The Top 5 Films to Watch at Sundance 2018

The Top 5 Films to Watch at Sundance 2018

Sundance Film Festival 2018 is already underway, and the lineup is stocked with some of most anticipated films of the year.

Sundance Film Festival 2018 is already underway, and the lineup is stocked with some of most anticipated films of the year.

Text: Erin McDowell

Sundance Film Festival 2018 is already underway, and the lineup is stocked with some of the best directors and actors in the business. Sundance has brought forth some of the most popular movies of the year — The Big Sick premiered at 2017's festival, and quickly became a favorite among viewers and critics nationwide. The film went on to receive the Critic's Choice Award for Best Comedy this year. If you missed your flight to snow-covered Park City, Utah, or would simply prefer to watch the best films from the festival at home (when they come out, that is), here's your list of the top five Sundance films you absolutely can't miss.

Juliet, Naked

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Starring Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd, Juliet, Naked follows an adaptation of the book by the same name written by acclaimed British author Nick Hornby. The film follows an obsessive rock fan, his girlfriend, and the musician that he idolizes. Annie (Bryne) enters an unlikely romance with the subject of her boyfriend's obsession, faded rocker Tucker Crowe.

Wildlife

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Beautifully acted by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal and wonderfully directed by actor Paul Dano, this adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel Wildlife proves both "delicate and difficult," according to the LA Times. The film follows a young boy as he watches his parents' marriage disintegrate before his eyes. This poignant and heartfelt film is highly-anticipated and will surely be an object of festival conversation.

Leave No Trace

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Following the story of a father and daughter homeless by choice, Leave No Trace is Debra Granik's first narrative film since Winter's Bone, which broke out Jennifer Lawrence. Ben Foster and breakthrough actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie star in Granin's highly anticipated return. The Sundance Institute provided the following blurb on the film: "A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. A small mistake tips them off to authorities sending them on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own." It sounds suspenseful and utterly captivating from that description alone.

Sorry to Bother You

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Following the wild success of films like Get Out, which analyzed racial tensions in America in an immensely creative way, Sorry to Bother You seeks to do just that. Rapper and activist Boots Riley, of the hip-hop act the Coup, makes his feature directorial debut in Sorry to Bother You. Set in an alternate present-day version of Oakland, California, the film follows a telemarketer as he tries to break into the music industry and his relationships with his activist girlfriend and an outlandish CEO, played by Armie Hammer.

Madeline’s Madeline

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Directed by Josephine Decker, Madeline's Madeline boasts to be among the top-anticipated films from Sundance. Energetic and wild, the story highlights Decker's background in performance art and deals with a teenager finding herself within an acting workshop. The film stars an intriguing trio of young actresses; Helena Howard, who Decker first discovered while she was judging a high school acting competition, independent filmmaker Miranda July,  and strong film actress Molly Parker.

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