15 Best Movies and Performances of 2017 Sundance Film Festival

From fringe-movement docs to a baker's dozen of Cate Blanchetts – these were the films and unforgettable turns that made our festival

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'Casting JonBenet'
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'Casting JonBenet'

Rather than making a standard Dateline NBC-style documentary on the infamous JonBenet Ramsey murder case, filmmaker Kitty Green decided to go a different route: She recruited 72 actors from the Boulder, Colorado, area and "cast" them as various roles in a drama about the homicide. Green also shot their auditions, in which the performers were encouraged to offer theories on who did it and open up about their own pasts. The result is like an unclassifiable meta-plunge down a rabbit hole that rejiggers the entire notion of why people turn true crime tragedies into entertainment and why we the audience keep watching. Bonus points: You will also learn the proper procedure for BDSM Florentine flogging, a handy-dandy PSA if there ever was one.

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