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Already Sick Of Blockbusters? The Playlist's Guide To The Alternative Summer Movie Highlights

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 4:10 AM
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The summer of 2011 is more stuffed with blockbusters than ever before, with every week bringing a new tentpole. We ran those films down earlier in the week, with Part 1, being those that look half-decent or better, Part 2 being those that we're more wary of, or even dreading. But in a summer like this, it's even more important than ever that those who truly care about cinema don't just settle for the big movies, but seek out the smaller releases as well.

Sundance '11 Review Roundup: 'Circumstance,' 'Another Happy Day,' 'Corman's World' & 'Another Earth'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 4, 2011 3:22 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival is a thrilling, exhausting, surprising experience. Hundreds of films play, many for the first time, from 8:30am until midnight every day. Whether you go for the full 10 days or just a portion of it, you’re bound to come back with at least a handful of films you’ll be talking about for the rest of the year. But with SXSW soon approaching and Sundance ‘11 firmly in the rear view, we thought it best to wrap up our Sundance coverage with some brief thoughts on the other films we saw at the festival this year.

Sundance '11: 'Like Crazy' & 'How To Die In Oregon' Win Grand Jury Prizes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2011 3:42 AM
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'Circumstance' & 'Buck' Win Audience AwardsSundance officially closes tomorrow, but tonight the awards were handed out in grand fashion in ceremonies presided over by Tim Blake Nelson, who arrived dressed up as a snowflake. While there were a number of strong films competing this year in the U.S. Dramatic Competition including "Homework," "Take Shelter," "Pariah," and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," it was Drake Doremus' tale of long distance love "Like Crazy" that grabbed the Grand Jury Prize. The film, which has earned a string of positive notices out of the festival (including one from our man on the ground James Rocchi), also snagged a Special Jury Prize in acting for Felicity Jones -- somewhat surprising given the whirl of buzz surrounding Elizabeth Olsen for "Martha Marcy May Marlene." However, that film wasn't entirely left out in the cold as Sean Durkin won the Directing Award. Audiences however, tipped their hat to a different film entirely with "Circumstance" -- a tale of forbidden love in Iran -- earning it the Audience Award.

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