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    Sundance Review: David Wain's 'They Came Together' Gives Assembly-Line Rom-Coms A Brisk, Bruising Rebuttal

    A parody that loves, knows and understands what it’s mocking, David Wain’s “They Came Together” (co-written with Michael Showalter) lovingly nuzzles up to the plots, clichés and tropes of the modern big-studio rom-com specifically, only to then slash at the jugular to spill their anemic, overly swee...

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    Sundance Review: Gregg Araki’s 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green & More

    By now, devoted cinephiles likely know what to expect going into a Gregg Araki movie: sex-crazed teens, an overabundance of nudity (sometimes pretty, sometimes not), a dream-like story wrapped snugly in a nightmare and a killer soundtrack. However, it would be lazy for someone to call it trash cinem...

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    Sundance Review: ‘War Story’ Starring Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi & Ben Kingsley

    What is behind the desire to punish an audience? Truthfully, few filmmakers besides Michael Haneke maybe intentionally want to torture viewers (at least I think), but many dark and depressing indie movies attempting to explore the condition of suffering can often feel excruciating. There’s nothing i...

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    Critic's Notebook: Ignore the Naysayers. This Year's Sundance Film Festival Transcended Clichés

    It's safe to say that a lot of the journalists attending this year's festival didn't see enough movies to assess the overall artistic lineup of the program; furthermore, they turned to buyers with narrow goals to provide the voice of authority.

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    Review: 'I, Frankenstein' Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski & Bill Nighy

    Over the years, Frankenstein's monster, originally brought to vivid life in the pages of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel "Frankenstein," has been many things—a hulking brute, a tortured poet, a comic foil, a Marvel superhero. But in Stuart Beattie's colorless new sci-fi mishmash, "I, Frankenstei...

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    Sundance Review: More Fun With Zombie Nazis Isn't Enough to Salvage 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead'

    Like its predecessor, “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” heaps entrails and endless liters of blood onto the screen as straight-faced actors combat a Nazi zombie uprising.

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    Sundance Review: 'Ping Pong Summer' Delights In 1980's Nostalgia, But There's More To It Than That

    With “Ping Pong Summer,” director Michael Tully (“Cocaine Angel,” “Septien”) gives us a film about the childhood he remembers: cheesy arcade games, pastels, Nike, and hip hop.

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    Sundance 2014 Wrap: Discoveries, Disappointments, Breakouts & Awards Contenders (TOP TEN LISTS)

    Sundance is always about emerging talent. While many established filmmakers such as Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") are returning and evolving, the festival is crammed with agents, managers, producers and execs looking for the next Miles Teller or Shailene Woodley and the next director to watch. Who d...

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