Review: 'Summer of Sangaile' is a gorgeous but oh-so-familiar tale of young love

Review: 'Summer of Sangaile' is a gorgeous but oh-so-familiar tale of young love

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Lesbians in Lithuania tale not as compelling as you'd hope

PARK CITY — It's probably somewhat remarkable that in 2015 a tale of summer romance between two teenage girls feels awfully familiar. Since gay-themed indies began to increase in notoriety in the '90s, there have been many of these dramas set both stateside and overseas. Director Alanté Kavaïté has a unique and talented eye, but she can only do so much to make this compelling material beyond its aesthetic charms.

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Robert Redford kicks off Sundance as 'change' and television are hot topics

Robert Redford kicks off Sundance as 'change' and television are hot topics

'Freedom of expression seems to be in danger in a lot of areas.'

PARK CITY — Robert Redford and the Sundance Film Festival brain trust reconvened once again for the festival's annual press conference kick-off Thursday afternoon. While this year's edition features documentaries on controversial topics such as Scientology ("Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief") and the ex-gay movement ("I Am Michael"), the panel  instead bounced around the subject of "change," diversity and the impact of modern day television.

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Contender Countdown: Will 'Boyhood's' Oscar destiny be cemented this weekend?

Contender Countdown: Will 'Boyhood's' Oscar destiny be cemented this weekend?

PGA and SAG honors may tell the tale

It's been a week since the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced and, well, there certainly isn't euphoria in the air for those residing in the 323 or 310 area codes. The controversy over the lack of nominations for "Selma" still stings (as it should) and following the embarrassing hacked Sony E-mails, it's just another round of considerably negative press for Hollywood. There is almost a sense that another shoe is going to drop and somehow things will get even uglier.  Of course, there was a lot of celebrating over the massive box office success for "American Sniper" this past weekend, but it's going to take a lot more blockbusters (they are coming) for Hollywood to feel the weight of all this drama lift off its shoulders. And the Oscars, meant as a time of celebration, may not bring much relief.

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Sam Rockwell's 'Don Verdean' already has a home before its Sundance premiere

Sam Rockwell's 'Don Verdean' already has a home before its Sundance premiere

Comeback for the 'Napoleon Dynamite' director?

There has been a lot of heat going into Sundance that this year's festival could be another buyer's market for mini-majors and indie distributors looking to fill out their 2015 slates. Fox Searchlight already picked up Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's "Mistress America" and now Lionsgate has surprised by acquiring another premiere title, Jared Hess' "Don Verdean."

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Exclusive: Anne Dorval makes things clear in new clip from Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'

Exclusive: Anne Dorval makes things clear in new clip from Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'

Cannes winner finally comes to U.S. this Friday

Awards season is tailor-made for disappointment, but you can add Anne Dorval to the list of actresses who clearly did not get the praise they were due. The 54-year-old French Canadian collaborated with writer/director Xavier Dolan for the fourth time with "Mommy," a drama which finally hits U.S. theaters on Friday and, boy, she's pretty damn great in it.

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Recap: 'Looking' - 'Looking for Results' aka old habits die hard

Recap: 'Looking' - 'Looking for Results' aka old habits die hard

Finally: Richie returns

If last week's season premiere was a refuge from the reality of our character's lives, "Looking for Results" was almost a jarring reminder of where they really are all in their lives back in S.F.  At the forefront is the blatant fact that Patrick ("American Sniper" star Jonathan Groff!) and Kevin ("Pride" cameo star Russell Tovey!) are both having awkward realizations about what they have been up to.  And then there's good ol' Augustin, but we'll get to him in a minute.

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How did In Contention do with our Oscar nod predictions?

How did In Contention do with our Oscar nod predictions?

All in all, not bad

We knew going into the announcement of the 87th Academy Awards nominations that there were a number of tight races. We knew Lead Actor could flip upside down and surprise. We knew Directing was a questionable field and that, as always, categories such as Sound Mixing and Sound Editing could throw everyone a major curve ball or two. No one was surprised, then, when all those "surprises" and "snubs" actually came to pass. That being said, how did In Contention's Oscar pundits do with their own predictions? Let's take a look…

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10 things we learned from the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

10 things we learned from the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

At least 'The LEGO Movie' won something

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards have made the smart move holding their annual ceremony the same day as the Academy Awards nominations. It keeps any intriguing narrative, snub or surprise at the top of everyone's minds during the show and, potentially, should increase viewership.

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Live blogging the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Live blogging the 2015 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Follow along as we watch Michael Strahan wrestle with the material

Hey everyone! We've been up working almost non-stop since 5:30 AM for the Academy Award nominations and haven't napped yet.  That means it's time to live-blog the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards right?  Who's excited?  Anyone got an over/under for a "LEGO Movie" or "Dick Poop" call out? 

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Rosamund Pike wishes Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens were also nominated for 'Gone Girl'

Rosamund Pike wishes Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens were also nominated for 'Gone Girl'

First timer has been sort of busy with a new addition

LOS ANGELES — Rosamund Pike has had other things on her mind lately than the Oscar nominations. She's been on the circuit attending the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala and the Golden Globes, but there's been this new addition who has sort of preoccupied her free time.  The "Gone Girl" star says she was "stunned" and that her lead actress Oscar nomination is "amazing," but that she was also completely unprepared for it all.

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