Which of the movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival will be the next 'Precious' or 'Little Miss Sunshine'? More than 100 feature films are entered in the 2010 edition of the annual indie-movie extravaganza, which begins tonight and runs through Jan. 31. We've identified 15 of the most anticipated movies, ones that are likely to screen at your multiplex later this year.

Actually, this year's festival organizers are taking great pains to make their selections accessible to those who can't make it to Park City, Utah over the next 10 days. YouTube is launching its streaming video rental service tomorrow with three titles from this year's festival and two from last year, including 'The Cove.' Meanwhile, IFC is making three more titles available on-demand to cable subscribers the same nights that they premiere at the festival. And the Sundance Film Festival USA tour will bring a different movie from the current fest to eight different cities across the country on Jan. 28.

That said, here are 15 of this year's Sundance movies that -- given their casts, filmmakers, and pre-festival buzz -- we expect will have snagged distribution deals by the end of the fest and should work their way toward traditional exhibition at movie theaters nationwide over the next year. (And maybe, à la 'Precious,' towards the Oscar podium a year from now.) Which of the movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival will be the next 'Precious' or 'Little Miss Sunshine'? More than 100 feature films are entered in the 2010 edition of the annual indie-movie extravaganza, which begins tonight and runs through Jan. 31. We've identified 15 of the most anticipated movies, ones that are likely to screen at your multiplex later this year.

Actually, this year's festival organizers are taking great pains to make their selections accessible to those who can't make it to Park City, Utah over the next 10 days. YouTube is launching its streaming video rental service tomorrow with three titles from this year's festival and two from last year, including 'The Cove.' Meanwhile, IFC is making three more titles available on-demand to cable subscribers the same nights that they premiere at the festival. And the Sundance Film Festival USA tour will bring a different movie from the current fest to eight different cities across the country on Jan. 28.

That said, here are 15 of this year's Sundance movies that -- given their casts, filmmakers, and pre-festival buzz -- we expect will have snagged distribution deals by the end of the fest and should work their way toward traditional exhibition at movie theaters nationwide over the next year. (And maybe, à la 'Precious,' towards the Oscar podium a year from now.)

(Look for our daily recaps of all the latest buzz, news, reviews and more here and get more Sundance coverage from our friends at Cinematical and indieWIRE.)


'Blue Valentine': Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this time-jumping depiction of a disintegrating marriage. We've heard it's very sexy.

'The Company Men': John Wells (producer of TV's 'ER' and 'Southland') makes his directing debut with this timely drama about layoffs. It's set at one white-collar company, where job losses hit several staffers, from founder Tommy Lee Jones to rising hotshot Ben Affleck, particularly hard. Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello and Rosemarie DeWitt costar.

'The Company Men' Trailer

'The Dry Land': America Ferrera stars in this drama about a Texas wife whose soldier husband (Ryan O'Nan) has trouble readjusting to civilian life. Pic also stars Wilmer Valderrama (in a rare dramatic turn), Melissa Leo and Jason Ritter.

Writer/Director Ryan Piers Williams on 'The Dry Land'

'The Extra Man': In this comedy of manners, Kevin Kline plays a hard-luck playwright who serves as an escort for lonely Manhattan socialites, and who takes a young writer (Paul Dano) under his wing. Jonathan Ames ('Bored to Death') adapted the screenplay from his novel, along with directors/co-writers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ('American Splendor').

'Get Low': Backwoods hermit Robert Duvall (in what's rumored to be a career-capping performance) stages his own funeral in this tall tale set in 1930s Tennessee. The film also features performances by Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek.

'happythankyoumoreplease': 'How I Met Your Mother' star Josh Radnor wrote, directed and stars in this ensemble comedy set in Manhattan. He plays a writer who finds a lost boy in the subway and then can't shake him for the rest of the day. Malin Akerman, Tony Hale and Kate Mara costar.

Josh Radnor discusses 'happythankyoumoreplease'


'Hesher': Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the title character, a dangerous drifter who gets involved in the lives of a grieving dad (Rainn Wilson) and his young son. Things go awry when Hesher pursues the retail clerk (Natalie Portman) the boy has a crush on. Lots of buzz over Gordon-Levitt's astonishing turn as a tattooed, greasy-haired badass; he's a long way from the lovelorn naif of '(500) Days of Summer.'

'Holy Rollers': Dark comedy, based on a true story, about an Orthodox Jew ('Zombieland''s Jesse Eisenberg) who falls in with a gang of ecstasy smugglers. Justin Bartha and Q-Tip costar.

Director Kevin Asch discusses 'Holy Rollers'


'HOWL': The opening night feature, 'HOWL' takes its title from Allen Ginsberg's landmark 1956 poem and recounts how the pioneering Beat poet (James Franco) came to write it and how he withstood the legal controversy about its raw language. Documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ('Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt') make their dramatic feature directing debut. Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn, and Jeff Daniels costar.

'HOWL' clip


'Jack Goes Boating': Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directing debut and stars in this romantic comedy involving two blue-collar New York couples (Hoffman and Amy Ryan, and John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega).

'Nowhere Boy': Coming-of-age biopic about the teenage John Lennon, during the formative years when he was being raised by his aunt (BAFTA nominee Kristin Scott Thomas) and starting a band with Paul McCartney. The film generated a lot of gossip in England last year when its 19-year-old star, Aaron Johnson, became engaged to its 42-year-old director, Sam Taylor-Wood. Maybe that talk will die down as moviegoers focus on Johnson's performance (said to be excellent) and the screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh, who wrote the recent biopic of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, 'Control.'

'Nowhere Boy' Trailer


'The Romantics': Katie Holmes leads an all-star cast in this 'Big Chill'-ish tale of a group of young adults who reunite and relive old times at a wedding. Also aboard are Malin Akerman, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Adam Brody, Elijah Wood and Candice Bergen.

'The Runaways': Maybe the festival's most eagerly anticipated film, and not just because it marks a mini 'New Moon' reunion for Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. As the title suggests, it's a biopic about the legendary all-teen-girl glam-rock band of the 1970s that featured the young Joan Jett (Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Fanning). Jett served as exec producer and coached Stewart's performance, so expectations for the film's authenticity run high.

Excerpt from 'The Runaways'


'Sympathy for Delicious': Mark Ruffalo makes his directing debut and costars in this offbeat story of a paralyzed DJ (screenwriter Christopher Thornton) who gets involved with faith healers. Costarring Laura Linney (who worked with Ruffalo a decade ago in 'You Can Count on Me'), Juliette Lewis and Orlando Bloom.

Director Mark Ruffalo and Writer Christopher Thorton on 'Sympathy for Delicious'


'Welcome to the Rileys': Kristen Stewart plays another runaway in her other big film at the festival. It's a drama about a bereaved couple (James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo) who've lost their daughter. Gandolfini's character copes by trying to rescue another young woman, a New Orleans streetwalker (Stewart).

'Welcome to the Rileys' Clip


Inside Movies will be keeping track of these films and many others, as well as the stars' festival appearances and other Sundance buzz, in our daily dispatches of Sundance news. Come back each morning for our daily digest of the latest stories out of Sundance, including on-the-scene interviews and video from our partners at Cinematical and indieWIRE.

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