Thursday, January 21, 2010

movies to watch at sundance this year

From Jim Kiest over at www.mysanantonio.com, here's a cheat sheet on the movies getting top buzz at this year's edition of robert redford's wintertime film tradition sundance film festival.

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Sundance highlights

"Enter the Void": Often controversial director Gaspar Noe ("Irreversible") competed at Cannes with this visually striking film, which follows the departed spirit of a murdered drug dealer on a sex and drug-fueled final voyage.

"Frozen": Horror films don't get any more minimal, or chilly, than this entry from indie director Adam Green, who made a splash a few years back with the slasher homage "Hatchet." In his latest, three young skiers are stranded and forgotten on a chair lift in the cold and dark.

"Mother & Child": Director Rodrigo Garcia weaves together the stories of three women (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington) whose lives are shaped by adoption. Absence and missed connections haunt the heartrending tale.

"The Runaways": "Twilight's Kristen Stewart (Joan Jett) and a surprisingly tuff looking Dakota Fanning (Cherie Currie) star in this biopic of the girl punk godmothers.

"The Shock Doctrine": British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom is one of the directors of this doc based on Naomi Klein's provocative book, which argues that Western powers take advantage of disasters, tying aid to regulations that favor big business, not people.

"The Killer Inside Me": Winterbottom also directed this crime drama, set in West Texas, about a small-town deputy who's also the most dangerous criminal in his jurisdiction. Based on the book by hard-core noir author Jim Thompon, it stars Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson.

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