Category Archives: Festivals
The Austin-based fest will play host to the world premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, which follows the true story of the cult movie The Room (a.k.a. the Citizen Kane of bad movies.
The features lineup for the 2017 SXSW Film Festival (March 10-19, 2017) has been announced and is filled with highly anticipated world premieres, festival favorites, and unique genre pics that are fittingly on-brand for the Austin-based fest. Highlights include Edgar Wright’s heist pic Baby Driver, the shoot-em-out action comedy Free Fire, and Evan Katz’s Cheap Thrills follow-up, Small Crimes.
After a deluge of amazing independent film and snow, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival came to an end this past weekend and handed out awards to some of the top features, documentaries, and shorts at the fest. Macon Blair’s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize while Matt Ruskin’s drama Crown Heights took the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition.
There was no shortage of amazing films at this year’s Sundance, making the discovery of breakout actors, filmmakers, and writers exciting. Here are 17 names — some familiar faces, others new — that made a considerable impression with their films at this year’s fest.
Director-writer Matt Ruskin, along with standout performances by Lakeith Stanfield and Nnamdi Asomugha, brings the the gripping and heartbreaking story of a wrongfully accused man in prison and the country’s fractured justice system into the spotlight.
The endearing, yet scathingly funny family dramedy reunites the Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre with star Jenny Slate for story about sisterhood and family dysfunction set to the backdrop of Discmans, dial-up modems, and bodysuits.
One would think that a film titled The Polka King would be celebratory and bouncy like the music and the Maya Forbes-directed biopic about Jan “King of Pennsylvania Polka” Lewan definitely has a lot of that. Even so, the true story of the rise and fall of Lewan is quite tragic, but Jack Black drapes it in so much charismatic Polka charm that you hardly even notice.
Director Craig Johnson serves up some major inappropriateness through the vessel that is the great Woody Harrelson, but above all, the indie comedy manages to balance heart and horrible with comedic charm.
While most of the Hollywood contingent at Sundance has already left Park City, there are still plenty of festival deals being made, chief among them one for Dee Rees’ acclaimed drama Mudbound, which is the hottest acquisition title left on the board.
From pioneering rap artists to moms letting loose, this year’s Sundance is filled with projects starring, written, and/or directed by some of the industry’s up-and-coming female talent — but some of the films are more worth your time than others.
Golden Globe-nominated writer Taylor Sheridan (and possibly Oscar-nominated by the time you read this) also sits in the director’s chair as he tells murder mystery set in a snowy Native American reservation in Wyoming. The writer’s signature intensity is ever present and feels too safe — which only leaves room for Sheridan’s directing chops to grow.
The Sundance Film Festival has reached its halfway point and the sales market has been brisk thanks to streaming giants like Amazon and Netflix, who as expected, have been as active as anyone in Park City.
The kaiju dramedy Colossal; the conceptual horror-ish pic Bitch, and the war mystery The Yellow Birds all made a premiere at this year’s fest and left some good, boring, and fascinating impressions.
Amazon Studios lands festival favorite The Big Sick at this year’s Sundance. The romantic comedy has received plenty of praise since premiering on Friday and sold to Amazon in one of the festival’s biggest deals to date.
Although a major bullet point in the story, director Dee Rees thoughtfully, yet firmly controls the divisive nature of the story and avoids the same rhetoric of predictable racist tropes often seen in films of this ilk to tell a story about the American Dream that is as devastating as it is hopeful.
Written by Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon and directed by Michael Showalter, the indie rom-com has become the talk of Sundance — and with good reason. Based on the real-life relationship of Nanjiani and Gordon, the film is infected with laughs but at the same time, it will deliver a gut punch of intense emotions that will tear your soul apart — in a good way, of course.
There is a specific “I knew about her before you did” pleasure Jessica Williams fans get when people discover just how funny she is — and with her starring role in The Incredible Jessica James, her funny will spread across the country like wildfire making her the comedic movie star she deserves to be.
When it comes to films about nuns, director/writer John Baena may have created the most entertaining one since Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. With The Little Hours, the Joshy director subverts what you would expect from a medieval time-based movie about nuns with characters by using modern vernacular and a whole lot of naughty, crass, and, of course, outrageously funny behavior.
The robust follow-up to 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth gives more facts and footage about climate change to make Liberals mobilize and Republicans roll their eyes and scoff the loudest scoff you could imagine.
I’ve been attending the Sundance Film Festival since 2011 and it truly is one of the most magical times of the year for movie fans. So take some friendly advice from a Sundance veteran who has lived both the highs and lows of the festival — there are plenty of Do’s and Don’ts in Park City.
Fans have been waiting on tenterhooks and it’s official: the NBC sitcom Will & Grace is coming back. The network has given the series, which aired its last episode of its eight-season run in 2006, a 10-episode order.
Coming off The Night Manager’s multiple Golden Globe wins earlier this month, AMC is once again set to adapt from the pages of espionage master John le Carré.
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Updated 01.16.17. Headed to Sundance? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!
Updated 01.17.17. Headed to Sundance? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!
The King of Pop’s story is returning to the small screen in a new TV movie following Michael Jackson’s final years through the eyes of one of his bodyguards, Lifetime revealed at TCA today.