6. Time Lapse
A low-budget, idea-driven time travel story, Time Lapse made the festival rounds in 2014, gathering tons of awards along the way, and if there’s any justice in this cold, cold world, many more of you will see this in the year to come. Set primarily in a single apartment, three young friends discover a camera that takes pictures 24-hours into the future and use it to their advantage. A slow-burn conflict develops between the trio, and tension mounts—director Bradley King channels Hitchcock and DePalma. Everything starts out great, but the dark shadows of greed and ambition begin to take over in short order and outweigh any potential benefits. Along with similar indie genre films like Safety Not Guaranteed and Primer, Time Lapse instills an important lesson in all of us: don’t fuck with time.