The 2014 Sundance Film Festival unveils the first wave of films

2014 Sundance

Over the past 30 years, The Sundance Film Festival has grown into one of the more prominent stops on the film festival circuit. Led by legendary actor Robert Redford, Sundance has become the go-to source for many film fans to get a glimpse of the most promising entries in American independent cinema, with past incarnations giving a spotlight for filmmaker such as Quentin Tarantino, J.C. Chandor, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Cameron Mitchell, and Lisa Cholodenko. With the 2014 Sundance Film Festival set to kick off on January 16, 2014, the first set of films that will be screening over the 10-day event were announced today. They include:

- Cold in July, starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson

- Happy Christmas, written and directed by Joe Swanberg and starring Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham

- Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, and John C. Reilly

- Song One, starring Anne Hathaway, Mary Steenburgen, and Johnny Flynn

The full list of films announced today can be seen here.

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By Deepayan Sengupta

There was once a time when I thought Scarface was the best movie ever made, and Home Improvement was appointment television for me. While I still have a soft spot for both, those days of naivete are long behind me, as I’ve subsequently managed to broaden my horizons. Ambition is the most important part of a movie for me; if it tries to do something unique, tell a well-worn story in a different way, or take on large themes in a honest manner, I can forgive many flaws. If there’s one movie fact I’ve learnt after all these years, it’s that Employee of The Month is to Office Space what fast food is to fresh fruit.

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