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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    SXSW Review: Unexpectedly Moving Documentary 'Harmontown' Examines 'Community' Creator Dan Harmon

    We're not sure there's been a figure in the history of television quite like Dan Harmon. The "Community" creator has, over the past few years, become the first celebrity showrunner, a writer as well-known as any of his creations, and whose fiiter-free, headline-grabbing antics, and rise-and-fall-and...

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    SXSW Announces 2014 Audience Award Winners

    Audience award winners have been announced for the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival, now wrapping up in Austin.

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    Diego Luna, Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson Talk SXSW Audience Award Winner 'Cesar Chavez' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    After a rousing North American premiere at SXSW, Mexican director Diego Luna and actors Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann talk about the challenge of turning the great farm worker activist Cesar Chavez into a watchable movie. They did it.

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    SXSW Review: ‘Space Station 76’ Starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler & Matt Bomer

    The retro-kitsch appeal inherent to “Space Station 76” is palpable from its star-gazing opening credits, rendered as they are in Gill Sans font (think “2001: A Space Odyssey”) with state-of-the-art CGI effects modeled on the miniature work of yesteryear. What follows is a sci-fi soap opera seemingly...

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    SXSW Review: 'Sequoia’ Starring Aly Michalka, Joey Lauren Adams & Demetri Martin

    An uneven, but still strangely appealing look at mortality, second chances and family dysfunction, the SXSW indie "Sequoia" may resemble a less joyful, arguably more honest version of the "Little Miss Sunshine" narrative, but it still has its own charms despite having many disagreeable characters.

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    SXSW Review: ‘The Mend’ Starring Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett & Mickey Sumner

    Sour, acidic, leading characters in cinema are difficult to pull off. Audiences are already inured to charming, heroic protagonists and often repelled by their opposite. But Woody Allen managed unlikable characters for years, Noah Baumbach has successfully taken that mantle, Alex Ross Perry does a w...

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    REVIEW: SXSW Grand Jury Doc Winner 'The Great Invisible'

    I was happy to see that Margaret Brown’s deserving documentary “The Great Invisible,” on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath, nabbed the Grand Jury award at this year’s SXSW. While the doc competition lineup was strong, Brown’s film displayed the tautest and most skillful chops in term...

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    SXSW Review: Vampire Comedy 'What We Do In The Shadows' Draws Blood

    Vampires are a particularly versatile cinematic creature, easily able to transform and readjust to the scenario or metaphoric requirement. Over the past few years they have shown up on the big screen in a number of guises—sparkly lovelorn teenagers, brooding old world counts, Colin Farrell—but a vam...

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    SXSW Review: Scary Good Mark Duplass Midnight Movie 'Creep'

    Producer Jason Blum has made a name for himself (and built a very successful company) from the success of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, a series of films largely built around grainy, home video footage of doors slowly opening and closing. A number of his films that followed "Paranormal Activi...

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    Review: SXSW Dramatic Prize Award Winner 'Fort Tilden'

    “The distress is authentic.” Harper (Bridey Elliott) is describing a barrel on a beach, admiring its organically worn qualities in contrast to a similar barrel that she and BFF Allie (Clare McNulty) impulse-bought on a Brooklyn street corner mere hours before. Of course, that barrel now sits on the ...

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