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Put a Glacier on It! ‘Fortitude’ Is a Potentially Great, Atmospherically Overwhelmed Crime Drama

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The new hour-long crime drama Fortitude (a British show made by Sky Atlantic, which aired in the US last night on Pivot) begins promisingly: it’s hard not to see televisual promise in a man getting torn apart by a polar bear against a breathtaking backdrop as Dumbledore (well, fine, just Michael Gambon) watches horror-struck, attempts to shoot the bear, and instead shoots the now-fragmented man straight in the head. No spoilers there: this is the first scene in Fortitude’s pilot. Then a Scandinavian woman sings a haunting theme song, and we’re told to be transfixed by sweeping aerial shots of a landscape that already had us at “hello” (and “check out this polar bear eating this dude”).
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Revisiting ‘Whiplash’ Director Damien Chazelle’s Debut Film, ‘Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench’

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Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, the second feature by the young director who’s turning thirty in a matter of days, made a strong showing for itself during yesterday’s Oscar nominations, garnering five notices overall, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (where it’s a frontrunner), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Chazelle). You’d be forgiven to think that the Harvard-educated director came out of nowhere, fully formed. But that isn’t the case.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in December

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December is upon us, and the studios are breaking out the big guns: The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, August: Osage County, Her, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will all vie for Oscar gold (was that a Variety enough turn of phrase for you?) in the coming months. But as usual, the indies have some interesting pictures on the runway as well, including a few thankfully sour antidotes to all that “holiday cheer.”
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The Best and Worst of Tribeca Film Festival 2013

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The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a rare, special screening of The King of Comedy, perhaps the most underrated collaboration between Martin Scorsese and festival co-founder Robert DeNiro. That event ended a week and a half of premieres, screenings, and events, and while your film editor was only able to sample a fraction of the dozens of movies at this year’s TFF, all of them made an impression — for good or ill.
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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, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s a ton of new and catalog titles streaming on Netflix — great flicks from Harrison Ford, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Ewan McGregor, Adam Scott, Stanley Tucci, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, and Leos Carax, plus two of last year’s best documentaries. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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