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Sundance Review Roundup: 'Blue Caprice' an Eerie Thriller Exploring the 2002 Beltway Snipers

Critics are raving about Sundance NEXT section entry "Blue Caprice," directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the 2002 sniper attacks in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The film is an "eerie, disquieting, veritie-style exploration" of the killers' psychologies, while refusing any easy thrills. Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 11:40 AM
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Sundance Review Roundup: Documentary 'After Tiller' a Sensitive Look at Third-Trimester Abortion

Critics generally agree that Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's documentary "After Tiller" is an intelligent, nuanced and sensitive portrait of the last four remaining doctors in the U.S. who perform third-trimester abortions. Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2013 12:06 PM
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Sundance Her Infinite Variety Panel: Women Writer-Directors Talk Turkey

“I couldn’t find the things going on in my life up on the screen, so I wrote this to fill that void,” said Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner ("Running on Empty"), who made her directing debut 20 years after writing "Very Good Girls," which premiered at Sundance Wednesday night.
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • January 24, 2013 6:14 AM
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Sundance Entry 'Escape from Tomorrow' Builds Buzz on Disney Controversy

First-time director Randy Moore's "Escape From Tomorrow" is a weird piece of work. Moore went undercover at Disneyworld to turn the idea of "the happiest place on earth" upside down, as a troubled father (Roy Abramsohn) freaks out all over the iconic Orlando landmark while on vacation with his wife and two young children.
  • By Anne Thompson and Nora Chute
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  • January 24, 2013 12:59 AM
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Sundance Review: Doremus' 'Breathe In' Disappoints

Drake Doremus's relatable 2010 Sundance Dramatic Competition Winner "Like Crazy" showed us the wondrous yet ephemeral nature of young love. This year's "Breathe In" also tackles this view of love, but without the same ease.
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 24, 2013 12:00 AM
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Sundance Review: Garcia Bernal Mystery Doc 'Who Is Dayani Cristal?'

An unidentified body is found in the Sonoran desert in Pima County, Arizona under the heat of an August sun—the body of a migrant, traveling north along a treacherous and uncertain path to the United States.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 23, 2013 11:26 PM
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Sundance: RADiUS-TWC Takes 'Lovelace' and 'Inequality for All,' CBS Films Enters 'Toy House' and More Acquisitions

"Lovelace," Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's pic starring Amanda Seyfriend about "Deep Throat" pornstar Linda Lovelace, has gone to RADiUS-TWC at the Porndance--er, Sundance--Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 23, 2013 3:07 PM
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Magnolia Picks Up David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche,' Plus Review and Roundup

Magnolia Pictures is a good home for David Gordon Green's low-budget Sundance entry "Prince Avalanche," a two-hander starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch shot in 16 days in Austin's fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park. The distrib has acquired North American rights and is aiming at a summer release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2013 1:58 PM
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Sundance Deal: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'Kill Your Darlings,' Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Young Allen Ginsberg

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all U.S., Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV and Eastern European rights to John Krokidas' debut feature "Kill Your Darlings," which stars Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and is a dramatic competition feature at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2013 12:12 PM
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Sundance Announces Jury Awards in Short Filmmaking

The Sundance Film Festival has announced the jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking for the 2013 fest. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2013 12:04 PM
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