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Arthouse Audit: Polanski's Provocative 'Venus in Fur' Tops Tepid Specialized Openings

Films from two established directors (Paul Haggis and Roman Polanski) offered well-hyped new releases this weekend. Polanski's "Venus In Fur" (IFC) (also available on Video on Demand) was the clear leader. Paul Haggis' "Third Person" (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well, doomed by high profile negative reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 22, 2014 12:42 PM
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How 'Coherence' Director James Ward Byrkit Made a Mini Sci-Fi Marvel in Five Days with No Script & No Budget

"Coherence" is not just smart science fiction: it's a triumph of crafty independent filmmaking, made with few resources and big ambition. Director James Ward Byrkit stripped his vision down to the barest of bones to achieve a mind-shifting, metaphysical freakout about a dinner party gone cosmically awry.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 20, 2014 2:32 PM
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What to See or Skip This Weekend, From Must-See Indie Sci-Fi 'Coherence' to Eastwood's Musical 'Jersey Boys'

If you're in New York or Los Angeles this weekend, run don't walk to James Ward Byrkit's dizzying metaphysical horror film "Coherence," and to Roman Polanski's elegant pas-de-deux "Venus in Fur." But think twice before heading to Clint Eastwood's 1960s musical biopic "Jersey Boys," or Paul Higgis' messy collage of interlocking soap operas "´╗┐Third Person," currently crashing with critics.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 19, 2014 5:23 PM
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James Ward Byrkit's Bracingly Original Sci-Fi 'Coherence' Will Mess with Your Brain

I did not sleep the night I watched James Ward Byrkit's metaphysically terrifying debut "Coherence," a low-budget sci-fi indie that doubles, and triples, and quadruples, as a truly original existential horror movie.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 16, 2014 3:52 PM
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