15. RED LIGHTS
The Category: Premieres
The Sundance Synopsis: “Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become the greatest international challenge to both orthodox science and professional sceptics. Tom starts to develop an intense obsession with Silver, whose magnetism becomes stronger with each new manifestation of inexplicable events. As Tom gets closer to Silver, tension mounts, and his worldview is threatened to its core.”
The Key Players: Director Rodrigo Cortes; Robert DeNiro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen
The Draw: Gather around children, and let grandpa tell you about the old days, when there were actually movies about the paranormal that weren’t faux-found-footage snoozefests. And when you could build an entire trailer around an actor like Robert DeNiro scaring the beejeezus out of you by basically just turning around (unsurprising that the director who can pull that off is the same one who built an entire movie around Ryan Reynolds being trapped in a box). Everyone wants to claim the “thinking-person’s thriller” title these days, but this looks to be the real deal.
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