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Sundance Review: Joe Swanberg Keeps Maturing with Strong Family Comedy 'Happy Christmas'

As Joe Swanberg matures as a filmmaker, he's beginning to look at what happens to the Mumblecore generation once they get older: They're not yet middle-aged, but they're also no longer comfortably in the aimless twentysomething sweet spot that once defined the genre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 20, 2014 11:24 AM
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Sundance WATCH: First Clip from 'The One I Love,' Starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass

Check out this first clip from Charlie McDowell's Sundance premiere entry "The One I Love," starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as a married couple on the brink of separation who, urged by their therapist, head to a vacation house for a weekend getaway. In the scene below, the two discuss a fight from the previous night -- and they can't exactly agree to disagree. Bizarreness sets in.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 19, 2014 11:34 AM
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Sundance Review: 'Appropriate Behavior' a Coming-Out Tale of Deadpan Comedy and Melancholy

In a scene halfway through Desiree Akhavan’s NEXT entry “Appropriate Behavior,” Shirin (played by Akhavan) finds herself nudged out of a threesome. As she watches her menage-a-trois partners get along without her, it becomes clear that Shirin is a young woman who hasn’t yet found a place to fit in, both in the sexual escapade unfolding before her, and in life.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2014 10:30 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscars & Sundance Collide, 'Whiplash,' Lessons from the Awards Circuit & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 18, 2014 9:20 PM
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Miles Teller Talks Getting Bloody in Sundance Hit 'Whiplash,' Turning Nasty in 'Divergent' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

I thought Miles Teller had a future when I saw his 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole." I figured he had a career when I saw him opposite Shailene Woodley in Sundance romance "The Spectacular Now." I knew he was star when I saw him hold his own opposite the mighty J.K. Simmons in Sundance opening night hit "Whiplash," which will be released by Sony worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 8:25 PM
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'Whiplash' Lands at Sony Pictures Classics: Sundance Breaking News

The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance on opening night, rookie director Damien Chazelle's adrenaline-pumped performance anxiety nightmare "Whiplash," starring an incendiary J.K. Simmons as an abusive college music professor and Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer, has landed at Sony Pictures Classics after rave reviews and fierce bidding from other buyers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 12:55 PM
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Sundance Review: 'CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart' an Incisive Look at When TV Killed the Justice System

Post-O.J. Simpson, we know that mass media coverage of a case can seriously affect its outcome. But in 1990, when attractive young Pamela Smart was on trial for persuading three teen boys to shoot her husband, and her case became the first televised trial in history, this was all unmined territory.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2014 12:26 AM
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Sundance Review: 'Whiplash' Evokes High Anxiety

The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance, Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," is an intense anxiety dream about a young college jazz musician ("The Spectacular Now"'s Miles Teller) who aspires to be a memorable drummer like Buddy Rich.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 1:43 PM
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Oscars and Sundance Collide, from Redford's Diss to 'Whiplash' Oscar Buzz (PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO)

The Eccles Theatre opening night was packed with press and distributors for the unveiling of hot buzz title "Whiplash." Roadside Attractions was not responding to Sundance founder and Oscar-snubbed Robert Redford's criticism of their "All is Lost" marketing efforts. They're moving on to the business at hand. Buying movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 12:09 PM
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Sundance Watch: Teaser Trailer Arrives for Alex Ross Perry's NEXT Entry 'Listen Up Philip'

A first teaser trailer has arrived for Alex Ross Perry's NEXT section entry "Listen Up Philip," set to premiere on January 20. The short spot rolls out the film's impressive cast, including Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter, all of whom talk to the camera, telling Philip (played by Jason Schwartzman) how he's disappointed them. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2014 11:40 AM
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