A PARK CITY MOVIE THEATER — As we wrap up the year, there are usually three things from a movie perspective that get us excited: the announcement of the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, some Star Wars film opening and the release of the movies headed to the Sundance Film Festival.
There are dozens of movies headed to the festival this year, some of which will likely be Oscar contenders next year, but we’re highlighting five that we’re looking forward to seeing in Park City.
The insane and mostly true story of “American Animals” weaves the tale of four young men who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.
The premise itself gets us curious about the film as it will surely take us on a ride of ups and downs as we laugh and hurt all at the same time. Another selling point to the movie includes its talented cast including Evan Peters, Blake Jenner and Barry Keoghan. It will also be interesting to see director Bart Layton break out of the documentary world and into the dramatic.
The coming-of-age story “Eighth Grade” tells the story of a girl who tries to survive her last week of a disastrous eighth-grade year before heading off to high school.
Coming-of-age stories are often some of my favorites, but it’s the writer/director of the film that really piqued my curiosity on this one. Comedian Bo Burnham skyrocketed into stardom as a stand-up comic at a very young age and is now delving into the cinematic realm with “Eighth Grade.” It will be interesting to see Burnham’s take and how he transitions into the role of writer and director.
I’m a sucker for a good documentary, and if this subject doesn’t fascinate you, feel free to jump to the next movie.
If you are, however, then you’re probably going to want to check out “Three Identical Strangers” with me. The documentary tells the story of three complete strangers who accidentally discover they are identical triplets separated at birth. The summary of the film goes on to explain that the 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives — and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.
Ignore the not-so-great title of “The Catcher Was a Spy,” because the premise could make it a really great film if done properly.
“The Catcher Was a Spy” stars Paul Rudd as real-life major league baseball player Moe Berg, who also happened to be a spy. The film has an interesting plot based on actual events and has a solid cast in addition to Rudd with Jeff Daniels, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti, Connie Nielsen and Tom Wilkinson.
For me, director Gus Van Sant is very hit and miss, and truth be told, he’s been more miss than I’d like to admit. But the man has made some great films like “Good Will Hunting,” and I’m hoping that’s the kind of Van Sant we will get with “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”
The film is based on the true story of John Callahan who became paralyzed after a car accident at the age of 21 and turned to drawing as a form of therapy.
What films are you looking forward to seeing at Sundance 2018? Let us know on the comment boards.