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    Sundance Entry 'Escape from Tomorrow' Builds Buzz on Disney Controversy

    First-time director Randy Moore's "Escape From Tomorrow" is a weird piece of work. Moore went undercover at Disneyworld to turn the idea of "the happiest place on earth" upside down, as a troubled father (Roy Abramsohn) freaks out all over the iconic Orlando landmark while on vacation with his wife...

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    Sundance Review: Doremus' 'Breathe In' Disappoints

    Drake Doremus's relatable 2010 Sundance Dramatic Competition Winner "Like Crazy" showed us the wondrous yet ephemeral nature of young love. This year's "Breathe In" also tackles this view of love, but without the same ease.

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    Sundance Review: Garcia Bernal Mystery Doc 'Who Is Dayani Cristal?'

    An unidentified body is found in the Sonoran desert in Pima County, Arizona under the heat of an August sun—the body of a migrant, traveling north along a treacherous and uncertain path to the United States.

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    Sundance Review: 'Fruitvale' is a Tearjerker

    Ryan Coogler's true story "Fruitvale," which was backed by Sundance workshops and San Francisco Film Society filmmaker grants, couldn't be more timely, post-Newtown. Weinstein Co. acquired U.S. rights for $2.5 million soon after its Sundance debut.

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    Review: 'The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song' A Subtle But Strikingly Moving Doc

    Currently screening at the Royal Cinema in Toronto since last Friday is Christy Garland’s documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song, which revolves around a family from Georgetown, Guyana in South America. The family’s matriarch, 75-year old Mary, is an alcoholic in denial. Sh...

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    Review: 'Knife Fight' Is Political Mud-Slinging For Dummies

    For those of you who felt “Ides Of March” was entirely too cerebral and challenging, here comes the dunderheaded “Knife Fight.” A political satire that treads no new ground, this name-heavy comedy wastes an engaging central performance by Rob Lowe, who is completely game to play all sides of the pol...

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    Review: Gamer Culture Remains Cinematically Untapped Despite Well-Meaning Disappointment 'Noobz'

    Don't get us wrong -- from the moment we laid eyes on "Noobz," a sinking feeling set in. The final product could prove generic at best or a travesty at worst, one of those interminable films that's just bad. Still, a tiny pocket of hope lingered, a miniscule possibility that this film could in some ...

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    Sundance 2013 Review: Ryan Coogler’s Lauded 'Fruitvale'

    Sundance 2013 Review: Ryan Coogler’s Lauded 'Fruitvale'

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    L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review: 'A Different Image' - Alile Sharon Larkin Retrospective

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. We're revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles over a year ago... here's another. The overview an...

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    Sundance Review: Sundance Porn Star Biopic 'Lovelace' a Limp Melodramatic Affair

    Linda Boreman, née Linda Lovelace, took the porn world by the storm with her breakthrough performance in 1972's seminal blue movie "Deep Throat," but few audience members cared about her life offscreen. That's technically the focus of "Lovelace," a tame look at the actress' rise and the abuse she fa...

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