Sundance: The Best Of The Rest

Sundance: The Best Of The Rest

V'S ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR, GREG KRELENSTEIN, TELLS US ABOUT HOW SUNDANCE'S STANDOUTS KEEP IT ALL IN THE FAMILY, BUT AREN'T ALWAYS FAMILY FRIENDLY

V'S ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR, GREG KRELENSTEIN, TELLS US ABOUT HOW SUNDANCE'S STANDOUTS KEEP IT ALL IN THE FAMILY, BUT AREN'T ALWAYS FAMILY FRIENDLY

Text: Greg Krelenstein

For fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

As You Are is a teen angst drama set in the early '90s (the title references Nirvana’ s “Come As You Are”), directed by first-time filmmaker, 23-year-old Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.The film, told in flashbacks and set in a police interrogation room, is electrified by the breakout performances of Charlie Heaton and Owen Campbell. Both boys play grunge-worshipping outcasts that become inseparable buddies when their parents become a couple, and move in together.For a while, it’ s the Brady Bunch: they cut class to smoke weed, and play spin the bottle with their classmate, played by Amandla Stenberg, but the high doesn’ t last. The takeaway here is the fresh voice of a young director and a talented trio of actors, who deliver incredible performances in this coming of age ode to the early work of Gus Van Sant.

For fans of Clueless and Jennifer’ s Body

Yoga Hosers is the work of a 45-year-old male stoner making a movie for 12-year-old girls. That is according to the film’ s writer/director Kevin Smith. The script waswritten with his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, in mind, and sees a comedic feature from Johnny Depp. Surprisingly, the movie’ s heavy buzz has little to do with the stardom of the latter actor, and more to do with the proper acting debut of his daughter, Lily-Rose. The cinema starlet, and fashion favorite, takes a co-leading role alongside Harley Quinn, playing "girl clerks" in a convenience store somewhere in suburban Canada. The comedy writes itself: the girls pass the time on their phones, practice yoga in a strip mall, and play in a punk band called Glam Thrax.It's so much fun to watch that when the film takes a turn and they're confronted with an ancient evil in the form of Nazi monster sausages, it’ s hardly the talking point. In all, stop being basic, and go with it. The film is pure bubblegum pop.

For fans of Little Miss Sunshine and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Viggo Mortensen is given the role of his career: a hippie father that chooses to raise his children off the grid in the Pacific

Northwest in Captain Fantastic. After a family tragedy, the family is brought into the “real world” and confronted with the modern world trappings of iPhones and video games. The movie ticks all the boxes of a perfect festival film, and is filled with incredible performances, led by Mortensen and his character’ s eldest son (George MacKay), There wasn’ t a dry eye in the house.You can expect Viggo to be an early frontrunner in next year's awards race.

As You Are

Captain Fantastic

As You Are

As You Are

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

Yoga Hosers

Yoga Hosers

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