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L.A. Film Fest Review: 'The Queen Of Versailles' Is A Bundle Of Sarcastic Laughs With A Little Heart Thrown In

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 19, 2012 9:56 AM
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“The Queen of Versailles” lives up to the dual meaning of its title. The documentary, directed by Lauren Greenfield, follows Jackie and David Siegel and their eight children – one of the wealthiest families in America – as they task themselves with building the largest home in the country, a mansion estate that they have dubbed Versailles. Midway through construction, however, comes the onset of the current economic recession, sending the family’s finances reeling and work on their new home screeching to a halt. Documented over the course of three years, this film showcases the slow demise of the closest thing this country has to an aristocracy, equating the Siegels’ financial downfall with the dethroning of a King and Queen.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Ruby Sparks' A Delightful Romantic Comedy That Tugs At The Heartstrings & Rings Of An Instant Classic

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 18, 2012 3:13 PM
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It’s been six long years since Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ narrative feature debut, the much beloved “Little Miss Sunshine.” But the directing duo is back with a new film, “Ruby Sparks,” and with it, prove that some things are worth the wait. With a script by its 28 year old star, Zoe Kazan, and co-starring her real life boyfriend Paul Dano, “Ruby Sparks” is a winning, charming yet bittersweet exploration of love and relationships, those that exist in both in reality and fantasy.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Dead Man's Burden' Is A Stunningly Shot, Slow Burner Of A Classic, Yet Modern Western

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 17, 2012 9:58 AM
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One of the most cinematically gorgeous independent films in a long time, “Dead Man’s Burden” (along with fellow 2012 indie “Beasts of the Southern Wild," shot on Super 16) truly makes the case for celluloid. While watching this meditative Western, one simply wants to drink in the beauty of the image, and yes, that image is created on 35 mm film. They don’t make RED cameras that can do what this film achieves in terms of sheer richness of image. In the age of digital everything, might independent film, at one time the dominion of digital, be the savior of celluloid?

L.A. Film Fest Review: A Well-Constructed 'People Like Us' Is Marred By Its Sentimental Mawkishness

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 17, 2012 9:44 AM
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Alex Kurtzman’s new film, “People Like Us,” shares the technical prowess of some existential sound and picture classics, employing supreme aural and visual techniques to create subjectivity. However, an increasingly rote storyline and adherence to syrupy sweet romantic comedy tropes leaves a murky aftertaste: a schmaltzy tearjerker masquerading as a psychological thriller.

LAFF: Exclusive First Look & Poster For Julia Stiles' New Film 'It's A Disaster'; Actress Talks Comedy, Career Choices & 'Bourne'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 13, 2012 1:01 PM
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Julia Stiles has had a long and varied career since her breakout role opposite Heath Ledger in "10 Things I Hate About You," the '90s high school adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Since then she's been a Jason Bourne accomplice, danced with death on TV's "Dexter," delivered David Mamet dialogue on stage, and currently has a spate of new high profile film roles coming up. We caught up with the New Yorker on the phone on the eve of the world premiere of her latest flick "It's A Disaster," an apocalyptic dramedy that will debut next week at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Exclusive: Clip From David Fenster's 'Pincus' Starring David Nordstrom Premiering At The L.A. Film Festival

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 12, 2012 2:01 PM
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With the Los Angeles Film Festival kicking off this Thursday, we've got a peek at a film that will be hoping to earn some attention from those making their way to the fest. Today, we have an exclusive clip from the new film "Pincus" directed by David Fenster, which is having its world premiere at LAFF. The film concerns a man dealing with life while also taking care of his Parkinson's disease-stricken father.

Exclusive: Clip From 'Scooby Doo'-Ish Horror 'Saturday Morning Massacre' Premiering At The Los Angeles Film Festival

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 7, 2012 2:44 PM
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Making its premiere at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival, "Saturday Morning Massacre" is a dark and bloody parody about a "Scooby Doo"-like team of paranormal investigators and their devoted dog who struggle for cash until they land a job getting to the bottom of a series of gruesome deaths in an abandoned schoolhouse. And we've got an exclusive clip from the film which you can see below.

The Mix: J.K. Rowling Announces New Book 'The Casual Vacancy'; Tim Roth Heads Up Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 2:14 PM
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Well, all the "Harry Potter" readers are now grown up, and ready to capture her fans all over again is J.K. Rowling who has announced her new book is titled "The Casual Vacancy." The darkly comic novel will begins with the death of a man in the idyllic town of Pagford, England but class warfare, familial strife and more are bubbling underneath. And no, a deal for the movie rights hasn't been made....yet. [EW]

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