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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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    Sundance 2012 Review - "1/2 Revolution" (A Gripping Documentation Of The Egyptian Revolution)

    An immediate, visceral, first-person documentation of just a few days of a still ongoing struggle, one year after that first day, January 25, 2011 (also referred to as the "Day of Revolt"), when protests erupted throughout Egypt, with tens of thousands gathered in multiple cities all ...

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    'Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie' Inherits the 'Dumb and Dumber' Throne

    Editor's note: A version of this review originally ran during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" opens in limited release this Friday and is currently available on VOD.

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    Sundance Review: 'Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie' Is An Absurdist Blast

    The comedy style that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have perfected over five years on their completely bizarre Cartoon Network sketch comedy series "Tim and Eric, Awesome Show Great Job!" goes something like this: they dress up in funny outfits, get a bunch of celebrities (including Ben Stiller, J...

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    Review: Overwrought & Superficial ‘Flowers Of War’ Never Even Blooms

    While the historically overlooked massacre and genocide of China's city of Nanking is experiencing a resurgence in cultural awareness (and therefore cinema) as an under-remembered tragedy worth memorializing (see the 2007 documentary "Nanking"), the brutal events – Japan killing ...

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    "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" is a Casual Celebration of the '70s Fashion Designer

    There are few kinds of documentaries I dislike more than the amateur first-person film that pretends to be about a famous person (or persons) but really ends up being primarily about the self-involved director and his or her fandom (or investigative journey). The sort that begin with redundant narra...

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    Sundance Review: 'Searching For Sugar Man' An Entertaining, Touching & Revealing Look At Forgotten Pop Singer Rodriguez

    If every Sundance film festival needs at least one documentary to remind white people of all the great music in the world they don’t know about, at least “Searching For Sugar Man” seems like 2012’s front-runner for the best one. A born crowd-pleaser whose central mystery bege...

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    Red Tails—movie review

    The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one that every American should know, and deserving of a great film; unfortunately, this isn’t it. If one were scoring good intentions it would get an A for effort, simply for bringing a portion of this vast saga to theater screens. But the screenplay resembl...

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: 'Queen of Versailles' Portrays the Deadly Combo of Ego, Wealth and Ego

    The allure of boundless wealth provides fertile ground for documentarian Lauren Greenfield in "The Queen of Versailles," a glossy portrait of a billionaire too confident to face the reality of his impending financial woes.

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    Review: Oh, There's Michael...'Underworld: Awakening' Answers Questions You Never Cared Enough To Ask

    “Where’s Michael?” shouts warrior vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) urgently in the trailer for “Underworld: Awakening,” the fourth film in the other vampire/werewolf franchise. “Who’s Michael?” muses a large portion of the audience, presumably a l...

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