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    Sundance Review: Breezy Doc 'To Be Takei' Views George Takei As Modern Gay Icon

    Jennifer M. Kroot’s decently entertaining if somewhat one-note portrait “To Be Takei” tracks the Asian-American actor’s transition from supporting player to major pop culture figure.

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    Sundance Review: Tired of Disgruntled New York Hipster Comedies? ‘Appropriate Behavior’ Is a Welcome Update to the Formula

    Desiree Akhavan’s “Appropriate Behavior” provides an enjoyably shrewd update to a potentially grating formula.

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    Sundance Review: Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Are As You've Never Seen Them In Otherwise Conventional 'The Skeleton Twins'

    Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's chemistry in Craig Johnson's "The Skeleton Twins" is something altogether different. These are serious dramatic roles with dark comedic ingredients that take them out of the farcical realm and allow them to craft fully realized characters.

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    Sundance Review: Director Joe Berlinger’s Riveting True Crime Doc ‘Whitey: The United States Vs. James J. Bulger’

    There are few real life criminals alive today who possess the kind of allure and oversized grandeur of James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger. This was a guy who, as a young thug, stoically did time in Alcatraz, and upon his release rose to power in South Boston, eventually running organized crime in the area...

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    Sundance Review: Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell Charm in Lynn Shelton's 'Laggies'

    "Laggies," marks the first time Lynn Shelton has directed a film whose script she didn't personally pen. Although the story by Andrea Seigel is more tightly constructed (and much more neatly wrapped up) than Shelton's own improvised scripts, the story of arrested development in extremis fits neatly...

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    Sundance Review: Midnight Horror 'The Babadook' Adds Depth to Familiar Genre Trappings to Chilling Effect

    Jennifer Kent's depiction of an uneasy mother-son relationship excels in its stylistic approach to what could easily have been a conventional storybook monster movie.

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    With 'The Babadook' and 'Frank,' Sundance Launches Thrilling New Talents

    In the space of five hours, Sundance 2014 went from a good festival to a great one.

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    Sundance Review: 'Mitt,' A Portrait of a Politician as We Never Saw Him on the Campaign Trail

    Romney documentary "Mitt," directed by Greg Whiteley, premiered at Sundance on January 17th and debuts on Netflix as an original on the 24th. Here's our review.

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    Sundance Review: Lynn Shelton’s 'Laggies' Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz & Sam Rockwell

    Given that the arrested development subgenre of comedy is chiefly the domain of men and man children, it’s nice to see the field finally tackled from a refreshing female perspective. However, while an admirable vantage point of the trapped in adultlescence genus, “Laggies,” the new film by director ...

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    Sundance Review: Bleakness, Anger & Pain Mark 'Hellion' Starring Aaron Paul

    It's a somewhat glib, reductive thought, but the archetype of the Sundance indie film (apart from being cutesy and unbearably quirky) often can be summed up in its miserablist bleakness. And if some Park City indies can sometimes be defined by their dark, depressing nature with few rays of hope, "He...

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