20 Best Movies and Performances at Sundance 2018

From a sexual-abuse survivor's tale to a bone-chilling ghost story, broad social satires to free-form docs, the highlights of this year's fest

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Jason Mantzoukas, 'The Long Dumb Road'
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Jason Mantzoukas, 'The Long Dumb Road'

You've seen Jason Mantzoukas in a million small, scene-stealing parts, from Neighbors to The Good Place ("Derek!") – and this road movie finally gives the Greek-American UCB alumnus finally gets the opportunity to stretch out. Playing a mechanic who hitches a ride with a photographer (The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori) heading to Los Angeles, the comedian deploys a tempered version of his patented enthusiastic douche-bro act; his gleeful response to discovering that there are more Fast and Furious than just Tokyo Drift ("And the Rock is in them too? The wrestler?!?") is priceless. But he also gets a chance to be crushed over an old romance, regretful about his life decisions, protectively big brother-ish and even suggestively dangerous. We've always thought Mantzoukas could do more than just play alpha cluelessness and rock a first-rate beard. Now we have proof. 

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