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    Sundance Review: 'Whiplash' Evokes High Anxiety

    The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance, Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," is an intense anxiety dream about a young college jazz musician ("The Spectacular Now"'s Miles Teller) who aspires to be a memorable drummer like Buddy Rich.

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    Review: Lovely And Inspiring Documentary 'Maidentrip' Takes Audiences On A Voyage

    In 2009, a then 13-year-old Laura Dekker announced her intention to sail around the world alone, incurring the wrath of the Dutch court system, whose objections delayed her trip by a year. While this was going on, Jillian Schlesinger, an aspiring filmmaker in New York, heard about Dekker and wanted ...

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    Oscars and Sundance Collide, from Redford's Diss to 'Whiplash' Oscar Buzz (PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO)

    The Eccles Theatre opening night was packed with press and distributors for the unveiling of hot buzz title "Whiplash." Roadside Attractions was not responding to Sundance founder and Oscar-snubbed Robert Redford's criticism of their "All is Lost" marketing efforts. They're moving on to the business...

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    Review: 'Devil's Due' Is A Semi-Successful Attempt To Update 'Rosemary's Baby' For The iPhone Generation

    It seems like every week we're either getting a found footage horror movie or one in which some unsuspecting young woman is possessed by demonic forces. So it makes sense that the two tropes should be swirled together, like chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and served to the masses. The resulting con...

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    Sundance Review: ‘Whiplash’ Starring Miles Teller Leads With The Different Beat Of A Very Different Drum

    Opening the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” may not seem to tread any new ground at first, with Andrew (Miles Teller) trying to thrive and survive in the hyper-competitive, hyper-stressed world of a Musical Conservatory in New York City. Andrew is talented a...

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    Sundance Review: 'Dinosaur 13' Salutes the World’s Greatest T-Rex Skeleton and Mourns the Fate of Its Discoverers

    A subset of the recent scientific-documentary-as-thriller tradition epitomized by "The Cove" and "Blackfish," Todd Douglas Miller's "Dinosaur 13" is both awe-inspiring and tragic.

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    Review: ‘Big Bad Wolves’ Is A Haunting, Brilliant, Surprisingly Funny Israeli Revenge Thriller

    Back in 2009, “Let the Right One In,” a slick, deeply felt genre piece from a far away land, played the Tribeca Film Festival and blew almost everyone (this writer included) away. It’s hard not to think about “Let the Right One In” while watching “Big Bad Wolves,” a similarly slick foreign language ...

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    Review: ESPN's Brilliant Doc 'The Price of Gold' Investigates The 20-Year Old Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Scandal

    It's fitting that, just weeks away from a new Winter Olympic Games Sochi, Russia, that ESPN's amazing "30 for 30" documentary series would turn its attention to the scandal that rocked the Winter Olympics 20 years ago: the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan that was organized and carried ou...

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    REVIEW: "Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo"

    Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012), the third installment in a four-feature retelling of the watershed anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Writer-director Hideaki Anno pulls out all the stops in an visually dazzling but emotionally unsettling film.

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    Review: In Documentary 'Maidentrip,' Laura Dekker Looks for Paradise in a Sea that Never Ends

    Jillian Schlesinger's "Maidentrip" chronicles Dutch teen Laura Dekker's sail around the globe, a feat which would win her the title in 2012 of youngest person in history to make the voyage alone. Observant and unassuming, the documentary looks at the significance of Laura's trip not in terms of reco...

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