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    Göteborg Review: 'Starred Up' Is An Instant Classic Of The Prison Movie Genre

    What a glorious, freezing, snowy Swedish Monday at the Göteborg International Film Festival it was, because, for a non-Sundance attendee like me, it yielded the first truly great film of 2014. “Starred Up” (which, OK fine, actually premiered at Telluride last year) is an instant classic of the priso...

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    Does Nicolas Cage Know What He's Doing?

    A marathon of Cage's films reveals a method to his madness.

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    Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Is a Suspenseful Romantic Heart-Tugger (TRAILER)

    Jason Reitman saw a movie in Joyce Maynard's 2010 novel "Labor Day." And what a movie it is. Fair to say it works as a tearjerker. Reitman pulls off a deceptively straightforward romance that seems old-fashioned given the current studio antipathy toward dramas.

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    Göteborg Review: 'The Strange Little Cat' A Lovely, Baffling, Totally Subjective Experience

    If ever there were a case of a film being a reflecting pool of the viewer's understanding, rather than a monolithic piece of work that we can either get wrong or right in terms of its author's intentions, "The Strange Little Cat," which plays this week during the Göteborg International Film Festival...

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    Goteborg Review: 'Jodorowsky's Dune' A Wildly Entertaining Look At The Most Ambitious Film Never Made

    "How the hell did this not happen?" is the question that trembled in our brain after we watched Frank Pavich's riotous yet loving and meticulous documentary about one of cinema's greatest what-if stories: the white whale that is Alejandro Jodorowsky's version of Frank Herbert's sine qua non sci-fi c...

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    Should the New York Times Review Every New York Film Booking?

    Before Sundance got started, The New York Times' Manohla Dargis raised a red flag about the issue of too many films flooding the marketplace. While her suggestion that fewer distributors should acquire films was the wrong answer to the right question, the subject became the hot topic of the festival...

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    Indiewire's 2014 Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival

    Stay up-to-date on all of Indiewire's coverage of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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    Four Reasons 2014 Will Be the Year of the Immigrant on Film (VIDEO)

    From reportorial nonfiction to epic drama, from the couch to the art house, immigrants past and present will be at the forefront of 2014's film offerings -- not to mention your cable news network of choice. As the Congressional debate over immigration reform heats up and the midterm election gears b...

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    Sundance Review: Dark Dramedy 'The Skeleton Twins' Starring Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader

    For whatever reason, comedians have never gotten the same respect as their dramatic counterparts — that is, until they take on more serious material. The road to respect is littered with actors making the transition from comedy to drama (think Steve Carell in "Little Miss Sunshine" or Bill Murray in...

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