25 must-see movies from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

Two men examine diagrams on a wall

John (Aaron Moorhead, left) and Levi (Justin Benson) encounter the unexplainable in an L.A. apartment building in the indie sci-fi “Something in the Dirt.”

(Aaron Moorhead via Sundance Institute)

A lot of us spent COVID lockdown feeling isolated, wandering down online rabbit holes and letting those existential “what ifs?” spiral out of control. Filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (“The Endless,” “Synchronic”) channeled those feels and their trademark heady sci-fi leanings into the wildest, weirdest, most-L.A. DIY film of the pandemic. Filming in their actual apartments with a skeleton crew, the co-directors and co-editors also co-star as new neighbors Levi (Benson, also screenwriter) and John (Moorhead, also cinematographer), who unexpectedly connect over a reality-shifting phenomenon in their building. Crystals, “The X-Files,” Ye Rustic Inn, coyotes, earthquakes, ancient math conspiracies — this movie has it all, colliding in a kaleidoscopic maelstrom of comic paranoia and wonderment. (J.Y.)

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