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    'Jobs' Sundance Review Round-Up: Ashton Kutcher Nearly Pulls Off Steve Jobs Impersonation (VIDEO)

    "jOBs", directed by Joshua Michael Stern, is a straight-forward biopic, following the visionary's journey from hippie college dropout to ruthless technology czar. The movie, which closed the Sundance Festival on Friday, features Ashton Kutcher as the Apple genius - a role he acknowledged was a big ...

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    Flashback To 2010 - 'Takers' (Derivative, But Passable, Mostly Entertaining, PG-13 Heist Flick)

    I watched this over the weekend, while revisiting previous Rainforest Films productions, as the company continues to build upon past successes, with even more successful films (see Think Like A Man last year. Also, 2014 should be a big year for the company).

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    Sundance 2013 Review: 'God Loves Uganda'

    Sundance 2013 Review: 'God Loves Uganda'

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    Recap: 'Girls' Tries Cocaine & Discovers A Bad Friend

    The first season of "Girls" was both entertaining and refreshing simply by the virtue of Lena Dunham's voice, which found a milieu of New York City life for young women that was perhaps more real and honest than anything we've seen on television in quite some time. Spanning flawed to fabulous, somet...

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    Sundance 2013 Review: 'American Promise'

    Sundance 2013 Review: 'American Promise'

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    Göteborg Review: Norway’s Oscar-Nominated 'Kon-Tiki' Is A Fun Tale Of High Adventure But No More Than That

    Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 raft trip from Peru to Polynesia, which forms the story of “Kon-Tiki,” the opening film of the Göteborg International Film Festival, is already the stuff of legend – particularly in this part of the world. Heyerdahl’s own 1950 book was an international bestse...

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    Sundance Review: 'Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes' Is A Frustrating Sea Of Clichés

    There is a widely held stereotype that the Sundance Film Festival is just dour, depressing films – dramas about addiction and family dysfunction and infidelity and incest and on and on – and outside of the occasional “Little Miss Sunshine”-type breakout, the festival wouldn’t really hold much intere...

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    Sundance Review: Does Kyle Patrick Alvarez's David Sedaris Adaptation 'C.O.G' Work If You Don't Know the Source Material?

    Touted as the first feature-length adaptation of comic writer David Sedaris' work, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "C.O.G" arrived at the Sundance Film Festival with plenty of hype generated by fans of the original. A short story from the author's anthology "Naked," it's the kind of low key, reflective story...

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    Sundance Review: David Sedaris Adaptation 'C.O.G.' Features Fine Performances But Might Work Better As An HBO Series

    Based on an essay in “Naked,” David Sedaris' hugely popular collection of autobiographical short stories, “C.O.G.” is notable for being the very first film adaptation of the author's work. Though he’d previously turned down all other offers to adapt his stories, the essayist was impressed by writer/...

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