Sundance online: 'Fair Play' and other festival picks to watch at home

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"Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields" is an insightful look at Brooke Shields, who was sexualized by the entire world at an incredibly early age and came out the other hand with her dignity and agency in tact. The film revisits her teenage years, when "Pretty Baby" and "Blue Lagoon" held her up for everyone to ogle, through her post-college career slump through to her outspokenness about postpartum depression, and finds someone who has proven time and again to be a survivor, against all odds.

"Little Richard: I Am Everything" tells the story of Little Richard, who was the first to tell you he was everything, although he often wasn't given credit for the rock and roll sound he helped mold and create. Director Lisa Cortes' telling is a rather straightforward talking heads-type of affair, but the subject matter is well worth the price of admission.

"Run Rabbit Run" is a disturbing, unnerving thriller starring "Succession's" Sarah Snook as a mother navigating a psychological minefield, as her daughter (a creepy Lily LaTorre) brings up questions about her past that she's not done wrestling with herself.

"Sometimes I Think About Dying" calls on "Star Wars'" Daisy Ridley to act inert and introverted, a task she struggles with in this awkward comic drama. Thankfully "Ramy's" Dave Merheje is there to bail her out, and his heavy lifting helps rescue the film from the very doldrums it seeks to send up.


"Fairyland" stars "CODA's" Emilia Jones as the daughter of a hippie (Scoot McNairy), who after the death of his wife, embraces his homosexuality and moves them to San Francisco. McNairy's character is woefully underqualified to be a father, but few play beautiful losers better than him, and he helps "Fairyland" become a story of love, openness and resilience.

How to watch Sundance online

The Sundance Film Festival has tickets available for online screenings of festival films for $20 apiece. Screenings run Jan. 24-29. For information, visit festival.sundance.org.


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