5. Beyond the Brick: The Lego Brickumentary
Written and Directed by Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge
The Lego Movie took the world by storm earlier this year paving the perfect lead-up to a documentary about the plastic bricks that have infused generations of children and grown-ups alike with the task of creative construction. Beyond the Brick provides "a look at the global culture and appeal of the LEGO building-block toys." Jason Bateman narrates.
4. Third Person
Written and Directed by Paul Haggis
Despite what you may think of Haggis's directorial work he has enough solid writing credits in his portfolio to prove he can tackle big stories in intimate ways. This time around he's dealing with "Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York." Cast includes Mila Kunis, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger and Maria Bello.
3. Begin Again
Written and Directed by John Carney
Previously known as Can a Song Save Your Life? this is the story about "A dejected music business executive [who] forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan." Carney previously stole our hearts and ears with Once and we're hoping he can do it again. A star-studded cast replete with A-list actors and big-name singers adds to the allure.
2. Black Coal, Thin Ice
Written and Directed by Diao Yinan
After winning the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, Diao's latest film skyrocketed on our radar. With a plot synopsis that sounds a lot like True Detective and the incredible wave of contemporary crime films coming out of China, Black Coal, Thin Ice is a must-see.
1. Night Moves
Written and Directed by Kelly Reichardt
"A drama centered on three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam." Riechardt has established herself as an icon among female filmmakers and the neo neo-realist movement. This is her follow-up to the revisionist Western Meek's Cutoff and similarly includes a more well-known and exciting cast: Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard. Night Moves has been working the festival circuit and this is the first time it has arrived in the U.S.
Curator's Note: Quotations taken from IMDb plot synopses.