sundance film festival 2013 Reviews, Interviews & More

Sundance 2013: The East - Movie Review

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Definitely one of the more mainstream films at Sundance this year, Fox Searchlight presents to us The East, star-studded with Sundance Darling Brit Marling, along with Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez and Patricia Clarkson. This film is big in presentation and scope, filled with recognizable and...

Sundance 2013: Wrong Cops - Movie Review

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The Sundance Film Festival is a place where you can expect to feel like you're a part of the film-making process. The late night screening and discussion of Wrong Cops, a work in progress by Quentin Dupieux, was no exception. Though the film is not yet complete, the first 45 minutes gave us at Sundance the unique opportunity for a preview and an...

Sundance Roundup: 'The East' Trailer, First 'jOBS' Clip Stirs Controversy,...

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The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is still in full swing. Studios are scooping up indies left and right, and we have the details on who's bought what thus far. Also, we have the first clip of jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, and the first trailer for the eco-terrorist thriller The East, starring Brit Marling and Ellen Page. All that and more...

Sundance 2013: Hell Baby - Movie Review

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If you know Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, then you've probably been a fan since The State or Reno 911.  If you don't know them, then you surely must be familiar with their enormously successful Night at the Museum series.  Having made their millions with these broad...

Sundance 2013: Don Jon's Addiction - Movie Review

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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his feature directorial debut with Don Jon’s Addiction at this years Sundance Film Festival. A triple threat, Gordon-Levitt also stars in and writes the comedy, which focuses on his character’s journey to finding a more fulfilling sex life. Probably one of the most refreshing and unique comedies at the fest, this film does more...

Sundance 2013: C.O.G. - Movie Review

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In his second feature film, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez brings to Sundance a film adaptation of C.O.G by David Sedaris. Based on Sedaris' experiences as a young man rebelling against his bourgeois lifestyle and searching for a "real" experience, C.O.G. is a compelling and relatable story about naiveté and reality. With a spectacular breakout performance by...

Sundance 2013: Stoker - Movie Review

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Korean director Chan-Wook Park and his team have created an absolutely stunning film, that demonstrates their truly advanced skills at bringing a story to life. With his first language film, Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode premiering at Sundance and wowing audiences, it's clear that Park's about to show the US what filmmaking really...

Sundance 2013: The Way, Way Back - Movie Review

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At the Sundance Film Festival, it's important to consider the sequence of movies you're seeing.  Odds are you'll want to save something pleasant, uplifting, or fun for the end.  That way you can walk away with a positive feeling, instead of being weighed down by the heavy subject matter that's typical of Sundance dramas.  Thankfully, Oscar winners Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (The...

Sundance 2013: S-VHS - Movie Review

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Last year, the Sundance Film Festival hosted V/H/S, a collection of short, low-budget, indie horror films, helmed by horror/camp aficionados Simon Barrett & Adam Wingard, as well as other upcoming horror directors.  It was met with enthusiastic reception from indie horror fans, as well as some pretty visceral reactions from...

Sundance 2013: Ain't Them Bodies Saints - Movie Review

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One of the more simple and yet extremely touching films of this years Sundance is Director David Lowery's feature film starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. The film tells the story of a passionate couple, who would do anything for one another, and are caught on the wrong side of law in the midst of a crime spree in...

Sundance 2013: Sightseers - Movie Review

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Debuting at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, British director Ben Wheatley’s Sighstseers is certainly a twist to your everyday romantic comedy. Sightseers will take you on a journey -via an Abbey Oxford Caravan- that will have you laughing, cringing, and probably doing both those things simultaneously. In its own genre described as...

Sundance 2013: Google and the World Brain - Movie Review

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Sundance is getting geeky! In most of the modernized world, searching for information no longer requires a trip to the library or an interview with an elder, but simply a few words in the search engine to get whatever you need. It seems second nature, and it’s an almost foolproof way of finding information-but what if Google wasn’t satisfied just yet? Director Ben Lewis...

Sundance 2013: Touchy Feely - Movie Review

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Touchy Feely left me a little confused and frustrated. With a talented cast and some genuinely funny material, it seemed set up for success. The issue I had with it was that the story is largely about identity crisis, yet the personalities aren't very well developed - it was difficult to pinpoint and accept their motivations. The characters also aren't centrally...

Sundance 2013: Kill Your Darlings - Movie Review

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  This year's Sundance Film Festival features two separate films about the beat poetry movements greatest idols. Director John Krokidas marks his feature directorial debut with Kill Your Darlings, about the tectonic shift in literature and expression by Alan Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs, and the dark events surrounding it.  To...

Sundance 2013: The Spectacular Now - Movie Review

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Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller shine in the coming of age, romantic, teen drama, The Spectacular Now. This film has everything you would expect from a high school love story, in which the popular party boy falls for the shy, nerdy girl. Its two protagonists, Woodley and Teller are believable, loveable, and endearing. I just wish...

Sundance 2013: Sound City - Movie Review

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A lot of documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival are uplifting in spite of something (personal tragedy, political unrest, etc.), but  Dave Grohl's passion project Sound City managees to sidestep that emotional pitfall.  It is the story of a beloved, albeit defunct, recording studio in L.A. which was home to the recording of some of rock & roll's greatest...

Sundance 2013: Mud - Movie Review

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Director and screenwriter Jeff Nichols wowed us all in 2011 with Take Shelter and this year returns to Sundance Film Festival with Mud. Though Take Shelter was amazing, it was wonderful to see him return with something completely different, showing that he's far more than a one trick pony, while still retaining a...

Sundance 2013: Computer Chess - Movie Review

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This film by writer/director Andrew Bujalski took me by surprise. I was expecting a relatively straight-forward reflection on a fictional, but realistic, 1980s computer science competition to develop a chess program that can beat a chess master.  I was shocked and delighted to discover that Computer Chess is much more like a mockumentary, in the...

Sundance 2013: Austenland - Movie Review

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I always like to start the Sundance Film Festival with something fun, so I'm glad that my first screening this year was Austenland.  Screenplay writer Jerusha Hess's directorial debut, this film is a delightful mix of charm, satire, romance, and irreverence. Though it takes some time to find and establish its tone, the humor is saucy, witty, and brilliantly executed...

Sundance Roundup: Trailer For James Franco's 'Kink,' Park City Events, And...

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The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is happening right now. Celebrities, film bloggers, studio executives and Hollywood hopefuls are all gathered in the snowy town of Park City, Utah. We'll be bringing you coverage all week long, of course. But to get you in the Sundance spirit, we decided to roundup all things concerning the festival. Below we have the new trailer for James Franco's...