Cinema Royale: Recapping The 2022 Sundance Film Festival

We are back from Park City! Okay, not really. This year’s Sundance Film Festival was virtual, just like last year, meaning the furthest anybody went was to the kitchen for more popcorn. That’s okay, though. There were still a lot of movies and nobody had to stand in line in the cold to see them.

Special guest and fellow Punch Drunk Critic writer Cortland Jacoby gives her thoughts on her first Sundance. What were the break-out films of the festival? Were there any that could be this year’s CODA? Any potential Oscar contenders in the mix? And did any films disappoint? Also, what were some of the major themes that Sundance ran with this year?

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Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.