2008 Sundance Movie Preview

The Great Buck Howard
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2008 Sundance Movie Preview

01 of 07

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Sundance Movie Preview, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Courtesy of Arclight Films

THE PLAYERS Sienna Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, Mena Suvari

THE PLOT Based on the novel by Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh chronicles a pivotal summer in the life of one man's youth. Stuck working for his eccentric sometime girlfriend Phlox, played by Mena Suvari, Art meets a beautiful debutante (Sienna Miller) and her sketchy boyfriend, Cleveland (Peter Sarsgaard). His new friends show him a side of Pittsburgh-and a part of himself-that he has never known.

02 of 07


Sundance Movie Preview, Fix
Courtesy of Wild Bunch

THE PLAYERS Olivia Wilde, Tao Ruspoli, Shawn Andrews

THE PLOT House M.D. star Wilde is directed by husband Tao Ruspoli in a drama inspired by true events. The film, which will premiere at the Sundance indie program, Slamdance, follows documentary filmmakers Bella (Wilde) and Milo through Los Angeles on a race against time to get Milo's brother into rehab and save him from some serious jail time.

03 of 07

Downloading Nancy

Sundance Movie Preview, Downloading Nancy
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THE PLAYERS Maria Bello, Jason Patric, Rufus Sewell, Amy Brenneman

THE PLOT Bello-who has three films at this year's festival-stars as a tormented wife who indulges her dark fantasies through a dangerous Internet relationship. The thriller follows Nancy as she becomes entangled in her affair, which could lead to love or death.

04 of 07

Blind Date

Sundance Movie Preview, Blind Date
Courtesy of Cinemavault Releasing

THE PLAYERS Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci

THE PLOT Stanley Tucci takes on the role of both star and director in this drama, which tells the story of a couple struggling to save their relationship after the death of their daughter. Marrieds Don and Janna (Clarkson) role play a blind date in the hopes of reconnecting and coping with the tragedy that has befallen them.

05 of 07

U2 3D

Sundance Movie Preview, U2 3D
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THE PLAYERS Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton

THE PLOT After rocking the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to introduce their it's-just-like-you're-there concert film, the boys from the band bring the 3-D presentation of their global Vertigo tour to Sundance. Filmed over the course of seven shows, the production employed the most 3-D cameras ever used for a single project.

06 of 07

In Bruges

Sundance Movie Preview, In Bruges
Jaap Buitendijk

THE PLAYERS Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes

THE PLOT "Shoot first. Sightsee later," is the tagline of this action comedy, which follows two hit men (Farrell and Gleeson) as they compare their views on life and death and get used to the local customs in a quirky Belgian tourist town while hiding out after completing a big job.

07 of 07

The Great Buck Howard

The Great Buck Howard
Courtesy of Playtone

THE PLAYERS Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn

THE PLOT When a recent recent law school dropout (Hanks) answers an ad for a "Road Manager and Personal Assistant for Celebrity Performer", he soon realizes that he has signed on to work for has-been magician Buck Howard (Malkovich). The pair team up with a fiery publicist (Blunt) to embark on a cross-country tour in hopes of staging the comeback of a lifetime.

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