There are only a couple of days left in this year's Sundance Film Festival, the annual indie film party in Utah, so to honor the passing of another year of sweaters and cinema, let's honor the event's MVPs.
If anyone was the ultimate MVP of this festival it was director Richard Linklater, who debuted his Boyhood, a movie filmed over the course of 12 years. Ben Fritz at the Wall Street Journal wrote that it "breaks new cinematic ground"; Owen Gleiberman said it's "an entrancing, one-of-a-kind act of dramatic storytelling: a beautiful stunt of a movie." The movie is about a boy named Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, who Linklater filmed in intervals as Coltrane grew up in real time.
Saturday Night Live Alums
It was a good festival for alums of the long-running comedy show. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig took to the dramatic in The Skeleton Twins, in which they play siblings who come together after years of estrangement, following their separate suicide attempts (Sundance!). The film sold to Lionsgate/Roadside and received great reviews. "Audiences were buzzing about Hader's surprisingly skilled dramatic turn — as a self-lacerating gay man, he handles his first major lead role with aplomb — but there's plenty of dark comedy here, too, which the ex–Saturday Night Live stars obviously excel at," wrote Kyle Buchanan of Vulture.