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.”
For the full 15, follow the link at right.
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