As the 2014 Sundance Film Festival kicks off this week, a whirlwind of headlines, clips and details will takeover the entertainment section of every publication. The event itself is an amazing site to see, and if you are unable to attend this year, be sure to keep an eye out for a few gems that are sure to draw a lot of attention. Among the dozens of films though there are always a few choices that we would like to recommend.
With that in mind, before the oncoming wave of headlines comes crashing down upon our readers, we wanted to point out a few of the films that we think you shouldn’t miss.
Directed by: Lynn Shelton
Starring: Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell
Some people never seem to grow up, after lying to her fiancé about a work-retreat, Keira ends up hanging out with her friends instead.
Directed by: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer
This is a film you can either see now, or pay to see later because it’s almost certain to get a distributer after Sundance. The movie fits into the zombie/genre and the all-star casts is a perfect fit for blending comedy with suspense, all against a backdrop of students becoming zombies and taking over the school.
Directed by: Kate Barker-Froyland
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen
Hathaway has a great history of bringing fans into the theater and this story fits a pretty large demographic to begin with, so finding a distributor shouldn’t be a problem. With Hathaway leading the charge it will most likely see a lot of attention at the festival. Hathaway stars as a woman who’s life is altered afar her brother is in an accident.
The Skeleton Twins
Directed by: Craig Johnson
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell
Two major comedic talents formerly of SNL fane come together again for this film. Taking the role of estranged siblings, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader will join Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell for this project. We already know the chemistry on screen will be a lock, and patrons would probably pay to see these two stars work together again. This might be a limited engagement at best in select theaters before going VOD, but you should see it if you can.
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal
This is yet another sure bet for distribution, not only does the awkward comedy offer a large box-office appeal, the stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender alone could fill seats. Mark this one on your list so you can be one to suggest it to your friends.
Love Is Strange
Directed by: Ira Sachs
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei
A love story of a gay-couple may seem like perfect theater fodder but the film may not make to every theater in the nation. John Lithgow’s performances of late have been stellar, and his choices have been flawless. This is a film that you should put on your list.
Wish I Was Here
Directed By: Zach Braff
Starring: Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King
This is the Kickstarted Zach Braff projectyou may have heard about last year. The dramatic Braff has been a hit in the past, and hist story-telling ability shouldn’t be questioned. The film is sure to generate a lot of buzz at Sundance.
White Bird in a Blizzard
Directed By: Gregg Araki
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Gabourey Sidibe
Another no brainer, and an easy choice to be picked up at Sundance. Shailene Woodley is an incredibly popular actor right now, and with “Divergent” right around the corner, having her name on the marquee will be a big draw. The gritty and intimate story deals with a girl who’s mother has disappeared.