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Review: Don Jon

Our rabid consumption of media informs our lives and habits as much as our upbringing. For Jon, that media obsession is porn. When he isn't debating what number to rate a girl at the club, he is masturbating three times a day. Or five. Or e...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: V/H/S/2

In the original V/H/S, numerous tapes littered the apartment of the film's depraved gang of psychos, leaving the viewer to wonder what else those cassettes contained and whether the viewer can stomach to watch any more. S-VHS is a frivolous...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Before Midnight

There is an ebb and flow to the laughter between the men and women of my theater, during Before Midnight. As Jesse makes a salient point about the manic nature of women, the men laugh. When Celine talks about the self-serving nature of m...

 
 
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Review: Upstream Color

Part of me wants to wait until I fully understand every facet of Upstream Color before I review it, but a larger part of me suspects I never will. Might as well strike while the iron is hot. Upstream Color is mind-altering, like the hypno...

 
 
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Review: Stoker

[This review was originally posted as part of our 2013 Sundance Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the film's theatrical release.] Some time between being handed a Chinatown bootleg of Oldboy in 2005 and it shooti...

 
 
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Sundance 2013: Top five films of the festival (and more)

Another Sundance, another 27 films reviewed. Though this is only my third year, Sundance 2013 is by far the greatest one I attended yet. Even bolder, I'll say that it may be the greatest in the festival's history. Looking back on previous y...

 
 
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Sundance Review: The Way, Way Back

The losers of high school dramas are cooler than me. Anthony Michael Hall and Jesse Eisenberg would be my high school's presidents, not wallflowers. It happens so often: the seemingly hopeless male protagonist, that we are supposed to belie...

 
 
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Sundance Review: A.C.O.D.

No longer just an alternative, divorce is practically inevitable. A.C.O.D. is a feel-good comedy with a cynical stance on marriage. Writer-director Stuart Zicherman doesn't say anything profound in this debut, but a strong comedic cast prop...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Magic Magic

Some laugh at what scares them. This act can be perceived as obnoxious and puzzling to someone else in a theater, but it feels completely natural during Magic Magic: A hypnotizing balancing act between horror and comedy (but never a horror-...

 
 
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Sundance Review: The Gatekeepers

In Israel's Shin Bet, I find an intelligence agency not so different from the CIA. In Israel's religious zealots, I find an extremist terrorist group not so different from the Taliban that our government tells us to fear. The Gatekeepers is...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Lovelace

Pornography is a dirty business and I'm not strictly speaking about the clean-up crew. One doesn't have to deeply penetrate the industry to dig up tales of manipulation, abuse, and self-destruction. 1972 hit Deep Throat set the standard for...

 
 
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Sundance Review: The Spectacular Now

Sutter is the life of the party, and the joke of his high school. He is the embodiment of our YOLO teen culture. The one that turns Kendrick Lamar's lament on teenage alcoholism ("Swimming Pools") into a party anthem. With no ambition and a...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Very Good Girls

Dakota Fanning is now old enough to play the role of the older sister and it freaks me out. Witnessing a child actor, one much younger than me, mature into a young adult is a monumental event in life. It feels like a sign post, displaying t...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

Throughout the entirety of Sundance, Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes was the only movie I didn't take any notes on. I guess this is what is implied by "noteworthy," and Emanuel is not. For the life of me, I couldn't pick up my pencil and...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is so forgettable a film that I started forgetting the plot while watching. Never to fear, all I had to do was recall the dozens of other films that cling to their genre tropes as tightly as this on...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Sound City

An hour into Sound City, the film takes an unexpected detour, suddenly documenting a jam session between David Grohl and friends instead of documenting a notable music studio's history. It's in this transition that my initial suspicions bec...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Big Sur

It was the public's idolization of Jack Kerouac that spurred him to move to a remote cabin and write Big Sur. It's funny then that this biopic of the same name subjects Kerouac to a similar treatment of worship and tribute that gets away fr...

 
 
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Sundance 2013: Day three & four recap

This guy is yanking his wiener. Next to me. In the restroom. And on the other side of me is an old guy that keeps farting. And then, right behind me, someone sneaks in and ransacks my Sundance water bottle. True story. Boring computer nerds...

 
 
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Sundance Review: The World According to Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney's influence on America over the past decade is unparalleled. With each successive year of living with bossy TSA guards, unwarranted surveillance, and drones over the Middle East, his efforts as the vice president during the W. B...

