What movies will you be clamoring to see from this year’s Sundance Film Festival? We’ve got 10 favorites of critics and fans (like “Whiplash” and “Dear White People”—many of which have already secured distribution—to satisfy whatever you’re into, from comedy to documentary, thriller to romance.
Documentaries do something for us no other film format can: They not only entertain, they tell true stories we need to hear. Those stories at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival cover the gamut from tormented Internet visionary Aaron Swartz to revolutionary Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti, and they’re all essential viewing.
More than 20 movies were sold at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The selections were from a variety of categories—documentary, drama, comedy, horror, and some hybrids of the above. Here are some of our favorite highlights, including “Cooties” and “The Skeleton Twins.”
The Sundance Film Festival is a crucible for industry trends and finding emerging talent. Festival watchers tend to focus on the weak economic prospects for many of the films showcased in Park City. The independent marketplace is slowly evolving, but there was plenty to see. So what if no one film galvanized the festival the way BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and FRUITVALE STATION did in recent years? The festival probably erred in starting off with its best offering, jazz thriller WHIPLASH. No other film topped the buzz generated by this one.