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Best Of 2012 The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival  

Ron Mexico
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List Rules Only movies that were at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Each January, in between the action flicks and swanky award ceremonies, indie film aficionados convene in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival for 10 days of movies from the freshest cinematic voices working both within the U.S. and internationally. Founded in 1981 by actor/director Robert Redford, Sundance has become the premiere film festival for featuring the finest outside-the-box films and talent, and this year's showcase is no different. With a slate that includes 117 feature-length films and names such as Spike Lee, Sean Penn, Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg and even funny guys Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival might just be the long-running fest's strongest year yet.

The festival, which kicked off Thursday, Jan. 19 with a screening of the dramady "Hello I Must Be Going," runs through Jan. 29.

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Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Garlin -

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Written By: Derek Connolly

Directed By: Colin Trevorrow

Country: U.S.A.

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Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, David Byrne -

Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton

Written By: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello

Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

Country: Italy/France/Ireland

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Lay the Favorite is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn -

Cast: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon

Written By: D.V. DeVincentis

Directed By: Stephen Frears

Country: U.S.A.

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Black Rock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton -

Cast: Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton

Written By: Mark Duplass

Directed By: Katie Aselton

Country: U.S.A.

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Will Ferrell, Jeff Goldblum, Zach Galifianakis -

Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte

Written and Directed By: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim

Country: U.S.A.

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Celeste and Jesse Forever is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Emma Roberts, Chris Pine, Elijah Wood -

Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood

Written By: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack

Directed By: Lee Toland Krieger

Country: U.S.A.

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Why Stop Now is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan, Melissa Leo -

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sarah Ramos, Emma Rayne Lyle

Written and Directed By: Phil Dorling, Ron Nyswaner

Country: U.S.A.

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Emily Blunt, Mike Birbiglia, Rosemarie DeWitt -

Cast: Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia

Written and Directed By: Lynne Shelton

Country: U.S.A.

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Zac Efron, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney -

Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth Reaser

Written and Directed By: Josh Radnor

Country: U.S.A.

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Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olsen -

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, Leonardo Sbaraglia

Written and Directed By: Rodrigo Cortés

Country: U.S.A./Spain

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Sleepwalk with Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Amy Schumer, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane

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Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan

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Smashed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Megan Mullally, Aaron Paul

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Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon

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Anne Heche, Alia Shawkat, Marylouise Burke

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Price Check is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Amy Schumer, Parker Posey, Edward Herrmann -

Cast: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson, Edward Herrmann

Written and Directed by: Michael Walker

Country: U.S.A.

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Dakota Johnson, Jena Malone, Jon Heder -

Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Shaylena Mandigo, Julian Gamble

Written and Directed By: So Yong Kim

Country: U.S.A.

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Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones

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Chris Rock, Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl -

Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon

Written and Directed By: Julie Delpy

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Shadow Dancer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough -

Cast: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, Gillian Anderson

Written By: Tom Bradby

Directed By: James Marsh

Country: United Kingdom

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For a Good Time, Call . . . is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Mimi Rogers

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Blythe Danner, Melanie Lynskey, John Rubinstein

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The Words is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper

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Julianne Nicholson, Thure Lindhardt, Paprika Steen

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Brad William Henke, Michael Harding, Alvaro Orlando

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Red Hook Summer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Spike Lee, Nate Parker, James Ransone -

Cast: Clarke Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, Nate Parker, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson Byrd

Written By: James McBride, Spike Lee

Directed By: Spike Lee

Country: U.S.A.

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The Orator Pouoa Malae Lialia'i, Faafiaula Sagote, Falefatu Enari -

Cast: Fa’afiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia, Ioata Tanielu

Written and Directed By: Tusi Tamasese

Country: New Zealand

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28 Hotel Rooms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Chris Messina, Marin Ireland, Robert Deamer