Director: Alex Ross Perry
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Jess Weixler, Kate Lyn Sheil, Dree Hemingway, Daniel London
Release date: October 17

One of the biggest hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the independent dramedy Listen Up Philip has been riding a strong wave of critics’ superlatives since January. One critic went so far as to call it “the major work of the modern American low-budget indie scene.”

Potential for overhyping, much? Perhaps, but everything about writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s Sundance breakout suggests it’s the real deal. Jason Schwartzman, no stranger to impressive indie comedies, plays a self-obsessed novelist who, in an effort to rekindle his excitement for life, checks into a friend’s isolated cottage on the eve of his second novel’s publication. Shades of Schwartzman’s recent HBO comedy series Bored to Death are undeniable. But the fact that the always brilliant Elisabeth Moss also stars in it? Highly reassuring. —Matt Barone

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