Top 10 Festival Films You Need To See Asap

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6. MUD – Directed by Jeff Nichols

At this point, we don’t know a whole lot about the Cannes Film Festival bound “Mud” beyond the director, the cast, and a brief plot synopsis (“a drama centered on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi”). But what more do you need to know? It’s the new film from Jeff Nichols, whose absolutely devastating TAKE SHELTER was one of the best movies of last year, and that cast he’s assembled includes Michael Shannon, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard, and one Matthew McConaughey. No release date yet, but with that creative pedigree it’ll surely have one soon. I bet it premieres by the end of 2012 or my name is Mud.

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