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    Sundance 2012 Review: "The Raid" (Indonesian Actioner Delivers Relentless Bloody Brutality)

    A film that's already developing a cult following, even though it's only commercial exhibits have been on the film festival circuit, starting with a 2011 Toronto Film Festival debut (it's now a Sony Pictures property, scheduled for a US and Indonesia release in March of this ye...

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    Sundance 2012 Review - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" (A Striking Feature Debut On Courage & Resiliency)

    Ultimately an ode to human resilience and self-reliance, Beasts Of The Southern Wild is initially a little scattered, especially if you aren’t already familiar with the story; however by the second act, it all starts to come together and make sense. But what’s actually kind of inter...

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    Sundance Review: 'The Comedy' A Compelling, Layered Look At A Hipster Adrift In Brooklyn

    With "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" and Rick Alverson's "The Comedy" (starring Tim Heidecker) both playing at the Sundance Film Festival, it'd be easy to simply peg the former as your standard bizarre T&E affair and the latter as a dramatic art house effort. But that's simply much too reducti...

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    Review: How 'Simon Killer' Expands Its Filmmakers' Repertoire with One Freaky Headcase

    In 2011, the filmmaking collective known as Borderline Films took Sundance by the storm with Sean Durkin's unsettling cult drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene," but their first major exposure began at Cannes with Antonio Campos' 2008 "Afterschool." The mysterious high school drama displayed the Borderli...

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    Sundance Review: Good Performances & Narrative Tapestry Can't Save Emotionally Distant 'The Words'

    A combination of shopworn literary clichés combined with an “Inception”-worthy daisy chain of White People Problems, “The Words” fails to surpass dramatically the bland lack of specificity in its title while still offering a solid roundup of performances from its talen...

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    Sundance 2012: "Compliance" is a Bloodless Horror Film That I Couldn't Resist

    For a good portion of Craig Zobel’s twisted new single-setting drama, “Compliance,” I had difficulty believing what was happening. The film, which is based on a true story, depicts a busy night at a Midwest fast food restaurant during which a teenage employee is accused of theft, d...

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    Sundance Review: 'The Raid' Is A Triumph Of Kicks, Punches & Unrelenting Thrills

    If you ever wanted a feature-length version of the scene from Tony Jaa’s “The Protector” where in one shot he literally fights his way up to the roof of a building filled with baddies, then “The Raid” is the movie for you. Although his two previous films failed to make ...

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    Sundance Review: 'West Of Memphis' An Exhausting & Exhaustive Chronicle Of Justice

    "West of Memphis" doesn’t ignore the fact that filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have already crafted a trilogy of documentaries concerning the perceived injustice of the West Memphis Three, three Arkansas teens convicted in 1994 of murdering three young boys in 1993. In th...

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    "Red Tails" Review - What We Thought... What You Thought... Let's Go!

    Even though I saw the film about 2 weeks ago, I thought I'd wait to post any thoughts on it until some of you folks had seen it as well. So, now that you have, what do you think of it?

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Renders a Child's Mind With Vivid Results

    Benh Zeitlin's 2006 short film, "Glory at Sea," rendered post-Katrina grief with an overwhelming sense of magic realism that quickly turned the project into a sleeper hit on the festival circuit. "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Zeitlin's feature-length debut, contains much...

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