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Chris Evangelista: Sundance is upon us yet again. It’s time to get excited for a whole new year of new movies. Unlike many other festivals that arrive as the year ticks on, Sundance is particularly exciting because almost everything there is fresh and unseen. That means you can either be blessed with wonderful surprises – or crushing disappointments. This year, Ben Pearson and I will be representing /Film on the ground at Park City, and we’ve joined forces to put together 10 films we’re looking forward to.
Ben Pearson: Right you are, Chris. Since we’re essentially flying in the dark here, we’re basing these selections purely on a combination of filmmaker, premise, and cast and praying to the movie gods that everything works out for the best. We have no idea if any of these movies are going to work their way into the public consciousness over the next year, but Sundance is always a great way to wipe the slate clean and kick off the year by taking an early look at what might be driving the conversation for months to come. That spark could come from any movie on this list or none of them – who knows!, but here are the ten we’re the most excited to see.Shirley
Shirley doesn’t sound like your typical biopic, and that’s exciting. The film follows a young couple who move into the spare room of the household of author Shirley Jackson, writer of The Haunting of Hill House, and more. The couple soon begins to suspect something is amiss in the home, as the story blends both Jackson’s real-life with her horror fiction. Rather than just follow biopic trappings to tell the story of Shirley Jackson’s life, Shirley turns a portrait of the author into a thriller. Elisabeth Moss plays Shirley Jackson, and that alone is enough to get me excited. Moss excels at playing eccentric characters, and here she’s working with Josephine Decker, director of the phenomenal Madeline’s Madeline. Chris EvangelistaCome Away
Brenda Chapman, the filmmaker behind The Prince of Egypt and Pixar’s Brave, is making her live-action debut in a movie that stars David Oyelowo, Angelina Jolie, and Michael Caine. But it sounds like kids will largely be the focus here, because Come Away is a fairy tale prequel about the early adventures of Alice before she heads to Wonderland and Peter before he becomes Peter Pan. In this story, the kids grow up as brother and sister, and have to “save their parents from downward spirals until finally they’re forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.” Sounds like that could be a recipe for a fresh and entertaining take on familiar characters, and the involvement of Chapman and this A-list cast only adds to my curiosity. Ben Pearson...
The 2020 release calendar hit a snag with the coronavirus outbreak, but not before a number of cinematic highlights made their way to U.S. screens. IndieWire spent much of 2019 reviewing films on the festival circuit prior to their release dates, and some of them finally made it to theaters this year. Others simply materialized over the last few months, and we’re all the better for having them.
Our running list of the best movies of 2020 so far only includes movies that have received a U.S. theatrical release or have become available on VOD platforms accessible in North America. Films that received a B+ or higher qualify for the list. We’ll keep it updated as the year continues. Check out brief excerpts below and links to the full review.“Bacurau” Review
In some respects, Kleber Mendonça Filho's “Bacurau” can be seen as a logical continuation of the Brazilian critic-turned-auteur's two previous features. Much like 2012's revelatory “Neighboring Sounds,” for example, “Bacurau” is a patient and sprawling portrait of a Brazilian community as it struggles to defend itself against the dark specter of modernity. And much like 2016's unshakeable “Aquarius,” “Bacurau” hinges on an immovably stubborn woman who refuses to relinquish her place in the world — who won't allow our blind lust for the future to bury her meaningful ties to the past.“Emma” Review
Enter: Director Autumn de Wilde's lavish but loyal “Emma” stylized “Emma.”, an indulgent movie about indulgent people that dares to imagine how — on a long enough timeline — the whole of human existence might be no more important than a straw hat shaped like a fortune cookie, or a navy blue shirt popping against a mustard peacoat, or the romantic misfortunes of an unsophisticated teenage girl as they reverberate through a vain pocket of the English gentry.“First Cow” Review
Few filmmakers wrestle with what it means to be American the way Kelly Reichardt has injected that question into all of her movies. In a meticulous fashion typical of her spellbinding approach, “First Cow” consolidates the potent themes of everything leading up to it: It returns her to the nascent America of the 19th century frontier at the center of “Meek's Cutoff,” touches on the environmental frustrations of “Night Moves,” revels in the glorious isolation of the countryside in “Certain Women,” and the somber travails of vagrancy at the center of “Wendy and Lucy.”“Miss Americana” Review
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