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Sundance Film Festival, Nominations, Winners, Reviews

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    Sundance Review Roundup: 'Kill Your Darlings'

    Critics are praising John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings," starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. The film, which is edgier and more engaging than Walter Salles' faithfully literary "On the Road," is being called an unusually successful portrait of the Beat generation, "a genuine attempt to sou...

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    Sundance: Fox Searchlight Acquires 'Way, Way Back' For Almost $10 Million; Stars Carell, Collette, Janney, Rudolph and Rockwell

    Fox Searchlight has picked up the rights to Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's "The Way, Way Back," which premiered at Sundance on January 21. The acquisition is a big buy, reportedly just under $10 million...

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    The 2013 Sundance Review Report: Day 5

    Here's how critics liked the movies of Day 5 at Sundance, including a new Andrew Bujalski film, and the directorial debut of the co-writers of "The Descendants."

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    Sundance Review Roundup: 'Upstream Color' Is a Gorgeous Head-Scratcher

    Critics don't mind feeling stumped when it comes to Shane Carruth's gorgeous, enigmatic Sundance entry "Upstream Color." While the film is largely receiving praise, reviews are quick to point out that the narrative, nominally about a young man and woman "consumed by a higher force," will raise plent...

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    Sundance Review Roundup: Batmanglij and Marling's 'The East' Dividing Critics

    Critics are divided on director Zal Batmanglij ("The Sound of My Voice") and co-writer-star Brit Marling's newest collaboration, "The East." While some find the film a relevant, absorbing eco-terrorist thriller, others deem it overlong and "deeply silly." Review highlights below.

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    Sundance Deals: Jerusha Hess and Stacie Passon Get Distribution Deals

    Jerusha Hess’s directorial debut, Austenland, was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for around $4 million. The film, which stars Keri Russell and Jennifer Coolidge, follows a woman who is obsessed with a BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice to a Jane Austen themed resort to se...

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    Sundance: RADiUS-Weinstein Company Gets Buzzy 'Concussion'

    RADiUS-The Weinstein Company has acquired North American rights to "Concussion" at the Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on Abby (Robin Weigert), a middle-aged woman who moves to Manhattan and takes on a double life as a high-end escort.

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    Sundance Watch This: Gideon's Army - Directed by Dawn Porter

    Sundance Watch This: Gideon's Army - Directed by Dawn Porter

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    Sundance Review: 'The Way, Way Back' A Familiar But Crowd Pleasing Coming-Of-Age Tale From Co-Writers Of 'The Descendants'

    Back in 2012, “The Descendants” took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and most people were probably surprised to see Alexander Payne (a previous winner for “Sideways” and nominee for “Election”) flanked by Dean Pelton from “Community” and that dude from “Club Dredd.” For the first time in...

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