Five 2014 Sundance debuts we can’t wait to check out!

Nasim Pedrad, Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and Peter Kwong in COOTIES (Image Credit: Tony Rivetti Jr.)
Nasim Pedrad, Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and Peter Kwong in COOTIES (Image Credit: Tony Rivetti Jr.)

The Sundance Film Festival, held every January, is a showcase for a wide variety of independent films and a great chance for those films to latch onto a larger audience and hopefully make their way to the masses. Breakout films include (believe it or not), such films as Reservoir Dogs, Memento and Saw. So, this year there’s quite a lineup and we’ve compiled a short list below of the ones we can’t wait to check out when they’re massed released.

Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s long-in-production project, Boyhood was filmed over the course of 12 years in order to provide the audience with a more natural (literally) coming-of-age tale featuring Ethan Hawke, Patricia  Arquette, and lead (“boy”) Ellar Coltrane.

The Guest

This slick horror film from the director of last year’s immensely enjoyable You’re Next is said to be a throwback to some of the best 80s thrillers (featuring a dash of dark comedy), a genre practically carved out by John Carpenter.

The Raid 2

Gareth Evans’ sequel to one of the best action films – from choreography to cinematography – of the last decade promises to be bigger, bloodier and even (more) badass than its predecessor.

Infinitely Polar Bear

Another coming-of-age story set in the 80s (the best time for coming-of-age stories!) a la John Hughes, Infinitely Polar Bear stars Mark Ruffalo as a manic-depressive family man who tries to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana) by proving he can take full responsibility of their two lively young daughters.

Cooties

This horror film (that I don’t how has not already not been made yet) from the writer of  Saw stars Elijah Wood as an elementary school teacher that must fight for survival when his students are transformed into zombies after being exposed to a mysterious virus. Can’t. Wait.

All things considered, there are plenty of other films at Sundance this year, so the above-mentioned are just a few that I’m sure will definitely be worth a look when released by major studio later this year or next.

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Jesse Tabit is a native of Charleston, WV. He studies journalism at West Virginia University.

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