Turbo Kid

You can’t throw a rock at Sundance without hitting a coming-of-age tale, but it’s safe to say Turbo Kid is different from most. The Park City at Midnight entry follows an orphaned boy (Munro Chambers) in a retro-futuristic, post-apocalyptic 1997. After his best friend (Laurence Leboeuf) is kidnapped by the evil Zeus (Michael Ironside), he sets out across the Wasteland on his BMX bike to find her.

Co-director Anouk Whissell describes it as “an old crazy 80s kid movie,” while co-director François Simard adds that it’s “made for the inner children in all of us.” (Yoann-Karl Whissell is the third co-director.) But it’s not made for people who are also children on the outside — it’s gleefully gory, as you’ll see from the first Turbo Kid trailer after the jump.

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Duplass brothers

The Duplass brothers seem to be everywhere these days, from cable TV to the big screen, and now they’re going to be on Netflix, too. The streaming service has just struck a four-picture deal with the filmmaking duo.

Hilariously, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says deals like this are “the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal.” Unlike the Sandler films, however, the Duplass projects will hit theaters first. More on the Netflix Duplass brothers deal after the jump.  Read More »

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Filmmaker Sean Baker (Four Letter Words, Take Out, Prince of Broadway, Starlet) premiered his new film Tangerine at the Library theater Friday at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A Q&A followed the screening during which Baker revealed that the film was shot entirely using three iPhone 5S phones. (Update: Our original story said “almost entirely,” before the film’s team provided a correction.) The revelation got an audible gasp from the crowd who had just watched the movie. It’s not the that film looked amazing — it had a digital look to it for sure — it’s just that no one could tell that it was shot on iPhones.

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The Best Movies Of Sundance Film Festival History

Yesterday I posted part one of my two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. Today I return with the second installment, which takes a look at the best movies from the last 15 years of the festival as Park City became not only the mecca of American independent film but the launching pad for hundred million dollar award contenders.

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Dope

With the Sundance Film Festival slated to kick off tomorrow, we have a fun first look at one of this year’s under-the-radar treats. Dope stars Shameik Moore as a teenage geek named Malcolm growing up in a rough neighborhood in Inglewood, California. He winds up in a sticky situation after attending a party where a drug deal goes sour.

Also starring are Zoë KravitzTony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Blake Anderson (WorkaholicsKeith Stanfield (Short Term 12), and rapper A$AP Rocky. Pharrell contributed to the soundtrack. Watch the Dope trailer after the jump.  Read More »

The Best Movies Of Sundance Film Festival History

The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just a film festival, but a look into the future of cinema. As we travel to Park City Utah this year, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at the last 30 years of the festival. Today I begin part one of my two-day, two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. In part one I will focus on the first 15 years of the festival* as the small independent film festival grew into the launching pad for new filmmakers and ground zero for the independent movie boom of the 1990’s.

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Hits

After years of acting in films both awesome and terrible, David Cross is finally making his directorial debut with Hits. The indie comedy centers on a small-town girl (Meredith Hagner) who dreams of fame, while her father (Matt Walsh) accidentally stumbles into it.

Cross has stuffed the cast with familiar faces, including Michael Cera, Wyatt Cenac, David Koechner, and Jason Ritter. Watch the Hits trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Ana Lily Amirpour's next film

It took a year for the vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to really build momentum after its Sundance debut last year, but the debut feature from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour has really made an impression on people now. We’ve talked about her as a director we’re very excited to watch going forward, and now we know Ana Lily Amirpour’s next film. She wrote and will direct The Bad Batch, a “dystopian love story set in Texas.” Even better, she’ll be backed by Vice and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the same team that was behind Spring Breakers. Read More »

Josh Gad as Roger Ebert

Josh Gad is best known for playing roles in Frozen and The Book of Mormon, but he has dabbled with portraying real figures, too. He played Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak in Jobs, and now he’s in line to play the late film critic Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger Go Beyond. The film already has Will Ferrell lined up to play filmmaker Russ Meyer, who with Ebert created the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. This film plans to explore their friendship and working relationship, and the origin of that film. And if we see Josh Gad as Roger Ebert opposite Ferrell as Meyer, we have to assume it is meant to be quite the comedy as well. Read More »

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