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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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Whit Stillman Proves A Smooth Fit for Jane Austen in ‘Love & Friendship’

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PARK CITY, UT: On one hand, the notion of writer/director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Damsels in Distress) doing a Jane Austen adaptation is a little jarring – after all, the closest thing he’d made to a period piece was 1998’s The Last Days of Disco, still a good couple of centuries before the Georgian era. On the other, as he joked after the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Love & Friendship, “I think our films have been accused of being set in Georgian times, all the time.” And he’s sort of right; his examinations of young Northeastern preppies and the Upper West Side enclaves from which they hail are more connected to that time than most of his contemporaries, concerned as they are with matters of class, social advancement, and familial obligation.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

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Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s great stuff from Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Denzel Washington, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Claire Danes, Catherine Keener, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, Kenneth Branagh, Samatha Morton, Emily Watson, Eva Mendes, Michael Shannon, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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