Unless you’re a seasoned film buff, Sundance goers may find themselves blindly wandering the snowy streets of Park City, stumbling from creepy art-house thrillers to a string of terrible shorts.
Luckily, we’ve made it easy to wade through the (often literal) Sundance slush. Here, we’ve rounded up the ten most buzz-worthy flicks of the festival, from Paul Rudd’s latest bromance, “Prince Avalanche,” to Steve Coogan’s dramatic turn as English porn tycoon, Paul Raymond, in “The Look of Love.”
What other movies are you excited to watch at Sundance? Tell us in the comments below!
Before Midnight: The latest installment of Richard Linklater's trilogy (this one intended as a prequel to the 1995 cult favorite "Before Sunrise") follows an attractively rumpled-looking Ethan Hawke as Jesse and Julie Delpy as Celine on a romantic evening in Greece. The buzz is that the film will reveal whether the star-crossed lovers finally get their happily-ever-after.
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Breathe In: Two years after their last Sundance entry, "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus and co-screenwriter Ben York Jones return with "Breathe In," which follows a foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) who meets a handsome local (Guy Pierce) in a small town in upstate New York.
Indian Paintbrush/Indian Paintbrush
Circles: The latest from Serbian filmmaker, Srdan Golubovic, tells the story of Marco, a soldier who returns to his Bosnian hometown only to lose his life in a tragic robbery-gone-awry. Years later, his death is still reverberating in the lives of his friends and family members, who struggle to make peace with Marco's killers.
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C.O.G.: Kyle Patrick Alvarez made a strong debut with his 2009 film, "Easier with Practice," and his second—which was adapted from a David Sedaris' memoir about an Oregonian apple farm—features a knockout cast of rising stars, including Jonathan Groff, Casey Wilson and Corey Stoll.
Forty Second Productions/Forty Second Productions
Prince Avalanche: Stories about male friendships are having a moment (in the wake of hits like "The Hangover"), so we're betting "Prince Avalanche"—which stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hersch and features an original score by Explosions in the Sky—serves as a kind of indie counterpart to "I Love You Man."
Rough House Pictures/Rough House Pictures
The East: Starring Sundance darlings Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Patricia Clarkson, Zal Batmanglij's "The East" tells the story of a contract worker who has to infiltrate a group of young (and uniformly attractive) anarchists, but finds herself falling for its leader.
Scott Free Productions/Scott Free Productions
The Future: After the death of their parents, grief-stricken siblings Bianca (Manuela Martelli) and Tomas (Luigi Ciardo) try to cope with their grief. For Bianca, the healing process includes hanging out in a mysterious mansion that belongs to a former Mister Universe (played by a beefed-up Rutger Hauer).
GNK Productions/GNK Productions
The Look of Love: Steve Coogan takes a dramatic turn in Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love," which examines the life of English porn baron, Paul Raymond. If that's not enough to pique your interest, Winterbottom's filming style—which changes as the film progresses to suit the time period—sounds particularly intriguing.
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Stories We Tell: Sarah Polley proved herself adept at handling tricky emotional material with "Away From Her," and her latest documentary, "Stories We Tell"—about finding truth in a family of professed fibbers—promises to do the same.
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Magic Magic: It may sound like the setup for "Turistas," but "Magic Magic"—about a group of young Americans traveling through Chile—is a subtle mystery story, with Juno Temple playing the fragile Alicia, who is slowly losing her grip on reality.
Braven Films/Braven Films