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'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' trailer: Sitcom stars team up for Duplass Bros. joint

The Duplass brothers — Jay and Mark — have enjoyed great critical success in the festival hinterlands, where they’ve perfected their own version of naturalistic mumblecore filmmaking. Their last film, Cyrus, flirted with the mainstream, starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, and Marisa Tomei, but Jeff, Who Lives at Home, which debuted at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival, might be their official breakthrough. Jason Segel plays naive mope Jeff, who is convinced the universe is trying to tell him something, and Ed Helms is his more alpha-dog older brother whose own life is on the precipice.

Take a look at the trailer, with its faint echoes of The Descendants — right down to the presence of Judy Greer. READ FULL STORY

Sundance EXCLUSIVE: 'The Lie' finds dark comedy in a falsehood sure to shock moviegoers

The-Lie_240.jpg When you hear a quick description of what The Lie is about, you’re going to think you don’t want to see this movie.

Ready? Okay. *deep breath* – (and spoiler alert) … It’s about a guy who skips out of work by claiming his baby has died.

Wait, wait … Hang on, just for a moment. Keep reading, because this ultra-low-budget dark-comedy also may be one of the upcoming Sundance Film Festival’s most touching family dramas.

Josh Leonard (Humpday, The Blair Witch Project), who wrote the screenplay, directed and stars in The Lie, actually plays the dissembling man as a very good, devoted father. He’s just a horrible, horrible employee. “The lie about the baby dying, I feel like, even for that guy, was inadvertent,” Leonard says. “He just panics and it’s what came out. And it’s the worst.” READ FULL STORY

Mumblecore: What is it good for?

The last time I came out of a movie written and directed by the 32-year-old Andrew Bujalski — it was Mutual Appreciation (2006), his lovely, if at times slightly precious, black-and-white followup to Funny Ha Ha (2005) — I thought to myself:

“Okay, fine, I respected, and enjoyed, that movie. Like Funny Ha Ha, it wins my props and my affection. Andrew Bujalski has a unique way of taking in the world — it may be a dithering, post-verbal, slacker-John Cassavetes-meets-The Mother and the Whore way of seeing it, but still it’s a vision. That said, I don’t really want his next movie to be like this. Two neorealist comedies in a row about post-bohemian twentysomethings in the Northeast fumbling their way toward love is enough. It’s time for Bujalski, the maestro of mumblecore, to try something different.” READ FULL STORY

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