The Sundance film festival begins today, and even if you are a big fan of film, you may have a hard time picking out what you want to see. It’s all because the films shown at the festival are small budget, independent films that haven’t been promoted much yet. That might change afterwards though once the bidding wars begin by the studios to release the films. Here are the top films we think you won’t want to miss.
The Catcher Was A Spy: True stories generally catch attention, and the odder the story, they more attention they get. This one is about a professional baseball catcher who became a spy during World War II. It’s got a strong cast too, including Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce and Paul Giamatti, which always helps.
Whitefang: This animated feature based on the classic Jack London novel might end up being one of the most talked about family features later this year simply because it’s not a Disney or Pixar film, and will bring something different to the table.
Damsel: Robert Pattinson may not be in the spotlight like he was during the whole Twilight era, but he’s got a strong fan base and know how to play his roles well. It will be interesting to see how he does in slapstick comedy in this offbeat western that is one of the most anticipated films of the festival. Mia Wasikowska also stars.
Assassination Nation: This film might just be the cult favourite of the year. It stars a young cast, including Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young, Bella Thorne, Bill Skarsgård and Joel McHale, plus the story of a small town taking matters into their own hands after everyone is hacked sounds too interesting to pass up. And oh yeah, we can’t forget to mention that it’s also a grindhouse style of film, so expect a whole lot of violence.
Yardie: Over the last few years Idris Elba has been making a huge splash and widely talked about for his acting abilities, but Yardie will see him talked about for his directing skills instead. This film is based on the Victor Headley novel, and takes a look insied the Jamaican/British gang world.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot: Gus van Sant has made some great films such as Good Will Hunting and Milk, but he’s also made some real stinkers such as Promised Land. For his newest film he’s brought in Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara to tell the true story of a man paralyzed in a car crash who turns to art for therapy.
Lizzie: Chloe Sevigny stars as Lizzie Borden in this psychological thriller that looks at the 19th century murder case that is still one of the most notorious in American history. The film also stars Kristen Stewart and Kim Dickens.