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    Sundance Review: James Franco Discusses His Sexuality (And Yours) In 'Interior. Leather Bar'

    "Interior. Leather Bar" is an experimental collaboration between queer filmmaker Travis Mathews and James Franco that aims to reenact the 40 minutes lost from William Friedkin's "Cruising." As a fleeting essay on sexual biases, what exactly are the filmmakers trying to say?

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    Sundance Review: Romance 'The Spectacular Now' Works on Star Chemistry

    "The Spectacular Now," James Ponsoldt's follow-up to last year's Sundance hit "Smashed," manages to be realistic without being dour, funny without being a caricature, and romantic without being sappy.

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    Sundance 2013 Review: Shaka King's 'Newlyweeds'

    Newlyweeds, the debut feature of writer-director Shaka King, is many things. It is an intriguing new take on the stoner comedy, the romantic comedy, and one might even say the “black comedy.”

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    Sundance Review: Moving Beyond 'Putty Hill,' Matthew Porterfield Turns to Music With Melancholic Drama 'I Used to Be Darker'

    Matthew Porterfield's sleeper hit "Putty Hill" was heralded for its keen melding of documentary and narrative traditions into a poetic exploration of a small Baltimore community impacted by a young man's sudden death. The movie drifted effortlessly from one environment to another, ...

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    Slamdance 2013 Review: Clever 'Big Words' Is A Well-Acted & Engaging Feature Debut By Neil Drumming

    Premiering at Slamdance 2013 in Utah this past Thursday, Neil Drumming’s feature film debut Big Words has been one of our most anticipated films of the fest’s lineup, and that anticipation is well deserved.

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    Sundance 2013 Review: George Tillman Jr's 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'

    Sundance 2013 Review: George Tillman Jr's 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'

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    Sundance Review: Does 'Blue Caprice' Sympathize With the Beltway Snipers?

    From the outset, "Blue Caprice" reaches for authenticity. An opening compilation draws from news reports of the infamous Beltway sniper attacks in which a pair of men picked off random victims for several weeks before authorities finally caught up to them. In spite of this foundation, however, Frenc...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Austenland’ Is A Pleasant Comic Romp That May Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled

    Jane Austen has provided as fertile a ground for adaptation as nearly any author in the last century. From her most beloved works (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility") to more modern interpretations (“Clueless,” “Bridget Jones's Diary”), her work has inspired countless filmmakers to try ...

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    Sundance Review: Wise & Mature 'The Spectacular Now' Marked By Strong Performances From Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley

    Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties than...

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    Sundance Review: Jim Mickle's Slow-Burn 'We Are What We Are' Remake Is Quiet, Gross and Better Than the Original

    Writer-director Jim Mickle has steadily established himself as a horror filmmaker with interests that treat the art of shock value with rare maturity. In his feature-length debut "Mulberry Street," he funneled the mold for a cheesy monster movie into a metaphor for gentrification and urban decay; hi...

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