Best and Worst of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Lay the Favorite,' 'The Surrogate'
What to see and avoid when these flicks come your way
Worst: 'Red Lights'
The best thing you can say about Rodrigo Cortes' "Red Lights" is that the pseudo-intellectual examination of the paranormal world, its believers and its detractors, was a bad match with the Sundance audience and that the muddled drama, starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and a hammy Robert De Niro, should have played a more populist venue before a wide release. The worst you can say is that it was a murky, talky, philosophically over-obvious dud driven by a few cheap scares and culminating in a ridiculously confused and confusing kinda-twist-ending. Naturally, unlike dozens of better Sundance films, "Red Lights" will eventually play at a theater near you.
- Daniel Fienberg