#JoshGad and #LupitaNyongo laugh during a panel for "Little Monsters" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo: Jack Dempsey/Invision for Chase Sapphire /AP Images) @joshgad @Lupita_Nyongo #Sundance2019 #SundanceFilmFestival2019 pic.twitter.com/Drf9BME4Yn— On The Red Carpet (@OnTheRedCarpet) January 29, 2019
Sundance 2019 continues on in Park City, Utah, and this post has few more films that have gotten a lot of buzz, like the Lupita N'yongo starring zombie comedy Little Monsters. Check out Part One and Part Two if you've missed them, and click the cut for more photos and reviews.
Sundance Film Review: ‘Little Monsters’ https://t.co/GdDeFJpnXW— Variety (@Variety) January 28, 2019
What the critics are saying: The critics are loving this gore-comedy, praising N'yongo's commited turn as a teacher trying to save kids from a sudden outbreak of zombies. They call it high-energy with genuine emotion, and no one seems surprised that it's already been acquired by Neon and Hulu.
Blinded by the Light
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, about a Pakistani British teen who finds salvation in Bruce Springsteen, is a glorious & almost fatally uncynical joy.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) January 28, 2019
you’ll laugh, you’ll spontaneously cry 17 different times & you’ll be embarrassed about that
my #Sundance review: https://t.co/nKUCrvnTI1 pic.twitter.com/mJNLvPO0p4
Sundance Film Review: ‘Blinded by the Light’ https://t.co/PZH2ijxfas— Variety (@Variety) January 28, 2019
What the critics are saying: Reviewers have embraced this film from Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, which is based on a true story experienced and written about by Sarfraz Manzoor, who adapted his own book for the screen. A repressed Pakistani boy's whole world changes when he discovers Bruce Springsteen, and according to the critics, anyone who has identified with his music or embraced any song on a deep level will connect with this "unabashed", joyful, earnest coming-of-age film.
New Line bought Blinded by the Light for $15 million, more money than Amazon paid for their Sundance pickups.
HELLO I LOVE GERALDINE VISWANATHAN https://t.co/7wamf7Gfra— Amy Nicholson (@TheAmyNicholson) January 27, 2019
What the critics are saying: Critics are divided on this naturalistic coming-of-age story from first time feature writer-director Minhal Baig, about a thoughtful, talented Muslim teen who rebels against her conservative parents. The film, based on a short by the writer-director, gets almost unanimous praise for lead Geraldine Viswanathan and its first half, which artfully explores what it is to be a Muslim teen in today's world. But the second half is described as "choppy" and "incoherent", and even a reviewer who loved it says it drags at the end.
Apple bought the global rights for Hala, which was executive produced by Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Them That Follow
Sundance Film Review: ‘Them That Follow’ https://t.co/niEVUyNaKW— Variety (@Variety) January 28, 2019
THEM THAT FOLLOW: If you’re looking for a tense, slow-burning portrait of life in a community of Pentecostal snake handlers, asp and ye shall receive! #Sundance2019— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) January 27, 2019
What the critics are saying: Overall, critics are enjoying this gothic religious drama-thriller-horror mashup about snake-handling churchfolk, praising the stellar cast. With words like "restrained" and "mentally punishing", you can expect a slow burn of a film showcasing the talents of the generally creepy Walton Goggins and Oscar nominee Olivia Colman. Critics warn that several of the film's plot twists and revelations are underwhelming, but that the last 30 minutes of the film are dynamite.
The studio formerly known as The Orchard (and seemingly going by the catchy new name 1091 Media) has purchased Them That Follow. Hopefully, they do a better job of promoting films under new management!
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