The Best of Sundance 2017: 'Brigsby Bear,' 'Patti Cake$,' and Breakout Roles

The Best of Sundance 2017: 'Brigsby Bear,' 'Patti Cake$,' and Breakout Roles

Jan 26, 2017

There were a ton of worthwhile films that screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but which ones were our favorites? Over the next few days we'll tell you all about them, including when you'll be able to watch them either at your local theater or at home.

 

Brigsby Bear

When you can see it: TBD, summer 2017 via Sony Pictures Classics

Watch our review:

A bit more: The film also stars Mark Hamill and Greg Kinnear, and thrives on its inventiveness, even if that inventiveness is borderline creepy at times (to be vague without spoiling big reveals). Good to see the Lonely Island dudes shifting gears, and for talented background SNL players to get more exposure. 

 

Patti Cake$

When you can see it: TBD 2017 via Fox Searchlight

Watch our review:

A bit more: What makes the movie is its music and its tone. Patti Cake$ is respectful of its characters and their world. Because writer-director Geremy Jasper grew up in New Jersey, he has a certain familiarity with the vibe there -- one that's both playful and kind of heartbreaking, too.

 

Breakout Roles

In addition to Danielle Macdonald above in Patti Cake$, we were pretty floored with both Chanté Adams in Roxanne Roxanne and Laia Costa in Newness. We'll have a more extensive chat with Costa later this week, but here's our review of Newness below.

Newness

When you can watch it: TDB 2017

Watch our review:

 

Roxanne Roxanne

When you can see it: TBD

A bit more: Check out these words from hip hop artist Roxanne Shanté, whose life is the inspiration for the film and who Chanté Adams plays, from immediately following the film's Sundance premiere.

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