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    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘I Smile Back’
    “I Smile Back” HH U.S. Dramatic A fearless dramatic performance by comedian Sarah Silverman can’t save director Adam Salky’s repetitive housewi...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
    A still from the film Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Unexpected’
    “Unexpected” HHH U.S. Dramatic The universal act of having a baby plays out in interesting and humorous ways in “Unexpected,” a well-performed ...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
    Connie Britton, a cast member in Sundance ‘15 Q&A: The art of playing a ‘Dying Girl’
    How do you play a teen-ager with leukemia? By not stressing the leukemia. “I saw her as everything else BUT her illness,” actress Olivia Cooke told th...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 05:18 pm   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’
    “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” HHHhj U.S. Dramatic Friendship takes some comic and serious turns in the effectively offbeat dramedy “Me and E...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Hot Girls Wanted’
    “Hot Girls Wanted” HHHhj U.S. Documentary The searing documentary “Hot Girls Wanted” shines an uncomfortable spotlight on the internet porn ind...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 10:59 pm   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘ ’71’
    “’71” HHHhj Spotlight The British action drama “’71” is a compelling look at violence and double-dealing in the heart of Belfast during “The T...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 03:04 pm   |     |   Share
    Three post-apocalyptic survivors — played by Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor — form a romantic triangle in the science-fiction drama Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Z For Zachariah’
    “Z For Zachariah” HHH U.S. Dramatic After the apocalypse, it’s going to be really quiet, at least in the world of “Z for Zachariah,” a low-key ...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 08:57 am   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Dope’
    “Dope” HHHH U.S. Dramatic Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope” is a crazy combination of high-school comedy, urban drug-dealing drama, raucous teen romance a...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 01:19 am   |     |   Share
    A still from the film Sundance ‘15 review: ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’
    “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” HHHhj U.S. Dramatic The familiar indie-film trope — the girl’s coming-of-age story — gets a vibrant telling in “T...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 12:59 am   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Racing Extinction’
    “Racing Extinction” HHH U.S. Documentary The breadth of Louie Psihoyos’ environmental documentary “Racing Extinction” is wide — the fate of ani...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 12:38 am   |     |   Share
    James Marsden and Jack Black, at right, in a scene from the film Sundance ‘15 Q&A: Sex gets awkward in ‘The Overnight’ and ‘The D Train’
    Two days in, and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is already gaining a reputation as the home of the off-the-wall sex scene. Three of the early U.S. Dr...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
    James Marsden and Jack Black, at right, in a scene from the film Sundance ‘15 review: ‘The D Train’
    “The D Train” HHHhj U.S. Dramatic Jack Black and James Marsden give sharp comic performances in “The D Train,” a uproarious comedy about high-s...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 05:36 pm   |     |   Share

A scene from the film Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Meru’
    “Meru” HHHhj U.S. Documentary Unless you’re a high-risk mountain climber, the astonishing documentary “Meru” is as close as you’ll ever get to...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 01:12 am   |     |   Share
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A still from the film Sundance ‘15 review: ‘A Walk in the Woods’
    “A Walk in the Woods” HHH Premieres If you’re going on a journey, it’s good to have familiar traveling companions — which is why “A Walk in the...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 01:11 am   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Chorus’
    “Chorus” HHH World Cinema Dramatic The French-Canadian drama “Chorus” is a poetic meditation on grief, and the different ways people handle it ...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 08:33 pm   |     |   Share
    A still from the film Sundance ‘15 review: ‘The Overnight’
    “The Overnight” HHH U.S. Dramatic Writer-director Patrick Brice masters the awkward first encounter in “The Overnight,” a funny comedy of grown...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 06:15 pm   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Christmas, Again’
    “Christmas, Again” HHH NEXT “Christmas, Again” — appropriately for a movie set before the holiday — is a sharply observed story of loneliness a...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 05:54 pm   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Cartel Land’
    “Cartel Land” HHhj U.S. Documentary There’s half a great movie in “Cartel Land,” a gritty street-level documentary about vigilante action on bo...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘Best of Enemies’
    “Best of Enemies” HHH U.S. Documentary The wry documentary “Best of Enemies” takes us on a welcome nostalgia trip to a particular moment in 196...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 07:15 pm   |     |   Share
    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Melissa Rauch attends the premiere of “The Bronze,” directed by Bryan Buckley during the movie's premiere at the Eccles Theatre in Park City, Thursday, January 22, 2015. Rauch and her husband Winston Rauch co-wrote the comedy about a former gymnast, washed-up and embittered a decade after winning the bronze medal — who learns a young gymnast is threatening her local celebrity status. Sundance ‘15 Q&A: The long and the short of ‘The Bronze’
    So how did “Big Bang Theory” co-star Melissa Rauch and her husband Winston Rauch come up with the ridiculously foul-mouthed character of ex-gymnast Ho...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 01:45 am   |     |   Share
    Melissa Rauch ( Sundance ‘15 review: ‘The Bronze’
    “The Bronze” HHH U.S. Dramatic competition Melissa Rauch gives a ferociously funny performance in “The Bronze,” an acidly raunchy comedy she co...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 11:30 am   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 review: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’
    “What Happened, Miss Simone” HHHhj Documentary Premieres For fans of Nina Simone, or for those who have forgotten the politically incendiary bl...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 09:29 am   |     |   Share
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Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell, left) and Boaz (Jemaine Clement, right) in DON VERDEAN. ‘Don Verdean’ bought by Lionsgate; Showtime acquires ‘Dreamcatcher’
    The 2015 Sundance Film Festival doesn’t get started until tonight, and already the deals are happening. The North American rights for the comedy “Don ...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 01:33 am   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 trailer of the day: ‘Paris Is Burning’ [video]
    Today’s Sundance “trailer of the day” — the last for this year, with the festival starting tomorrow — is one from the archives. “Paris Is Burning” is ...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 10:09 am   |     |   Share
    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
John Legend performs at Kingsbury Hall Friday, November 22, 2013. John Legend to perform after Nina Simone documentary, on Sundance’s opening night
    One Legend will follow another on the opening night of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After the Day One opening film, the musical documentary “What ...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 08:15 am   |     |   Share
    French filmmaker wins Sundance Institute/NHK Award
    A French filmmaker’s script, now being workshopped in the Sundance Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab, has received a major boost toward getting pr...
    Updated Jan 20 2015 02:35 pm   |     |   Share
    ‘Last Days in the Desert’ wins Dolby fellowship
    When Jesus meets the devil at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the sound quality is going to be amazing. Director Rodrigo García’s “Last Days in the D...
    Updated Jan 20 2015 12:43 pm   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 trailer of the day: ‘Meru’ [video]
    Today’s Sundance “trailer of the day” goes higher than any other movie playing at the festival this year. The documentary “Meru” tracks the efforts of...
    Updated Jan 21 2015 09:33 am   |     |   Share
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The logo for the 21st Slamdance Film Festival. Slamdance announces its jury members
    The 21st Slamdance Film Festival has announced the members of its juries — and unveiled its new logo. “Every jury member participating this year is de...
    Updated Jan 20 2015 12:31 pm   |     |   Share
    Scientology makes pre-emptive strike against Gibney documentary
    The Church of Scientology is not taking the “ignore it and it will go away” approach to Alex Gibney’s new documentary about the church. The church too...
    Updated Jan 19 2015 09:42 am   |     |   Share