Coming to a Sundance Film Festival screen near you: Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a self-tattooing pyromaniac; Robert Duvall and Bill Murray playing a crazy hermit and the man trying to figure him out; and Katie Holmes in an ensemble drama with Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody and Elijah Wood.
And those are just three of the 14 films coming to Peery's Egyptian Theater between Jan. 22 and Jan. 30 as part of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
"What we've heard as feedback over the years is that Ogden likes variety, likes world and U.S. films, and likes documentaries and drama," said Brooks Addicott, festival spokeswoman.
In addition, Peery's Egyptian recently purchased a digital projector. Because most of the films submitted to Sundance come in digital format, the new projector allows programmers booking films for Ogden to choose from a greater selection.
"I think Ogden's got some great films that we hope audiences will really respond to," Addicott said.
Tickets for Ogden screenings will go on sale at 7 a.m. Jan. 9 at Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.
People in line will be given an appointment card instructing them when to come back and make purchases later the same day.
Limits will be 20 tickets per person, with no more than four tickets for any one film. Tickets are $15 each.
The Ogden lineup:
* "I Am Love," 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Italy, 120 minutes. English subtitles. Tilda Swinton. In the villa of a wealthy Italian family, the Recchis, all prepare to celebrate the birthday of their patriarch. Grandson Edoardo introduces his new girlfriend, and the grandfather, knowing this is his last birthday, names the successor to his empire. The woman of the house, Emma Recchi (Swinton), skates along the tight seams of the family, exuding elegance and uncertain turbulence.
* "Hesher," 6:30 p.m. Jan 23. USA, 100 minutes. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Devin Brochu, Piper Laurie. T.J. (Brochu), 13, lost his mother two months ago in an accident, leaving him and his grieving dad to move in with grandma to pick up the pieces. Hesher (Gordon-Levitt) is a loner who hates the world and everyone in it. He likes fire and blowing things up. This is described as a multidimensional, darkly humorous film.
* "Homewrecker," 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23. USA, 88 minutes. Mike is a locksmith and a prisoner on work release. He's trying to focus on his house calls and reconcile with his ex-girlfriend, when a stranger, Margo, hijacks his day. A live-wire kook who's certain her boyfriend is cheating on her, Margo makes Mike spy on the alleged cad. The result: an all-day adventure with a seemingly stolen vehicle, a visit to an unlikely drug dealer, and a low blood sugar attack.
* "Waiting for Superman," 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24. USA, 102 minutes. Director Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") turns his documentary lens on students who are let down by the public education system, surveying so-called "drop-out factories" that inhibit academic growth.
* "Boy," 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24. New Zealand, 87 minutes. By Taika Waititi, maker of the Sundance film "Eagle vs. Shark." It's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king, even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Boy, 11, lives on a farm with his gran, a goat and his younger brother, Rocky. Gran leaves for a week, and Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version: an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. Screens with the short "My Rabit Hoppy."
* "Sympathy for Delicious," 7 p.m. Jan. 25. USA, 98 minutes. Christopher Thornton, Mark Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom, Laura Linney. Recently paralyzed DJ "Delicious" Dean battles the mean streets of Los Angeles, struggling to survive in his wheelchair. Yearning to walk again, and fighting to spark the ashes that were once his career, Dean turns to the dubious world of faith healing and gets much more than he bargained for.
* "Bran Nue Dae," 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Australia, 88 minutes. Featuring Geoffrey Rush. This is a screen adaptation of a stage musical, a hit in Australia. It's the summer of 1969, and with his evangelical mother pointing him toward the priesthood, earnest young Willie attends a Catholic boarding school in Perth but, protesting its strict rules, runs away to his homeland. With Father Benedictus (Rush) in hot pursuit, Willie acquires traveling companions along the way. With songs and dances rooted in traditional Aboriginal performance, blues, rock 'n' roll, Hollywood musicals and the rituals of the Roman Catholic Mass, Willie inspires the people around him to find their own truth.
* thankyoumoreplease," 7 p.m. Jan 27. USA, 100 minutes. Malin Akerman, Josh Radnor, Kate Mara, Tony Hale. Sam is a struggling New York writer having a bad day who finds a lost boy on the subway and brings him home, leading to a friendship. Otherwise, Sam's life revolves around his longtime friends: Annie, whose self-image keeps her from commitment; Charlie and Mary Catherine, a couple whose possible move to Los Angeles tests their relationship; and Mississippi, a cabaret singer who catches Sam's eye. Described as a wryly funny script about young people on the cusp of truly growing up.
* "Skateland," 7 p.m. Jan. 28. USA, 98 minutes. Ashley Greene, Shiloh Fernandez, Taylor Handley. It's 1983, and Skateland, the roller rink and local hangout of a small town, is becoming a fading memory of an earlier time when disco and roller-skating were king. The party scene is getting stale, and 19-year-old Ritchie's romantic life is as cloudy as his future. When tragedy strikes his friends and family, Ritchie must make the biggest decision of his life.
* "Please Give," 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29. USA, 90 minutes. Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt. A married couple live in Manhattan with their teenage daughter. Wanting to expand their two-bedroom apartment, they buy the unit next door, planning to knock the walls out. However, before doing so, they have to wait for the occupant, a cranky elderly woman, to die.
* "Nowhere Boy," 9:30 p.m. Jan. 29. United Kingdom, 90 minutes. Growing up in Liverpool in 1955, and raised by his aunt and late uncle, John Lennon is a smart and spirited, but directionless, teen who skips school, steals records and is told he's going nowhere. His estranged mother encourages John's interest in music, a journey that leads to The Beatles.
* "Mother & Child," 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30. USA/Spain. 126 minutes. Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson. Destiny plays a part in the lives of three women: a 50-year-old physical therapist, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years earlier, and a woman looking to adopt her first child.
* "Get Low," 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. USA, 100 minutes. Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek. Felix (Duvall) is a miserable old hermit who has lived in an isolated cabin for the past 38 years. He catches word that an old friend has passed away and hatches a plan to throw himself a "funeral party." He even wants the townsfolk, who either despise him or fear him, to attend the party and share the crazy stories they may have heard about creepy old Felix. Set in 1930s Tennessee.
* "The Romantics," 9:30 p.m. Jan. 30. USA, 95 minutes. Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin. Seven close friends, all members of an eclectic college clique, reconvene at a deluxe seaside wedding to watch two of their own tie the knot, and wrestle with old rivalries.