Top Sundance Buzz Generators
Twilight star Kristen Stewart has two breakout films
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2010 5:21 AM CST

(Newser) – With the Sundance Film Festival under way in Park City, Utah, the Daily Beast takes a look at the ones generating the loudest buzz:

  • Howl: James Franco turns in a Milk-caliber performance as counter-culture poet Allen Ginsberg as he faces obscenity charges in 1957.
  • Kristen Stewart: Gets well beyond Twilight as rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways, and wows as “a young prostitute who finds an unlikely father figure in a depressed, broken man, portrayed by James Gandolfini,” in Welcome to the Rileys.

  • It’s a Wonderful Afterlife: Gurinder Chadha, the Indian director behind Bend It Like Beckham, screens a story of love in multi-cultural London—“the kind of hip, indie-minded film that smells like a Little Miss Sunshine.”
  • Please Give: An award-overdue Catherine Keener heads an ensemble cast in writer/director Nicole Holofcener’s “perceptive take on human nature and moral ambiguity.”
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