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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...