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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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    Sundance 2013 Review - 'Gideon's Army' Is A Necessary Look At The Work Done By The Unsung

    Director Dawn Porter's Gideon's Army is summarized as follows: 3 young, idealistic public defenders in the Deep South - Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick - struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to ensure justice is served for America’s for...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ Takes Viewers On A Mind-Melting Vacation from Hell

    We’re not sure why writer/director Randy Moore decided to come swinging out the gate with a first feature like “Escape from Tomorrow,” and frankly, we’re not entirely sure how he got away with even making it in the first place. Much of this dark, utterly bizarre comedy would appear to be covertly sh...

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    Sundance Preview: Jane Campion’s ‘Top Of The Lake’ Feels Like ‘The Killing’ Only With Haunting, Lasting Sustain

    Moody, without being oppressively dark or atmospheric, compelling and mysterious, Jane Campion's seven-part Sundance Channel series, "Top Of The Lake" – based on two episodes thus far – is an intriguing crime drama and mystery that's got this writer hooked.

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    Slamdance 2013 Review: Psycho Thriller 'Vipaka' Aims To Thrill But Underwhelms

    Directed by French/Lebanese director Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena), the psychological thriller Vipaka had its premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival today.

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