Best and Worst of 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Nicole Kidman, 'Upstream Color' and 'Before Midnight' make the cut
BEST: 'Prince Avalanche'
Director: David Gordon Green
Acquired by: Magnolia Pictures
Lowdown: David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche" was a lovely surprise. A two-hander starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch that presents separate but equally clueless understandings of women and relationships, it intriguingly reconciles those two things while also somewhat reconciling Green's indie and commercial sensibilities. It's really my favorite thing he's done in a while and a nice palate-cleanser for the next stage in his career. The score from Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo is also rather amazing and perfectly sets the film's atmosphere and identity.
- Kristopher Tapley