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    Sundance Review: Kristen Stewart Is Admirably Serious But Can't Salvage Mopey Gitmo Drama 'Camp X-Ray'

    Writer-director Peter Sattler's frustratingly on-the-nose screenplay — which finds Stewart's character forming an unlikely bond with an uncooperative detainee (Peyman Moadi) — only succeeds at emphasizing Stewart's talent in an otherwise half-baked drama.

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    Slamdance Review: Fascinating Documentary 'Elliot' Tackles The Illusion Of Truth

    Who is Elliot "White Lightning" Scott? Well, that depends on who you ask. According to the man himself, he's Canada's next (first?) Jackie Chan, an action hero waiting in the wings, with multiple awards for his marital arts prowess. But Elliot isn't waiting around for other people to make things hap...

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    Sundance Review: 'Lilting' Delicately Explores Grief and Cultural Divides With the Help of Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei-Pei

    Hong Khaou's feature film debut looks at the relationship between Junn (Cheng Pei-Pei), an elderly Chinese-Cambodian woman living in England, and Richard (Ben Whishaw), the man who was, unbeknownst to her, the lover of her late son.

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    Sundance Review: Colonialism Is Explored As You’ve Never Seen It Before In Mesmerizing 'Concerning Violence'

    Goran Hugo Olsson’s non-linear, found footage snapshot of African colonialism mirrors “The Black Power Mixtape” for its similar use of preexisting material repurposed to strengthen its modern significance.

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    Review: Kore-Eda Hirokazu's Warm And Lovely 'Like Father, Like Son'

    How is being a parent defined? Do you have to earn it or does the simple virtue of being related by blood automatically give you that title? These questions and more lie at the core of "Like Father, Like Son," a tender and involving portrait by Kore-Eda Hirokazu that centers on two set of parents—an...

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    Is "The Green Prince" this year's "Searching for Sugar Man"?

    "The Green Prince," which premiered at Sundance on Friday night, is poised to become this year's "Searching for Sugar Man." While the film's subject, about a Palestinian son of a Hamas leader who became a spy for Israeli's Shin Bet security service, sounds closer to another 2012 documentary hit "The...

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    This Weekend, Jack Ryan Returns, See Indies 'G.B.F.' and 'Like Father, Like Son'

    Tom Clancy's badass CIA superagent Jack Ryan returns this weekend in "Shadow Recruit," the new film by Kenneth Branagh, whose career has taken an odd turn from Shakespeare to big-budget action thrillers. In select cities arrive the moving "Like Father, Like Son," warm teen comedy "G.B.F." and "Big B...

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    Sundance Review: J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller Impress With a Ferocious Student-Teacher Dynamic in 'Whiplash'

    A feature-length reprise of Damien Chazelle's award-winning short of the same name, "Whiplash" stars Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") as Andrew, a budding young drummer at the country's top music school who thinks he's the next Buddy Rich, and who's instructed by the brutal Fletcher (J.K. Simmon...

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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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