10 Best Things We Saw at Sundance 2015

From a 17th-century horror movie to the definitive Kurt Cobain doc, here are our best of the fest

'Unexpected'
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4/10

'Unexpected'

There's an unsavory history of movies about white teachers working in predominantly black or underprivileged schools, but director Kris Swanberg and cowriter Megan Mercier deftly sidestep those stereotypes here. A science professor named Sam (How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders) and her best student, Jasmine (Gail Bean), are on parallel journeys as they each confront an unplanned pregnancy, but the film neither glosses over the differences in their experiences nor positions Sam as savior, even when she tries to be. Instead, both women struggle with the sacrifices required of them in this honest, often funny, and genuinely smart story that feels big even though it's perfectly small. PR

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