Sundance 2012

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Sundance 2012

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1. The Comedy (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence.

Director: Rick Alverson | Stars: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Jeffrey Jensen

Votes: 4,382 | Gross: $0.04M

2. The End of Love (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

56 Metascore

When the mother of his infant son unexpectedly passes away, struggling actor Mark grapples with fatherhood and his inability to grow up. And when he sparks with a single mother, he learns how his choices have real-life consequences.

Director: Mark Webber | Stars: Mark Webber, Alia Shawkat, Shannyn Sossamon, Isaac Love

Votes: 1,605 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Filly Brown (2012)

R | 80 min | Drama, Music

57 Metascore

A promising hip-hop rhymer from Los Angeles finds herself in a gray area when a record producer offers her a compromising shot at stardom.

Directors: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos | Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 1,017 | Gross: $2.83M

4. The First Time (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A shy senior and a down-to-earth junior fall in love over one weekend.

Director: Jonathan Kasdan | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Britt Robertson, Victoria Justice, James Frecheville

Votes: 63,512 | Gross: $0.02M

5. For Ellen (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Paul Dano, Margarita Levieva, Jon Heder, Jena Malone

Votes: 1,798 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Circumstances force a young divorcée to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, where an affair with a younger guy rejuvenates her passion for life

Director: Todd Louiso | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott, Blythe Danner, John Rubinstein

Votes: 5,580 | Gross: $0.11M

7. Keep the Lights On (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane

Votes: 5,060 | Gross: $0.25M

8. LUV (2012)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the ex-convict uncle he idolizes.

Director: Sheldon Candis | Stars: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover

Votes: 1,988 | Gross: $0.14M

9. Middle of Nowhere (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama

75 Metascore

When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley Dickerson

Votes: 1,425 | Gross: $0.08M

10. Nobody Walks (2012)

R | 83 min | Drama

51 Metascore

A Silver Lake family's relaxed dynamic is tested after they take in a young artist so she can complete her art film.

Director: Ry Russo-Young | Stars: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga

Votes: 4,626 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 113,301 | Gross: $4.01M

12. Save the Date (I) (2012)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

54 Metascore

Sarah begins to confront her shortcomings after she rejects her boyfriend's hasty proposal and soon finds herself in a rebound romance. Meanwhile, her sister Beth is immersed in the details of her wedding.

Director: Michael Mohan | Stars: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Mark Webber, Geoffrey Arend

Votes: 6,579 | Gross: $0.00M

13. Simon Killer (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A recent college graduate flees to Paris after a break-up, where his involvement with a prostitute begins to reveal a potentially dark recent past.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Lila Salet, Michaël Abiteboul

Votes: 3,881 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Smashed (2012)

R | 81 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally

Votes: 15,816 | Gross: $0.38M

15. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 40,165 | Gross: $6.00M

16. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

R | 91 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai, Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy

Votes: 4,016 | Gross: $0.53M

17. The Atomic States of America (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, History, News

A documentary on growing up in Shirley, Long Island -- a nuclear-reactor community.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Michelle Catts, Kelly McMasters

Votes: 263

18. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,850 | Gross: $1.33M

19. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

An investigative documentary that uncovers the U.S. healthcare system's true design.

Directors: Susan Froemke, Matthew Heineman | Stars: Clive Alonzo, Don Berwick, Elizabeth Blackburn, Krystal Bracy

Votes: 485 | Gross: $0.10M

20. A Place at the Table (2012)

PG | 84 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

Directors: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio, Ken Cook, Mariana Chilton

Votes: 1,075 | Gross: $0.23M

21. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,447 | Gross: $0.09M

22. Me at the Zoo (2012)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Chris Crocker is a video blogger from a small town in Tennessee. The film traces a line through a tapestry of web comments, response videos, fans, and haters to map the controversial rise of an Internet folk hero.

Directors: Chris Moukarbel, Valerie Veatch | Stars: Glenn Beck, Beyoncé, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Chris Crocker

Votes: 315

23. The Other Dream Team (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Sport

69 Metascore

The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.

Director: Marius A. Markevicius | Stars: Sarunas Marciulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Jonas Valanciunas

Votes: 3,353 | Gross: $0.13M

24. Slavery by Another Name (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, History

A documentary that recounts the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition.

