10 Upcoming Sundance Movies Offer Photographic Glimpses: Which One Catches Your Eye?

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | December 4, 2013 | Comments ()


The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.

Hader and Wiig play estranged twins that cheat death on the same day. They decide to reconcile long enough to figure out where their lives went wrong.



Camp X-Ray starring Kristen Stewart.

Stewart plays a guard at Guantanamo Bay who forges a relationship with one of the prisoners. One might even call their relationship…unlikely.


Whiplash starring JK Simmons and Miles Teller.

Simmons teaches Teller how to be the best drummer around.




Happy Christmas starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber and Lena Dunham.

A younger sister breaks up with her boyfriend and then moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their small child.



The Color Wheel starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, and Krysten Ritter.

Schwartzman is a writer dealing with life, basically.


Low Down starring Elle Fanning, John Hawkes, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Flea.

“A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and ’70s jazz scene.”



Infinitely Polar Bear starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana.

Ruffalo plays a manic-depressive that tries to win his wife back through caring for their two daughters.



God’s Pocket starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro.

A man tries to keep the truth about his stepson’s death concealed.



Song One starring Anne Hathaway, Johnathan Rice. Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen and Ben Rosenfield.

Hathaway’s brother is left in a coma after an accident, prompting her to look into his journey as a musician.


Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Alia Shawkat, Matthew Gray Gubler, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser.

A man’s girlfriend dies unexpectedly before returning to him as a zombie.



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  • Jim Johnson

    Happy Christmas and Life After Beth because Anna Kendrick.

  • BizzyBzz

    Sort of related: I caught a bit of "On the Road" a few weeks ago and was really surprised to find Kristen Stewart was pretty good in it! Unrecognizable even! I didn't realize it was her (I forgot she was in it) until quite a ways in.

  • CMooreVerdad

    Anyone else think one of them was going to be a real action Candyland because of the header pic?

  • Bedewcrock

    I feel misled.

  • CMooreVerdad

    Yeah, I was intrigued.

  • Can't wait to miss most of these until they're on Netflix/HBO.

  • Parsnip

    Only one that peaks my interest is Low Down, but, I agree, Netflix for me too.

  • Keith Welch

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman...his name is pure poetry!

  • These are some Sundancey movies, that's fo sho

  • Kala

    All look promising, with the exception of the Stewert/Guantanamo Bay movie and the last one. I can't find it in me to get excited over zombie movies anymore.

  • Cowtools

    Y'know, I'll probably end up seeing all of these movies - barring abominable reviews - because they all have awesome casts.

    But, I mean, come on: a film starring Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick AND Alia Shawkat? I practically felt them reach out of the screen and stick their thumb in my wallet already.

  • apsutter

    Yes to all of that

  • Whiplash, because those bloodied drumsticks are fucking metal

  • JayWantsACat

    As someone who plays/played drums, this happens. Obviously not to that extent, but I've definitely had to tape fingers and knuckles (both from skin being torn off by the sticks and from rapping knuckles on toms, mostly because I'm an idiot).

  • Hell I just came back from band practice, and my right hand is not exactly blood-free. And I'm just the guitarist

  • Kala

    I hope they use that image for the poster. It kind of freaks me out ("Oh my God, what did they DO with them?! HOW CAN ANYONE ROCK THAT HARD?!"), but it's amazing to look at as well.

  • The first one and the last one. Even though zombies are getting played, I have been devoted to both Alia Shawkat and Mae Whitman since State of Grace.

  • Maya

    Slightly off-topic but, re. Elle Fanning, did anyone else see Ginger & Rosa? Because I just saw it last night and holy shit that kid is talented.

  • sanity fair

    Am I the only one who thought, "Kristen Stewart? As a guard at Guantanamo? Really? Really?" And then had to read that phrase multiple times, just to ensure that there was not some sort of misunderstanding?

    Because I honestly get the concept of suspension of disbelief, but COME ON!

  • Even Stevens

    I think she displays her greatest acting feat yet in that photo: finally closing her friggin mouth

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Lynndie England wasn't that different in stature.

  • sanity fair

    It's not her stature. It's her demeanor. I just cannot fathom her having the presence or composure to pull off the role.

  • Brooke Michelle

    I feel like there would be a lot of blank stares, sighs, possibly eye rolls and frowning involved.

  • Shannon

    Don't forget the stuttering.

  • Bryan

    Sounds like most soldiers I know, so she should be okay.

    *I can make fun of soldiers, I'm in the Army too.

  • pnnylne

    God's Pocket, Low Down, Infinitely Polar Bear.

  • Debra Kessing

    thankyou for saving me some typing .. exactly what pnnylne said !

  • e jerry powell

    Okay, I'm going nuts. Ruffalo is looking too too much like Vincent D'Onofrio.

  • Debra Kessing

    I adore them both :)

  • John W

    They all look interesting.

    Aubrey Plaza as a zombie!

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Give me your like, brains or whatever. Or don't. I don't really care that much.

  • Uriah_Creep

    It's everything I never knew I wanted!

  • Guest

    Hello Miss Hendricks! When does Mad Men start again?

    *Glad to see Anna Kendrick is two of them, it seems like there was a bit of an Anna drought there for a while.

  • chanohack

    Hello Miss Hendricks, boobs!

  • Brooke Michelle

    "starring Kristen Stewart"

    Heh, nope.

  • Matt

    While I would never write off a movie so quickly after hearing one person attached to it, I think it's especially unfair for a Sundance movie, one that the writer/director has probably been working towards his entire life.

    Not only that, but because it's his first feature, he'd probably take any known star that he could get.

  • Brooke Michelle

    I grasp what you're saying. But I think it's fairly ok to have zero interest in a movie when said movie stars a horrible actress.

  • phase10

    I think the role pairs nicely with her persona. It could be a nice surprise.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Kristen Wiig just has hunches and shrugs written into her contracts now, doesn't she?

    The cast for Life After Beth had me intrigued, but the premise is a big fat "no" for me.

  • JenVegas

    That was my thought too. Like, could you folks get together and make a DIFFERENT movie please?

  • Ben

    Didn't that zombie movie allready basically get made but with the guy the zombie and the woman the alive one just after they got married or something?

    Also JK Simmons, holy shit he looks kind of terrifying in that photo.

  • BWeaves

    There was that Nicolas Hoult movie that disappointed me, what was it? Warm Bodies.

    Yeah, I'm zombied out.

  • Cowtools

    YAY for the return of 'OZ'-level JK Simmons!
    The most terrifying man ever on TV

  • Temmere

    Seriously, enough with the zombies already.

  • Miguel Angel Portela

    Sometimes I wish that a zombie apocalypse would just happen so I could stop hearing about it on a daily basis.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    More mummies, please.

  • Ben

    I want creature from hte black lagoon style monsters to make a comeback.

  • chanohack


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