Sundance Film Festival Premieres 2016

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Sundance Film Festival Premieres 2016

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1. The Innocents (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History

78 Metascore

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns got pregnant.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne

Votes: 8,061 | Gross: $1.06M

2. Ali and Nino (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

50 Metascore

Love story of a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and Christian Georgian girl in Baku from 1918 to 1920.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Adam Bakri, María Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 4,244

3. Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Director: Matt Ross | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso

Votes: 161,425 | Gross: $5.88M

4. Certain Women (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama

82 Metascore

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros

Votes: 10,431 | Gross: $1.03M

5. Complete Unknown (2016)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery

58 Metascore

As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame - a woman who often changes identities - reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Erin Darke, Rachel Weisz, Hansel Tan, FaTye

Votes: 5,235 | Gross: $0.17M

6. Frank & Lola (2016)

Unrated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.

Director: Matthew Ross | Stars: Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 4,820

7. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

TV-MA | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A man suffering a family loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

Director: Rob Burnett | Stars: Craig Roberts, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, Alex Huff

Votes: 49,335

8. The Hollars (2016)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 10,201 | Gross: $1.02M

9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 88,506 | Gross: $5.20M

10. Indignation (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.

Director: James Schamus | Stars: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tijuana Ricks, Sue Dahlman

Votes: 10,635 | Gross: $3.40M

11. Little Men (2016)

PG | 85 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Theo Taplitz

Votes: 6,148 | Gross: $0.70M

12. Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell

Votes: 21,284 | Gross: $14.01M

13. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 216,541 | Gross: $47.70M

14. Mr. Pig (2016)

100 min | Drama

A beautiful road movie, and a chance to talk about love for Mexico through the eyes of an American.

Director: Diego Luna | Stars: Danny Glover, Maya Rudolph, José María Yazpik, Joel Murray

Votes: 876

15. Sing Street (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor

Votes: 75,310 | Gross: $3.24M

16. Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016)

R | 105 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, two interracial lovers are swept up in the tides of history.

Director: Maggie Greenwald | Stars: Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale, Diane Ladd

Votes: 991 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Wiener-Dog (2016)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Keaton Nigel Cooke, Tracy Letts, Julie Delpy

Votes: 8,486 | Gross: $0.45M

18. Cemetery of Splendor (2015)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy

A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram, Petcharat Chaiburi

Votes: 3,657 | Gross: $0.05M

19. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 17,602 | Gross: $1.33M

20. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 91,850 | Gross: $3.22M

21. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 28,701 | Gross: $0.44M

22. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 184,807 | Gross: $8.70M

23. Maggie's Plan (2015)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on her own, but when she gets romantically involved with John, a married man, things get complicated and all the balance of Maggie's plans may collapse.

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Maya Rudolph

Votes: 14,412 | Gross: $3.35M

24. Miles Ahead (2015)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.

Director: Don Cheadle | Stars: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 8,554 | Gross: $2.61M

25. Rams (2015)

R | 93 min | Drama

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep.

Director: Grímur Hákonarson | Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving, Jón Benónýsson

Votes: 11,079 | Gross: $0.14M

26. Viva (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama

69 Metascore

When his estranged father returns, a hairdresser is forced to quit performing at the local drag club.

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Renata Maikel Machin Blanco

Votes: 1,482 | Gross: $0.18M

27. As You Are (2016)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte | Stars: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti

Votes: 1,774

28. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 18,556 | Gross: $15.86M

29. Christine (2016)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 11,445 | Gross: $0.30M

30. Equality (I) (2016)

8 min | Documentary, Short

Young performers discuss the trials of daily education life in dealing with diversity.

Director: Thomas Lidke | Stars: Krystal Abreu, Chris Chiong, Haley Cohen, Niyah Coles-Timberlake

31. The Free World (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

A recently released former convict becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband.

Director: Jason Lew | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Boyd Holbrook, Octavia Spencer, Sung Kang

Votes: 1,325

32. Goat (2016)

R | 96 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of "brotherhood," tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.

Director: Andrew Neel | Stars: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty

Votes: 6,841 | Gross: $0.02M

33. The Intervention (I) (2016)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Director: Clea DuVall | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Skylar Bernon, Kira Pozehl

Votes: 5,255 | Gross: $0.03M

34. Joshy (2016)

R | 93 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway into a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze, debauchery, and hot tubs. Written and directed by Jeff Baena and featuring an ensemble cast of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Baena | Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll

Votes: 3,369

35. Lovesong (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Jessie Ok Gray, Cary Joji Fukunaga

Votes: 3,343 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Patrick Güldenberg

Votes: 4,721 | Gross: $0.09M

37. Other People (I) (2016)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.

Director: Chris Kelly | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow

Votes: 7,806 | Gross: $0.09M

38. Southside with You (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

Director: Richard Tanne | Stars: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear

Votes: 7,310 | Gross: $6.30M

39. Spa Night (2016)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.

Director: Andrew Ahn | Stars: Joe Seo, Youn Ho Cho, Haerry Kim, Topher Park

Votes: 956 | Gross: $0.04M

40. Swiss Army Man (2016)

R | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

Votes: 92,696 | Gross: $4.21M

41. Tallulah (2016)

111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

Director: Sian Heder | Stars: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit

Votes: 15,214

42. White Girl (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

Director: Elizabeth Wood | Stars: Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc, Justin Bartha, Adrian Martinez

Votes: 7,790 | Gross: $0.20M

43. Becoming Mike Nichols (2016)

TV-14 | 72 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Mike Nichols sits down with theater director Jack O'Brien to discuss his personal life and professional work.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Mike Nichols, Jack O'Brien

Votes: 324

44. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

74 Metascore

An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

Director: Thorsten Schütte | Stars: Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel, Chuck Ash

Votes: 1,047 | Gross: $0.35M

45. Film Hawk (2017)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

Film Hawk is based on the life of Bob Hawk. The documentary traces his early years as a young gay child of a Methodist minister to his current career as a consultant on some of the most influential independent films of our time.

Directors: JJ Garvine, Tai Parquet | Stars: Robert Hawk, Kevin Smith, Edward Burns, Scott McGehee

Votes: 14

46. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz, Kevin Mitnick

Votes: 10,768 | Gross: $0.59M

47. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

An examination of the life and work of the revered and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Nancy Rooney, Harry Mapplethorpe, George Stack, Robert Mapplethorpe

Votes: 1,109

48. Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

66 Metascore

The first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Guy Johnson, Diahann Carroll, Don Martin

Votes: 397

49. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music