Actress Kate Hudson sure does have the market cornered on romantic movies, doesn't she? That Shelf's Dara Moats has complied a Hudson-free list of Love Stories, rid of the Goldie-daughter's infectious smile and affability, but full of many other lovely things to embrace from other, less Kate-ian actors.
Director Alejandro Landes' Monos is a Lord of the Flies/Heart of Darkness allegorical epic film navigating Latin American mountains and jungles to bring a tale of disintegrating alliances and violent upheaval.
When it comes to crowd-pleasing narratives, Sundance has had a good ear to the ground. Director Gurinder Chadha's feel-good musical Blinded by the Light follows that tradition by mixing Bruce Springsteen's classic songs with a real life coming-of-age story.