Sundance 2017

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1. Band Aid (2017)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

Director: Zoe Lister-Jones | Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman

Votes: 4,683 | Gross: $0.24M

2. Axolotl Overkill (2017)

94 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Mifti, age 16, lives in Berlin with a cast of characters including her half-siblings; their rich, self-involved father; and her junkie friend Ophelia. As she mourns her recently deceased ... See full summary »

Director: Helene Hegemann | Stars: Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Arly Jover, Mavie Hörbiger, Laura Tonke

Votes: 578

3. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading

Votes: 19,259 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Brigsby Bear (2017)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

After being freed from his life in an underground bunker, a man sets out to make a movie of the only TV show he has ever known.

Director: Dave McCary | Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Matt Walsh

Votes: 14,025 | Gross: $0.53M

5. Burning Sands (2017)

TV-MA | 96 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Deep into Hell Week, a favored pledgee is torn between honoring his code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.

Director: Gerard McMurray | Stars: Trevor Jackson, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 2,313

6. Woodpeckers (2017)

TV-MA | 106 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must develop through sign language... See full summary »

Director: José María Cabral | Stars: Orestes Amador, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Carlota Carretero, Jose Cruz

Votes: 461

7. Columbus (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.

Director: Kogonada | Stars: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes

Votes: 11,419 | Gross: $1.02M

8. Crown Heights (2017)

R | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend Carl King devotes his life to proving Colin's innocence.

Director: Matt Ruskin | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Luke Forbes

Votes: 1,521 | Gross: $0.24M

9. Dayveon (2017)

75 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In the wake of his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.

Director: Amman Abbasi | Stars: Devin Blackmon, Dontrell Bright, Lachion Buckingham, Kordell Johnson

Votes: 374 | Gross: $0.00M

10. Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

After their mother ends up in jail, two sisters turn to train robbery in order to support their family.

Director: Sydney Freeland | Stars: Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Lance Gray, Danielle Nicolet

Votes: 1,371

11. Free and Easy (2016)

99 min | Comedy

When a traveling soap salesman arrives in a desolate Chinese town, a crime occurs, and sets the strange residents against each other with tragicomic results.

Director: Jun Geng | Stars: Benbin Gu, Xarxu Wang, Gang Xu, Baohe Xue

Votes: 298

12. God's Own Country (2017)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart

Votes: 18,999 | Gross: $0.34M

13. Golden Exits (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama

71 Metascore

An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.

Director: Alex Ross Perry | Stars: Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe

Votes: 1,585 | Gross: $0.04M

14. Gook (2017)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Chon | Stars: Simone Baker, Justin Chon, Curtiss Cook Jr., David So

Votes: 1,920 | Gross: $0.25M

15. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

When a depressed woman is burgled, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbour. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

Director: Macon Blair | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Jared Roylance

Votes: 39,785

16. School Life (2016)

PG-13 | 99 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English, and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.

Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane

Votes: 227 | Gross: $0.04M

17. Ingrid Goes West (2017)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.

Director: Matt Spicer | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell

Votes: 28,312 | Gross: $3.02M

18. It's Not Yet Dark (2016)

81 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

It's Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with ALS (MND), as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

Director: Frankie Fenton | Stars: Simon Fitzmaurice, Ruth Fitzmaurice, Damien Fitzmaurice, Florence Fitzmaurice

Votes: 168 | Gross: $0.00M

19. It Happened in L.A. (2017)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

In this classically styled comedy of manners set in Los Angeles, sophisticated thirtysomethings try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited couple is actually just an urban myth.

Director: Michelle Morgan | Stars: Michelle Morgan, Jorma Taccone, Dree Hemingway, Kentucker Audley

Votes: 158

20. Landline (I) (2017)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair.

Director: Gillian Robespierre | Stars: Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn, John Turturro

Votes: 3,640 | Gross: $0.94M

21. Lemon (2017)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his girlfriend of 10 years.

Director: Janicza Bravo | Stars: Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Gillian Jacobs

Votes: 1,358 | Gross: $0.03M

22. Machines (2016)

71 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of ... See full summary »

Director: Rahul Jain

Votes: 442 | Gross: $0.01M

23. My Happy Family (2017)

120 min | Drama

86 Metascore

In a patriarchal society, an ordinary Georgian family lives with three generations under one roof. All are shocked when 52-year-old Manana decides to move out from her parents' home and ... See full summary »

Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß | Stars: Ia Shugliashvili, Merab Ninidze, Berta Khapava, Tsisia Qumsishvili

Votes: 2,121

24. Novitiate (2017)

R | 123 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.

