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Profile pics from last year's fest

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As the 2001 Sundance Film Festival gets sets to kick off Friday and filmmakers prepare to brave the elements and demanding party circuit of Park City, Utah, Daily Variety offers a quick look at some of the more high-profile pics from last year’s fest. Included in these short takes are the sections the films bowed in, a breakdown of critical consensus courtesy Variety’s Crix’ Picks and U.S. box office performance.

Waking the Dead (opened March 24)

Section: World premiere

Reviews: Pro: 8 Con: 16 Mixed: 8

Postmortem: The presence of budding star Billy Crudup couldn’t keep Keith Gordon’s pic from being tagged D.O.A.

B.O.: $337,933

Joe Gould’s Secret (April 7)

Section: World premiere

Reviews: Pro: 15 Con: 3 Mixed: 9

Postmortem: Helmer-actor Stanley Tucci has yet to recapture critical and audience support of 1996’s “Big Night.”

B.O.: $642,018

American Psycho (April 14)

Section: World premiere

Reviews: Pro: 14 Con: 12 Mixed: 21

Postmortem: Bret Easton Ellis’ divisive, controversial novel yields Mary Harron’s divisive, controversial adaptation, which nevertheless .

B.O.: $15.07 million

Love & Basketball (April 21)

Section: World premiere

Reviews: Pro: 16 Con: 0 Mixed: 9

Postmortem: Strong postseason play in ancillary markets looks possible for Gina Prince-Bythewood’s solid rookie effort.

B.O.: $27.5 million

The Virgin Suicides (April 21)

Section: North American premiere

Reviews: Pro: 13 Con: 2 Mixed: 9

Postmortem: Sofia Coppola’s frosh effort drew top names to the cast (James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst) and allowed her to step out of her father’s shadow.

B.O.: $4.9 million

Hamlet (May 12)

Section: World premiere

Reviews: Pro: 12 Con: 5 Mixed: 7

Postmortem: Michael Almereyda’s film shows that updating Shakespeare is often hit and miss (file under latter category).

B.O.: $1.57 million

Trixie (June 30)

Section: World premiere

Reviews: Pro: 0 Con: 0 Mixed: 0

Postmortem: Alan Rudolph’s Emily Watson starrer flew under radar of Crix’ Picks and most ticket buyers in the U.S.

B.O.: $295,683

Chuck & Buck (July 16)

Section: Dramatic Competition

Reviews: Pro: 15 Con: 4 Mixed: 5

Postmortem: Big Sundance buzz failed to reproduce “Blair Witch” magic for distrib Artisan.

B.O.: $1.06 million

Saving Grace (Aug. 4)

Section: World Cinema

Reviews: Pro: 14 Con: 5 Mixed: 15

Postmortem: Sundance Audience Award winner fails to light up Stateside support for U.K. eccentrics (“The Full Monty,” “Waking Ned Devine”).

B.O.: $12.2 million

The Tao of Steve (Aug. 4)

Section: Dramatic Competition

Reviews: Pro: 12 Con: 3 Mixed: 3

Postmortem: Special Jury Award winner Donal Logue’s charming, overweight Lothario shows some heft at arthouse box offices.

B.O.: $4.34 million

Love & Sex (Aug. 25)

Section: World premiere

Reviews: Pro: 9 Con: 6 Mixed: 7

Postmortem: Latter part of title fails to sell Valerie Breiman’s movie to niche audiences.

B.O.: $553,896

Girlfight (Sept. 29)

Section: Dramatic Competition

Reviews: Pro: 34 Con: 2 Mixed: 9

Postmortem: Title shot for Karyn Kusama’s pic (a Sundance double honoree) probably will have to wait for Independent Spirit Awards but star Michelle Rodriguez scores k.o. with critics.

B.O.: $1.5 million

Two Family House (Oct. 6)

Section: American Spectrum

Reviews: Pro: 21 Con: 1 Mixed: 1

Postmortem: Raymond De Felitta’s gem took home the hearts of reviewers and a Sundance Audience Award.

B.O.: $1.02 million

You Can Count on Me (Nov. 10)

Section: Dramatic Competition

Reviews: Pro: 23 Con: 1 Mixed: 1

Postmortem: Playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s jump to the bigscreen gaining serious Oscar momentum: a pair of Golden Globe noms, L.A. and Gotham critics honors, and National Board of Review special award in the wake of two Sundance wins.

B.O. $4.6 million

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