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    Recap: Minor Key 'Girls' Finds Hannah & Marnie Getting Some New Ideas

    If the season premiere was a bit of shakeup to reorient the gang in "Girls" for wherever the new season will take them, the second episode almost seems like an addendum. It's as if Lena Dunham and company decided they needed to make yet another shift to get the show in the direction they needed, and...

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    Sundance Review: Love Is Hard In The Charming But Emotionally Challenging 'Before Midnight'

    What happened at the cliffhanger ending of 2004's "Before Sunset?" Did Jesse (Ethan Hawke) manage to catch his flight back to the United States or did he and Celine (Julie Delpy) finally re-consummate their nine-year-after-the-fact romance? These questions are answered in Richard Linklater's trilogy...

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    Sundance Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook

    One could argue there's nothing subtle about the movies made by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the director behind "Oldboy," including the celebrated Vengeance Trilogy and the loopy vampire movie, "Thirst." Violence reigns in his films, cameras pirouette like self-conscious characters in his...

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    Masterful 'Before Midnight' Reunites Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy For the Best Installment of Richard Linklater's Trilogy

    With "Before Midnight," Richard Linklater has completed one of the finest movie trilogies of all time, consolidating the full power of the earlier movies into a masterful treatise on the evolution of romance.

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    Sundance Review: The Searing 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Burns With Intense & Visceral Portent

    Set in 1970s Texas, but stationed inside an authentic milieu that feels timeless and classic, David Lowery's second feature-length effort, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," is the culmination of a filmmaker who has put in over a decade of work in the trenches as an editor, cinematographer, writer, electri...

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    Park Chan-wook's First American Movie, 'Stoker,' Features a Creepy Mia Wasikowska and Familiar Violent Streak

    South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook's filmmaking always dances a fine line between sublime and absurd genre ingredients. "Stoker," his first American-set, English language picture, is no exception. It's tempting to resist describing the movie in terms of the cinematic traditions it calls to mind: Alf...

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    Sundance Review: 'The East' Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To 'Sound Of My Voice'

    The first images in "The East" – the new thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the team who made last year's underrated cult thriller "Sound Of My Voice" – are grainy footage of intruders breaking into someone's home juxtaposed with images of seagulls covered in oil. We are told through voi...

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    Sundance Review: Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' Flirts With Greatness, But Proves Too Listless & Frustrating

    There's a strange and opaque energy coursing through the veins of Lynn Shelton's languid fifth feature-length effort, "Touchy Feely." It's a little mysterious, to the film’s moody credit, and it’s a little unavailable and removed, to its detriment. Lead actress Rosemarie DeWitt admitted, "I didn't r...

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    Sundance 2013 Review: Andrew Dosunmu’s 'Mother of George'

    Sundance 2013 Review: Andrew Dosunmu’s 'Mother of George'

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    Sundance Review: Outlaw Romance 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' a Triumph of Visual Poetry and Genre Revision

    As beautifully shot as it is performed by its two leads, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" channels genre expectations into sheer poetry.

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