Excitement is building for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival scheduled for January 16 – 26, with over 100 films in the lineup.  According to New York Times’ film critic Sopan Deb, the six films getting the most buzz* are:

 

The Catcher Was a Spy

Written by Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan”) and directed by Ben Lewin, this film has significant star power including Paul Rudd in the lead, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels and Paul Giamatti. The film tells the true story of White Sox catcher Moe Berg who was also a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during WWII. He is credited with helping the United States beat Germany in the race to build the atomic bomb.


Seeing Allred

Directed by Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman, this U.S. documentary is a timely look at feminist attorney Gloria Allred in her clashes with both Bill Cosby and Donald Trump during his campaign amidst accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.


RGB

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen examine the career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, a.k.a Notorious RBG.


Blindspotting

Directed by Carolos Lopes Estrada and co-written and starring Daveed Diggs of both “Hamilton and “Black-ish” fame, this comedy is a self-referential buddy comedy about growing up in Oakland.


Inventing Tomorrow

Directed by Laura Nix, this climate-themed documentary examines high school students and scientists from around the world in their quest to “face the planet’s environmental threats while navigating adolescence.


Yardie

This directorial debut by Idris Elba is based on the 1992 novel by Victor Headley. It’s set in Jamaica in the early 1970’s and follows a young boy named “D” who witnesses the murder of his brother. He later moves to London to build a drub empire.