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Sundance 2012 Reviews

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    Sundance Programming Director Trevor Groth Evaluates the 2012 Festival: 'People are less concerned about looking for that home run.'

    On Sunday morning, Sundance Film Festival director of programming Trevor Groth and director John Cooper concluded the event with a morning gathering for the festival community called "Film Church," where they looked back on the last 10 days.

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: NEXT Winner 'Sleepwalk With Me' is a Showcase for Comedian Mike Birbiglia

    "Sleepwalk With Me" is based on writer-director Mike Birbiglia's one-man show; on those terms, the standup comedian-turned-filmmaker has made a respectable debut. With the help of producer and co-writer Ira Glass (NPR's "This American Life"), Birbiglia chronicles his stru...

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    Criticwire Poll: The Top Films and Performances of Sundance 2012

    Top films include "Beasts of the Southern Wild,""The Surrogate" and "Compliance;" Quvenzhané Wallis is the star of Sundance 2012.

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    Sundance Review: 'Under African Skies' A Straightforward, But Feel Good Triumph For Fans Of Paul Simon's 'Graceland'

    A simultaneous portrait of a great moment in music and terrible one in human history, “Under African Skies” tells the story of the making of Paul Simon’s Graceland, and the backdrop of oppression out of which it triumphantly emerged. Director Joe Berlinger takes a closer look at th...

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    Sundance Review: 'V/H/S' A Solidly Delivered Horror Anthology That Brings The Thrills

    When compared to the pristine picture quality of Blu-ray, the VHS format is a decrepit, grungy thing, so how better to make an anthology of grimy spook stories than to embrace that aesthetic all-around as "V/H/S" does? Made up of six found-footage style segments – few of which actual...

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    Sundance Review: Weird & Sometimes Confusing 'John Dies At The End' Is Still An Odd & Engaging Genre Treat

    The problem addressing fans of “Midnight” films and wacky horror can succinctly be found in the opening of Don Coscarelli's “John Dies At The End.” It involves axe handles, zombies, mutant leeches, axe heads, hardware store trips and answering a dead man as to whether or ...

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    The Deals of Sundance Film Festival 2012: Who Got What

    Here's a list of the more than two dozen films that were acquired during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and who did the buying.

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    Sundance Review: Richard Gere Shines In The Gripping Moral Morass Of 'Arbitrage'

    Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is celebrating his 60th birthday at the start of "Arbitrage," first with his family – including wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and daughter/chief financial officer Brooke (Brit Marling) – and then with his mistress, Julie (Laetitia Casta). As the hedge...

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    Sundance Review: 'Red Lights' Invites You To Stop, Look & Listen

    What you see, you can’t believe. What you can’t understand, though, can ultimately be explained. This is the modus operandi for Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), parapsychologists primarily interested in debunking supernatural phenomena. &ld...

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    Sundance Review: 'Save The Date' Is Light & Endearing Without Being Insubstantial; What Other Rom-Coms Should Aspire To

    With the countless number of romantic comedies focused on how difficult it is for a woman to find a good man, it’s incredibly refreshing to see one where the tables are turned. In “Save The Date,” Lizzy Caplan stars as Sarah, a struggling illustrator who keeps herself afloat by managing a local book...

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