Kristen Wiig

‘AbracaDeborah’: An Oral History From the Minds Behind the Illusory Sundance Hit

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“The much-buzzed-about AbracaDeborah did not receive any Festival awards, as it’s not an actual film,” announced the Sundance Institute in an official press release on Saturday, naming the winners of the 2016 Feature Film Awards. Yes, that is Sundance acknowledging — amid accolades for actual films like The Birth of a Nation and Swiss Army Man — a fake film whose very emptiness turned it into something of a presence at this year’s festival.
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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’

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This column will take a hiatus next week due to a little trip to Park City, Utah, but not to worry – thanks to a particularly heavy week of new disc releases, we’ve bulged past our usual five recommendations to six. And they’re good ones: one of last year’s best indies, two terrific late summer/early fall studio pictures, a pair of must-haves from the Criterion Collection, and a forgotten horror thriller that’s worth a curiosity glance.
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Bryan Cranston, Amy Schumer, and Other Famous People Recite ‘Hotline Bling’

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This December, only one thing can match the omnipresence of Star Wars: Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which has managed to rule the music headlines since its summertime release. Much of that continued relevance is thanks to Drake’s video, which is just him in cool sweaters and Moncler coats, dancing like a Canadian in rooms he’d rather were designed by James Turrell. And that relevance continues today, thanks to the font of celebrity.
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The Most Underrated Film Performances of 2015

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As the movie-going year draws to a close, we’re seeing the customary flurry of year-end lists and awards — and, as usual, a lot of the same names on all of them. This isn’t an altogether bad or unexpected thing; consensus opinions often form because things are legitimately great, so you can’t blame the critics’ groups and awards bodies for all the kudos they’re bestowing upon the likes of Carol and Spotlight. But it’s also worth nothing some of the performers who did legitimately great work this year, yet aren’t, for whatever reason, part of the “awards conversation.” These are a few of our favorites.
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