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Concussion Distributor:Radius/The Weinstein Company
The Lowdown: Character actress Robin Weigert stars as a lesbian housewife who decides to become an escort after being knocked in the head by her son's baseball. Reviews were mixed but trended positive, with a lot of praise for Weigert's performance.
How You Can See It: Radius plans an early fall 2013 release, with both theatrical and VOD presences likely.
Cutie and the Boxer Distributor: Radius/The Weinstein Company
The Lowdown: Winner of the U.S. Documentary Directing Prize, and story of an unlikely romance between painter Ushio Shinohara and his assistant Noriko. It was one of the best-received docs at the festival among critics.
How You Can See It: Radius is the video-on-demand platform for the Weinstein Company, so while a limited theatrical release is possible, most people will probably catch this on VOD. The company has scheduled a 2013 release.
Don Jon's Addiction Distributor: Relativity Media
The Lowdown: It's Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, which probably would have been enough to earn it massive buzz. But he also stars as a New Jersey guido obsessed with porn, who winds up in a relationship with a woman (Scarlett Johansson) with her own media obsessions and weird ideas about relationships. It was also a huge hit among festival audiences (myself not included).
How You Can See It: Relativity made a huge $25 million commitment to market the film's planned summer release, so not only will it be in theaters, but you won't be able to avoid it.
The East Distributor:Fox Searchlight
The Lowdown: Director Zal Batmanglij and co-writer/star Brit Marling returned to Sundance two years after their debut Sound of My Voice was a major festival success. Starring Marling as a corporate spy infiltrating an environmentalist terror group, it features some of the best performances from Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page we've seen, plus tense direction from Batmanglij. I loved it.
How You Can See It: Fox Searchlight had the film before the festival, but they haven't yet confirmed a 2013 release date.
Fruitvale Distributor:The Weinstein Company
The Lowdown: Winner of both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, it's a gripping drama based on the true story of a 22-year-old man shot by police at a San Francisco train station in 2009. It made me shake with anger and sadness, and I wasn't alone.
How You Can See It: Expect a major theatrical release and awards season push later this year, with a particular focus on Michael B. Jordan's lead performance.
JOBS Distributor:Open Road Films
The Lowdown: The Sundance Closing Night spot tropically goes to films that are truly awful, but this one was just mediocre, a biopic about Steve Jobs as bland and ineffective as he was magnetic. Read more about it here.
How You Can See It: In theaters April 19.
Kill Your Darlings Distributor:Sony Pictures Classics
The Lowdown: Daniel Radcliffe grows up and plays a young, sexually confused Allen Ginsberg caught up in a murder committed by a classmate and serious crush object, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Well-received by critics and audiences, it also has a feel-good story behind the scenes, after director John Krokidas spent many, many years trying to get it made. I was deeply impressed by both Radcliffe and his charismatic co-star DeHaan.
How You Can See It: Sony Pictures Classics hasn't announced a release date, but expect it sometime this year.
The Look of Love Distributor: IFC Films
The Lowdown: The fourth collaboration between director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan, with Coogan playing London's famous "King of Soho" Paul Raymond, who built a series of gentleman's clubs and was essentially their answer to Hugh Hefner. The film was pretty poorly received by critics at the festival.
How You Can See It: There's no release date in mind yet, but given the poor reviews and Raymond's low profile in the U.S., I would assume it could make its way out before the awards season hubbub-- and given IFC's strength in VOD, probably to your cable provider as well.
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