Sundance 2016

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1. 31 (2016)

R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

35 Metascore

Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hellish compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 16,959 | Gross: $0.78M

2. Antibirth (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

56 Metascore

In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Perez | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly, Mark Webber

Votes: 2,881

3. Carnage Park (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Crime, Horror

48 Metascore

Part crime caper gone awry, part survival horror film, this 1970s set thriller depicts a harrowing fight for survival after a pair of wannabe crooks botch a bank heist and flee into the ... See full summary »

Director: Mickey Keating | Stars: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Hébert, Michael Villar

Votes: 3,149

4. Outlaws and Angels (2016)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

40 Metascore

When outlaws on the lam invade the home of an unsuspecting, seemingly innocent, frontier family to hide out for the night, an unexpected game of cat and mouse ensues, leading to seduction, role reversal, and ultimately, bloody revenge.

Director: JT Mollner | Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Teri Polo, Francesca Eastwood, Frances Fisher

Votes: 2,948

5. Trash Fire (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

42 Metascore

When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder.

Director: Richard Bates Jr. | Stars: Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord

Votes: 2,728

6. Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

84 Metascore

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Votes: 20,873 | Gross: $0.03M

7. Yoga Hosers (2016)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

23 Metascore

Two teenage yoga enthusiasts must do battle with an evil presence that is threatening to rise from its underground lair and endanger their major party plans.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Johnny Depp, Adam Brody

Votes: 11,322

8. As You Are (2016)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte | Stars: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti

Votes: 1,868

9. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 19,148 | Gross: $15.86M

10. Christine (2016)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 12,217 | Gross: $0.30M

11. Equity (I) (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.

Director: Meera Menon | Stars: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner

Votes: 3,286 | Gross: $1.60M

12. The Free World (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

A recently released former convict becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband.

Director: Jason Lew | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Sung Kang, Boyd Holbrook, Octavia Spencer

Votes: 1,462

13. Goat (2016)

R | 96 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there in the name of "brotherhood" tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.

Director: Andrew Neel | Stars: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty

Votes: 7,087 | Gross: $0.02M

14. The Intervention (I) (2016)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Director: Clea DuVall | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Skylar Bernon, Kira Pozehl

Votes: 5,477 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Joshy (2016)

R | 93 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway into a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze, debauchery, and hot tubs. Written and directed by Jeff Baena and featuring an ensemble cast of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Baena | Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll

Votes: 3,544

16. Lovesong (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Jessie Ok Gray, Cary Joji Fukunaga

Votes: 3,647 | Gross: $0.01M

17. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Patrick Güldenberg

Votes: 4,831 | Gross: $0.09M

18. Other People (I) (2016)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.

Director: Chris Kelly | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow

Votes: 8,357 | Gross: $0.09M

19. Southside with You (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago's South Side.

Director: Richard Tanne | Stars: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Phillip Edward Van Lear

Votes: 7,550 | Gross: $6.30M

20. Swiss Army Man (2016)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

Votes: 97,945 | Gross: $4.21M

21. Tallulah (2016)

111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

Director: Sian Heder | Stars: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit

Votes: 16,124

22. White Girl (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

Director: Elizabeth Wood | Stars: Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc, Justin Bartha, Adrian Martinez

Votes: 8,428 | Gross: $0.20M

23. Gleason (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.

Director: Clay Tweel | Stars: Steve Gleason, Mike Gleason, Scott Fujita, Mike McKenzie

Votes: 2,330 | Gross: $0.58M

24. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

Votes: 5,324 | Gross: $0.24M

25. Nuts! (I) (2016)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, Animation

82 Metascore

The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Gene Tognacci, Andy Boswell, John Causby, Kelly Mizell

Votes: 672

26. Suited (2016)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary

A behind-the-scenes look at the Brooklyn tailoring company Bindle and Keep.

