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Video: Five Films to Watch at Sundance

by Cord Jefferson

January 25, 2011

This weekend kicks off the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Here are a handful of films premiering there that are worth looking out for.

Red State

Kevin Smith of Mallrats fame (and Jersey Girl infamy) tries his hand at horror with the provocatively titled Red State, starring the film veterans John Goodman and Melissa Leo. We'll let the film's own synopsis speak for itself:

Three horny high school boys come across an online personal ad from an older woman looking for a gang bang, and boys being boys, they hit the road to satisfy their libidinal urges. What begins as a fantasy, however, takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying fundamentalist "holy" force with a fatal agenda.

Crime After Crime

In the early 1970s, at the age of 15, Deborah Peagler fell in love with Oliver Wilson, a man who would subsequently turn out to be a vicious abuser. Over the course of several years, Wilson would rape Peagler, torture her, and molest her daughter. When Peagler would run away, Wilson would hunt her down and threaten to kill her if she didn't return.

When, through a series of events, Wilson was killed, it was not by Peagler's hands. But Peagler was nonetheless brought up on charges of first-degree murder. Facing the death penalty, Peagler reached a plea deal that would send her to prison for life. Crime After Crime is the years-long tale of two attorneys who made it their job to free Peagler after decades in prison.

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Video: Five Films to Watch at Sundance