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Fantastic Fest Reviews: 'Michael,' 'Haunters' & The Thrilling, Graphic & Hard-To-Watch 'Yellow Sea'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 26, 2011 4:55 AM
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For folks who don’t hear about regional or niche festivals because of the din of their larger, international counterparts, Fantastic Fest is an Austin, TX-based film festival, now in its seventh year, which focuses on genre fare. Unlike other such festivals like Los Angeles’ Screamfest, however, Fantastic Fest curates its selections from a wide variety of sources, and embraces a particularly liberal definition of “genre” which allows its programmers to assemble a schedule of films with remarkable eclecticism, and an almost shocking consistency of quality. Needless to say, no festival is completely full of winners, but in just the first few days of Fantastic Fest, attendees were able to see more good films than most festivals screen during their entire run.

Mexican Thriller 'Miss Bala' & Na Hong-Jin’s ‘The Yellow Sea’ To Get U.S. Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 2:01 AM
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Film festivals are a great place to see films from around the world, and are sometimes the only opportunity to catch certain movies, since, due to the vagaries of film distribution, some pictures never get off the festival circuit or get released outside of their native country. However, this isn't one of those stories, as two terrific thrillers that premiered at Cannes earlier this year will be making their way to theaters in the U.S.

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