Top 10 Festival Films You Need To See Asap

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5. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED – Directed by Colin Trevorrow

It’s a legendary prank; a bored editor at an obscure magazine filed a fake classified ad looking for a partner to go back in time with him. (“I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed,” it warned.) A couple of clever young filmmakers heard the story and though: “What if it wasn’t a put-on?” The result is SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, the Sundance and South By Southwest Film Festival hit starring Mark Duplass as the potential time traveller and Aubrey Plaza as the writer a magazine sends to investigate his ad. Speaking of Mark Duplass, that guy might actually be a time traveller — it’s the only way to explain how he keeps up his busy schedule. In fact, you may see him on this list again…

Author: Matt Singer

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