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Sundance: Pit Stop (***)

Sometimes movies are incredibly clear in their intentions from the outset. Other films take their time, sneaking up on you and subtly creeping into...

SUNDANCE: Fruitvale (***)

Every so often as a critic you get the opportunity to witness a film that's so ingrained in your experience that it becomes difficult...

SUNDANCE: Before Midnight (***½)

It's hard for lightning to strike twice, let alone three times, but somehow the team of Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater have...

SUNDANCE: Interview with ‘Kill Your Darlings’ star Michael C. Hall

Michael C. Hall is having a bit of a film breakout. Sure we all recognize him from Six Feet Under and Dexter, but his...

Park City Dispatch – Episode 8: ACOD, Fruitvale and Blue Caprice

It's the final countdown! In the penultimate episode of Park City Dispatch, Joey and I recount our final day at the fest including the...

Park City Dispatch – Episode 7: Lovelace, Fun Interviews, and The Way Way Back

Sundance is winding down and in our second to last video, we recount the quiet day that we had. After the fiasco I had...

SUNDANCE: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (**½)

Do you all remember that split screen in 500 Days of Summer where we see the main character's expectations vs. reality? Well my screening...

Park City Dispatch – Episode 6: The Spectacular American Promise of the Upstream Color...

Episode 6 is in the books! In this episode we attempt to unravel the complexities of Shane Carruth's newest film Upstream Color, describe our...

SUNDANCE: Stoker (***)

Stoker is a delightfully demented film that derives its pleasures from uncomfortable situations, shocking violence and magnetic characters. Chan-wook Park bring his trademark visual...

SUNDANCE: Interview with ‘No’ Director Pablo Larrain

When I sat down with director Pablo Larrain, he was in great spirits. Who wouldn't be after having their film nominated for an Academy...

SUNDANCE: No (***½)

No, the Chilean film recently nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, is an engrossing look at the power of the quest...

SUNDANCE: After Tiller (***)

A moving, if one-sided documentary, After Tiller is an affecting look at the few doctors in the world providing third trimester abortions for women...

Park City Dispatch – Episode 3: Nothing Bonds People More Than Watching Porn Clips...

By Terence Johnson and Joey MagidsonEpisode 3 of Park City Dispatch finds Joey and I settling in to the rythmns of Sundance and getting...

SUNDANCE: Don Jon’s Addiction (***½)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes an incredibly strong directorial debut with Don Jon's Addiction, an outstanding take on romantic comedies. Writing and directing as well as...

SUNDANCE: Crystal Fairy (**)

Ever wonder what the sexual looseness of Y Tu Mama Tambien and the tropes of American films about kids getting drugs would be? Well...

Park City Dispatch – Episode 2: Exploding Fire Extinguishers, Kill Your Darlings and McConaughey

Terence Johnson and Joey MagdisonThe Park City Dispatch is back, reporting all of the day's events and shenanigans. Joey and I had our first...

SUNDANCE: Mud (***½)

A close backwoods cousin to Stand By Me (1986), Jeff Nichols' Mud is an often moving and unpredictable coming of age story that benefits...

SUNDANCE: Kill Your Darlings (***½)

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition entry Kill Your Darlings is a perfect example of how one can tell a familiar story in a unique, fascinating...

Park City Dispatch – Episode 1: Crystal Fairy, Parties and Press Schedules

Terence Johnson and Joey MagidsonLights, Camera, Action! Joey and I have survived our first day at the Sundance Film Festival and lived to tell...

Annual Awards Circuit User Survey! Please make your voice heard!

It's that time of the year where we want to hear from all of you.  There is a short 10 question survey for you...

Park City Dispatch: Interview with ‘In A World’ star Fred Melamed

We're kicking off our Park City Dispatch by bringing you an interview with Fred Melamed, one of the stars in Lake Bell's U.S. Dramatic...

Most Anticipated Films from the Sundance Film Festival!

By: Joey Magidson and Terence JohnsonSundance Film Festival is right around the corner! Joey and I are incredibly excited to attend the festival on behalf...

Park City Dispatch: Awards Circuit is going to Sundance!

Hello readers! Have you all recovered from the Oscar nomination announcements and Critics Choice Awards? It has been a whirlwind few days for the...

AFI FEST 2012 Award Winners

After eight intense days of films being shown in six different theaters, including galas at Grauman's and the Egyptian, the AFI Film Festival winds...

AFI Day 8: Silver Linings Playbook (***)

Like other games played for the two possible outcomes of success or failure, life requires an ever-evolving collection of strategies for easier navigation.  For...

AFI Day 7: ‘Room 237’ and ‘Barbara’

Room 237 (**½)Stanley Kubrick is a genius and as such, he claims the right to make movies that warp the mind and puzzle the...

AFI Day 6: Kon-Tiki (***½)

There’s something about expansive spaces which both fascinate and frighten the human sensibilities.  I can think of nothing more terrifying than floating in the...

AFI Fest: Amour (**½)

As saddened as I am by this, I must report that Canne's recent Palme d'Or recipient, Michael Haneke's Amour, is one of the most disappointing...

AFI Fest Day 5: Mads Mikkelsen Double Feature, “A Royal Affair” & “The Hunt”

A Royal Affair (***)Nikolaj Arcel's richly textured historical costume drama, A Royal Affair, is tailor designed for the likes of Oscar®, and by sheer...

AFI Day 5: Rust and Bone (***)

After a reel of footage highlighting the best films of her career thus far, the radiant Marion Cotillard graced the stage for a quick...

AFI Film Festival 2012 Begins

Over the next eight intense days, a small team will cover close to a quarter of a total of 135 long and short films,...

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