Andrew Rossi‘s documentary about the New York Times, Page One: Inside the New York Times, premiered at Sundance this year and has been getting solid reviews as it moves to other festivals. The film does exactly what it promises to do: shows you a condensed year in the life of the paper and the people who create it as they address a rapidly shifting business climate while trying to remain true to the Gray Lady’s goal to provide in-depth reporting on a global scale.

Magnolia picked up the film for distribution, shortened the title slightly (shaving off ‘A Year’ from the subtitle) and now has a trailer for the July 24 release. Check it out below. Read More »

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Sundance Invades The Summer of 2011

Everyone’s talked ad nauseam about how the summer of 2011 is going to be a blockbuster bloodbath. Week after week of high concept, big budget sequels featuring superheroes, robots and wizards. But those aren’t the only movies that’ll be playing at your local theater during the long, hot months of May, June, July and August. A huge chunk of movies we reviewed in January at the Sundance Film Festival – from award winners to our personal favorites – are also finding their way into theaters during that time. As the heat quickly approaches, we’ve decided to highlight over 20 Sundance films that are scheduled to open opposite the traditional Hollywood fare. See images, read reviews and find release dates all below. Read More »

SXSW Film Festival Announces 2011 Features Lineup

The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced their features lineup for the 2011’s Festival, which will take place March 11th to the 19th in Austin Texas. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Monday at the Sundance Film Festival I spent a year at the New York Times and 100 years at the movies. Two documentaries, Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times and These Amazing Shadows, both impressed with their poignancy and entertainment value. Both, however, are plagued with the same flaw – a penchant to go off on tangents and stay away from a narrative core. In each case these tangents are actually pretty interesting, adding to your enjoyment, but as a whole film, each suffers ever so slightly.

Page One is exactly what the title says, “A Year Inside the New York Times.” It follows several prominent reporters and stories over the course of a year while simultaneously exploring the role of print media in today’s digital age. These Amazing Shadows tells the tale of the National Film Registry and the role they play in preserving and restoring films. But, really, it’s just an excuse to talk about awesome movies for 90 minutes. Read more about each after the jump. Read More »

The announcement of the movies playing the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is like looking into our film futures. It’s December and most movie fans are looking back at the last 12 months, picking out award winners, writing top ten lists, and chances are we haven’t even heard of the Sundance films. They’re just titles, people, words on a computer screen. Then in January they unspool on screens across Park City, Utah and become something more. Finally, months later, these are the movies we discuss with our friends and choose on ballots at awards parties. Yet we get to read about them now, a year in advance.

Last year at this time, who had heard of Four Lions, Catfish, Exit Through The Gift Shop, Blue Valentine, The Kids Are All Right, Winter’s Bone, Restrepo or Animal Kingdom? Sundance, that’s who. All those films screened at the 2010 festival and now many have become not only personal favorites, but critical darlings and award contenders too.

Wednesday, Sundance announced the 58 films eligible for awards in four categories that will play the 2011 festival, taking place January 20-30. The 57 out-of-competition films in six additional categories will be announced Thursday. After the jump, we’ll give you the full list as well as highlight five in each category that sound particular promising. Read More »

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