 
 
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Sundance Review: We Are What We Are

I can't even pretend to imagine what I'd do or how I'd feel if my father was a serial killer. We Are What We Are does it for me, and though I may not like what I see, the film is compelling because of it.

 
 
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Sundance Review: The Look of Love

I can forgive The Look of Love for operating within cliches and stereotypes of the '70s, because porn mogul Paul Raymond is one of the few that set the tone of the decade. Raymond is a man of excess, pushing the moral standards of society w...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Kill Your Darlings

I'm always grateful when a film reminds me of that unmistakable feeling of being attached to a seat cushion, physically changed by the film's end. My gut sinks, my vision narrows, and I lose myself in thought, while the audience clears out ...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Computer Chess

I share Computer Chess director Andrew Bujalski`s fetish for early electronics: the computer towers that rise to your waist, the cumbersome consumer cameras, and the analog synths with more knobs and switches than keys. Like me, Bujalski...

 
 
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Sundance 2013: Day one & two recap

Videogame soldiers teabagging each other, Micheal Cera on drugs, and crazy, homeless McConaughey. This is Sundance and these are the reviews for day one and two.

 
 
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Sundance Review: Virtually Heroes

There was once a time when videogame enthusiasts were happy to see the presence of games represented on the big screen, anyway they could have it. Yes, the Super Mario Bros. film is terrible but -- shit man, it`s Mario! Maybe in those hal...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Mud

Jeff Nichols' films pay homage to a part of the south rarely represented in film. The small towns of Arkansas and Mississippi, where oysters are still delivered door-to-door daily and the local supermarket is called The Piggly Wiggly. Openi...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Who is Dayani Cristal?

Black Adidas, beige khakis, and a Spanish prayer in pocket. Another immigrant lays dead in the Sonora Desert -- the 20 minute drive turned deadly walk that separates Arizona from the southern border. Who is Dayani Cristal? unravels the tale...

 
 
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Sundance Review: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

In the extended cut of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, the film ends with a sack of puppies being beaten by a baseball bat and then set aflame. Director George Tillman, Jr. (Men of Honor, Notorious) doesn't exactly display a great...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Crystal Fairy

Micheal Cera starring in two Sundance films by Chilean director Sebastian Silva strikes me as pretty random. It then makes perfect sense that Crystal Fairy is a film prone to random flights of fancy (Silva's other film being Magic Magic whi...

 
 
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Sundance 2013: Top ten most anticipated films of the fest

Going through the catalog of Sundance films feels a bit like Christmas. Discovering the latest actor-turned-director debut, long awaited sophomore effort, and film description too bizarre to pass up almost makes scheduling this beast of a f...

 
 
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Sundance 2013: We're here and freezing

One year, one poorly packed suitcase, and one regretful purchase of one $200 coat at American Apparel later, Sundance is here again and here I am in it, freezing and happy. 2012 was my first year as honest-to-goodness press at Sundance -...

 
 
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Review: The Comedy

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage for this year's South by Southwest Film 2012. It has been re-posted to coincide with the film's wider release.] Hipster is a word that means nothing when said witho...

 
 
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Review: This Must Be the Place

[This review was originally posted as part of our 2012 Sundance Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the wider theatrical release of the film.] While waiting to enter the theater for a Sundance press screening, a cr...

 
 
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Review: The Sessions

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of Sundance Film Festival 2012. It has been reposted to coincide with its theatrical release. The film's title has since been changed from The Surrogate to The S...

 
 
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Review: Butter

[This review was originally posted as part of our Austin Film Festival 2011 coverage. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wider theatrical release.] There are some movies you simply seek-out due to the plot desc...

 
 
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Review: V/H/S

[This review was originally posted as part of our Sundance Film Festival 2012 coverage. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wider theatrical release.] The found footage horror film is one of the worst things ...

 
 
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Review: Rec 3: Genesis

[This review was originally posted to coincide with our coverage at South by Southwest Film 2012. It has been reposted to coincide with its wider theatrical release.] As a sequel to two of the best found-footage horror films in recent ...

 
 
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Review: The Words

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival 2012. It has been reposted to coincide with the film's national release.] Some write for recognition; others write for money; few write for passion. A...

 
 
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Review: Red Hook Summer

[This review was originally posted as part of our 2012 Sundance Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the wider theatrical release of the film.] Out of Hollywood and back to Brooklyn, Red Hook Summer is the type of S...

 
 
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Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever

[This review was originally published as part of our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. It has been reposted to coincide with the film's national release.] Breaking up is hard, giving in to a fruitless relationship is easy, and mo...

 
 


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