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Planes: Fire & Rescue

"Planes: Fire & Rescue" won’t ever be mistaken for a classic, especially not with its happy ending that exists primarily for the benefit of future…

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Mood Indigo

Even if you have a high tolerance for whimsy, "Mood Indigo" may still be too much.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Predicting the 1941 Oscars

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The film critic David Bordwell is sitting in an airport in Denmark and he emailed me these caps from Weekly Variety. Now *that* was a trade paper. In typography it looked more or less as it did when I started reading it in 1967. Blow these up and you can read them. Here is a link to the actual winners that year. Damn, they made some good movies.

Bordwell: Note that Variety believed the numerous members of the Screen Extras Guild held the deciding hand.

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Top winners at Sundance 2013 and their trailers

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"Fruitvale" is the hands-down champ at Sundance 2013, and its 26-year-old director, Ryan Coogler, is the toast of the town. It's based on the story of Oscar Grant, a young black man shot in the back by Oakland transportation police on New Year's Day 2009. Starting with actual cell phone footage of the death, it unreels into fiction to retrace the last hours of his life. Go here for a story by Entertainment Weekly.

There are many categories at Sundance. Here are the trailers for the top ones. Click here for the complete list of 2012 winners.

"Fruitvale," winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic, and the category's Audience Award.

"Blood Brother," winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, and the cateory's Audience Award:

"A River Changes Course" from Cambodia, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary:

"Jiseul" from South Korea, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic:

The Audience Award, winner of the World Cinema Dramatic: "The Square (Al Midan)," from Egypt, winner of the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary: , U.S.A.

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