• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

Editor's Picks: Best of the Sundance Film Festival

Editor's Picks: Best of the Sundance Film Festival

Share

So many films, so little time. After a week spent nestled inside Park City's dark theaters, here are Marie Claire's picks for the best of the fest:

Best Use of Hyperbole Doc
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Renegade documentary maker Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) returns to Sundance with this highly entertaining, absurd romp through the ridiculous world of "brand integration." Completely funded by shameless product placement — Pom Wonderful, Jet Blue, Hyatt, Mini Cooper, and, er, Mane n' Tail shampoo are just a few of the brands he attempts to woo — Spurlock's marketing mayhem is playful, savvy, and downright hilarious. Picked up by Sony Picture Classics, trust us when we say you'll know exactly when this scorchingly funny flick hits theaters — from gas stations to grocery stores to on-board entertainment, Spurlock's shtick will be hard for any consumer to miss.

Best Weddingless Rom-Com
The Details
Elizabeth Banks and Tobey Maguire get their American Beauty dysfunction on as the Langs, a bickering married couple whose backyard renovation kick-starts a comedic tale that eventually morphs into something deliciously darker. With the meddling coo-coo cat lady Laura Linney next door, a pack of raccoons that hasn't done this much damage since the movie The Great Outdoors, infidelity (accidental and otherwise), and a twisted sense of obligation, The Details stumbles here and there, but overall the dramedy takes root in the way the new sod in the Lang's backyard refuses to. For your next date night, the Weinstein boys (the film's big buyers) are hoping you'll find that the devil's all in the details.

Best On-Trend Drama
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Just because it wouldn't be Sundance without a scary good performance by John Hawkes (Winter's Bone). But more astounding than the consistently terrific Hawkes is the debut of 21-year-old Elizabeth Olsen (yes, the kid sister to those Olsens). Reminiscent of a young Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olsen is note-perfect as a terrified jorts-clad girl who has escaped an increasingly violent cult. Superbly still when the situation calls for it — those alien-like Olsen peepers serve as convincing pools of fear and paranoia — the curviest, womanly-ist Olsen is also ripe with youth, naïvety and a desperate need to belong somewhere — or to someone — as shown in crucial flashbacks. An absorbing but tough drama even before the oh-no-they-didn't ending, Fox Searchlight is banking on Olsen's discovery to make this an instant indie classic.

Best Movie We Didn't Screen
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
MC didn't score tickets to this buzzy, sold-out doc about Kevin Clash, the man who voices Sesame Street's resident furry red monster and friend. But judging from ecstatic audiences' reactions and a little of our own sappy muppet nostalgia, that's ‘nuff said.

Share
This Is A Developing Story
Connect with Marie Claire:
Advertisement
horoscopes
daily giveaway
Win a year’s supply of makeup products from Tarte and a year’s supply of hair products from Hamadi Organics!

Win a year’s supply of makeup products from Tarte and a year’s supply of hair products from Hamadi Organics!

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook
Welcome!

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Continue
Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.

Continue