Director: Jason Benjamin | Star: Jillian T. Weiss

Votes: 249

27. Uncle Howard (2016)

TV-MA | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

73 Metascore

Director Howard Brookner died of AIDS in NYC in 1989 while in post-production on his breakthrough Hollywood movie. His body of work has been buried for 30 years in William Burroughs' bunker... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Brookner | Stars: Aaron Brookner, John Giorno, Jim Jarmusch, Tom DiCillo

Votes: 226

28. Belgica (2016)

127 min | Drama

63 Metascore

The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter, Dominique Van Malder

Votes: 3,869

29. Brahman Naman (2016)

95 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

A champion college quizzing team try to win the all-India finals and lose their virginities.

Director: Qaushiq Mukherjee | Stars: Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad, Vaishwath Shankar

Votes: 1,607

30. A Good Wife (2016)

90 min | Drama

A film about a woman who discovers her husband's war crimes and must decide how to respond.

Director: Mirjana Karanovic | Stars: Mirjana Karanovic, Boris Isakovic, Jasna Djuricic, Bojan Navojec

Votes: 592

31. Mammal (2016)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

Portrait of a contemporary woman living in Dublin. Margaret handles in a very sensitive way- how difficult it is for a mother to grieve the death of a child, even if they are estranged.

Director: Rebecca Daly | Stars: Rachel Griffiths, Barry Keoghan, Michael McElhatton, Kathy Monahan

Votes: 429

32. My Friend from the Park (2015)

86 min | Drama

Running away from a bar without paying the bill is just the first adventure for Liz (mother to newborn Nicanor) and Rosa (supposed mother to newborn Clarisa). This budding friendship ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Katz | Stars: Julieta Zylberberg, Andrés Milicich, Mirella Pascual, Tomás Newkirk

Votes: 232

33. Sand Storm (2016)

87 min | Drama

74 Metascore

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Director: Elite Zexer | Stars: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel

Votes: 2,592 | Gross: $0.08M

34. Wild (I) (2016)

97 min | Drama

An anarchist young woman breaks the tacit contract with civilization and fearlessly decides on a life without hypocrisy or an obligatory safety net.

Director: Nicolette Krebitz | Stars: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich, Nelson, Cossa

Votes: 1,285

35. All These Sleepless Nights (2016)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

70 Metascore

A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Art school classmates Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam their city's ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Marczak | Stars: Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza, Eva Lebuef, Natalia Atmanska

Votes: 1,335 | Gross: $0.02M

36. A Flag Without a Country (2015)

97 min | Documentary

A documentary about Kurds, middle-east war and "Kurdistan", a nation with about 45m population and still without a country.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Nariman Anwar, Helly Luv

Votes: 147

37. Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, AKA Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary ... See full summary »

Director: Nanfu Wang | Stars: Ye Haiyan, Huang, Wang Jianfen, Tang Jitian

Votes: 366

38. The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

87 min | Documentary, Drama, War

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops ... See full summary »

Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Stars: Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor, Zulfu

Votes: 531

39. We Are X (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary film about the legendary Japanese rock band X JAPAN.

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: Yoshiki, Hiroshi Morie, Sugizo, Toshimitsu Deyama

Votes: 827 | Gross: $0.05M

40. The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

R | 76 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.

Director: Nicolas Pesce | Stars: Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Olivia Bond, Paul Nazak

Votes: 10,475 | Gross: $0.03M

41. First Girl I Loved (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way.

Director: Kerem Sanga | Stars: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 2,737

42. The Fits (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

90 Metascore

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson

Votes: 4,232 | Gross: $0.17M

43. Jacqueline Argentine (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

This mockumentary follows an unnamed director and narrator (Wyatt Cenac) down to Argentina, where he's filming Jacqueline, who claims to be blowing the whistle on a plot to assassinate an Arab politician.

Director: Bernardo Britto | Stars: Martin Anderson, Eve Austin, James Benson, Wyatt Cenac

Votes: 97

44. The Land (2016)

R | 104 min | Drama

50 Metascore

Four teenage boys devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, by pursuing a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Caple Jr. | Stars: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker

Votes: 1,572 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Operation Avalanche (2016)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller