Category Archives: Sundance

A place to find all news, articles, schedules, nominations, winners, coverage and analysis on the Sundance Film Festival.

“Juliet, Naked” Review: The Nick Hornby Genre Is Alive and Well Thanks to a Strong Cast Led by Rose Byrne

Juliet, Naked Review“Director Jesse Peretz seems to be growing as a filmmaker, and he’s got such a solid foundation in the form of the script by Tamara Jenkins and Jim Taylor that it gives him plenty of room to work,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Scandinavian Thriller “The Guilty”

TheGuiltySundanceDirected by Gustav Möller, based on a screenplay co-written by Emil Nygaard Albertsen, the thriller involves an emergency call dispatcher who gets caught up in a far larger web of intrigue while trying to save a kidnapped woman.

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Sundance: Neon Acquires Police Shooting Drama “Monsters and Men”

Monsters and MenReinaldo Marcus Green’s directorial debut is a triptych following three stories — a family man captures an unlawful police shooting on video; a police officer with conflicting feelings about what that video shows; and a high school athlete who, in the aftermath of the shooting, is inspired to stand up for what he believes in.

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Sundance: Female Leads Struggle with Mid-Life Crises in Trio of Sundance Premieres

GyllenhaalByrneMulliganMaggie Gyllenhaal, Rose Byrne and Carey Mulligan drive The Kindergarten Teacher, Juliet, Naked and Paul Dano’s Wildlife to very different places.

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Sundance Diary, Day 2: “Eighth Grade” Soars While Paul Rudd Bores and Nicolas Cage Bleeds

Sundance Diary Day 2I also caught Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing, and while it isn’t nearly as bold or as daring as his debut The Eyes of My Mother, it’s a fun two-hander starring Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska that plays like a bloodier version of Phantom Thread.

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“Mandy” Review: Nicolas Cage’s Deranged Revenge Thriller Is Lush and Gorgeous, Even at Its Ugliest

Mandy ReviewDirector Panos Cosmatos and his co-writer Aaron Stewart-Ahn absolutely know what movie they’re making, and they are after something that draws together all of the various things that have influenced them in a way that is personal and authentic, and not just about what looks cool,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Review: Mr. Rogers Documentary Arrives at a Critical Time for Common Decency

Won't You Be My Neighbor ReviewMr. Rogers’ Neighborhood remains one of the definitive works of art in any medium about the way childhood imagination works,” writes Drew McWeeny, who said the emotional film “broke” him.

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Sundance: Debra Granik’s Drama “Leave No Trace” Starring Ben Foster Sells Foreign to Sony Worldwide

ThomasinNewcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenziefollows plays a teenage girl who lives in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon with her father (Foster). A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from Forest Park, and into the charge of a social service agency.

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Sundance: Keira Knightley Drama “Colette” Sells to 30West, Bleecker Street in Festival’s First Major Deal

Colette SundanceSet in turn-of-the-century Paris, the film stars Knightley as a young woman who writes a series of bestselling romance novels, but is forced to publish them under her husband’s name. He takes all the credit, while she struggles to be recognized for her work.

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Sundance Diary, Day 1: Joaquin Phoenix Shines in John Callahan Biopic, But Gus Van Sant’s 12-Step Drama Is a Tough Sit

Don't Worry, JoaquinEditor in Chief Jeff Sneider writes about Reinaldo Marcus Green’s directorial debut Monsters and Men, while Drew McWeeny and Ed Douglas trade tweets praising Jason Mantzoukas in Hannah Fidell’s comedy The Long Dumb Road.

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Sundance: 21 Rising Stars With the Potential to Breakout at the Film Festival

Sundance BreakoutsAml Ameen, Anthony Ramos, Vivian Bang, Dominique Fishback, Dede Lovelace, Helena Howard, Forrest Goodluck and Kelvin Harrison Jr. are just some of the young performers of color who will be trying to make a name for themselves in Park City this week.

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As the Times Change, So Does Sundance, Where Sales May Slow, “Monster” Movies May Shine, and Harvey Isn’t Welcome

Monster MoviesIf I’m being honest, the Park City Midnight section has lost a bit of its luster as Toronto’s Midnight Madness has gained momentum with the genre filmmaking crowd, but I have faith that Revenge, Arizona, Piercing and Lords of Chaos will deliver the genre goods this year.

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Accessing the Festival Party and Event Grid

Festival Grid 2018Want access to our exclusive Festival Party and Event Grid? Click here for all the information you need!

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Festival Party and Event Grid (EXCLUSIVE)

Festival Grid 2018Updated 01.18.18 with 23 exclusive events! Headed to Park City? 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!

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Festival Party and Event Grid (EXCLUSIVE)

Festival Grid 2018Updated 01.18.18 with 23 exclusive events! Headed to Park City? 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!

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The Sundance 2017 Scorecard: Which Movies Did Well, Which Movies Weren’t Even Released

TheBigSickSundanceAmazon Studios’ Sundance pick-up The Big Sick was one of the biggest deals from last year’s festival, and it paid off big time as the most successful film out of last year’s fest. Others didn’t fare nearly as well.

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Sundance Adds Joaquin Phoenix’s “You Were Never Really Here,” Todd Haynes Retrospective and More

JoaquinPhoenixYouWereNeverReallyHereLynne (We Need to Talk About Kevin) Ramsay’s latest film comes to Sundance after receiving accolades at Cannes. It will be released by Amazon Studios on April 6.

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Eleven of the Biggest Surprises from the Sundance Lineup Announcement

DontWorrySundanceNicolas Cage playing a cult leader? A Tony Gilroy political thriller? A new Gus van Sant movie, a timely doc about Gloria Allred and Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde (and possibly Oscar fodder?) could make this a wild and crazy Sundance indeed.

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Sundance 2018: Kristen Stewart’s Lizzie Borden Movie, Robin Williams Documentary Highlight Festival Lineup

LizzieBWhile there are plenty of new directors (47 first-time directors to be exact, including actors Paul Dano and Idris Elba), there are even more returning filmmakers, such as Sebastian Silva, Desiree Akhavan, Nicolas Pesce and the Zellner brothers.

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Sundance Film Festival 2017: Complete List of Award Winners

sundance-winners-excerptAfter 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.

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17 Breakout Actors, Writers and Directors From Sundance 2017

sundnace-breakout-excerpt 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.

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Lakeith Stanfield & Nnamdi Asomugha Shine In “Crown Heights”

crown-heights-excerptDirector-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.

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Jenny Slate Comedy “Landline” Connects in All the Right Places

landline-excerptThe 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.

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Jack Black Brings Comedic Kitsch to a Tragic Story in “The Polka King”

polka-king-excerptOne 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.

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Charming Comedy “Wilson” Gives Heart to a Horrible Jerk

wilson-excerptDirector 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.

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Current Awards Season Affecting “Mudbound” Bidding War, Which Includes A24, Annapurna (Exclusive)

mudbound-excerptWhile 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.

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Short Takes: “Roxanne Roxanne,” “Fun Mom Dinner,” & “Manifesto”

sundance-short-takes-2-excerptFrom 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.

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“Wind River” Has Plenty of Snow-Capped Suspense and Taylor Sheridan-Brand Violence

wind-river-excerptGolden 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.

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Sundance Sales So Far: Amazon, Netflix Duke It Out for 2017 Festival Supremacy

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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.

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Short Takes: “Colossal,” “Bitch,” & “The Yellow Birds”

colossal-excerptThe 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.

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