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Fox Searchlight Pick Up Sundance Breakout 'Sound of My Voice'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2011 1:26 AM
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Few rises in recent years have been as meteoric as that of Brit Marling. At the beginning of 2011, she was all but unknown, but by the end of January, she'd emerged as one of the most exciting new talents in independent film, having starred in, co-written and co-produced a pair of sci-fi tinged dramas that also happened to be two of the most widely acclaimed films at Sundance this year, "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice."

SXSW Review: The Politics Of Sex In 'Weekend'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 25, 2011 5:09 AM
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Last year, Julio Medem’s “Room In Rome” was released. While there was a strong titillation factor implicit in the film’s erotic pairing of two would-be lesbians over the course of an extended lovemaking session, the film was an erotic but honest account of a wounded soul finding sanctuary in the arms of another. Sexuality faded into the background, and what was initially considered sensual was soon significantly weighty. The film, of course, never lost its flirt, its central healing occurring with a fourth-wall-breaking wink.

SXSW Review: 'Bellflower' Shows Us A Vision Of The Apocalypse, Hipster-Style

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 25, 2011 4:11 AM
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It’s always exciting to see new voices emerge from film festivals, and you can add one more to the SXSW heap with “Bellflower” writer/director/star Evan Glodell. In “Bellflower,” Glodell and Tyler Dawson play Woodrow and Aiden, two Texas hipsters who believe they stand at the edge of the known world. In bits and pieces, their response is to piss and laugh drunkenly into the abyss. Mostly, it is to prepare for the apocalypse.

SXSW Review: Doc Roundup - 'Page One: Inside the NY Times', 'Buck' & 'Tabloid'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 23, 2011 3:36 AM
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Yep, SXSW is over and we're still wiping the BBQ off our clothes; here's a round up of reviews for some documentaries we managed to catch while in Austin all of which should be hitting theaters later this year.

SXSW Review: Romain Gavras' 'Our Day Will Come' Is An Exhilarating Political Road Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 21, 2011 9:15 AM
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Remember last summer when M.I.A. was trying to drum up attention for her ultimately underwhelming third album? There was the New York Times profile, the outrageous fashion decisions, and, most notably, the "controversial" video for "Born Free," directed by Romain Gavras (son of director Costa-Gavras). In the clip, redheaded kids were being rounded up and forced to march through landmine-strewn patches of earth, which at the time was seen as some kind of reaction to the stringent anti-immigration laws in Arizona or American xenophobia or… something. But it turns out that the music video is actually part of a larger work Romain Gavras is constructing, which includes his striking, often brilliant debut feature "Our Day Will Come."

SXSW Review: 'Green' Tinged With The Color Of Lust

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 21, 2011 5:53 AM
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When you love someone, there’s the innate fear that they may find someone else. Someone mentally stronger, perhaps, or just more naturally kind. Or, in some cases, just different. What’s devastating is the change occurring within someone we thought we knew intimately. Is this the person we fell in love with? Is this the person who claims they know me better than anyone else?

SXSW Review: Xavier Gens' 'The Divide' Is Silly, Clichéd Apocalyptic Trash

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 21, 2011 5:34 AM
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It seemed, to us at least, that there was a strangely apocalyptic cloud that was cast over many of the SXSW film festival selections – things like "Bellflower" all the way up to "Attack the Block" had a definite "end of days" feel. "The Divide" might have been the one movie to attack the material with the most heads-on gusto, with the movie opening with a hail of comet-like missiles laying waste to New York City. It's a striking image, for sure, but there's not much that equals it in the movie's labored, two-hour running time, either in terms of visual sophistication or crafting a sense of apocalyptic gloom. Instead, you'll be wondering why everything's so over-lit after the world's ended and why anyone would behave the way the characters do.

SXSW Review: A Chance At Another Beginning Illuminates The Path To 'Another Earth'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2011 5:26 AM
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At the start of “Another Earth,” there are two shocks administered to the audience. The first is that another planet has been discovered on the other side of the Sun, and it so closely resembles Earth that the brand new discovery is being referred to as Earth 2. This would be a galactic shocker, of course, but we are moved more by the second shock, which is the recklessness of teenaged Rhoda (Brit Marling), who drunkenly crashes her car into the vehicle of composer John (William Mapother). John survives, but his wife and child are now dead.

Our 7 Favorite Films From The 2011 SXSW Film Festival

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 18, 2011 8:57 AM
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Once again, Austin, Texas and the SXSW Film Festival kicked our ass this year. One week of great weather, tex-mex, bbq, a little booze, a little music (Big Krit ruled) and a looooot of movies. For the third year in a row The Playlist team descended down on the coolest little town in Texas and were witness to a panoply of movies, documentaries, sci-fi pictures, disturbing horror films, deep and/or genre-tinged dramas (the latter seemed to be a trend), rock docs, feel-good dramedies, filthy comedies and more.

SXSW: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Reveal Bad Weather Was The Inspiration To Make 'Paul'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 6:21 AM
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Yes, it's Friday. SXSW Film is over, SXSW Music is in full boozy swing and "Paul" -- after running a helluva pace through the press gauntlet at the festival and in the preceding weeks -- is finally hitting theaters. And while it seems that the chatter and buzz around "Paul" has been non-stop, this is the rare case of the film that actually deserves it. Directed by Greg Mottola, the film is much more than it what appears to be combining the breeziness of a '70s road trip film, the magic of early Amblin entertainments and of course, the distinct humor of the film's leads Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who are joined by Seth Rogen who voices the titular creature. It's a winning combination in a unique film that brings together a tremendous ensemble cast to play along including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Joe Lo Truglio and Bill Hader.

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