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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Exclusive: Beautiful Trailer For Documentary 'What Is Cinema?' Featuring David Lynch, Kelly Reichardt, Mike Leigh & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 12:12 PM
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Among the daily noise about casting, box office, special effects, trends, awards and whatever else is dominating the conversation, the reason we go to the movies is often left undiscussed. But this exclusive trailer for the forthcoming documentary "What Is Cinema?" is sure to get you thinking about the moments that make you keep returning to the theater, eager for the lights to go down and the projector to turn on.

Watch: 5 Movies Roger Ebert Championed Including 'Do The Right Thing,' 'Hoop Dreams,' 'Monster' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 3:49 PM
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Films That Roger Ebert Championed
As many of The Playlist team wrote earlier today, the late Roger Ebert was instrumental for many of us discovering a nurturing what has become a lifelong passion of cinema. And much of that has to do with "At The Movies," his influential long running show with Gene Siskel (and in later, less satisfying years, Richard Roeper) that brought the movies into our homes with pointed critiques, debates, arguments and most of all, enthusiasm. While many have been digging up the Ebert's zingers and classic takedowns, we wanted to focus on the moments where he got truly excited and got behind a movie.

Michael Moore Defends 'Zero Dark Thirty' As Kathryn Bigelow Makes The Cover Of Time Magazine

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 25, 2013 12:07 PM
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It has been just over a month since “Zero Dark Thirty” first appeared in theaters, and two weeks since its nationwide release, and the debate regarding the film’s depiction of torture continues to rage on. This, of course, means that everyone wants to put their two cents in regarding the controversy, ranging from the director herself to a variety of politicians. Now, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has decided to share his thoughts regarding the film.

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