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Sundance Roundup: From Best to Mediocre

Sundance Roundup: From Best to Mediocre

During five full days at Sundance (plus opening night), I saw a total of 18 movies. That’s an average of about three and half movies per day — not an obscene amount, but enough to feel I’d accomplished something without doing injustice to the movies themselves. I filed 10 reviews for indieWIRE (see links below) and five reports for the Wall Street Journal Online (I’ve never been so busy). Below is a list of my top movies, ranked most to least interesting. I can happily say I only saw one movie I’d call “bad”; I didn’t walk out of anything (though I intentionally steered clear of films that I thought I wouldn’t like, i.e. “Hounddog”).

Best
Zoo

Strong
Starting out in the Evening
“Manda Bhala”
“The Savages”
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
The Pool

Solid
“Joshua”
Weapons
Rocket Science
“Son of Rambow”
“Banished”
Protagonist
“Chicago 10”

Fair
“Year of the Dog”
On the Road with Judas
Never Forever
Grace is Gone” — if you’re curious, here is follow-up blog about my review here.

Weak
“The Night Buffalo”

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