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    Sundance Review: 'In A World...' A Low-Key Charmer & Promising Directorial Debut For Lake Bell

    One of the worst things you could say about a comedy is usually that it has a wide appeal. The most interesting comedies are the ones that tend to be hyper-specific, focused on an insular world of some kind (think '70s newsrooms in “Anchorman” or '80s summer camp in “Wet Hot American Summer”), while...

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    Review: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Isn't Boring, But It Is Unrelentingly Stupid

    Do you want the good news first or the bad news? Let’s start with the good. Firstly, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is less than 90 minutes long. That’s good. Also, Gemma Arterton is really pretty and wears a lot of awesome leather pants and gloves and vests and things. Those are also good. The ti...

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    Review: 'Movie 43' Strains For Laughs With Uninspired Collection Of Comedy Shorts

    What is there to say, analytically, about “Movie 43”? Not released in theaters as much as inexplicably materializing in front of our very eyes, “Movie 43” has no moral, no overarching story, and no point other than the opportunity for Hollywood stars to play silly for a short...

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    Review: 'Parker' Is A Visually Indistinguishable, Punishingly Violent, And Painfully Inert Pulp Trifle

    The character of Parker is one of those icons of hard-boiled pulp fiction – a smart alecky bruiser created by legendary novelist Donald Westlake (under his Richard Stark nom de plume), who appeared in over a dozen novels, a handful of cinematic adaptations (most notably portrayed by Lee Marvin in "P...

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    Sundance Review: How 'V/H/S' Sequel 'S-VHS' Shows That Brutal Horror Can Be Fun

    Last year's anthology horror production "V/H/S" was a revelation mainly because it took the overly familiar found footage genre and exploited it to the fullest extent. The sequel, "S-VHS," achieves a similar goal with more frightening extremes. Containing only four spectacularly gory shorts directed...

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    Sundance Review: Stripper Comedy 'Afternoon Delight' Plays Rough But Will Leave You With A Smile On Your Face

    The premise of “Afternoon Delight,” admittedly, does not sound terribly appealing: to spice up their sex life, a Silverlake couple goes for a night out at a gentleman’s club and subsequently take in a stripper in need of help. From that logline alone you can glean that their relatively buttoned-up s...

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    Sundance Review: Was 'The Way, Way Back' Worth the $10 Million Fox Searchlight Paid For It?

    Fox Searchlight's generous offer calls to mind a similar movie the distributor famously purchased for the same hefty price tag at the festival seven years ago -- "Little Miss Sunshine." But where "Sunshine" generated unique chemistry, "The Way, Way Back" exclusively relies on familiar tropes.

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    Sundance Review Roundup: Documentary 'After Tiller' a Sensitive Look at Third-Trimester Abortion

    Critics generally agree that Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's documentary "After Tiller" is an intelligent, nuanced and sensitive portrait of the last four remaining doctors in the U.S. who perform third-trimester abortions. Roundup below.

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    Sundance Review Roundup: Tame 'Lovelace' Goes Down Too Smooth

    "Lovelace," Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's portrait of the personal life of "Deep Throat" porn star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), isn't impressing the critics. While the occasional review finds Seyfried and co-star Peter Sarsgaard's performances to be engaging, most deem the actors' talents ...

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    L.A. Rebellion 2013 Retrospective Review: Larry Clark's 'Passing Through'

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. We're revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles over a year ago... here's another. The overview an...

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