Updated January 7, 2021

Similar to Christmas dinner and your office’s awkward wine tasting celebration, Sundance is going virtual this year.

That implies no more schlepping a mile in the mountains of Park City, Utah, to make it to a movie premiere on time. (I as soon as collapsed in a snowbank.) No more lining up for hours in the cold outside the Eccles Theater just to be told the last seat was just taken. No more elite crowds using headscarfs that cost as much as an utilized Toyota Corolla.

However even if we can’t drink craft beers with Richard Linklater in a refurbished shoe shop, at least we still have the motion pictures.

Sundance is premiering more than 70 movies from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 via its online website and a few brick-and-mortar theaters around the nation, and any person in the United States can purchase a ticket this time.

Being an indie movie celebration, some films will tank– all hail the time out button!– but a couple of have me drooling currently. Individual tickets ($15) and passes go on sale Thursday at 2 p.m. E.T. at Sundance.org

” Misha and the Wolves”

” Misha and the Wolves”
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Sundance has ended up being a lightning arrester for documentaries– especially wacko ones such as “ Weiner” and “ Three Identical Complete Strangers.” The most recent talker is “Misha and the Wolves,” about author Misha Defonseca, who published a harrowing World War II autobiography in 1997 called “Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years.” In the book, the woman declared that– after her Jewish moms and dads were taken by Nazis– she was forced into the wilderness where she became a feral child raised by wolves. Phony news! 9 years later, the author confessed that her story was a sham: She’s Catholic and didn’t even leave her home throughout the war.

Screening info: Jan. 31 at 3 p.m.; Feb. 2 at 10 a.m.

” John and the Hole”

” John and the Hole”
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The anticipation for Spanish director Pascual Sisto’s thriller has actually been building for months, due to the fact that it was likewise a selection for the canceled Cannes Movie Celebration last spring. Its upsetting plot verge on comical: A boy (Charlie Shotwell) holds his family– played by Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Ehle and Taissa Farmiga– hostage in a hole he discovers in his suburban yard. After the holidays, that sounds completely cathartic.

Screening info: Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.; Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.

” Knocking”

Sundance is one of the finest curators of artistic scary films out there.: They premiered “ Get Out” in 2017.

Screening information: Jan. 30 at 12 a.m.; Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.

” Land”

” Land”
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Half the directors at this year’s festival are making their feature-film debuts– making it all the more depressing that they can’t take in the magnificence in individual. One first-timer is no Hollywood newbie, though: Robin Wright. The “House of Cards” actress directs herself in this drama about a woman who looks for sanctuary in the Rocky Mountains after a disaster.

Screening info: Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.; Feb. 2 at 10 a.m.

” The Pink Cloud”

” The Pink Cloud”
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An ominous pink cloud drifts towards a Brazilian city, and individuals are dropping dead. The federal government forces the populace into lockdown, and they remain in their homes for several years. Outrageous and completely implausible. What makes this foreign film interesting, however, was that it was made pre-pandemic. ” It was conceived as a feminist film,” director Iuli Gerbase told Range

Evaluating information: Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.; Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.

” Mass”

” Mass”
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What might wind up as the toughest watch of the festival also has a titanic ensemble of stars to make the trauma worth it. A group of moms and dads– played by Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton– talk to the shooter who eliminated their kids years earlier. One space, a lot of tension.

Evaluating details: Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.; Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

” On the Count of Three”

” On the Count of Three”
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It’s amusing since it’s directed my comedian Jerrod Carmichael and stars Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, Henry Winkler and J. B. Smoove.

Evaluating information: Jan. 29 at 9 p.m.; Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.

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