannes Film Festival works in such a way that it’s rare that we get to see any film based on anything as spontaneous as peer recommendation unless it’s already been on our radar for a few weeks beforehand. But one film that did come to our notice by that route, and then the sta...

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    Review: 'Gloria' Is Endlessly Watchable & Wonderful

    Produced by rising Chilean force-to-be-reckoned-with Pablo Larraín ("Post Mortem," "No"), Sebastián Lelio's fourth feature, "Gloria," proved to be one of the most pleasant surprises at last year's Berlin Film Festival. While films focusing on female protagonists have not been in short supply during ...

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