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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #87. Anthony Mandler’s Monster


He might have been itching to direct a project as early as 2013 with the book to screen project of Tokyo Vice with Daniel Radcliffe, but lensing on Anthony Mandler‘s directorial debut began in October of 2016. With a lengthy background as a music video helmer, we should expect Monster to at least look the part.

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With Kelvin Harrison Jr toplining, this also includes Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Rakim Mayers, Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson, A$AP Rocky and Nas this was written by Colen C Wiley and Janece Shaffer and is based on the novel by Walter Dean Myers. Charged with felony murder for a crime he says he did not commit, the film follows his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. This could be as impactful as last year’s last year’s Sundance hit Crown Heights.

Release Date/Prediction: This was selected for Sundance’s U.S Dramatic Comp.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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