The time between a movie’s Sundance debut and its actual release tends to be a drawn out process. But since the buzz starts now it’s time to highlight which movies are worth keeping track of. Here are some of the titles you might want to get email alerts for.
Nicolas Cage goes full on Nicolas Cage. With an axe and a chainsaw. And the first impressions are really good, with Slashfilm calling it “a pulsing, twisted descent into heavy metal vengeance that must be seen to be believed”.
Buzz for this one is insane. Newcomer Daveed Diggs is said to blow up this year, going from the Broadway smash hit Hamilton to this hip-hop ridden movie called “sharp, stylish, and sincere”.
With a lot of heavy arthouse drama movies it’s nice to see a bit more commercial comedy making the list. Although the reviews says its kind of odd, filled with obscure humor. Not necessarily a bad thing. Stars Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement and Craig Robinson.
A new Gus Van Sant movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. A trailer is already out and Variety calls it an “uplifting biopic about an alcoholic’s bounce back from rock bottom.”. Gus Van Sant has made a lot of crap movies since Good Will Hunting but this one looks like a return to form. Maybe.
Daisy Ridley stars alongside Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay, and Dominic Mafham. The plot follows the well-known story of ‘Hamlet’, but rather through the perspective of Ophelia.
Based on a book by Nick Hornby, produced by Apatow and stars Ethan Hawk, Chris O’Dowd and Rose Byrne.
Black comedy featuring Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland and Crimson Peak) and based on writer Ryû Murakami’s (Audition”) book with the same title. Directed by the guy who did The Eyes of My Mother. If any of this rings a bell, add this to your list.
Laura Dern stars as Jennifer Fox who discovered she was sexually assaulted when she was 13. A timely and true story which received a 10 out of 10 review from Slashfilm’s Ethan Anderton.
There’s tons more, including Sorry To Bother You, Burden, Night Comes On, RBG and The Rider. We’re trying to keep up with the most interesting movies on Twitter, and Slashfilm as well as the Hollywood Report covers the festival.