25 Must-See Movies at Sundance 2015

When January rolls around, moviegoers can expect three things: They'll have to wade through the junk that studios release during this notorious dump month (I, Frankenstein, anybody?); they'll have a chance to catch up on the buzzed-about Oscar titles; and the Sundance Film Festival will turn Park City into ground zero for the year's need-to-see indie comedies, dramas, documentaries and nouveau cult classics. In 2014, festgoers were treated to first looks at BoyhoodThe Babadook and Whiplash; starting on Thursday, January 22nd, we'll get the opportunity to get a glimpse at many of the movies we'll undoubtedly by crowing about in the next 12 months.

After poring through the lineup and staring intently at the tea leaves in the bottom of magic predicta-mug, we've come up with 25 movies that we think will be the creme de la crème of Sundance 2015. From docs on Kurt Cobain and Marlon Brando to an adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Z for Zachariah, these are the ones we're looking forward to the most.