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    Sundance Review: Despite a Hilarious Setup, Madeleine Olnek's 'The Foxy Merkins' Is a Disappointing Sophomore Effort

    Olnek turns the male hustler genre on its head to imagine what a lesbian prostitution ring in might look like.

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    Sundance Review: You've Never Seen a Vampire Movie Like the Beautiful, Touching 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,' Produced By Elijah Wood

    For centuries, vampires have provided handy metaphors for social and physical dilemma, but in the stylishly muted deadpan romance "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," the threat is personal.

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    Review: Oscar-Nominated 'The Great Beauty' Wonderfully Serves Up the Sublime and Grotesque in Equal Measure

    Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” nominated for a Best Foreign-Language Oscar, is unimaginable without Federico Fellini. And just as unimaginable without Silvio Berlusconi. Fellini knew life was a circus, hence the clowns and midgets. What is seen by Sorrentino’s hero, Jep Gambardella (Toni Ser...

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    Review: Mark Ruffalo Throws Fits in Heartfelt 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

    Maya Forbes' directorial debut is the tender portrait of a family coping with one man's manic-depressive tendencies.

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    Sundance Review: Absorbing & Memorable Noir ‘Cold In July’ Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard & Don Johnson

    Give filmmaker Jim Mickle credit; just when you think you’ve got a handle on his ever-evolving pulpy noir thriller “Cold In July,” the movie snakes sinisterly in abruptly twisting directions. The director behind the celebrated (but uneven) cannibal movie “We Are What We Are,” and the vampire indie “...

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    Sundance Review: Ten Years Since Zach Braff Brought 'Garden State' to Sundance, With 'Wish I Was Here,' Has Anything Changed?

    After "Garden State," Braff wouldn't succeed at directing another feature for a full 10 years. Was it worth it?

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    Sundance Review: Zombie Rom Com 'Life After Beth' Starring Aubrey Plaza & Dane DeHaan

    In the last decade, left-of-center zombies have become so ubiquitous that we’re bordering on critical mass, with as many spoofs being released as straight-ahead horror renditions. As with anything reaching its cultural saturation point, it’s the singer, not the song, as the results have been all ove...

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    Sundance Review: ‘The Sleepwalker’ Starring Brady Corbet Is An Unsettling Look At Family Dysfunction & Secrets

    In sleepy rural Massachusetts, the illusory nature of domestic bliss fractures easily like the first frost of a winter chill. 20-somethings Kaia (Gitte Witt) and her boyfriend Andrew (ex “Girls” star Christopher Abbott) live a quiet life, renovating her late father’s isolated and modern estate. If f...

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    Sundance Review: Real Life Heroes Save The World In The Enthralling 'E-Team'

    "In darkness, abuse takes place," declares Fred Abrahams, one of the members of the Emergency Team (aka E-Team), part of the Human Rights Watch group, whose mission is to investigate and report on crimes committed against the civilian population of war-torn countries and other places where the oppre...

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