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Sundance 2020 Review: WENDY Proves That the Sophomore Slump Is Real

Writer-director Benh Zeitlin's long-awaited followup to 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' retells a children's classic in the modern day.

Sundance 2020 Review: THE ASSISTANT Delivers a Master Class in Corporate Complicity

Julia Garner stars in writer-director Kitty Green's ominous, chilling drama.

Sundance 2020 Review: HORSE GIRL Gives Alison Brie the Role of Her Career

Actress and co-writer Alison Brie combines forces with director and co-writer Jeff Baena for a consistently intriguing, occasionally brilliant, black comedy

Sundance 2020 Review LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST Answers to a Higher Authority

Imagine, if you will, you find yourself standing at the entrance to a street called Memory Lane. Now imagine that William Friedkin comes up beside you and asks you to join him for a walk down to 3600 Prospect Street....

Sundance 2020 Review: POSSESSOR Confirms Brandon Cronenberg's Status As a Singular Talent

Andrea Riseborough stars in Brandon Cronenberg's horror picture, which will leave even the most jaded, cynical audiences shattered, shook, and devastated.

Sundance 2020 Review: PALM SPRINGS Delivers Diversionary Pleasures for Our Darkest Timeline

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star in writer-director Max Barbakow's romantic comedy.

Sundance 2020 Review: ZOLA, A Homeric Hoe-Trip Of Epic Millennial Scope

Long before the invention of the printing press, storytelling existed solely as spoken folklore, delivered through the medium of aural history. The quintessential example is the work of Greek author Homer, whose poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, were memorized...

Sundance 2020 Dispatch: Strong Docs Look to Launch Awards Bids

Sundance has increasingly become a very important place for documentary filmmakers to launch their movies -- and not just for the typical dice roll of a big money acquisition. With big players like Netflix and Amazon seeing the benefits from...

Sundance 2020 Review: THE NIGHT HOUSE Offers a Deeply Felt Central Performance Amidst Supernatural Scares

The haunted house/supernatural sub-genre often turns on grief and its discontents, transforming and externalizing its varied, contradictory effects into literal and literally terrifying manifestations of psychological ruptures or breaks from objective reality. It's difficult, if not impossible, to find a...

Sundance 2020 Review: LA LLORONA Delivers Much-Needed Cathartic Justice in Supernatural Form

Jayro Bustamente's horror film from Guatemala explores the nation's unresolved past.

Sundance 2020 Review: RUN SWEETHEART RUN Remixes the #MeToo Movement and Body-Horror to Thought-Provoking Effect

Ella Balinska stars as the "first and final girl" in writer/director Shana Feste's horror film, filled with visceral thrills and real-world commentary.

Sundance 2020 Review: DOWNHILL Serves as a Reminder That Julia-Louis Dreyfus Is a National Treasure

Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivers one of the best performances of her decades-long career; Nat Faxon and Jim Rash directed.

Sundance 2020 Review: PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Delivers the #MeToo Revenge Drama We Didn't Know We Needed

Carey Mulligan elevates her tormented character in a searing drama, written and directed by Emerald Fennell.

Sundance 2020 Review: SHIRLEY Introduces Moviegoers to the Literary Horror Writer They Never Knew

Without Shirley Jackson, the author of the seminal 1949 short story, The Lottery, or her 1960 novel-length psychological horror novel, The Haunting of Hill House (adapted by director Robert Wise three years later into an acknowledged classic of the supernatural...

Sundance 2020 Review: SAVE YOURSELVES! Delivers a Fresh Spin on the Sci-Fi Rom-Com

Sunita Mani and John Reynolds star in a delightful alien-invasion movie from filmmakers Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson.

Sundance 2020 Review: AMULET, Horrors at War and Home

Horror and fantastic genre films are uniquely suited to stories about the trauma of war; these 'horrors' of war, be on the battlefield, on the homefront, and places in between, can often be more easily expressed or understood through horror...

Sundance 2020 Dispatch: New Frontier Returns to its Non-Commercial Roots

For many years Sundance's New Frontier program was an esoteric exploration of the artistic side of the film-adjacent media world. A handful of years ago VR arrived and with it an influx of big tech money from companies such as...

Sundance 2020 Review: IMPETIGORE, Indonesia's Pre-Colonial Traditions Terrify In Joko Anwar's Latest

After being attacked at her job as a toll booth operator by a frenzied stranger, Maya (Tara Basro) retreats into her new job working at a discount clothing stall to try to separate herself from the trauma of the experience....

Friday One Sheet: WENDY in Motion

Proudly adhering to the photographic rule of thirds, this poster for Ben Zeitlin's take on the Peter Pan mythology was designed by Eclipse to, apparently, emphasize various strata of 'danger,' and the human energy sandwiched between the natural world. There...

Sundance 2020 Preview: Midnight, Next, Premieres & More

Get your parka ready, the Sundance Film Festival kicks off tonight in snowy Park City. So far in our preview series we've taken a quick tour of the Dramatic Competitions and of the Documentaries. We conclude the series with all...