We’re not even out of award season yet for the films that came out in 2013, but it’s already time to turn our attention to the indie gems premiering later in 2014. No rest for the weary or the…people interested in movies, right? That sounds correct.
That’s right guys, it’s time for the Sundance Film Festival, which opened yesterday, January 16th and goes through January 26th in Park City, Utah. Huzzah! A glorious ten days of movies, hob-knobbing, and breaking in your new anorak in the glistening powder! And while I don’t want to sell you short or anything — I’m sure you’re a great person, with tons of money lying around to throw at an alpine / film festival vacay — I figure there’s a slim possibility that you’re not at Sundance right now, and might need a simple run down of the most buzzed-about films.
So on the off-chance that you, like me, are reading this on the computer at your office job and not on the iPad in your be-mittened grasp as you schuss down the slopes and drink hot toddies in the lodge, why don’t you come along with me for a round-up of eighteen of the films critics seem most excited about. Feel free to wear your parka.
This is probably the movie that critics are most excited about, because even though most peoples’ lists don’t have much overlap, Boyhood is on pretty much all of them.
It’s been shot for several weeks a year over the past twelve years, and follows a divorced couple, played by Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, trying to raise their young son, Mason, played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane.
2. They Came Together
Paul Rudd plays an executive trying to shut down a small candy shop owned by Amy Poehler‘s character, and the love that blossoms between them can’t possibly be anything but adorable.
3. Love Is Strange
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a gay couple who get married after being together for thirty-nine years, only to have one of them lose his job at a Catholic school when news of the marriage reaches them.
4. A Most Wanted Man
Based on the book of the same name, this film is about a Chechen Muslim who immigrates to Hamburg and gets swept up in the international war on terror, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright.
A comedy starring Michael Fassbender as the eccentric leader of a band, who wears a giant fake head and has an intimidating sidekick, Clara, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
6. Camp X Ray
Another highly-anticipated film, this one stars Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo Bay guard, who forges an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees.
7. Low Down
The true story of jazz pianist Joe Albany, played by John Hawkes, and his daughter Amy, played by Elle Fanning, who has to cope with her father deteriorating under a heroin addiction.
A family is pushed to the brink of collapse by the delinquent behavior of the thirteen-year old son, Jacob, whose younger brother is removed from the home by child services. Starring Aaron Paul as the father, with Juliette Lewis in a supporting role.
9. The One I Love
Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass star as a married couple on the brink of divorce, whose weekend getaway to try to save their marriage takes a bizarre turn.
10. Cold In July
Starring Michael C. Hall as a man who shoots and kills a burglar in his home in 1989, only to have that man’s ex-con father arrive in town, vowing revenge. Also featuring Sam Shepard, an original badass.