Director: Maggie Betts | Stars: Melissa Leo, Lisa Stewart, Alyssa Brindley, Chelsea Lopez

Votes: 3,200 | Gross: $0.58M

25. Patti Cake$ (2017)

R | 109 min | Drama, Music

67 Metascore

PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

Director: Geremy Jasper | Stars: Sahr Ngaujah, Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Mamoudou Athie

Votes: 8,794 | Gross: $0.80M

26. Person to Person (2017)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day.

Director: Dustin Guy Defa | Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Bene Coopersmith

Votes: 1,241 | Gross: $0.05M

27. Plastic China (2016)

82 min | Documentary

A portrait of poverty, ambition and hope set in a world of waste.

Director: Jiuliang Wang

Votes: 367

28. Pop Aye (2017)

104 min | Drama

73 Metascore

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

Director: Kirsten Tan | Stars: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Sasapin Siriwanji, Nattaphat Chullasuwan

Votes: 711 | Gross: $0.08M

29. Roxanne Roxanne (2017)

TV-MA | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

74 Metascore

In the late 80s/ early 1990s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Larnell | Stars: Chanté Adams, Nia Long, Mahershala Ali, Germar Terrell Gardner

Votes: 2,263

30. Step (2017)

PG | 84 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

Director: Amanda Lipitz | Stars: Gari McIntyre, Amanda Leonard, Blessin Giraldo, Chevonne Hall

Votes: 760 | Gross: $1.15M

31. Strong Island (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker's brother.

Director: Yance Ford | Stars: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers, Lauren Ford

Votes: 2,967

32. I Dream in Another Language (2017)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

When a language dies, a unique vision of the world is lost forever.

Director: Ernesto Contreras | Stars: Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, José Manuel Poncelis, Eligio Meléndez, Fátima Molina

Votes: 1,995 | Gross: $0.00M

33. The Force (2017)

92 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

THE FORCE goes inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America's most violent yet promising cities.

Director: Peter Nicks | Stars: Cat Brooks, Jonathan Cairo, Ben McBride, Johnna Watson

Votes: 528 | Gross: $0.06M

34. The Good Postman (2016)

80 min | Documentary

A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly ... See full summary »

Director: Tonislav Hristov | Stars: Ivan Fransuzov, Angela Jekova, Vangel Jekov, Ivan Halahcev

Votes: 285

35. The Hero (I) (2017)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.

Director: Brett Haley | Stars: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman

Votes: 7,037 | Gross: $4.08M

36. The Nile Hilton Incident (2017)

Unrated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A maid witnesses a murder at an upscale hotel and a policeman is assigned to the case, but it soon becomes clear that important people don't want the case solved.

Director: Tarik Saleh | Stars: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher, Ahmed Selim

Votes: 5,885 | Gross: $0.08M

37. The Yellow Birds (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama, War

56 Metascore

Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.

Director: Alexandre Moors | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Daniel Jose Molina, Mikey Collins, Tye Sheridan

Votes: 2,666

38. Thoroughbreds (2017)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

Director: Cory Finley | Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks

Votes: 26,878 | Gross: $2.83M

39. To the Bone (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A young woman, dealing with anorexia, meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

Director: Marti Noxon | Stars: Rebekah Kennedy, Lily Collins, Dana L. Wilson, Ziah Colon

Votes: 34,208

40. Tokyo Idols (2017)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Music

Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with ... See full summary »

Director: Kyoko Miyake | Stars: Rio Hiiragi, Yuzuha Oda, Masayoshi Sakai

Votes: 902

41. Unrest (I) (2017)

98 min | Documentary, Drama, History

80 Metascore

When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights a disease that medicine forgot.

Director: Jennifer Brea | Stars: Jennifer Brea, Omar Wasow, Jessica l e Taylor, Samuel Bearman

Votes: 2,204 | Gross: $0.04M

42. Walking Out (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

79 Metascore

An urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.

Directors: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith | Stars: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter

Votes: 4,835 | Gross: $0.10M

43. Whose Streets? (2017)

R | 90 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

Directors: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis | Stars: Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., David Whitt, Montague Simmons

Votes: 954 | Gross: $0.18M

44. Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass

Votes: 8,150 | Gross: $7.12M

45. Before I Fall (2017)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

58 Metascore

February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's losing.

Director: Ry Russo-Young | Stars: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi

Votes: 40,449 | Gross: $12.23M

46. The Big Sick (2017)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

Director: Michael Showalter | Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano

Votes: 107,099 | Gross: $42.87M

47. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 161,803 | Gross: $18.10M

48. The Discovery (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 102 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi