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    Sundance Review: Lynn Shelton’s 'Laggies' Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz & Sam Rockwell

    Given that the arrested development subgenre of comedy is chiefly the domain of men and man children, it’s nice to see the field finally tackled from a refreshing female perspective. However, while an admirable vantage point of the trapped in adultlescence genus, “Laggies,” the new film by director ...

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    Sundance Review: Bleakness, Anger & Pain Mark 'Hellion' Starring Aaron Paul

    It's a somewhat glib, reductive thought, but the archetype of the Sundance indie film (apart from being cutesy and unbearably quirky) often can be summed up in its miserablist bleakness. And if some Park City indies can sometimes be defined by their dark, depressing nature with few rays of hope, "He...

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    Sundance Review: Stirring Documentary 'The Overnighters' Explores Unemployment Struggles With a Twist You'd Never Expect

    At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, "The Overnighters" transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest.

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    Sundance Review: Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams & More

    As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” w...

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    Sundance: What Critics Are Saying About Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray'

    All eyes were on Kristen Stewart yesterday on the first full day of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to see how she fared as a Guantanamo Bay rookie in Peter Sattler's directorial debut, "Camp X-Ray." While the film received mixed notices (our own Eric Kohn called the film "half-baked"), critics all ...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Frank’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson & Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Are some diamonds in the rough so special they can only exist on the fringes? When a rare species enters the ecosystem of the mainstream, does its fragile, sensitive needs break down amongst the polluted elements around it? These are some of the ideas expressed in “Frank,” an off-the-wall and terrif...

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    Sundance Review: Noaz Deshe's Disturbing, Distressing Venice Winner 'White Shadow'

    At what point does the deep discomfort of watching a film, one which casts needed light on a profoundly repulsive practice, become so challenging that it risks alienating the audience it seeks to engage? “White Shadow,” the first feature from Berlin-based Israeli filmmaker Noaz Deshe, which plays Su...

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    Review: 'The Adventurer: Curse Of The Midas Box' Starring Michael Sheen, Lena Headey And Sam Neill

    There’s a certain practiced apathy that comes from some movies, the sense that a duty is being fulfilled by professionals who have no illusions of legacies, they’re only trying to pay some bills. Sometimes this can be done on a grand scale, and you don’t really see it in Hollywood as much as you cat...

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    Sundance Review: John Slattery's Directorial Debut 'God's Pocket,' With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Is a Disappointing Mess

    Slattery's first feature is a disjointed mixture of screwball comedy and urban strife that never coalesce into a satisfying whole.

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    Sundance Review: How 'Last Days In Vietnam' Exposes a Troubling Episode In American History

    "Last Days in Vietnam," a documentary by Rory Kennedy (whose documentary “Ethel” premiered at Sundance in 2012) chronicles events from the end of April 1975, two years after the Paris Peace Accords.

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