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Moving 'Gleason' stresses the importance of determination, fatherhood

“Gleason” is much more than a documentary about a professional athlete who was diagnosed with ALS. It is also a powerful portrait of the value and importance of fatherhood. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Rudd hits the road in comic 'Fundamentals of Caring'

“The Fundamentals of Caring” is a solid buddy movie that uses some genuinely funny moments to underscore a poignant message about friendship and dealing with the cards life has dealt you. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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'Land of Mine' is a violent and heartbreaking portrait of forgiveness

“Land of Mine” only has a fraction of the gore that has defined war films like “Saving Private Ryan,” but its sparse violence is almost harder to take. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2016

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Sundance film explores changing warfare through the eyes of murdered journalist

War journalist James Foley's death at the hands of ISIS shocked the world in 2014, but it wasn't just an example of ISIS' barbaric methods. It illustrated how war — and journalism —... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2016

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Sundance film demonstrates how even ‘The Bad Kids’ benefit from empathy

New Sundance documentary "The Bad Kids" shows how empathy can dramatically improve the lives of at-risk students at one California high school. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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'The Eagle Huntress' captures the beauty and culture of remote Mongolia

"The Eagle Huntress" is a new documentary that follows the pioneering efforts of a 13-year-old girl named Aisholpan, who wants to be the world's first female Eagle Hunter. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Carney's 'Sing Street' is a heartwarming musical tribute to 1980s pop

“Sing Street” is about a 15-year-old boy who forms a band so he can impress a girl. The film is a portrait of a beloved decade, an essay on the struggles of a family and evidence of how... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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A rewrite or two might have helped dysfunctional family dramedy 'The Hollars'

"The Hollars" has just enough going for it to make you wish it were better. Unfortunately, this Sundance 2016 feature feels more like the first draft of what will eventually become a much better... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Disney combats autism in inspiring documentary 'Life, Animated'

Disney's role in the lives of children around the world is indisputable, but the company would be hard-pressed to find a better example to be proud of than the autistic subject of "Life, Animated." Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Faithful Viewer: Biopic about black preacher is toast of Sundance

Reserve the hashtag #Oscarssoblack for next year’s awards. That’s because if viewer response is any indication, “The Birth of a Nation,” seems destined for Academy Award... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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Herzog explores the pros and cons of technology in fascinating 'Lo and Behold'

Werner Herzog could probably get people to pay to listen to him read out of a phone book. But when you combine that voice with great content, you get one of the highlights of this year’s... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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'Little Gangster' is a charming and insightful father-son comedy

"Little Gangster" is a film that will put a smile on your face, and frequently. It isn’t able to sustain the laugh-out-loud pace of its first 30 minutes, but there are more than enough great... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Sundance film shows realities behind social media use and sexual assault

Technology and social media can make sexual assault worse for survivors. But it can also be a bridge to healing and a platform to tell their stories. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Consumer confidence down, even amid Sundance Film Festival

Zions Bank advisers highlighted the economic impact of the Sundance Film Festival as they delivered the January consumer confidence report Tuesday. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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'Swiss Army Man' befuddles as it muses on life and flatulence

In the opening sequence of "Swiss Army Man," actor Paul Dano pilots a human jet ski across the ocean on the power of its flatulence. The human jet ski is a dead body played by Daniel Radcliffe,... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Affinity and beyond: Sundance film explores new possibilities for autism therapy

Once considered mere fixations for people and children with autism, the "affinities" of autistic children are now being explored as a possible therapy to aid social and emotional connection. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Uber Chopper flights grounded

The helicopter companies agreed to stop operating. There will be no more flights in connection with Sundance and without obtaining the necessary land use approvals. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2016

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Sundance helicopter rides to continue despite legal challenge

Despite a police order barring helicopter rides to and from the Sundance Film Festival, Uber plans to continue its service, a company spokesman said Friday night. Read more »

Jan. 22, 2016

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Sundance's Salt Lake City gala film highlights women, minorities

