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Review: Infinitely Polar Bear

This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: Cam ( Mark Ruffalo ) would be the perfect father and husband to his picture-perfect family if it wasn't for one thing. Cam suffers from manic depression- exacerbated by his drinking- and refuses to take medication. When his wife (Zoe Saldana) is forced to leave the family for an extended period of...
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Review: Frank

This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: A young, aspiring musician (Domhnall Gleeson) finds himself the keyboardist in an avant-garde punk-rock band of misfits led by a front-man named Frank ( Michael Fassbender ), who walks around wearing a giant head-mask, never taking it off. REVIEW: After the first images of Michael...
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Review: They Came Together

This review originally appeared as part of's Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: Joel ( Paul Rudd ) and Molly ( Amy Poehler ) fall in love amid a picturesque New York-setting, despite numerous- oddly familiar-obstacles in their path. REVIEW: After years spent directing mainstream Hollywood films ( ROLE MODELS and WANDERLUST ) David Wain returns to his...
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Review: Hellion

HELLION was originally reviewed as part of's Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: Thirteen year old Jacob (Josh Wiggins) has three interests: dirt bike racing, heavy metal, and raising hell. His delinquent behavior gets him put on probation, with his next infraction threatening to land him in juvie. Making matters worse is that his recently widowed father (...
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Review: Cold in July

NOTE: This review originally ran as part of our SUNDANCE 2014 coverage. PLOT: A small-town Texas family man ( Michael C. Hall ) kills an intruder and has to contend with the dead man's vengeful father ( Sam Shepard )- although all is not as it seems... REVIEW: When the first 2014 Sundance titles were announced, COLD IN JULY seemed particularly interesting....
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Review: God's Pocket

NOTE: This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: Mickey ( Philip Seymour Hoffman ) is a small-time schemer married to the beautiful Jeannie ( Christina Hendricks ) and living in the working class neighbourhood of God's Pocket. When his adult step-son dies under mysterious circumstances, Mickey's forced to investigate. REVIEW:...
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Sundance 2014: A Complete Wrap-up & Top 10

As quickly as it came up, another edition of the Sundance Film Festival is in the books. Like every year, this was a ten-day-marathon of hot-ticket films, many of which you will be hearing about over the months to come. Many big distribution deals for some of the biggest titles (like INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, which I’m amazed hasn’t been picked up yet) are still in the works, so expect more...
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Review: Nick Offerman: American Ham (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: PARKS & RECREATION star Nick Offerman serves up “10 tips for a prosperous life” in this one-man-show recorded at New York’s Town Hall theater. REVIEW: Calling AMERICAN HAM a stand-up comedy concert film would be inaccurate as while he’s a funny guy, Offerman is not a stand-up comedian. He doesn’t tell jokes- that’s not his thing, nor is it part of his appeal. The...
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Review: What We Do in the Shadows (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: A quartet of aging vampire roommates, living in modern-day Wellington, New Zealand, invite a group of documentary filmmakers to film them as they prepare for their yearly gala ball, where all the city’s undead meet for an evening of entertainment. REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS has a killer opening scene. The camera is set on a coffin in the middle of a grand-old...
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Review: Low Down (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: A young girl ( Elle Fanning ) tries to survive a tough upbringing in seventies era-Hollywood under the care of her heroin-addicted Jazz pianist father ( John Hawkes ). REVIEW: LOW DOWN is based on the true-story of Amy Albany, who watched her father, famed jazz pianist Joe Albany, succumb to addiction throughout her early life. Certainly one of the bleaker...
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Review: Young Ones (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: In a future where water is the rarest and most valuable commodity, a settler- Ernest Holm ( Michael Shannon )- fights to keep his family and land safe from intruders. REVIEW: Jake Paltrow’s YOUNG ONES is easily one of the most ambitious films to be unveiled at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It takes a page not only from post-apocalyptic actioners like MAD MAX,...
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Review: Wish I Was Here (Sundance 2014)

PLOT: Aidan Bloom ( Zach Braff ) is a struggling actor trying to juggle the responsibilities of fatherhood with the pursuit of his acting dreams of glory- while his patient wife ( Kate Hudson ) supports the family working at a menial data entry job. When his cancer-stricken father ( Mandy Patinkin ) finds himself unable to pay Aidan's children's tuition at their exclusive...
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