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    Sundance Review: 'Concerning Violence' An Intelligent, Bracing Look At The Dynamics Of Colonial Power

    When psychiatrist and writer Frantz Fanon published "The Wretched Of The Earth" in 1961, it was immediately banned in France, and given the provocative nature of the text perhaps it's not a surprise. The quote of above is just one of many viewpoints Fanon presents in his book without compromise, wit...

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    At Sundance, Misanthrophy Comes in Many Guises

    In 'Listen Up Philip' and 'The Voices,' Jason Schwartzman is a self-loathing novelist, and Ryan Reynold's cat tells him to kill.

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    Sundance Review: 'Rudderless' Is A Remarkable Directorial Debut From William H. Macy

    So let it be known throughout the land: William H. Macy has balls of steel. In addition to juggling a busy, successful film and television career, he’s taken on a new role -- filmmaker. His first feature film, “Rudderless”, is a poignant story that explores finding happiness in the midst of loss and...

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    Sundance Review: David Cross's Directorial Debut 'Hits' Takes Shots at Brooklyn Hipsters and Libertarians

    David Cross's directorial debut is a savage film of pungent humor forecasting a grim trajectory for the state of fame-addled American society.

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    Sundance Review: ‘Dear White People’ Is A Sharp Satire That Still Cares About Character

    Written and directed by Justin Simien, “Dear White People” pulls off a surprising number of things with startling ability. It’s an American film that talks about race with strong feeling, common sense and good humor; it’s an indie screenwriting-directing debut as polished as it is provocative; it’s ...

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    Run, Don't Walk, to 'Gloria' & 'Stranger by the Lake' in Theaters This Weekend

    As Sundance starts to wrap up and Oscar voters continue filling out their ballots, it's a relatively light weekend in mainstream theaters, with Lionsgate's horribly reviewed "I, Frankenstein" opening Friday. But three must-see festival hits finally land at arthouses this weekend: France's "Stranger ...

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    Why Alain Guiraudie's Sexy, Scary 'Stranger by the Lake' Is Essential Queer Cinema

    Try as it may to find new and innovative ways to represent the gay experience, queer cinema has forgotten about sex. But in the brilliant and radical "Stranger by the Lake," about the dark politics of gay male cruising, Alain Guiraudie puts sex out in the light and right where we can see it.

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    Sundance Review: ‘Obvious Child’ Takes on Love, Abortion and Stand-Up Insecurity

    Premiering at Sundance, “Obvious Child” is about would-be stand-up Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) and her decisions when a one-night stand results in an ill-timed unwanted pregnancy. “Obvious Child” began as a short in 20009, then hunted for crowdfunding, got it, and resulted in this feature-length Sunda...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Low Down’ Starring Elle Fanning, John Hawkes, Glenn Close & Lena Headey

    Evincing a similar mustard brown aesthetic and destitute mood—spiritually, emotionally and psychologically—Sundance indie, “Low Down” is to 1970s jazz, what John Huston’s “Fat City” is to that era of boxing: a down and out look at talented three-time losers that can’t get past their addictions, demo...

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    J. Hoberman's First New York Times DVD Column Takes a Shot at... The New York Times

    Lest anyone fear the longtime 'Voice' critic has lost his alt-weekly edge, he uses his review of Tarkovsky's 'Nostalghia' to shoot an arrow at his new employer.

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