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Sundance 2014: A Most Wanted Man - Movie Review

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Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) brings his adaptation of master spy novelist John LeCarré's A Most Wanted Man to 2014's Sundance Film Festival.  Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Willem Dafoe, the taut, procedural thriller offers a realistic and compelling portrayal of modern, real world espionage. The Players: Director: Anton...

Sundance 2014: Locke - Movie Review

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I jump-started my Sundance 2014 with eighty-five minutes in a car with Tom Hardy. A one-man tour de force, Locke is a devastating character-study that raises questions about morality and what it means to do the right thing. Tom Hardy delivers a powerful performance, displaying depth, complexity, and vulnerability. Taking place entirely during a night drive to London,...

Sundance 2014: The Babadook - Movie Review

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Kicked off this year's Midnight series with the suspenseful horror film The Babadook, by first time Australian writer and director, Jennifer Kent. The film has a beautiful premise, about a boy who imagines a "boogey-man" and a single mother who is at her wits end trying to keep it together. The inner struggle of the characters, the build up of events and the well-time...

Sundance 2014: Whiplash - Movie Review

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Just walked out of director Damien Chazelle's film Whiplash, which was developed from a short film that premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was everything I could have asked for to kick off this year's fest. It's a meaningful, intelligent and fast-paced coming-of-age story about a teenager with a mission to become a...

Sundance 2013: Top 10 Films You Have to See

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It's safe to say that ScreenCrave didn't quite agree this years Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners, though we applaud those filmmakers and admit to not seeing some of the winning films, we liked a whole different group of film! Between three of us covering, Brendan Walsh, Christie Ko and myself, we saw over 40 films at the festival, and out of those 40, these are our top 10 films that we...

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: And The Award Winners Are...

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Well, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival has come to an end, and the award winners have been announced.  From documentaries to fictional works, dark dramas to comedies, an eclectic grouping of films rose to the top of the fest, and we have the complete listing of winners below.

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: Sony Pictures Classics Buys 'Before Midnight' Rights

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One of the critical successes of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival has been Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, the third film in what is now a trilogy following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.  And today the film just scored another jackpot—it’s been purchased by Sony Pictures Classics.

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: Toy's House - Movie Review

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Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Toy’s House introduces a new level of teenage angst through a comedic look at a group of boys who decide to fix their troubles by building a house in the woods and becoming men. A fresh cast of newcomers paired with some of the best comedians makes for a truly enjoyable coming-of-age comedy with some unique twists.

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: 'Sound City' Press Conference

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Dave Grohl's directorial debut Sound City has been one of the most well received documentaries to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, thanks to its intimate look at exalted musicians and the electrifying original music resulting from their collaboration.  Yesterday, Mr. Grohl sat down with members of the press to discuss the process and meaning of making...

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...