All The Movies You Need To Know About At Sundance 2018

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It's that time of year already! The latest slate of movies headed to the the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 was released yesterday, giving us a chance to get excited for a whole new year's worth of films.
Some of our favorite stars will be converging on Park City, Utah, to promote their latest projects, which range from Lizzie, a lesbian ax murderer romance based on the life of the notorious Lizzie Borden starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart; to Sorry To Bother You, a Black dystopian thriller starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Armie Hammer; and Ophelia, a feminist re-telling of Hamlet starring Daisy Ridley.
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But perhaps the most timely offering will be Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman's documentary, Seeing Allred, about women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred, who has most recently been in the news as a defense attorney for one of Harvey Weinstein's alleged victims. The filmmakers have said that the film will continue shooting up until the festival itself, to provide the most up-to-date perspective on the allegations of sexual harassment and assault that currently have Hollywood and the media industry at large in a state of upheaval.
Which of these will be the next Mudbound, The Big Sick, or Call Me By Your Name? Click through for a round up the films we're most excited to talk, write, and obsess about.
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Burden (directed by Andrew Heckler)

Who's in it?

Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, and Usher Raymond.

What's it about?

After appearing in Sundance darling Mudbound last year, Garrett Hedlund is back, this time as a member of the KKK who falls in love with a single mom. After circumstances force him out of the hate group, he is taken in by a Black reverend who forces him to confront his life choices.
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The Kindergarten Teacher (directed by Sara Colangelo)

Who's in it?

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Barynishikov, Michael Chernus, and Gael Garcia Bernal.

What's it about?

Based on a 2014 acclaimed Israeli movie called Haganet, this film focuses on a Staten Island teacher who becomes obsessed with one of her 5-year-old students when she realizes he may be a genius.
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Lizzie Borden (directed by Craig William Macneill)

Who's in it?

Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, and Denis O'Hare.

What's it about?

You've heard of Lizzie Borden, but how much do you really know about the woman whose family was found murdered in Fall River, Massachusetts, circa 1892? This psychological thriller goes beyond the myth, and takes a look at Borden's relationship with her family's young housemaid, Bridget Sullivan.
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Blaze (directed by Ethan Hawke)

Who's in it?

Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, and Charlie Sexton.

What's it about?

The film is loosely based on the real life story of Blaze Foley, an American country singer-songwriter who became a legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement.
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (directed by Desiree Akhavan)

Who's in it?

Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., and Jennifer Ehle.

What's it about?

The year is 1993. When a girl is caught fooling around with with the prom queen, she is forced into gay conversion therapy.
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I Think We're Alone Now (directed by Reed Morano)

Who's in it?

Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning.

What's it about?

The apocalypse sounds like a great deal for one socially-averse man — until it turns out there's another survivor in town. And they might want to be friends.
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The Tale (directed by Jennifer Fox)

Who's in it?

Laura Dern, Isabel Nelisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, and Common.

What's it about?

Based on the filmmaker's own experience, this film grapples with the idea of memory, choice, and first sexual encounters.
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Sorry To Bother You (directed by Boots Riley)

Who's in it?

Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer, and Omari Hardwicke.

What's it about?

Lakeith Stanfield is going to have A Year. The Get Out and Atlanta breakout star plays Cassius Green, a telemarketer who discovers a magic way to ensure success in this dystopian film.
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Monster (directed by Anthony Mandler)

Who's in it?

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Rakim Mayers, Jennifer Ehle, and Tim Blake Nelson.

What's it about?

Think of this as the movie version of The Night Of. When 17-year-0ld honors student and aspiring filmmaker Steve Harmon is charged with a murder he says he didn't commit, the prosecutor labels him as a "Monster." But did he do it?
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Seeing Allred (directed by Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman)

What's it about?

As allegations of sexual harassment and assault continue to surface in all sectors of industry, a documentary about the career of Gloria Allred, one of this country's most famous feminist women's rights lawyers literally could not be more timely.
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Damsel (directed by David and Nathan Zellner)

Who's in it?

Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Robert Forster, Nathan Zellner, and Joe Billingiere.

What's it about?

Who is the hero and who is the villain? The answer to that question is more complicated than you think in this movie about a pioneer who travels west to marry the woman he loves.
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot (directed by Gus Van Sant)

Who's in it?

Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black.

What's it about?

When John Callahan suddenly wakes up from a drunken stupor, he finds that his actions have left him confined to a wheelchair for life. The film follows his journey to overcome the challenge and embrace his new life.
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Juliet, Naked (directed by Jesse Peretz)

Who's in it?

Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O'Dowd.

What's it about?

Based on a novel by Nick Hornby, the movie tells the story of Annie and her boyfriend Duncan, a stan of a forgotten rock musician who finally gets to meet his idol.
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Hearts Beat Loud (directed by Brett Haley)

Who's in it?

Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, and Toni Collette.

What's it about?

What is cuter than a father-daughter movie? A father-daughter movie in which they are also songwriting partners!
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Ophelia (directed by Claire McCarthy)

Who's in it?

Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton, and Devon Terrell.

What's it about?

What if Hamlet were actually called Ophelia, and starred Rey and Draco Malfoy? That is basically this movie.
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RBG (directed by Betsy West, Julie Cohen)

What's it about?

How did Ruth Bader Ginsburg become the "Notorious RBG"? This documentary shows how the Supreme Court Justice forged her way into a man's world as a young lawyer, and the battles she won along the way.
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Jane Fonda in Five Acts (directed by Susan Lacy)

What's it about?

Jane Fonda has been an actress, a child of Hollywood, a fitness guru, a fierce activist and a public enemy — and that's only the beginning of her story, told in this documentary.
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Half The Picture (directed by Amy Adrion)

What's it about?

Hollywood is facing an immense reckoning when it comes to the treatment of women both behind, and in front of the camera . In this documentary, female filmmakers share their experiences with gender discrimination, and their hopes for the future of the industry.
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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (directed by Marina Zenovich)

What's it about?

Has it really been three years since we lost Robin Williams? This documentary uses never-before-seen footage of the comedian to tell his story, in his own voice.
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STUDIO 54 (directed by Matt Tyrnauer)

What's it about?

The words "Studio 54" immediately conjure up images of Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Andy Warhol — glamorous people doing glamorous things in a glamorous setting. The infamous club is synonymous with the fierce party atmosphere of 1970s New York, and this documentary tells the story of its founders, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, and how they came to preside over "the greatest club of all time."
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Come Sunday (directed by Joshua Marston)

Who's in it?

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Condola Rashad, Jason Segel, Lakeith Stanfield, and Martin Sheen.

What's it about?

Based on true events, the film shows the rise and fall of Carlton Pearson, a Pentecostal pastor who was called a heretic when he dared to question church teachings.
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Colette (directed by Wash Westmoreland)

Who's in it?

Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Elinor Tomlinson, and Aiysha Hart.

What's it about?

It's a tale as old as time: when a woman marries a famous literary agent, he asks her to write books under his name. When they do well, he takes credit, and she grows increasingly unsatisfied with life in the confines of polite society. Add in early twentieth century Paris as a locale, and you've got the makings of a great movie.
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Beirut (directed by Brad Anderson)

Who's in it?

Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, and Dean Norris.

What's it about?

The only thing better than Jon Hamm in a suit, is Jon Hamm playing a tortured U.S. diplomat in a suit.
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A Kid Like Jake (directed by Silas Howard)

Who's in it?

Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, and Amy Landecker.

What's it about?

Young parents must confront their preconceived notions about raising a little boy when they realize he would rather play with dolls than action figures.
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Night Comes On (directed by Jordana Spiro)

Who's in it?

Dominique Fishback, Tatum Hall, John Earl Jelks, Max Casella, and James McDaniel.

What's it about?

Anyone who watched The Deuce earlier this year knows Dominique Fishback as Darlene, who stole the show with her charismatic performance. In this film, Fishback plays Angel LaMere, a girl determined to get revenge on her father after she's released from juvie just before her 18th birthday.
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