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Sundance 2016: ‘Kate Plays Christine’ is a Fascinating, if Manipulative, Look at Sensationalism and Reenactment


Kate Plays Christine Directed by Robert Greene U.S., 2016 One of the interesting things about Sundance this year is that two different films about the same subject matter have screened. In 1974 in Sarasota, Florida, TV reporter Christine Chubbuck shot herself on camera, an incident that reportedly served as an ...

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Sundance 2016: Why is ‘Outlaws and Angels’ Playing at Sundance?


Outlaws and Angels Written and Directed by JT Mollner U.S., 2016 It’s a simple fact that not every movie seen at Sundance is going to blow our minds and change the way we regard the human condition, that some films are just going to be middle of the road good, and that’s ...

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Sundance 2016: ‘The Greasy Strangler’ is Not The Trash-terpiece You’re Looking For


The Greasy Strangler Written by Toby Harvard and Jim Hosking Directed by Jim Hosking U.S., 2016 I wanted to walk out of the screening with the third of the audience that eventually had by the time the credits began rolling, but at the same time I couldn’t take my eyes off ...

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Sundance 2016: ‘Land of Mine’ is a Tense, Nerve-Wracking Experience


  Land of Mine Written and Directed by Martin Zandvliet Denmark, 2015 Land of Mine shines a light on a portion of WWII history largely overlooked by cinema. At the end of the war, thousands of German POWs, many of them young boys, were forced to dig up and disarm 2 million ...

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Sundance 2016: ‘Christine’ is a Haunting Character Study With a Career Best Performance from Rebecca Hall


  Christine Written by Craig Shilowich Directed by Antonio Campos U.S., 2016 One of the big stories to come out of Sundance this year is that there are two films programmed about the same subject. In 1974, Florida TV reporter Christine Chubbuck killed herself on-air. At the time of this writing, I ...

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Revisiting ‘Paris is Burning’, 25 Years after Sundance premiere


25 years ago, Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston), screened at Sundance where it won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary. For many, the film represents an important step of recognition for transgender and queer people of colour. In the film, which depicts the drag ball culture of New York City, ...

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Sundance 2016: ‘Under the Shadow’ is an Emotional, Terrifying Horror Classic


  Under the Shadow Written and Directed by Babak Anvari United Kingdom/Jordan/Qatar, 2016 The supernatural horror of Under the Shadow doesn’t set in for quite some time, but that’s no problem because there’s a much more physical horror hanging over the characters in writer/director Babak Anvari’s directorial debut. The opening scene finds ...

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Sundance 2016: ‘Green Room’ Cements Jeremy Saulnier as One of the Great Young American Filmmakers


  Green Room Written and Directed by Jeremy Saulnier U.S., 2016 There’s nothing quite like witnessing the beginnings of a great filmmaker. In 2014, Jeremy Saulnier came to Sundance with the brutal, intelligent and intimate thriller Blue Ruin, and instantly signaled that he was a filmmaker to pay attention to. Full disclosure: ...

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Sundance 2016: ‘Swiss Army Man’ is the Heartwarming Farting Corpse Buddy Comedy You’ve Been Waiting For


  Swiss Army Man Written and Directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert U.S., 2016 One of the hopes that people come to the Sundance Film Festival with is that they will see something wholly unique, something that they have never seen or imagined before. Swiss Army Man is that film. This ...

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Sundance 2016: ‘Maggie’s Plan’ is a Decent Screwball Comedy Once it Realizes Itself


Rebecca Miller’s first film since 2009’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Maggie’s Plan is a film that unfortunately takes quite a bit of time to find it’s footing, but when it does, evolves into a clever and subversive type of screwball comedy. Miller’s script follows young university worker Maggie ...

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