25 Movies We Can't Wait to See at Sundance 2018

From a doc on Joan Jett to corporate satires, gritty indies and a psycho Nic Cage – our picks for this year's must-see Sundance titles

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He was born Michael David Fuller, but everybody knew him as Blaze Foley. He was a country singer-songwriter who wrote songs for Merle Haggard and palled around with Townes Van Zandt ("Blaze's Blues" is about him). He was known as a wild man around his adopted home of Austin, Texas. And one night, after some words were exchanged, he was murdered by a friend's son. Ethan Hawke directs this retelling of Foley's life and career via three different time periods: his love affair with Sybil Rosen (who later cowrote the script) in the Seventies; a raucous night of playing music in the Eighties; and several collaborators talking about the late musician during the early Nineties. The cast is filled with famous names – Sam Rockwell, Alia Shawkat, Richard Linklater, Steve Zahn, Kris Kristofferson – though we're personally itching to see guitarist/Dylan and Bowie cohort Charlie Sexton as the legendary hellraiser Van Zandt.

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