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Ben's Top 10 Movies of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

 

As I'm sure you know by now, Joey and I spent the past ten days in Park City, Utah covering the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. I saw 27 movies and wrote and recorded reviews of most of them (check out all of our coverage here). Since this is the internet and we all thrive on lists, I'll add another one to the fray. Here are my favorite films of Sundance 2012, in alphabetical order:

Black Rock

This thriller about women trapped on an island is often conventional, but it's a solid genre exercise executed with suspense.

Celeste & Jesse Forever

Strong turns from Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, who are equally capable of delivering drama and comedy. 

The First Time

Can't Hardly Wait for the next generation. Heartfelt, cheesy in all the right ways, and a unique look at the teen sex genre in a post-Superbad world.

Liberal Arts

Elizabeth Olsen continues her Sundance reign in Josh Radnor's second directorial feature, a solid dramedy with great dialogue and a surprisingly funny part for Zac Efron. (I know, right?)

The Raid

One of the best action movies of all time. Period.

Red Lights

Rodrigo Cortes expands the scope of Buried to a compelling and suspenseful paranormal examination with shades of The Prestige all over.

Room 237

Conspiracy theorists, your wait is over. Exploring wild theories about Stanley Kubrick's The Shining has never been more fun.

Safety Not Guaranteed

A personal highlight of the festival, this time travel story with a romantic twist stars Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, and Mark Duplass (as one of the most memorable characters of the past few years). 

West of Memphis

An exhaustive look at the plight of the West Memphis Three that begins with the trial, documents the ensuing years, and even adds new information to the case.

Your Sister's Sister

A love triangle constructed from honest writing and strong performances from Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass.

Any of these sound appealing to you? Check out our reviews for more in-depth discussion of each movie, and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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