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The Best and Worst of Sundance 2016, Narrative Edition

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This year’s Sundance Film Festival seemed to get off to a rocky start; maybe it was programming and maybe it was poor choices, but I came out of the first couple of days wondering if it was just going to be a weird, off year, and nothing I was hearing from my colleagues seemed to indicate otherwise. But then a series of great movies unspooled, and we ended up with an embarrassment of riches. Yesterday, we took a look at this year’s crop of documentaries; here’s the best and worst of the rest (what I saw of them, anyway).
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The World Responds to Today’s Historic American Victory for Gay Marriage: Links You Need to See

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After a week of devastating news and social injustice in America, it comes as an ecstatic surprise that today the country took at least one giant step forward in one matter of equality. As you probably know by now, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court determined that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. And while inevitably this news came with its share of vehement, embittered ranting from the those who dissented, it was for so many a day of unbridled, cathartic joy and promise.
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50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

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This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our …Read More