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Apple TV+’s New Weeper Dear Edward Is Hardly Good Grief

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Sometimes, it’s nice to have a good cry. And some of the best artists recognize that; Lord knows Jason Katims, who spearheaded thoughtful TV weepies like “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights,” does. But his latest for Apple TV+, an adaptation of Ann Napolitan... More »

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Sundance 2023: Polite Society, My Animal

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Nida Manzoor’s “Polite Society” is the kind of film I didn’t know I wanted, in part because no one has made anything quite like it before. Manzoor’s influences have had similar sense and sensibilities—Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarantino, for starters—but who ha... More »

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Sundance 2023: Rotting in the Sun, Jamojaya, Cassandro

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Co-writer/director/actor Sebastian Silva disappears midway through his new film, “Rotting in the Sun.” The prolific Silva hasn’t been as visible in movies for about five years, so it’s particularly funny to see him back on-screen, only to go missing, playing a... More »

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A Vision of the Future: On David Cronenberg’s Videodrome

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After a breakthrough hit with the science fiction ultraviolence of “Scanners,” David Cronenberg’s last Canadian tax shelter film “Videodrome” dropped with a whimper in 1983, under-served by distributors unnerved by its transgressive images and genre-busting ap... More »

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Sundance 2023: Iron Butterflies, Is There Anybody Out There?

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“Iron Butterflies” is an impassioned, almost obsessive look at the tragedy of flight MH17, a commercial flight that was found to have been shot down by Ukrainian militia using Russian missiles in 2014. Russia has denied involvement; director Roman Liubyi’s doc... More »

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Sundance 2023: Earth Mama, Fremont

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Savanah Leaf is a name that you will know about soon, beginning with her unusual and stunning background as a director: she’s a former Olympian, a former path that makes sense when you see what she brings behind the camera. A visual artist with music video his... More »

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Female Filmmakers in Focus: Maryam Touzani on The Blue Caftan

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Over the last decade writer-director Maryam Touzani has emerged as a sharp voice in Moroccan cinema. Her humanist dramas “Adam” and “The Blue Caftan” both center characters at odds with the society around them while exploring the tension between tradition and ... More »

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Slamdance Film Festival Highlights 2023

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While the Sundance Film Festival was unfurling its first in-person event in three years, it’s sister festival, Slamdance was also taking place just up Main Street in downtown Park City. A companion to Sundance, Slamdance often features films with a smaller bud... More »

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The Ark is a Modest Adventure of Clever Pseudo-Science

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Created by Dean Devlin for SYFY and Peacock, “The Ark” takes place sometime soon, when Earth’s prospects ain’t looking so good. A large group of human beings—many of them of a certain age and what we call “camera-ready”—have been put on a vessel that will take... More »

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