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L.A. Film Fest Review: Documentary 'Our Nixon' An Illuminating & Hilarious Look At The Former President

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 18, 2013 11:57 AM
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The documentary "Our Nixon" by Penny Lane serves as a bit of a complication to the popular narrative of Richard Nixon as our most scandalized and scheming of Presidents. While it doesn't seek to alter the this narrative, it does attempt to add another layer to the story, a perspective offered by those closest to Nixon, and those who fell the hardest. The results are an illuminating and often hilarious portrayal of the man and his myth, and those who surrounded him.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Winter In The Blood'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 17, 2013 11:58 AM
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It’s been over a decade since twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith’s film “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002, and their follow up film, “Winter in the Blood” returns them to their home state of Montana, this time focusing on a young and troubled Blackfoot Indian, Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer). Things aren’t going so well for Virgil— he’s developed a hell of a drinking habit (he wakes up in a ditch) and his wife Agnes (Julia Jones) has left him and taken his rifle and electric razor (probably to pawn for a drink). He lives on a ranch with his mother and grandmother, but he’s wayward, aimless, motivated only by where he might find his next drink and how he might get his father’s rifle back.

Exclusive: Listen To A Track From The Score Of L.A. Film Fest Documentary 'American Revolutionary'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 10:02 AM
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The L.A. Film Festival is now in full swing, kicking off last night, and continuing our week of exclusives from films playing the fest, we're got cut from score to the Documentary Competition title "American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs."

Exclusive: Clip From L.A. Film Fest Apocalyptic Drama 'Goodbye World' Starring Adrian Grenier, Ben McKenzie, Gaby Hoffmann & Kid Cudi

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 13, 2013 10:01 AM
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We've had quite the week of exclusive first looks at some of the films that are playing the L.A. Film Fest this year, and as the festival kicks off tonight, we've got another exclusive clip from one of the films in the narrative competition -- the intriguing apocalyptic drama "Goodbye World," featuring a killer cast of Adrien Grenier, Ben McKenzie, Mark Webber, Gaby Hoffman and rapper Kid Cudi.

Watch: Exclusive Clip From L.A. Film Fest Comedy 'Four Dogs'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 12, 2013 12:49 PM
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We have another L.A. Film Fest exclusive this week, in advance of the festival's kick off on Thursday with Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited." We've already seen a teaser from the doc "Levitated Mass" and a clip from the drama "Winter In The Blood," and today we've got a fierce and funny firefight against... dogs? Don't worry, it's only an imagined one and it comes from the mind of young Oliver, a struggling actor practicing a monologue against the background soundtrack of his dog-sitting charges, from the narrative competition entry "Four Dogs."

Watch: Exclusive Clip from LA Film Fest Drama 'Winter In The Blood,' With Music By Robert Plant

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 11, 2013 11:25 AM
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The Los Angeles Film Festival starts this week, and earlier, we brought you an exclusive teaser from one of the docs, "Levitated Mass," and now we have another exclusive clip from a film playing in the narrative competition, "Winter in the Blood." Directed by twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith ("The Slaughter Rule"), the film is an adaptation of a 1974 James Welch novel, which tells the story of a young and troubled Blackfoot Indian in Montana, struggling with alcoholism and inner demons.

Watch: Exclusive Teaser Trailer for LA Film Fest Doc 'Levitated Mass'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 11, 2013 10:05 AM
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With the Los Angeles Film Festival kicking off later this week (be sure to check back for more coverage from the fest), today we have a teaser trailer for one of the docs that will be making its debut at the fest -- "Levitated Mass," about the land art installation of the same name at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

Spike Jonze Presentation Of 'Her,' 'Man of Steel' & 'Monsters University Added To L.A. Film Fest

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • May 10, 2013 11:17 AM
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The LA Film Festival, which starts next month and already has a packed slate, announced three notable late additions to the roster this week.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Beauty Is Embarrassing' Is A Laugh Out Loud Portrait Of The Wild & Wacky Wayne White

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 28, 2012 5:00 PM
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“Beauty is Embarrassing” is such a warm, laugh out loud charmer of a documentary thanks entirely to its subject, the wild and wonderful Wayne White, that it leaves you wondering, just where has this delightful man been all this time? And that’s the question “Beauty is Embarrassing” posits too -- serving as an opportunity to bring attention to this artist who has been more influential than we, or even he, knows.

L.A. Film Fest: 'Dead Man's Burden Director Jared Moshé & Cast Talk Favorite Westerns, 35mm & Shooting In New Mexico

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 28, 2012 3:59 PM
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“Dead Man’s Burden” premiered at the L.A Film Fest to excellent reviews and and plaudits for first time director Jared Moshé and his cast: Clare Bowen as the fierce Martha, David Call as her husband Heck, and Barlow Jacobs as her long lost brother Wade. Our review said the film “is worth the watch for its sheer beauty, but it’s also slow burner of Western tragedy that hails many new talents to keep an eye on.” It’s a slice of filmmaking that harkens back to cinema’s past, and reminds you why shooting on film needs to be preserved. We sat down with Moshé, Bowen, Call and Jacobs last week to talk favorite Westerns, shooting in New Mexico and historical authenticity. Here are some of the highlights and insights from the wide ranging conversations below.

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