2018 Sundance Film Festival Round-Up: Nic Cage Gets Primal; Is MoviePass the Next Netflix?

January 21, 2018 by Nick Nadel

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is still in its first days, and already Joaquin Phoenix and Chloe Sevigny are earning rave reviews for their performances in the biopics Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot and Lizzie. Plus, we’ve got news about Jane Fonda’s new documentary and a breakthrough in virtual reality filmmaking. Read on for the latest buzz from Park City, Utah.

  • Business Insider says Panos Cosmatos’ Sundance Film Festival thriller Mandy showcases star Nicolas Cage’s “vintage, insane acting style.”
  • Indiewire takes a look at Monsters and Men, a gritty drama that presents a police shooting from multiple angles.
  • The AV Club cites Private Life, Tamara Jenkins’ fertility drama starring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti, as an early highlight of the festival.
  • Jane Fonda opened up to Deadline about the Time’s Up movement and her new documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts.
  • Variety applauds Chloe Sevigny’s performance in the Lizzie Borden biopic Lizzie.
  • The Cut has highlights from the Respect Rally featuring a speech from Gloria Allred, the subject of the Sundance Film Festival doc Seeing Allred.
  • Deadline says virtual reality finally has its “Pixar moment” with Wolves in the Walls, the animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s story featured in the festival’s New Frontier category.
  • Vanity Fair writes that Clara’s Ghost, writer/director/actor Bridey Elliott’s comedic thriller costarring her father Chris Elliott and sister Abby Elliott, is “extremely funny at times and nerve-wracking at others.”
  • Variety reports that the MoviePass subscription service is taking a leap into the content business, announcing at Sundance Film Festival that it will start acquiring films for digital distribution.

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