Top 10 Festival Films You Need To See Asap

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9. COSMOPOLIS – Directed by David Cronenberg

I’ve watched the trailer for David Cronenberg’s COSMOPOLIS half a dozen times now, and I still have no clue what it’s about. Never before have I been so excited by utter confusion. What I do know is it’s based on a novel by Don DeLillo, it’s Cronenberg’s follow-up to last year’s A DANGEROUS METHOD, and it premieres at the Cannes Film Festival next month (Wikipedia also tells me a plot description of DeLillo’s novel, not that it makes much more sense). At this point I can’t say I quite understand the decision to cast Robert Pattinson in the lead role, but I trust Cronenberg implicitly, and if he wants to work with the TWILIGHT star, that’s reason enough for me to want to see the results whenever they premiere on this side of the Atlantic.

Author: Matt Singer

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searching_for_sugar_manMemorial Day is less than a month away and summer movie season is just around the corner.  But if super-heroes ain't your cup of cinematic tea, don't fret: there are some excellent independent films coming out in the weeks and months ahead, and no one wears tights in any of them.

In honor of the Tribeca Film Festival, which is rolling through New York City this week, here's a list of some of 2012 festival favorites -- from Tribeca, Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors / New Films, and Cannes -- hitting art house screens in the near future.  With movies like these to keep you busy, it'll be Labor Day (and Oscar Season) before you know it.

Author: Matt Singer10. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - Directed by Benh Zeitlin9. COSMOPOLIS - Directed by David Cronenberg8. GIMME THE LOOT - Directed by Adam Leon7. LOLA VERSUS - Directed by Daryl Wein6. MUD - Directed by Jeff Nichols5. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED - Directed by Colin Trevorrow
4. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN - Directed by Malik Bendjelloul3. TAKE THIS WALTZ - Directed by Sarah Polley2. 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK - Directed by Julie Delpy1. YOUR SISTER'S SISTER - Directed by Lynn Shelton