Gov. Gary Herbert shared the red carpet Friday with actors Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi and Margo Martindale at the Salt Lake City gala film premiere at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts... Read more »

Jan. 22, 2016

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Redford at Sundance: ‘Film is not in a good place'

Robert Redford, the godfather of the Sundance Film Festival, didn't hesitate Thursday when he declared that film "is not in a good place." Read more »

Jan. 21, 2016

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How to Sundance Film Festival like a pro

Locals have one word for the film festival that takes over their small mountain town for two weeks every winter: crazy. Here's how to navigate it with tips from the locals. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2016

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Reports reveal details in Sundance assault case involving actor Emile Hirsch

A Hollywood studio executive who authorities say was assaulted by actor Emile Hirsch during the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year described the incident as being "insanely painful and... Read more »

July 3, 2015

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Quirky 'Don Verdean' muses on the nature of religious faith

“Don Verdean” probably won’t replace “Napoleon Dynamite” on the list of cinematic accomplishments for Team Hess, but it’s a worthy entry to a unique portfolio. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2015

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Photo gallery: A look at the stars, big names from this year's Sundance Film Festival

The 31st Sundance Film Festival came to a close Sunday, ending Hollywood's annual pilgrimage to the snowy mountains of Park City and the bustling streets of Salt Lake. Here's a photographic look... Read more »

Feb. 2, 2015

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With new eyes: Sundance films look back at age-old conflicts

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From Israel to Ireland, some Sundance films looked back at conflicts still going today. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2015

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'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' sweeps Sundance Awards

Sundance breakout "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film-lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and... Read more »

Feb. 1, 2015

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The dark side of how society treats boys

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Films like "A Walk in the Woods" and "The Mask You Live In" reflect a changing conversation about what it means to be a man. Read more »

Jan. 31, 2015

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9 Mormon moments in Sundance Film Festival history

From Jan. 22 to Feb. 1, all eyes are on the ski resort haven of Park City. This year's Sundance Film Festival is full of thought-provoking and interesting films as usual that explore various... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2015

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For some girls, amateur porn is not only an acceptable career choice but a logical next step

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"Hot Girls Wanted" is a Sundance documentary that looks at a growing problem: Teens who fall into the trap of the amateur porn industry. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2015

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Diversity at Sundance doesn't carry over to Hollywood

One of the most buzzed-about movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Dope," a coming-of-age story about three outcasts in the inner city. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2015

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'In Football We Trust' puts a religious twist on a familiar story

"In Football We Trust" is not the first film to paint the dream of professional sports as an all-or-nothing venture, but it may be the first to suggest that religion offers an alternative path to... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015

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Sundance doc pulls back curtain on Scientology

"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house — not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection. Read more »

Jan. 25, 2015

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Doug Robinson: 'In Football We Trust' explores Polynesians' obsession with gridiron

A Utah-made movie, which premiered this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, follows the lives of four Polynesian football players to chronicle the pressures they face to pull their families out... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2015

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Sundance's 'Wolfpack' follows 6 brothers who only know the outside world through movies

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'The Wolfpack' takes a look at six brothers who only know the outside of their Manhattan housing project through movies and TV, raising questions about kids and media consumption. Read more »

Jan. 24, 2015

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First Look: Jack Black is brave, heartbreaking in 'D Train'

Jack Black said he was drawn to 'The D Train' because he recognized the desperation of the character he plays: An outcast willing to do anything to get the most popular kid from his graduating... Read more »

Jan. 24, 2015

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'Boyhood' and 'Whiplash,' Sundance-to-Oscar path improves

An Academy Award nomination is an incomparable stamp of approval for any film — and for an indie feature coming out of the Sundance Film Festival, in some cases, it's a downright miracle. Read more »

Jan. 23, 2015

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Are U.S. schools preparing students for the 21st century? One Sundance film director isn't so sure

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In his latest documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month, "Most Likely to Succeed," director Greg Whiteley questions whether hard work in school actually leads to a happy,... Read more »

Jan. 23, 2015

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