Sundance 2017 proved a huge success yet again. This year a number of impressive entries from a broad array of categories caught our attention, including Wind River, The Discovery, I Am Not Your Negro, Mudbound, and the outlandish comedy Wilson with Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Now that the celebration is over and everyone in Hollywood is looking forward to the Oscars at the end of the month, here are a few more mentionable entries you should look for in theaters in the coming months.
Call Me By Your Name
Next to Wind River, it seems Call Me By Your Name received the greatest praise from attendees for feature films at this year’s festival. Directed and co-written by Italian director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash), the film follows a teenage boy who plays host to a visiting scholar at his family’s luxurious mansion along the Italian Riviera and the relationship that soon develops between them that changes their lives forever. Timothée Chalamet (Interstellar, Men Women and Children) and Armie Hammer (The Man from UNCLE, Nocturnal Animals) star in the lead roles, along with Amira Casar (Sylvia, Anatomy of Hell) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire, Steve Jobs).
Director David Lowery reunited his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars Casey Affleck (Ocean’s 11, Manchester by the Sea) and Rooney Mara (Carol, Lion) for his latest project, A Ghost Story. The film follows a young widow who must cope with the loss of her husband, whose spirit walks about their house in a bed sheet with two eye holes cut into it. Despite the eccentricity of the surface plot, Lowery succeeds in taking a poignant look at love and loss, so this one is definitely worth seeing.
The Big Sick
Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani had audiences howling with laughter in this romantic-comedy feature about a Pakistani stand-up comedian who must deal with his girlfriend’s near-fatal condition. Zoe Kazan stars opposite Nanjiani, along with Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
People are already predicting Sam Elliot as a big contender for the 2018 Academy Awards for his role as an aging, pot-smoking Western-movie star in The Hero. This is Elliot’s most recent collaboration with director Brett Haley, who also directed Elliot in I’ll See You In My Dreams. Katherine Ross (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Stepford Wives), Laura Prepon (That 70s Show, Orange is the New Black), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, The Founder) also star in the film.
In an age when it seems like a terrorist attack could happen at any moment, director Barak Goodman takes a look back at the still one of the most deadliest domestic terrorist attack to date, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. Goodman first focuses on laying down the context of the event and the circumstances that drove Timothy McVeigh to commit the crime before even introducing him to the audience halfway through the film. This one is really in-depth, and like I Am Not Your Negro seems incredibly significant to the era of Trump.