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12 items from 2017

Sundance: The 10 Very Best Films from the 2017 Film Festival

30 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The Sundance Film Festival is officially over and the awards have already been handed out, both the official ones and our own Unconventional Awards, and out of the roughly thirty films I saw during my time in Park City, Utah, I’ve put together a list of the ten very best movies I had a chance to see. Many of them will be coming to theaters across the country later in the year, and a few of them may even be in the Oscar conversation a year from now.

10. The Big Sick

Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani made his triumphant debut as a leading man with this movie produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) and co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon. Based on their own experiences in courting and how Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) being put into a medically-induced coma affected it, »

- Edward Douglas

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Sundance 2017 Winners Include ‘I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.’ and ‘Dina’

28 January 2017 8:28 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close with tonight’s awards ceremony. While we’ll have our personal favorites coming early this week, the jury and audience have responded with theirs, topped by Macon Blair‘s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore., which will arrive on Netflix in late February, and the documentary Dina. Check out the full list of winners below see our complete coverage here.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Larry Wilmore to:

Dina / U.S.A. (Directors: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini) — An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Peter Dinklage to:

I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Macon Blair) — When a depressed woman is burglarized, she »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Ingrid Goes West’ Review: Aubrey Plaza Is An Instagram Stalker In This Middle Social Media Satire — Sundance 2017

28 January 2017 11:50 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“No one is as happy as they seem on Instagram, as depressed as they seem on Twitter, or as insufferable as they seem on Facebook.”

If you’re reading this review, odds are you’ve probably stumbled across that cute axiom (or one of its interchangeable variations) at some point or another in the years since the world submitted itself to the emotional slaughterhouse that is social media. And if you’ve ever had an Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account of your own, odds are you know just how true that truism tends to be. And yet, for some reason, it still needs to be said. Everybody curates their own image on the internet, but we’re all so good at it that nobody remembers.

As Vonnegut once wrote: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” That guy died three »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Ingrid Goes West’: How a First-Time Filmmaker Cracked the Sundance Code

22 January 2017 5:52 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warning: What you’re about to read is something of a Cinderella story.

Matt Spicer had only a couple of shorts under his belt, but when he sent his “Ingrid Goes West” screenplay to his agent, he got a call saying Aubrey Plaza wanted to play the lead — and then, Plaza was such a fan that she helped wrangle co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and O’Shea Jackson Jr. Things went so smoothly, production began just eight months after Spicer sent his agent the script.

And that’s when the trouble started.

The filmmakers lost a full day of shooting after a Santa Clarita wildfire destroyed one of their sets, while a plumbing problem at another location turned a house into a biohazard. Spicer also accidentally walked through a glass door, miraculously escaping with just a single two-inch gash on his arm.

This story has a happy ending: Neon acquired “Ingrid Goes West »

- Graham Winfrey

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Sundance Review: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Finds Aubrey Plaza Weaving a Web of Lies

22 January 2017 5:32 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a generation now largely measuring their self-esteem by the amount of likes on their Instagram feed, the veneer of a perfect life is a sought-after badge of approval. Call it a cynical observation, but the rush of personal achievement via double taps is an addicting one, especially so for Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza), a mentally unstable woman filling the lonely void left by her recently deceased mother with social media stalking. Upon reading an article in Elle, she sets her sights on Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an Instagram influencer who gets paid by companies to hawk their latest fashionable products. Using the $60,000 left by her mom’s will, she sets off to Los Angeles to hopefully make a new friend and thus begins the escalating deception of Ingrid Goes West.

In his directorial debut, Matt Spicer gets right what so many other films commenting on today’s technology obsession fail »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Ingrid Goes West’ Acquired by Neon at Sundance

22 January 2017 4:51 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After a number of competitive bids, Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distribution banner Neon has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sundance breakout, “Ingrid Goes West,” following the world premiere on Friday night, TheWrap has learned. Directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Parks and Recreation”) and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene”). Based on a script by Spicer and David Branson Smith, the dark comedy also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, and Pom Klementieff. Also Read: Power Outage at Sundance Fest Theater, »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Neon In Mid-7-Figure Rights Deal For ‘Ingrid Goes West’ – Sundance

