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

'Z for Zachariah'
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'Z for Zachariah'

Craig Zobel's adaptation of Robert O'Brien's 1974 cult sci-fi novel majorly tweaks the story by adding in a third character (Chris Pine's coal miner) to turn its tale of life after nuclear meltdown a love triangle. More importantly, the Compliance director shifts the tone from YA pulp to postapocalyptic mood piece, as a farm girl (Margot Robbie) and an engineer (Chiwetel Ejiofor) find their agrarian paradise interrupted by Pine's mysterious stranger. Only who's the serpent in this Eden? It's a simply told, straight-ahead work that trades in bells and whistles for atmosphere and great acting — an adult take on adolescent-lit that's gets under your skin. DF

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