Sundance 2019: The Rock, Zac Efron, Demi Moore among stars on fest screen

CNET | 1/24/2019 | Richard Trenholm
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Penetrating documentaries, horror chillers and A-list stars will be some of the hallmarks of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

The festival kicks off on Friday as Hollywood hitmakers and indie creators turn up in Park City, Utah, to watch movies and make deals in the snow. Read on for a preview of the films set to make waves this year.

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Mostly known for indie and up-and-coming filmmakers, Sundance always sees major stars stepping away from the mainstream to flex their quirkier acting muscles. Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Demi Moore, Shia LaBeouf and The Rock are among the big names appearing this year.

Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal are among the stars heading for Sundance 2019.

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Olivia Colman, currently enjoying universal acclaim and an Oscar nomination for her performance in The Favourite, returns with religious drama Them That Follow. And after the edgy Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal re-teams with writer and director Dan Gilroy for Velvet Buzzsaw, a thriller set in the art world. Velvet Buzzsaw will stream on Netflix in February.

Amazon has already won an Oscar. Netflix is nominated for best picture this year. It's safe to say the streaming services are power players in the movie industry, and several Sundance films will show up to stream soon. That includes Paddleton, produced by mumblecore veterans the Duplass brothers. In this Netflix black comedy, Mark Duplass and Ray Romano play misfit neighbours shaken up when one of them gets cancer.

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Netflix brings Paddleton to Sundance 2019.

Amazon has Indian drama Photograph and quirky comedy Troop Zero at the festival. The latter sees directing duo Bert & Bertie direct Viola Davis and Allison Janney in a comedy about 1970s girl scouts trying to get themselves on NASA's Golden Record.


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