Sundance 13 for '13

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Byline: Marlow Stern

Check out these don't-miss flicks debuting at Park City's annual festival.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Ain't them bodies saints

Marking the feature directorial debut of David Lowery, Ain't Them Bodies Saints follows Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), two young outlaw lovers who, in true Bonnie and Clyde fashion, are wreaking havoc in rural Texas. Four years after being arrested, Muldoon breaks out of prison to find his lost love and their daughter he's never laid eyes on--only to discover that Guthrie has given up the outlaw racket and settled down with a sheriff, played by Ben Foster, from their past. The film marks Mara's first onscreen appearance since her stellar, Oscar-nominated turn as punk-hacker Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Before Midnight

Before Midnight

the third movie in filmmaker Richard Linklater's triptych, following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, Before Midnight takes place nine years after the previous, Paris-set film. Jesse (Ethan Hawke), an American, and Celine (Julie Delpy), a Frenchwoman, cross paths once again in Greece and, after sharing their thoughts on life, love, death, and everything in between, have until midnight to decide if they want to be a lasting part of each other's lives. The previous entry, 2004's Before Sunset, was a heartbreaking love story that received universal critical acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Don Jon's Addiction

Don Jon's Addiction

In addition to emceeing this year's festival awards ceremony, indie darling-cum-Hollywood megastar Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who's wowed Sundance audiences with past gems Brick and (500) Days of Summer, will unveil his debut feature behind the camera, Don Jon's Addiction. Written and directed by Gordon-Levitt, the film stars the dimpled actor as Jon "Don Jon" Martello, a porn-obsessed, modern-day Don Juan who beds a revolving door of women. One day, the disillusioned lothario decides to go on a journey in search of a more meaningful sex life and is shown the light by a pair of different women, played by Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.

Jobs

jobs

The closing-night film of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, jOBS, is directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and tells the real-life tale of the late Steve Jobs's rise from college dropout to co-founder and CEO of Apple, and his transformation into one of the most legendary and endlessly creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. In a controversial choice, the title role of Jobs is played by actor-entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher, who is joined by The Book of Mormon's Josh Gad as Jobs's cohort Steve Wozniak. This film is not to be confused with Sony Pictures's upcoming Jobs biopic being scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network).

Kill Your Darlings

kill your darlings

Marking the feature-filmmaking debut of writer-director John Krokidas, Kill Your Darlings tells the real-life tale of David Kammerer's (Michael C. Hall) murder by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) in 1944. Kammerer, an English professor and childhood friend of William S. Burroughs, had allegedly been pursuing the younger Carr, a prominent Beat Generation member, for quite some time. The shocking murder draws together Beat poets Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). The film marks another entry in Radcliffe's post-Harry Potter oeuvre, and also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, a[umlaut]and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Lovelace

Lovelace

Filmmaking duo Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl) have crafted this biopic chronicling the rough-and-tumble life of Linda Boreman--better known by her stage name, Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried). The film's story, told in flashbacks via a trio of interviews, follows the titular porn star's life from the ages of 20 to 32, including her rapid ascent to '70s porn icon, manipulation by her abusive husband-manager (played by Peter Sarsgaard), and reinvention in the '80s as a conservative religious crusader. …