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Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' is thrilling and hilarious... so far

hitfix.com – The first part of von Trier's controversial erotic epic played as the secret screening at Sundance last night, and it's an impressive start. 4 years 34 weeks ago via jackiechan
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Sundance Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Volume 1

feedproxy.google.com – In Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Volume 1,” Sundance’s hotly anticipated "Secret Screening" on January 21, a bruised and bloody woman, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), is found lying in a back alley by a lonely man (Stellan Skarsgard). Once he ushers her into his home and gets her situated in bed with tea, he invites the woman to tell her story. 4 years 34 weeks ago via theothersenhman
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Sundance Review: 'White Bird in a Blizzard,' Starring Shailene Woodley, an Impressive if Flawed Suburban Tragedy

feedproxy.google.com – Gregg Araki can spin pop-colored, darkly funny suburban tragedies like few other directors working today, with 2004’s “Mysterious Skin” as the formidable example. Sundance premiere “White Bird in a Blizzard,” while not matching the overall emotional swell of “Mysterious Skin,” again finds Araki in top form. Based on Laura Kasischke’s novel of the same title, “White Bird” centers on teen Kat (Shailene Woodley), living a life of angst and parental disappointment in late 1980s suburbia. 4 years 34 weeks ago via theothersenhman
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Sundance Review: Rinko Kikuchi Is Stunning As Alienated 'Fargo' Superfan In the Zellner Bros.' Strangely Transfixing 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter'

fb.indiewire.com – Austin-based sibling directors David and Nathan Zellner have been cranking out offbeat, surrealist comedy features and shorts that have gained a minor cult following on the film festival circuit for over a decade, but the profoundly engaging "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" successfully broadens their sensibilities. Anchored by the remarkably sensitive presence of lead actress Rinko Kikuchi in every scene, the Zellners' elegant portrait of an alienated Japanese woman intent on discovering the fictional buried treasure from "Fargo" elevates its zany premise to poetic heights. 4 years 34 weeks ago via jackiechan
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Sundance 2014: IVORY TOWER Review

collider.com – After they leave higher education, young people are told they’ll be entering the “real world”, i.e. an unstructured environment where they’ll have to be self-sufficient. They’ll also be entering an absolutely insane place where among the myriad of problems they’ll likely face is that the entry cost to the real world has put them in tens of thousands of dollars of debt.

4 years 34 weeks ago via donnieyen
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Boyhood: Sundance Review

feedproxy.google.com – Richard Linklater's latest film is an epic about growing up, banal family life and forging an identity.A unique work in American cinema, shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years, Boyhood is an epic about the ordinary, about growing up, the exceptional and the banal of family life and forging an identity. 4 years 34 weeks ago via jackiechan
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Sundance Review: Joe Swanberg's 'Happy Christmas' Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey & Lena Dunham

fb.indiewire.com – As perhaps the poster boy for independent cinema in the last seven to eight years, it’s crazy to realize that lo-fi filmmaker Joe Swanberg has never been in competition at the Sundance Film Festival before. While two of his films have played in Park City previously (though one was a short segment in “V/H/S”), Swanberg and his zeitgeist-defining mumblecore movement (read: 4 years 34 weeks ago via jackiechan
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Sundance Review: Joe Swanberg Keeps Maturing with Strong Family Comedy 'Happy Christmas'

feedproxy.google.com – As Joe Swanberg matures as a filmmaker, he's looking 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. In the very good “Happy Christmas,” which premiered in competition at Sundance, wife and mother Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) is burdened with too many responsibilities, while her younger and wilder sister-in-law Jenny (Anna Kendrick, "Drinking Buddies") is burdened with too few.Jenny is a mess. 4 years 34 weeks ago via brucelee
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Sundance Review: Ira Sachs' ‘Love Is Strange’ Is A Brilliantly-Performed Romance That’s Always Real

fb.indiewire.com – Directed by Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On," "Married Life"), "Love Is Strange" depicts a New York love affair whose depth of feeling is only matched by the length of its duration. George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow) have been together for 39 years, and as the film begins they’re fussing and getting ready for a big event – after all these years, they’re finally going to (and for that matter, finally able to) get married. 4 years 34 weeks ago via donnieyen
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Sundance Review: 'The Voices' Starring Ryan Reynolds Wrings Dark Comedy From Candy-Colored Carnage

fb.indiewire.com – The fourth film from director Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis," "Chicken with Plums"), "The Voices" navigates the line between the gruesome and the goofy with a step as nimble as a tight-rope walker going over a sea of broken glass. It’s an extraordinarily warm and funny movie about a likable schizophrenic murderer; it’s candy-colored and meticulously composed and yet also shiny with fresh wet blood. 4 years 34 weeks ago via jetli
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