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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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    Fantastic Fest Review: 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' An Emotionally Resonant Crime Thriller

    In movies, small towns are too often populated with inbred, murderous hillbillies, but there’s nevertheless a wealth of interesting, seldom-explored and considerably more believable stories to tell about them. “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” offers audiences little that they haven’t seen in one for...

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    Fantastic Fest Sets Terry Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem' As Closing Night Film and Locks in Final Wave of Programming

    The ninth edition of Fantastic Fest, that runs September 19-26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline theater in Austin, Texas, has announced Terry Gilliam's dystopian tale "The Zero Theorem" as its closing night film.

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    Fantastic Fest Unveils Second Wave of Programming: Folman's 'The Congress,' Wheatley's 'A Field in England' and More

    Fantastic Fest 2013 has announced its second wave of programming. More genre goodies are included in the updated program, like Ari Folman's Cannes entry "The Congress," starring Robin Wright, "Sightseers" director Ben Wheatley's "A Field in England," Jeremy Sauliner's "Blue Ruin" and more. Full list...

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    Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming, Including Films From Alex de la Iglesia, Sion Sono and Ben Wheatley

    The second wave of programming has been announced for the 9th annual Fantastic Fest. Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.

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