4. After Tiller (September 20)
Director: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson
Why is it a "Must See"? One of the best documentaries to come out of the Sundance Film Festival this year, the very timely "After Tiller" refers to George Tiller, a doctor who performed late-term abortions and was murdered in 2009. The film follows the only four remaining doctors in the United States that perform late-term abortions in the wake of Tiller's death. Incredibly moving and powerful, it marks an impressive feature film debut from Shane and Wilson, and should pretty much be required viewing for anyone on either side of the abortion debate.
Watch the trailer below:
5. C.O.G. (September 20)
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Cast: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Casey Wilson, Dean Stockwell, Troian Bellisario, and Corey Stoll
Distributor: Screen Media
Why is it a "Must See"? The first film to ever adapt the work of gay literary icon David Sedaris, Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G.” manages to both do justice to Sedaris' unique voice and sense of humor while giving it a stamp of the director’s own. Based on an essay from Sedaris's 1997 collection "Naked," both the literary and cinematic versions of "C.O.G." detail the experience Sedaris himself (played by the wonderful Jonathan Groff in the film) had when he travelled to rural Oregon to work as an apple picker. Through encounters with a glorious variety of locals, the twentysomething Sedaris came to considerable revelations about his religion ("C.O.G." stands "Child of God," an acronym that one of those said locals proudly self-identifies with) and sexuality. Expanding on those two themes, Alvarez makes good on the promise of his 2009 directorial debut "Easier With Practice," keeping Sedaris fans happy in the process.
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6. Touchy Feely (September 6)
Director: Lynn Shelton
Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Why is it a "Must See"? Lynn Shelton's cross-medium successes in film and television comedy ("Humpday," "New Girl") and drama ("Your Sister's Sister," "Mad Men") have made her one to watch for the foreseeable future. Premiering at this year's Sundance film festival, "Touchy Feely" tells the story of a massage therapist (Rosemarie DeWitt) suddenly afflicted by a fear of bodily contact just as her brother discovers a hidden talent for it at his dental practice. Jealousy, though, isn't her main or even secondary concern. Her aversion has adverse effects on her love life as well, alienating her partner (Scoot McNairy) and pushing him toward the eager arms of a younger woman (Ellen Page). With her down to earth perspective and realistic shooting style, Shelton looks to have crafted another personal project full of unique human interactions.
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7. Therese (September 27)
Director: Charlie Stratton
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton
Distributor: Roadside Attracions
Why is it a "Must See"? Not to be confused the French imported "Therese" starring Audrey Tatou that was released just a few weeks ago (based on the 1927 novel "Thérèse Desqueyroux"), Charlie Stratton's "Therese" was made in the US and is based on the 1867 novel "Thérèse Raquin." And instead of Andrey Tatou we get Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange. Just picked up by Roadside Attractions ahead of its Toronto premiere in a week or so, the film stars Olsen as the titular Therese, a sexually repressed young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton) by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). When she meets her husband's childhood friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac, of “Inside Llewyn Davis”), she embarks on an illicit affair with tragic consequences.
Check out a clip from the film below: