10 major takeaways from Sundance 2015’s competition slate

, and 12.03.14 3 years ago

The Sundance Film Festival has announced its competition slate for 2015 and color us…satisfied? So far, so good?

Of course, times are changing (say goodbye to docs about the Arab Spring) and returning filmmakers are flocking to the U.S. dramatic competition like never before (who wants to be just a lousy premiere?). As always, there are a few stars pulling double duty (this year it's Cobie Smulders and Kristen Wiig) and familiar faces are going in unexpected directorial directions. Nothing overtly controversial has appeared yet (there's still time), but the festival programmers have noted this year's movies are more about “taking audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes” than making big political statements (well, in the narratives at least).  

With that in mind, Dan Fienberg, Drew McWeeny and myself have scoured the 60+ titles announced today and determined the biggest takeaways from the competition slate so far.

Check them out in embedded story gallery below. Then, vote for which movie from the U.S. dramatic competition you're most interested in seeing someday in a theater near you.

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 22 – Feb. 1, 2015. Look for complete coverage from Park City before and during the festival on HitFix.

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