The Sundance Film Festival came to a close on January 28. And this time the general opinion was that, overall, the films weren’t as good as they were in 2017. Last year movies like, Call Me By Your Name, The Big Sick, and Mudbound, premiered at the festival and they are all Oscar contenders this year.
But it doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of movies worth watching at the festival this year. So here are ten films that we may be talking about later this year.
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Janina Gavankar
Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada
Blindspotting shows the effects of police overusing its power on people of color. Critics are calling it “Do The Right Thing for the Black Lives Matter movement.” That sounds very promising to me and I'm looking forward to watching it when it comes out.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara
Director: Gus Van Sant
This is the new Gus Van Sant movie and it is based on a true story. I normally really enjoy Van Saint’s movies, Good Will Hunting and Milk are both great.
But a lot of the people who watched this complained that it is too long and that it drags at times. But on the other hand they are also saying that Joaquin Phoenix killed it on it. And that he is a likely Oscar contender next year for the stirring portrayal of John Callahan, a real-life quadriplegic alcoholic turned cartoonist. It also has a great supporting cast with Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. So I will definitely check this out.
Cast: Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse
Director/Writer: Sam Levinson
There are a lot of buzz on the internet about this flick. The plot revolves around a small town where the private digital lives of its residents are exposed. When that happen, 4 young ladies fight for their lives and reps.
The talk surrounding this movie is that it’s bold, challenging, creative, and shocking. it has also some honest dialogue mixed with some brutal violence. A lot of comparisons with Tarantino movies, too. Needless to say, I’m dying to see it.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shephard
Director: Desiree Akhavan
The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells the story of a teenage girl forced into gay conversion therapy after being caught having a sexual encounter with the prom queen.
The movie got some very positive reviews. Critics said it has a compelling, disturbing subject matter and some fine performances, too. The movie also was the winner of the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the festival. So, expectations are high on this one.
Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton
Director: Bo Burnham
This movie is written and directed by the comedian Bo Burnham. And it is about a girl's experience in eighth grade. The critical opinion online is that it is a very sweet and heartbreaking movie. It is a come of age flick but, it avoids all the cliches of the genre.
Also, there is a lot of praise for the young actress, Elsie Fisher - and that she was one of the festival’s breakout performances, I really liked Bo’s special on Netflix and I’m really curious to see what he made this time.
Cast: Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter
Director/Writer: Jennifer Fox
Director Jennifer Fox has made a brave, deeply personal movie. People that had a chance to watch it at the festival commented that it was an emotional and gut-wrenching experience.
Laura Dern stars as a woman who recounts a sexual relationship she had at 13 with a much older man. And according to critics, she is absolutely extraordinary. This is probably one of the must-watch movies of 2018 and I will definitely check it out.
Sorry to Bother You
Cast: Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield
Director/Writer: Boots Riley
According to the reviews a read, Sorry to Bother You was the craziest/weirdest movie at Sundance this year. A realistic dark comedy that is an intellectual rumination on capitalism, activism culture and success.
It also has a terrific ensemble cast that includes Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Armie Hammer. I’m very curious about this one.
The Kindergarten Teacher
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Gael García Bernal, Michael Chernus
Director: Sara Colangelo
Written and directed by Sara Colangelo, The Kindergarten Teacher is an adaptation of a 2014 Israeli film of the same name.
The movie has an interesting premise. A frustrated teacher played by Maggie Gyllenhaal who is searching for purpose beyond her boring life, discovers that one of her five-year-old students seems to be a poetry prodigy, she then becomes fascinated with him, ultimately risking her family and freedom to nurture his talent.
Apparently, Sara Colangelo got some phenomenal performances out of her cast, especially from the five-year-old newcomer. And critics are calling Maggie Gyllenhaal performance flawless.
Director: Lauren Greenfield
This documentary is getting a lot of talks and apparently, presents a pretty dark vision of what society has come to.
Photographer and Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield examine the global economy, the American dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism and greed.
The word on the internet is that this doc is extremely well-shot and assembled but also very disturbing. Amazon will distribute it and it will be out this Summer. I cannot wait to watch it.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Bill Duke
Director: Panos Cosmatos
Critics are saying that this movie displays Nicholas Cage in his most insane role yet. Apparently, he is fighting cultists and bikers with chainsaws. Basically, an instant cult classic. Mandy director, Panos Cosmatos, also made Beyond the Black Rainbow which is seriously underrated. So yeah, I’m really excited for this.