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» TVandFilmReview.com Sundance Festival – Top Picks (M-Z)

by Kate McCall, published on January 16, 2013

Following on from my A-L picks, here’s the latter half of the alphabet, plus some honourable mentions I couldn’t quite squeeze in:


Touchy Feely

US Dramatic Competition
Dir: Lynn Shelton
Stars: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, Josh Pais

Touchy FeelyOne of my favourite films of last year (which also played at Sundance) was Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister. Though it dug itself into a bit of a hole at the end, I adored the improvisation and the natural connections between the characters. So it’s great to see her partner up again with lead star Rosemarie DeWitt, this time playing a massage therapist who suddenly develops an aversion to the human skin in a wonderfully cute original premise. Simultaneous to this, her detached brother Paul (Scoot McNairy, Argo) suddenly develops a ‘healing touch’ which makes him a local star and the two both flounder and blossom in their new found circumstances. Another excellent cast here, with Allison Janney, Ellen Page and Ron Livingston which means lots of laughs are guaranteed too.


Here are some other films showing over the next couple of weeks that I desperately want to mention so they are not forgotten about: the wonderful and now nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star award Juno Temple stars in Afternoon Delight… there are new comedies to look out for including Ass Backwards, Prince Avalanche and – as we know in the UK already – the sublimely dark but hilarious Sightseers… Jessica Biel stars in Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes… there’s festival favourites Stories We Tell and Mud, directed by the fantastic Jeff Nichols, playing… I Used To Be Darker is another low budget special I wanted to mention in the NEXT section… Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom reunite for The Look of Love… the Midnight section throws up another couple of intriguing films with Magic Magic and The Rambler… Sundance darling Brit Marling returns with The East… and after xoxo-ing her way out of Gossip Girl Kristen Bell stars in drama The Lifeguard. It’s not just films either – the excellent sounding new BBC drama Top of the Lake from director Jane Campion and starring Elisabeth Moss will also be screening.

Sundance runs from January 17-27, and be sure to check in on the awards results on January 26th to see what indie films we’ll be raving about for the rest of the year to come.

Source: www.tvandfilmreview.com

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