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    Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Will Close Fantastic Fest

    Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest has added Open Road's "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as the closing night film to its already strong genre lineup in Austin.

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    Fantastic Fest Line-Up Adds ‘Nightcrawler, ‘Blind,’ Sion Sono's 'Tokyo Tribe,' Keanu Reeves-Starring ‘John Wick’ & More

    Yes, there are three major film festivals in September — Venice, Toronto and Telluride — but there’s also a pretty cool one out of Austin that’s a bit more off the beaten path, focused on horror and genre fare, and a little less heavy on Oscar-centric titles. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place Septembe...

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    Fantastic Fest's 2014 Line-Up Includes Kevin Smith's 'Tusk,' 'The Babadook,' 'ABCs of Death 2' & More

    Fall festival season is fast approaching, with the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival each unveiling glimpses of their lineups over the last few weeks. But let's not forget their deviant little Texan cousin, Fantastic Fest. The genre-led festival in Austi...

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    Fantastic Fest Announces First Wave of Events Including Kevin Smith's 'Tusk'; Reveals Awesome Festival Poster

    "Tusk," "V/H/S Viral" and "ABCs of Death" all set to screen at Fantastic Fest.

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    James Ward Byrkit's Bracingly Original Sci-Fi 'Coherence' Will Mess with Your Brain

    I did not sleep the night I watched James Ward Byrkit's metaphysically terrifying debut "Coherence," a low-budget sci-fi indie that doubles, and triples, and quadruples, as a truly original existential horror movie.

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    What Makes Fantastic Fest Unlike Any Other Festival In America

    Where most film festivals are a haze of long hours, indistinguishable screenings, half-eaten meals and endless awards-season predictions, Fantastic Fest is an altogether different kind of gauntlet: the hours are the same, but the meals are decadent and plentiful, the movies almost all guarantee to s...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Grand Piano’ Starring Elijah Wood Is Like The Best Brian De Palma Movie He Never Made

    A welcome reminder that high-concept thrillers needn’t rely on stupid coincidences and even stupider characters in order to succeed, “Grand Piano” turns the unlikeliest of scenarios into a riveting battle of wills. The story of a concert pianist whose comeback performance gets hijacked by a sniper w...

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    Fantastic Fest Review: Jonathan Levine's Belated Horror ‘All The Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Starring Amber Heard

    ​Horror movie fans have it rougher than most. Their breed is one of the most loyal of audiences, and yet what they are often served is predictable, by-the-numbers tripe. Smart, well-crafted horror movies are usually in short supply (yes, there are small exceptions) and instead the industry has been ...

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    From Keanu Reeves to Cricket Eating, Here's Why Fantastic Fest 2013 Is A Bottomless Goodie Bag Of Fun For Genre Fans

    In the proud tradition the festival has maintained now for nine years, Fantastic Fest offers some of its most eclectic and provocative programming yet, which more than makes up for the lack of external options – because you pretty much always want to be in theaters watching something.

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    'The Congress' Tops Fantastic Fest Winners; 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Wins Audience Award

    Austin's Fantastic Fest announced their winners yesterday with Frank Pavich's documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune" taking the audience award. Ari Folman's "The Congress" won the best picture in the Fantastic Features category along with best screenplay and best actress for Robin Wright, while "Afflicted"...

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