It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood treks out to the mountains in Salt Lake City for Sundance! Fandango has helpfully compiled a list of the top 10 movies that have the most buzz going into the festival.
1. ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’: starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster; David Lowery (Director)
The Buzz: You don’t get a more intense trio than this, and that’s especially true when you put them in a story about an outlaw (Affleck) who escapes from prison in order to reunite with his wife (Mara) and the baby he never knew. We expect lots of gritty Texas flavor and more than one awards-caliber performance out of this one.
2. ‘Before Midnight’: starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy; Richard Linklater (Director)
The Buzz: Linklater returns to tell the long-awaited next chapter in the lives of Celine and Jesse, nine years after their previous rendezvous. Many consider the duo’s other two cinematic encounters, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, to be among two of the most romantic movies ever made.
3. ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’: starring oseph Gordon-Levitt (Star, Director), Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
The Buzz: This is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, off a script he also wrote. Here he returns to Sundance as a ladies’ man in search of a more gratifying sex life. Is there anyone who isn’t turned on by that description and this cast?
4. ‘Lovelace’: starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco, Sharon Stone, Rob Epstein (Director), Jeffrey Friedman (Director)
The Buzz: Amanda Seyfried plays porn star Linda Lovelace, a role full of all sorts of demanding parts to it, both physical and emotional. While many will be focused on the sex (which we imagine will be plentiful) and Lovelace’s Deep Throat, the real story will come in the tale of a troubled and abused woman rising up to discover her true self.
5. ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’: starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, Fredrik Bond (Director)
The Buzz: The next phase of Shia LaBeouf’s post-Transformers career continues with this wild role in which he plays an American traveling through Europe who hooks up with a whole lotta trouble in the form of a mysterious Romanian woman (Evan Rachel Wood).
Click on the more link beneath the gallery to see the remaining pics. Which one is your favorite? ‘Mud‘ with Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon is the one I’m the most curious about (check after the break to see its description).
6. ‘S-VHS’: starring Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisener (Directors)
The Buzz: Another sequel premiering at this year’s festival (Before Midnight being the other),S-VHS ambitiously debuts only 12 months after the first volume arrived, continuing the anthology theme with a host of new horror shorts from returning directors and some new ones, like Edúardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun). Don’t tell anyone, but word is it’s better than the first.
7. ‘The Spectactular Now’: starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, James Ponsoldt (Director)
The Buzz: Ponsoldt’s Smashed was a, well, smash hit at Sundance last year, and now he returns with another unique tale about two very different people who sort of find each other amidst the chaos and addictions of high school. Many expect breakout performances from both Teller (Footloose) and Woodley (The Descendants) in the film, adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel by the duo who wrote 500 Days of Summer.
8. ‘Stoker’: starring Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Park Chan-wook (Director)
The Buzz: Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Three …Extremes) makes his highly anticipated English-language debut with this film about a girl who becomes infatuated with a mysterious uncle who arrives on the scene after her father dies in a car accident. We shall expect the unexpected, and look forward to loving every minute of it.
9. ‘Mud’: starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Nichols (Director)
The Buzz: Matthew McConaughey is currently enjoying the most impressive stint in his career, and pairing him with the excellent writer-director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) will only bring out the best in this story about two boys who stumble upon a charismatic outlaw (McConaughey) while out exploring.
10. ‘The East’: starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, Zal Batmanglij (Director)
The Buzz: The duo who brought us the Sundance hit Sound of My Voice (Marling and Batmanglij) return to the festival with this much-anticipated follow-up about an ex-FBI agent who infiltrates a mysterious group of anarchists targeting wealthy and powerful corporate CEOs.