Who will be left standing by...August?
Director: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Reese Witherspoon
Release Date: April 26
Festival Speculation: none
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Why: Roadside Attractions picked up Jeff Nichols's "Take Shelter" follow-up out of Cannes 2012 and held onto it until Sundance of this year for a North American coming out. Reaction was stronger than it was on the Croisette and this Matthew McConaughey starrer (with a jaw-dropping performance from youngster Tye Sheridan) might be able to survive long past its April release. McConaughey will be riding the goodwill of last year's "Magic Mike" and "Killer Joe," to say nothing of peripheral work in "The Dallas Buyers Club" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" this time around. Can this slice of storybook magical realism find a place amongst much heavier hitting studio entries?
- Kristopher Tapley