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While we’re still hashing out the great Three Billboards Twitter war of 2017, audiences in Park City and all across Utah will be boldly forging ahead into the first major releases of 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival. One of few festivals firmly established in the cultural imagination, Robert Redford’s mountain citadel of cinema regularly launches major works of cinema from filmmakers flying under the radar. I’ve attended the last two years, seeing multiple movies that wound up landing on my year-end top 10 lists.

Since I won’t be attending 2018’s edition of the Sundance Film Festival (/Film has writers on the ground and will have that covered), those of us not heading to snowy Utah can still do some at-home viewing to quell the FOMO. Here are 11 films with major pre-festival heat and some movies you can stream to have a jump on the conversations starting this weekend at Sundance.

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Sundance Panel with Christopher Nolan

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is over, and while you’ll have to wait a little while to see some of the films that played up in the mountains, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy part of the festival right now. In addition to the films that played at Park City, some filmmakers were in attendance for a series of panels talking about the art of film in a variety of ways, and one panel in particular will be worth your time.

Christopher Nolan and Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip), representing the blockbuster and indie sides of the film industry, sit down for a 90-minute chat about celluloid and their preference for using the physical medium over the digital format. Sweetening the deal are Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and Fruitvale Station and Dope cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Read More »

Dope Kendrick Lamar

One of the most buzzed-about titles out of the Sundance Film Festival was undoubtedly the energetic comedy Dope from director Rick Famuyiwa. We’ve already seen a creative teaser trailer, and a much more informative theatrical trailer for the flick, starring Shameik Moore in a breakout performance, but one more couldn’t hurt. This one offers a quick new glimpse into the film with the help of a signature track from chart-topping artist Kendrick Lamar. I hear the kids think he’s quite the fine rapper. Read More »

Unexpected Trailer

After playing the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, plenty of indies will be headed to theaters as the year goes on. This summer will bring quite a few as counter-programming to the big studio projects crowding the multiplexes, and one of those films is the charming comedic drama Unexpected. The film stars Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Anders Holm (Workaholics) as a couple dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Now the Unexpected trailer has arrived for you to check out after the jump. Read More »

The Killing

We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:

  • Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
  • Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
  • Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
  • Downton Abbey gets its first black character
  • John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
  • Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
  • NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
  • The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
  • FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
  • Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
  • The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills

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When I was younger, I recall that during Oscar night, I used to watch the Best Short Film Oscar nominations on television with some level of frustration and confusion. What were these films that I’d never heard of? And how could a layperson like me ever hope to see them? I’m one of the few people I know that have actually gone to watch short films in a theater (Coolidge Corner, Boston). I’m a fan of the format, which, when executed well, always leaves the audience wanting more.

Fortunately, with the growth of broadband technology, all kinds of short films have started becoming available for download for free or for a nominal price. Ninety-six short films were selected to be at Sundance this year and, starting right now, 10 of them are available for download on iTunes for free! Hit the jump for the download link and a plot description of each film:
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Eagle vs. Shark Movie Trailer Revealed

Eagle vs. Shark

Eagle vs. Shark was one of our top 3 favorite movies at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. We called the film “the best indie romantic comedy of all time.” We gushed over the movie so much that Miramax is using our quote on the official website. We called Well now you are finally going to see what we were talking about. The movie trailer is online below.

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Sundance 2007 Coming to a Theater near you

Eagle vs. Shark

There were 122 feature length films at the 2007 Sudnance Film Festival (culled from 3,287 submissions). So far 18 of those movies have been picked up, in addition to the 17 films that entered the festival with US distribution (please note that our list might be short, and our math might be off).

Our good friends at FirstShowing aren’t the only ones wondering why The Go-Getter hasn’t been picked up yet. I’m also wondering why John August’s directional debut The Nines and David Gordon Green’s Snow Angels have yet to receive the distribution love. Let’s take a look at the Sundance 2007 films coming to a theater near you.
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Sundance: Grace is Gone Movie Review

Grace is Gone

My Mom was very sick the years before I entered Middle School. The only times I saw her were in the Hospital. I was young so I was kept out of the loop on how things were really going. But one night at the hospital all the relatives were there. My dad even slept over instead of coming home. I didn’t realize the significance of the situation at the time.

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