Sundance Movies Hitting Theaters This Summer: 'Dope,' 'The End of the Tour' and More
Film fans who followed the chatter coming out of Park City can finally see the buzzed-about movies.
Film aficionados who followed the reviews and buzz coming out of this year's Sundance Film Festival but weren't able to attend the Park City event will, this summer, finally be able to see many of the movies Hollywood was talking about. Sundance sensation Me and Earl and the Dying Girl opened in select theaters this weekend, as did U.S. grand jury prize documentary winner, The Wolfpack, which follows an isolated family living on New York's Lower East Side, where they watch and reenact movies without leaving their apartment.
Well-received Sundance films I'll See You in my Dreams and Heaven Knows What are still in theaters following their May releases. And many more buzzy Sundance titles are hitting theaters later this summer.
Read on to see which festival films are being released in the coming weeks.
Dope (June 19): This coming-of-age dramedy about nerdy kids in Inglewood, Calif. who have to get rid of and eventually sell a stash of drugs that accidentally winds up in their backpacks received an enthusiastic response when it premiered at Sundance. The film also sparked an all-night bidding war, with Open Road (handling U.S. distribution) and Sony (international) emerging victorious in one of the biggest deals of the festival. The buzzy title is produced and narrated by Forest Whitaker and executive produced by Sean Combs and Pharrell Williams, who also wrote the songs the kids in the movie perform in their band. Written and directed by Our Family Wedding helmer Rick Famuyiwa, Dope features a potentially breakout performance from lead actor Shameik Moore, who stars alongside Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Zoe Kravitz, Chanel Iman and ASAP Rocky.
The Overnight (June 19): In one of the many sex comedies to unspool at this year's Sundance, Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling play a married couple new to L.A. who meet a mysterious duo (Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche). The newcomers visit their worldly new friends for dinner, drinking and more as the night goes on.
Tangerine (July 10): The Sean Baker written-and-directed film follows two black transgender prostitutes on the L.A. streets as one, fresh out of prison, goes on a Christmas Eve rampage to track down the pimp that cheated on her. With vibrant dialogue and fierce energy, the micro-budget Tangerine was shot on iPhones.
The Stanford Prison Experiment (July 17): The film based on the real-life study conducted by psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup) won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize after it made its world premiere at Sundance. The IFC Films release co-stars Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl's Thomas Mann. The movie follows Zimbardo's experiment on the psychology of imprisonment, in which he randomly assigned students the role of guard or prisoner. The subjects quickly begin to embody their roles, with the guards becoming sadistic and cruel and the prisoners plotting a revolt. Kyle Patrick Alvarez directed from Tim Talbott's script, based on Zimbardo's book The Lucifer Effect.
Unexpected (July 24): Cobie Smulders stars in Kris Swanberg's film about two women who become unexpectedly pregnant and the fears and hopes they have as they forge a friendship. Smulders plays one of the two women, a science teacher at a Chicago public school on the verge of closing, with one of her students, Jasmine, the other. Anders Holm co-stars.
Best of Enemies (July 31): Magnolia Pictures' documentary goes behind the scenes of the televised debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential conventions. The Hollywood Reporter's chief film critic Todd McCarthy called the Morgan Neville- and Robert Gordon-directed film "outstanding," saying it "will prove riveting both to those who remember watching the broadcasts and to younger political buffs who may never before have seen these titans of articulation and elocution in action."
The End of the Tour (July 31): A24 picked up the James Ponsoldt-directed David Foster Wallace film after its well-received Sundance world premiere. The movie follows Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky's (Jesse Eisenberg) attempt to get inside the head of Wallace (Jason Segel) over the course of a five-day interview at the end of his 1996 book tour.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Aug. 7): THR's Todd McCarthy called director Marielle Heller's first feature a "gutsy, intimate and assured debut," in which she "accomplishes just about everything all young independent filmmakers say they want to do when starting out: to create a personal, fresh, distinctive work in their own 'voice' that will then, of course, make their careers." He adds, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the kind of film Sundance prays for every year: one that indelibly puts on the map a talented director the festival can then forever claim as one of its own. This will be one of the significant indie titles of the year and a good commercial bet — a film many young women will see more than once." The film, based on a graphic novel, begins with the eponymous high-schooler (Bel Powley) losing her virginity to her mother's boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard) and follows their affair in 1970s San Francisco as Powley's Minnie records her most intimate thoughts and draws, her art coming to life as animation onscreen. Kristen Wiig plays the mother.
Mistress America (Aug. 14): Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's latest collaboration (following Greenberg and Frances Ha) centers around a New York college freshman and aspiring writer (played by Lola Kirke) who's rescued from her loneliness by Manhattan scenester and her soon-to-be stepsister (Gerwig).
Grandma (Aug. 21): Sundance's closing night film earned high praise at the fest. The movie, written and directed by Paul Weitz, stars Lily Tomlin as a misanthropic lesbian who goes on a day-long road trip to raise the money her granddaughter (Julia Garner) needs for an abortion. Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott co-star.
Z for Zachariah (Aug. 21): Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in Craig Zobel's post-apocalyptic thriller. Robbie's character believes she's the last human on Earth before she meets a scientist suffering from radiation exposure (Ejiofor) and a third survivor (Pine). The two men compete for her affection as paranoia and suspicion set in.
June 29, 2:57 p.m. An earlier version of this story included Sleeping With Other People as one of the Sundance films hitting theaters this summer. Its release date has since been moved to Sept. 11.