Sundance is so close you can almost smell the slush-stained Uggs. Even if you can't make it to Park City - although you can watch some of the Sundance features on VOD! - we've cobbled together a handy guide to the movies that look the most interesting, have the most buzz, and are the most drool-worthy for us film nerds. For all your Sundance needs, you can hit up any of Cinematical's conveniently tagged articles here.

HOWL
Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: James Franco, Mary-Louise Parker, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, David Strathairn

This might be one of the hottest tickets at Sundance. Jam-packed with big names, including that body-pillow loving rapscallion Franco, HOWL zeroes in on one of America's most famous poets, Allen Ginsberg. With episodes from the poet's early life and his blossoming as a poety, from the trial itself, to the dramas he faced afterward, the story of HOWL sounds engrossing and illuminating. Plus, director/producer Gus Van Sant (Milk,Paranoid Park) is one of the exec producers.

tags 12th and delaware12thAndDelaware8 the mormon proposition8 themormonpropositionaaron johnsonAaronJohnsonadrian grenierAdrianGrenieradrien brodyAdrienBrodyalia shawkatAliaShawkatamanda peetAmandaPeetann guilbertanne marie duffAnne marieDuffAnnGuilbertben affleckBenAffleckbenazir bhuttoBenazirBhuttobhuttobill cobbsbill murrayBillCobbsBillMurraycasey affleckCaseyAffleckcatherine keenerCatherineKeenerchris cooperChrisCoopercontrollerdakota fanningDakotaFanningdavid strathairnDavidStrathairnfloria sigismondiFloriaSigismondifriends with moneyFriendsWithMoneyfrozen riverFrozenRivergerald mcraneyGeraldMcraneyget lowGetLowgone baby goneGoneBabyGonegus van santGusVanSantHappyThankYouMorePleasehesherhowli am loveIAmLovein the loopInTheLoopjake scottJakeScottjames francojames gandolfiniJamesFrancoJamesGandolfinijeff danielsJeffDanielsjessica albaJessicaAlbajesus campJesusCampjoan riversjoan rivers a piece of workJoanRiversjoanrivers apieceofworkjohn lennonjohn wellsJohnLennonJohnWellsjon hammJonHammjoseph gordon levittJosephGordon levittjosh radnorJoshRadnorkate hudsonKateHudsonkevin costnerKevinCostnerkristin scott thomaskristin stewartKristinScottThomasKristinStewartlucas blackLucasBlackmalin akermanMalinAkermanmaria belloMariaBellomary louise parkerMary louiseParkermelissa leoMelissaLeomichael shannonmichael winterbottomMichaelShannonMichaelWinterbottomnaomi klineNaomiKlinenatalie portmanNataliePortmannicole holofcenerNicoleHolofcenernowhere boyNowhereBoyoliver plattOliverPlattpiper lauriePiperLaurieplease givePleaseGiverainn wilsonRainnWilsonrebecca hallRebeccaHallrobert duvallRobertDuvallrosemary dewittRosemaryDewittsam taylor woodSamTaylor woodsarah polleysarah steeleSarahPolleySarahSteelescout taylor comptonScoutTaylor comptonsissy spacekSissySpaceksplicesundancesundance10sundance2010tatum onealTatumOnealteenage paparazzoTeenagePaparazzothe assassination of jesse james by the coward robert fordthe butcher brothersthe company menthe killer inside methe runawaysthe shock doctrinethe violent kindTheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFordTheButcherBrothersTheCompanyMenTheKillerInsideMeTheRunawaysTheShockDoctrineTheViolentKindtilda swintonTildaSwintontommy lee jonesTommyLeeJonesup in the airUpInTheAirwelcome to the rileysWelcomeToTheRileyszoe kazanZoeKazan