New from Kevin Wozniak on Kevflix: Best of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival has officially come to an end. I saw 30 movies at this year’s festival, one less than last year. Overall, this year’s festival was really good. There were a number of movies that I really liked and only two or three that I truly did not like, mostly because they were boring. However, missing from this year’s festival was a movie that was a truly great film. In previous years, there had been a movie that truly blew me away, like Hereditary in 2018, Minari in 2020, and Flee in 2021. This year was missing that. Obviously, I didn’t see every movie that played during the festival, so there might have been a masterpiece that I missed, but for the ones I saw, there was a lot I liked, but not one I truly loved. So with that, these are my picks for the best movies and performances from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

 

TOP 10 MOVIES

Aubrey Plaza in EMILY THE CRIMINAL
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10 – EMILY THE CRIMINAL

  • Aubrey Plaza gives the best performance of her career in John Patton Ford’s tight, gripping crime thriller.

 

Meg Smacker's JIHAD REHAB
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9 – JIHAD REHAB

  • A fascinating documentary about a terrorist rehabilitation center.

 

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown in HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL
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8 – HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL

  • Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown are a dynamite pair in Adamma Ebo’s church comedy.

 

Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones in FRESH
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7 – FRESH

  • A gross, twisted, darkly funny horror movie led by a never-better Sebastian Stan.

 

Rebecca Hall in RESURRECTION
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6 – RESURRECTION

  • The craziest movie I saw all festival features Rebecca Hall battling past demons in a film everyone will be talking about.

 

Teresa Sánchez and Rafaela Fuentes in Dos Estaciones
Photo Courtesy of the Sundance Institute.

5 – DOS ESTACIONES

  • Juan Pablo González’s gorgeous film about a tequila company trying to stay afloat in Mexico amid a flood and a plague.

 

Donald Elise Watkins, Sebastian Chacon, andRJ Cyler in EMERGENCY
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4 – EMERGENCY

  • A smart, funny, socially relevant college buddy movie with two spectacular lead performances from Donald Elise Watkins and RJ Cyler

 

Karen Gilan in DUAL
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3 – DUAL

  • Riley Stearns’s sci-fi dark comedy featuring clones and duels is an inventive and unique genre-bender.

 

David Earl and Chris Hayward in BRIAN AND CHARLES
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2 – BRIAN AND CHARLES

  • The most wholesome movie of 2022 belongs to Jim Archer’s hilarious and sweet look about a man and his robot.

 

Cooper Raif and Dakota Johnson in CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH
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1 – CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH

  • New indie wunderkind Cooper Raiff’s sophomore feature is a charming look at how messy life can be regardless of your age. Raiff also stars in the film, along with an outstanding Dakota Johnson. The film brilliantly balances comedy and drama and will slap a smile on your face that won’t leave until after the credits roll.

 

 

Bill Nighy as Williams in Living
Photo Courtesy of the Sundance Institute.

BEST OF THE REST

BEST DIRECTOR: JUAN PABLO GONZÁLES, DOS ESTACIONES

Runner Up: Cooper Raif, Cha Cha Real Smooth 

 

BEST ACTOR: DONALD ELISE WATKINS & RJ CYLER, EMERGENCY

Runner Up: Sebastian Stan, Fresh

 

BEST ACTRESS: DAKOTA JOHNSON, CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH

Runner Up: Anna Diop, Nanny

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS, 892

Runner Up: Aaron Paul, Dual

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: AIMEE LOU WOOD, LIVING

Runner Up: Regina Hall, Master

 

BEST SCREENPLAY: DUAL

Runner Up: Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: DOS ESTACIONES

Runner Up: Living

 

BEST MIDNIGHT MOVIE: FRESH

Runner Up: Resurrection 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY: JIHAD REHAB

Runner Up: All That Breathes

 

BEST FOREIGN FILM: DOS ESTACIONES

Runner Up: The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

 

BEST SHORT FILM: 

Runner Up: 

 

LEAST FAVORITE: BLOOD

Runner Up: The Mission

 

 

Anna Diop in NANNY
Photo Courtesy of the Sundance Institute

OVERALL RANKING OF EVERY FEATURE FILM I SAW

  1. Cha Cha Real Smooth

  2. Brian and Charles

  3. Dual

  4. Emergency

  5. Dos Estaciones

  6. Resurrection

  7. Fresh

  8. Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul

  9. Jihad Rehab

  10. Emily the Criminal

  11. All that Breathes

  12. The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

  13. Nothing Compares

  14. Living

  15. The Watcher

  16. Nanny

  17. 892

  18. Am I Ok?

  19. Sirens

  20. Palm Trees and Power Lines

  21. Riotsville, USA

  22. The Princess

  23. Master

  24. 2nd Chance

  25. Speak No Evil

  26. Call Jane

  27. When You Finish Saving the World

  28. Meet Me in the Bathroom

  29. The Mission

  30. blood

 

 

 

 

 

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