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Sundance Film Festival, Nominations, Winners, Reviews

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    Sundance Review: Zach Braff's Kickstarter-Funded 'Wish I Was Here'

    In the ten years since its release, Zach Braff’s debut “Garden State” has gone from Sundance darling to sleeper hit to pop culture pariah. The film still has its fans but the opposition seems to have grown louder, as every stylistic tic and soundtrack-cue has become a subject of easy derision. Betwe...

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    Sundance Review: Belle & Sebastian Frontman Stuart Murdoch's Musical ‘God Help The Girl’

    The apogee of cinema that experienced filmmakers have either struggled to make (Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle) or tripped over on their first and only attempt (Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese), the musical has long been a holy grail quest of ambitious filmmaking. Beguiling for its challenging...

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    Sundance Review: ‘To Be Takei’ Is A Fun, Fizzy Look At The Noted ‘Star Trek’ Star And Humanitarian

    Anyone who follows George Takei on Facebook, has tuned in to his frequent appearances on “The Howard Stern Show,” or marveled at one of his amazing Amazon reviews (seriously, look them up), knows that the former “Star Trek” actor lives life with an unprecedented amount of zippy good humor, especiall...

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    Sundance Women Directors: Meet Martha Stephens

    "Make the movies you want to make, not the movies you're expected to make just because you're female."

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    Sundance WATCH: First Clip from 'The One I Love,' Starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass

    Check out this first clip from Charlie McDowell's Sundance premiere entry "The One I Love," starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as a married couple on the brink of separation who, urged by their therapist, head to a vacation house for a weekend getaway. In the scene below, the two discuss a fig...

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    Sundance Women Directors: Meet Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia

    "I went on this journey as a person who depends greatly on the Internet and technology as a big part of my life. Technology defiantly changed the way we communicate, but where is the line and are we crossing it? Is it a disease? Why does China choose to approach these issues with such severity?"

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    Sundance Review: 'Appropriate Behavior' Is A Funny, Irreverent, & Unique Take On The New York Rom-Com

    The feature debut of Desiree Akhavan, “Appropriate Behavior,” opens with the writer/director/star casually carrying a strap-on dildo down a Brooklyn street. Therein lies both the irony that makes the title so humorous and the thesis statement of her film: Akhavan is going to take her sexuality and w...

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    Sundance Review: 'Appropriate Behavior' a Coming-Out Tale of Deadpan Comedy and Melancholy

    In a scene halfway through Desiree Akhavan’s NEXT entry “Appropriate Behavior,” Shirin (played by Akhavan) finds herself nudged out of a threesome. As she watches her menage-a-trois partners get along without her, it becomes clear that Shirin is a young woman who hasn’t yet found a place to fit in, ...

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    Sundance Review: Director Joe Berlinger’s Riveting True Crime Doc ‘Whitey: The United States Vs. James J. Bulger’

    There are few real life criminals alive today who possess the kind of allure and oversized grandeur of James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger. This was a guy who, as a young thug, stoically did time in Alcatraz, and upon his release rose to power in South Boston, eventually running organized crime in the area...

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