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The illustrious Sundance Film Festival opens this month in Park City, Utah, rolling out the red carpet for premieres of the best (and some of the worst) films we’ll be talking about over the next year. After the hype dies, though, what remains are the good films. We present a selection of our favorites, ranging from a paragon of 1990s American indie cinema and a conspiratorial deep dive into The Shining to the calling card for one of the best directors to recently come out of Sundance, David Lowery (A Ghost Story).

How to Survive a Plague

David France United States, 2012


With great immediacy of first-hand accounts and an always incisive use of archival footage, this Academy Award nominated documentary dives deep into one of the most tortured yet tide-turning moments in recent American history. A remarkable portrait on the potentiality of significant social change.

Room 237

Rodney Ascher United States, 2012


Rambling through the hedge-maze entertaining the various conspiracies that circle around The Shining, the Sundance fêted Room 237 is a down-the-rabbit-hole tribute to the endurance of this classic and the sustained, eager attention that fans have met King’s novel and Kubrick’s adaptation.

Living in Oblivion

Tom DiCillo United States, 1995


Cinema has provided its share of films about the many challenges of filmmaking, but few—if any—realize as disastrous circumstances as Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion. Virtuoso performances from Catherine Keener & Steve Buscemi bolster this remarkably accurate and distinctly hilarious cult gem.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

David Lowery United States, 2013


The 2018 Sundance Film Festival has begun, and so we’re looking back at a few of our favorite indie gems from over the years. For starters, here’s David Lowery’s (A Ghost Story) doomed love story, resplendent with stellar performances by Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck as 21st century lovers-on-the-lam.

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