22 January 2017 4:17 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Tom Quinn and Tim League’s upstart distribution company Neon has lit up the Sundance Film Festival scoreboard. They’ve made a North American rights deal for around $3 million on Ingrid Goes West, the Matt Spicer-directed drama that premiered Friday night at the Library Center Theatre. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen. Pic, competing in the U.S. Dramatic category, follows a disturbed young woman who… »

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Neon Acquires ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen — Sundance 2017

22 January 2017 4:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tim League and Tom Quinn’s distribution shingle Neon has acquired the North American rights to the dramatic comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. Neon beat out A24 and Netflix, who were also bidding on the film, Variety reports. The acquisition came two days after the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Read More: Michael Showalter’s Second Act: How the ‘The Big Sick’ Filmmaker Reinvented His Career — Sundance 2017

Directed by first-time feature director Matt Spicer, who co-wrote the film with David Branson Smith, “Ingrid Goes West” is a dark, dramatic comedy that follows a troubled young woman named Ingrid (Plaza) who becomes obsessed with the Instagram account of a social media influencer named Taylor (Olsen). Ingrid then moves across the country and manages to befriend Taylor, before subjecting to her to some disturbing and even dangerous behavior. The film also stars Wyatt Russell and Billy Magnussen. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Sundance: Neon Buys ‘Ingrid Goes West’ (Exclusive)

22 January 2017 3:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Neon has bought North American distribution rights to “Ingrid Goes West” out of the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has learned.

To nab the indie comedy-drama it beat out the likes of A24 and Netflix, both of whom were in the hunt. The film is a satire of the social media age, chronicling the exploits of an unstable woman (Aubrey Plaza) with an obsessive streak.

In addition to Plaza, “Ingrid Goes West” stars Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen. It marks the feature film directorial debut of Matt Spicer.

CAA negotiated the deal.

More to come…

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- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Ingrid Goes West

21 January 2017 10:23 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I am at my third Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews. Follow me on Twitter @bayerjeff.

Sundance Film Festival 2017 Reviews

Ingrid Goes West

Plot (courtesy of Sundance):

U.S.A., 2016, 97 min., color

A young woman becomes obsessed with an Instagram “influencer” and moves to Los Angeles to try and befriend her in real life.

Director: Matt Spicer

Screenwriters: Matt Spicer, David Branson Smith

Principal Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen

Review: The films about being obsessed with social media won’t stop. They will keep getting liked, shared and redone. Thankfully, a quality filmmaker, screenwriter and cast will always be able to shine a proper light on the subject and that is exactly what Ingrid Goes West is able to pull off.

Ingrid (Plaza) has just lost her mom and attaches herself on Instagram to anyone who will give her a hint of reason. »

- Jeff Bayer

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Ingrid Goes West’

21 January 2017 12:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If Sun Tzu were alive today, he’d be on Instagram, and his profile would probably read, “Keep your friends close and your followers closer.” Certainly, that advice might apply to social-media celebrity Taylor Sloane, whose phony online persona attracts a sad-sack stalker in Matt Spicer’s darkly comedic “Ingrid Goes West.” A semi-ironic, yet still-empathetic “Single White Female” for the Facebook generation, Spicer’s squirm-inducing directorial debut understands both the pleasures and frustrations of judging one’s worth via virtual connections. If positioned correctly, it’s the sort of timely satire that could click with younger audiences — and further bolster Aubrey Plaza’s value in the title role.

All Ingrid Thorburn wants is friends, and the only way she knows to make them is online, via apps such as Instagram, where the word has been rendered meaningless. Ingrid’s strategy is to identify the most fabulous person she can »

- Peter Debruge

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Golden Globes: TV's Biggest Winners And Losers

9 January 2017 7:41 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Sunday night, The Golden Globes were handed out to actors, directors, producers, musicians, screenwriters, and television show creators in a setting of inebriated debauchery that The Golden Globes are so well known for. While La La Land broke a record in total awards received, there were also a few surprises on the TV side of the awards.

The Biggest Winners

1. The Night Manager

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Tom HiddlestonBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Hugh LaurieBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Olivia Colman

The Night Manager stars Tom Hiddleston playing Jonathan Pine, a lonely night manager at a Cairo hotel, who gets recruited into infiltrating Richard Onslow Roper's (Hugh Laurie), an arms dealer, »

- Drew Carlton

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