Sundance Film Festival 2013: 15 Must-See Movies

From Dave Grohl's Sound City doc to a Beat Generation drama, Steve Jobs biopic and more

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Perhaps lost amid the snow, the schmoozing and the star-gazing of the Sundance Film Festival is the fact that it really is about movies – movies made far from the Hollywood sausage factories, movies that no studio executive would greenlight (but which several will be clamoring to buy, now that someone else had the courage to make them). Sure, the chase for the next Little Miss Sunshine, The Kids Are All Right or Beasts of the Southern Wild may lead to a windfall for some and Oscars for others, but for you, the moviegoer, it's just about getting to see something different that, if not for the Sundance seal of approval, might never reach your art-house theater, DVD player or streaming screen.

This year's slate of movies, unspooling at the Park City, Utah gala from January 17th-27th, seems especially focused on sex, laughs and rock & roll. Many of the films are based in comedy, romance and tortured relationships; others unearth unseen, unheard moments in rock history. Here are 15 of the Sundance 2013 films we're most looking forward to. Cross your fingers that they'll soon be coming to a screen near you.

By Gary Susman



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