January 24th, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Very Good Girls”

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The Gist:
Two girls, one boy, no clothes.

The Stars: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, and Boyd Holbrook.

The Buzz: Songbird Jenny Lewis makes a very impressive composer debut. Dakota Fanning strips down for the first time on screen. And Elizabeth Olsen sings us a song backed by guitar (lessons she learned from the guitar player of Jenny and Johnny). It’s all music to our ears.

Photo: Jessica Miglio / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 24th, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “The Way, Way Back”


The Gist:
A sweet story about an awkward teen who comes out of his shell once he pals around with a riotous water park manager.

The Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, and Liam James.

The Buzz: Janney and Rockwell kill it as the neighboring drunkard and aforementioned manager (respectively), and audiences do not like Carell playing a dickhead playboy. Regardless, Fox Searchlight liked what it saw and picked up rights.

Photo: Claire Folger / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 24th, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Lovelace”


The Gist:
Amanda Seyfried goes brunet to embody the poster girl of the sexual revolution, Miss Linda Lovelace.

The Stars
: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, and Sharon Stone.

The Buzz: Ha. Buzz. (Sorry.) Sarsgaard tried to turn the role down, said he’s not that guy (referring to Chuck Traynor, the monster who bullied Lovelace into the porn industry). Seyfried admitted to watching Lovelace’s one-and-only porno, Deep Throat, many times — to get the “bad acting” down pat. You know, research.

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Escape from Tomorrow”


The Gist:
Disney World gets weird. What should be a fairy-tale vacation for Jim White and his family is actually a living nightmare (nagging wife, cat flu). Wackier than Wonka’s factory, director Randy Moore’s guerilla-style debut feature is stripped of color but saturated in sick and twisted tones. But that won’t stop you from LOLing.

The Stars: Roy Abramsohn; Elena Schuber; little bitties Katelynn Rodriguez and Jack Dalton; and two impossible-to-cast, giggling French girls.

The Buzz: Word is, it’ll never see a theater. The movie was shot on site without the theme park’s permission. So if it hits a film festival near you, see it before it’s put on ice like WD himself.

Photo Credit: Mankurt Media / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”


The Gist:
A shootout in the Texas hills separates a pregnant Bonnie from her Clyde.

The Stars: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, and Keith Carradine.

The Buzz: Ben Foster kills it. Though he plays a subdued supporting character, the Boston-born/Iowa-bred actor may have just found his breakout role (well, if you don’t count The Messenger. Or Rampart. Or Here.). It’s also a huge U.S. Dramatic debut for Texas filmmaker David Lowery, as audiences (press included) are applauding as the closing credits roll.

Photo: David Lowery / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Two Mothers”


The Gist:
Best friends Roz and Lil fall in love with each other’s sons

The Stars: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frechevile, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The Buzz: Some feedback we overheard, “I loved it, but I’m messed up in the head;” “Two Mothers is absolutely ridiculous, but I loved every second of it.” As for us: In a fest of Magic Kingdom on shrooms and a 45-minute screening of gonzo filmmaking from the man who brought you Rubber, Quentin Dupieux, this might be one of the strangest films we have had the fortune of seeing.

Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Fruitvale”


The Gist:
A man is shot dead at the Fruitvale subway stop by BART cops on New Year’s Day 2009. That man was Oscar Grant. Though many recorded the actual act with their cell phones, writer/director Ryan Coogler’s day-before recount maps all of Grant’s doings, texts, and phone calls leading up to the fateful incident. And not an eye was dry when the credits rolled.

The Stars: Michael B. Jordan (Vince from Friday Night Lights), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, and Chad Michael Murray.

The Buzz: After its premiere, word spread like wildfire, positioning Ryan Coogler’s true-story directorial debut as a must-see. And trust us, it is (case in point: The Weinstein Company pounced on it for $2.5 million).

Photo: Rachel Morrison / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “The East”

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The Gist:
An espionage thriller about a collective known as The East gives evil corporations a taste of their own medicine. And it’s complete anarchy.

The Stars: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson.

The Buzz: The film, which is inspired by a Buy Nothing Day-turned-Buy Nothing All Summer, comes from the Sound of My Voice crew — writer/director Zal Batmanglij and co-writer Brit Marling (with a little help from producer Tony Scott), who practiced what they preached and spent months living off the grid as freegans.

Photo: Myles Aronowitz / Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Upstream Color”


The Gist:
Two people are drawn to each other by more than just chemistry — they’ve both been drugged with an interconnected and interdependent organism. Confused? Us, too. Regardless, writer/director/producer/star Shane Carruth’s follow-up to his Sundance 2004 Grand Jury Prize winner, Primer, is a wondrous excursion through some kind of trippy science experiment. One we’re ready to take again.

The Stars: Amy Seimetz and Shane Carruth.

The Buzz: Those who aren’t raving over it are still processing it.

Photo: Erbp / Courtesy of Sundance.org

January 23rd, 2013
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Screen Play: Sundance 2013 “Blue Caprice”

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The Gist: Brooklyn-based director Alexandre Moors (who co-directed with Kanye West a short that premiered at Cannes last year) draws inspiration from the Beltway sniper attacks to piece together a slow-burning, enthralling film.

The Stars: Isaiah Washington, Joey Lauren Adams, and Tequan Richmond.

The Buzz: Wait for it … Moors is a cat person.

Photo: Robert Blake / Courtesy of Sundance.org

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