Director: Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Turron Kofi Alleyne, Douglas A. Blackmon, Mary Ellen Curtin

Votes: 142

25. Four Suns (2012)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Fogi is enjoying his never ending puberty. But simultaneously Fogi is also trying to live up to his family duties and bring up Véna, his son from the first marriage. He did not get married ... See full summary »

Director: Bohdan Sláma | Stars: Jaroslav Plesl, Anna Geislerová, Karel Roden, Jirí Mádl

Votes: 275

26. About the Pink Sky (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama

High school student Izumi Kawashima, whose daily routine is rating newspaper articles, finds a wallet containing a large sum of cash. Instead of returning the wallet to its owner, Izumi ... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Kobayashi | Stars: Ai Ikeda, Ena Koshino, Reiko Fujiwara, Tsubasa Takayama

Votes: 158

27. Bachelorette (2012)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.

Director: Leslye Headland | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden

Votes: 43,725 | Gross: $0.45M

28. 2 Days in New York (2012)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus, who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion's relatives.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau

Votes: 13,440 | Gross: $0.63M

29. Arbitrage (2012)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

Director: Nicholas Jarecki | Stars: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth

Votes: 47,610 | Gross: $7.92M

30. California Solo (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for many years. His efforts to stay in the U.S. force him to confront the past and current demons in his life.

Director: Marshall Lewy | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez

Votes: 968 | Gross: $0.02M

31. Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people.

Director: Lee Toland Krieger | Stars: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts

Votes: 27,885 | Gross: $3.09M

32. For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

R | 85 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

Former college frenemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together.

Director: Jamie Travis | Stars: Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller Rogen, Justin Long, James Wolk

Votes: 15,139 | Gross: $1.24M

33. Goats (2012)

R | 94 min | Comedy

38 Metascore

As Ellis prepares to leave Tucson for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school, he also faces separating from his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known: Goat Man.

Director: Christopher Neil | Stars: David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips, Justin Kirk

Votes: 4,818

34. Lay the Favorite (2012)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

38 Metascore

Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 10,749 | Gross: $0.02M

35. Liberal Arts (2012)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.

Director: Josh Radnor | Stars: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 34,514 | Gross: $0.32M

36. Price Check (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

Peter, a family man who works for a failing supermarket chain finds his life shaken up by his new boss, Susan, who starts to groom him for an executive position. Money and opportunities are within his grasp, but at what price?

Director: Michael Walker | Stars: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Matt Servitto

Votes: 2,090 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Red Hook Summer (2012)

R | 121 min | Drama

48 Metascore

A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Toni Lysaith, Limary Agosto

Votes: 1,496 | Gross: $0.34M

38. Red Lights (2012)

R | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

36 Metascore

Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen

Votes: 56,030 | Gross: $0.05M

39. Robot & Frank (2012)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director: Jake Schreier | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler

Votes: 59,878 | Gross: $3.33M

40. Shadow Dancer (2012)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 11,563 | Gross: $0.10M

41. The Words (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

37 Metascore

A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.

Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 71,330 | Gross: $11.49M

42. About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

'About Face' explores beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels: women, now between fifty and eighty years old, whose images defined our sense of beauty over the last... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Carmen Dell'Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Christie Brinkley

Votes: 500

43. The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia (2012)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Successful leaders reflect on their Dyslexic experiences, as a high school senior must overcome the challenges of Dyslexia to achieve his dream of getting into a competitive college.

Director: James Redford | Stars: David Boies, Richard Branson, Sheree Carter-Galvan, Toby Cosgrove

Votes: 75

44. Ethel (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Ethel Kennedy that provides an insider's view of a political dynasty, including her life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Ethel Kennedy, Rory Kennedy, Ralph Bunche, Fidel Castro

Votes: 565

45. A Fierce Green Fire (2012)

TV-G | 101 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

An exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.

Director: Mark Kitchell | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Isabel Allende

Votes: 186 | Gross: $0.03M

46. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Music

66 Metascore

A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

Directors: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt | Stars: Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Chuck D, Snoop Dogg

Votes: 3,243 | Gross: $0.29M

47. Corpo Celeste (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Thirteen year-old Marta has recently moved back to southern Italy with her mother and older sister and struggles to find her place, restlessly testing the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Catholic church.

Director: Alice Rohrwacher | Stars: Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Pasqualina Scuncia, Anita Caprioli

Votes: 944 | Gross: $0.01M