Sundance Film Festival 2019

by Col Needham | created - 10 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

This is a list of all the movies I have seen from Sundance 2019, in chronological viewing order (see also the titles on my pre-festival interest list and my Top Picks list). Film #1 was seen before the festival; #2-#23 seen in Park City; and #24 onwards afterwards elsewhere.

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1. Birds of Passage (2018)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra | Stars: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez

Votes: 6,377 | Gross: $0.51M

2. After the Wedding (2019)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

51 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.

Director: Bart Freundlich | Stars: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Will Chase

Votes: 864 | Gross: $1.45M

3. Native Son (2019)

TV-MA | 104 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A young African-American living in Chicago enters into a seductive new world of money and power after he is hired as a chauffeur for an affluent businessman.

Director: Rashid Johnson | Stars: Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne

Votes: 1,409

4. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 11,929 | Gross: $9.04M

5. The Farewell (I) (2019)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Director: Lulu Wang | Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Hong Lu

Votes: 8,230 | Gross: $16.88M

6. Late Night (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.

Director: Nisha Ganatra | Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy

Votes: 10,938 | Gross: $15.50M

7. To the Stars (2019)

109 min | Drama

Under small town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer's daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.

Director: Martha Stephens | Stars: Shea Whigham, Tony Hale, Malin Akerman, Liana Liberato

Votes: 115

8. The Report (I) (2019)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets.

Director: Scott Z. Burns | Stars: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine

Votes: 637

9. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 55,624

10. Photograph (2019)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develop a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Sachin Khedekar, Denzil Smith

Votes: 2,293 | Gross: $0.34M

11. The Sound of Silence (I) (2019)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve.

Director: Michael Tyburski | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 368

12. Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Billy Barratt, Ronak Singh Chadha Berges, Viveik Kalra, Lee Barnett

Votes: 8,019 | Gross: $11.90M

13. Official Secrets (2019)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Katherine Kelly, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 1,651 | Gross: $0.40M

14. Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.

Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo | Stars: Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh, Alice Lee

Votes: 1,837 | Gross: $0.22M

15. Little Monsters (2019)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.

Director: Abe Forsythe | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England, Nadia Townsend

Votes: 2,163

16. The Souvenir (2019)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

92 Metascore

A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Director: Joanna Hogg | Stars: Neil Young, Tosin Cole, Jack McMullen, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 3,163 | Gross: $1.04M

17. Them That Follow (2019)

R | 98 min | Thriller

58 Metascore

Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, a pastor's daughter holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.

Directors: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Walton Goggins, Olivia Colman, Jim Gaffigan

Votes: 513 | Gross: $0.16M

18. The Nightingale (I) (2018)

R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman

Votes: 1,699 | Gross: $0.39M

19. The Tomorrow Man (2019)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. These two people will try to find love.

Director: Noble Jones | Stars: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton

Votes: 630 | Gross: $0.35M

20. Top End Wedding (2019)

113 min | Comedy, Romance

Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Alan Rickman, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox, Rob Collins

Votes: 685

21. Hala (2019)

R | 94 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.

Director: Minhal Baig | Stars: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, Purbi Joshi

Votes: 120

22. Honey Boy (2019)

R | 93 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

Director: Alma Har'el | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers

Votes: 602

23. The Mustang (2019)

R | 96 min | Drama

77 Metascore

The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre | Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern, Gideon Adlon

Votes: 5,767 | Gross: $5.04M

24. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A satire set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 44,612

25. Troop Zero (2019)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime.

Director: Bert & Bertie | Stars: Edi Patterson, Mckenna Grace, Allison Janney, Viola Davis

Votes: 52

26. Paddleton (2019)

TV-MA | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Director: Alex Lehmann | Stars: Christine Woods, Mark Duplass, Ray Romano, Jen Sung

Votes: 7,305

27. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

TV-PG | 113 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Felix Lemburo, Robert Agengo

Votes: 14,115

28. Animals (I) (2019)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Based on the novel ANIMALS by Emma Jane Unsworth.

Director: Sophie Hyde | Stars: Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee, Dermot Murphy

Votes: 514

29. The Brink (2019)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A fly-on-the-wall chronicle of embattled former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's global mission to spread extreme nationalism.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Steve Bannon, Louis Aliot, Sean Bannon, Patrick Caddell

Votes: 391 | Gross: $0.11M

30. The Last Tree (2019)

98 min | Drama

After a happy childhood in the countryside, a teenager moves to London, where he must navigate an unfamiliar environment on his road to adulthood.

Director: Shola Amoo | Stars: Nicholas Pinnock, Denise Black, Sam Adewunmi, Gbemisola Ikumelo

Votes: 180

31. Greener Grass (2019)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy

67 Metascore

Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.

Directors: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe | Stars: D'Arcy Carden, Dot-Marie Jones, Neil Casey, Mary Holland

Votes: 326

32. Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

Charting the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist.

Director: Ryan White | Stars: Susan Brown, Jonathan Capehart, Ari Einleger, Leora Einleger

Votes: 456 | Gross: $0.30M

33. Hail Satan? (2019)

R | 95 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Jex Blackmore, Chalice Blythe, Nicholas Crowe, Sal De Ciccio

Votes: 2,135 | Gross: $0.42M

34. I Am Mother (2019)

TV-14 | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

In the wake of humanity's extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

Director: Grant Sputore | Stars: Luke Hawker, Rose Byrne, Maddie Lenton, Summer Lenton

Votes: 50,485



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