Known for its mix of tech, music, and film, SXSW is an impressive 7+ day festival that offers a look at emerging talent and cultural innovation. The film festival component, which runs approximately 9 days, brings young filmmakers and seasoned vets together for exposure and discovery. The film slate is always jaw-dropping, so much so that it can be overwhelming. So, we’re here to help. Here’s a list of 10 films that we cannot wait to use our MoviePass cards t see.
Tensions are high in a secluded warehouse as an arms deal goes south. The film sets an all-star cast of Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer, against a blazing gun battle. Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Kill List) has a style that is both action packed and fluid as hell, so seeing him take on a film that is nothing but non-stop action is a dream. Free Fire has already been making tours all over the UK to fantastic reviews. So, we wait anxiously to see how it will be reviewed stateside.
PERSON TO PERSON
From director/writer Dustin Guy Defa comes Person to Person, an intertwining narrative about a lovelorn roommate, a record collector, a rookie reporter, a watchmaker and a couple in love. We’re huge fans of Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson and Abbi Jacobson and we’re excited to see these character actors take on starring roles. It comes across as something in the same genre as the recent television series Search Party, which was something of a smaller gem in television.
Director Pat Kondelis brings to light the 2003 murder of Patrick Dennehey and what ultimately unfolded into a scandal that rocked the basketball world and crippled the Baylor Bears for five years. Not much is known about the documentary at this time, but scandal documentaries are always fascinating, especially considering this case spirals away from murder and turns into something more subtly sinister.
THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN
Coming from writer/director Jared Moshé (Dead Man’s Burden) comes a take on the aging western with The Ballad of Lefty Brown. After the great hero Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) is killed by a rustler, it’s up to his aging sidekick Lefty (Bill Pullman) to take on good old fashioned frontier justice and go after them. We were impressed by Dead Man’s Burden and it’s good to see Peter Fonda back in the Western genre.
Adapted from the graphic novel “The Coldest City,” Atomic Blonde has it’s world premiere at SXSW. In November 1989 an MI6 agent is found dead, and a list of spy names is missing. MI6 sends Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) to Berlin to work alongside Berlin police chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to find the list before it falls into dangerous hands. With the director and cinematographer from John Wick behind the camera, the writer of 300 on the screenplay, and the killer duo of McAvoy and Theron as the leads, Atomic Blonde looks to be a roaring good time.
When a team of astronauts discover proof of life on Mars, they find that the extraterrestrial beings are more dangerous than they could have imagined. With Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal headlining this space adventure, Life seems like a recipe for success. Add to it, director Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House, Easy Money) and you’ve got what is sure to be a good time.
Edgar Wright–director of The Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World—is back with another feature! Starring Ansel Elgort as Baby, a getaway driver roped into working for a mob boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby Driver will definitely have all of the ingredients that make a Wright movie great! From action to laughs, we’re sure that the star-studded cast which includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and Lily James, will deliver.
SONG TO SONG
Terrence Malick finally delivers the Austin music scene romance that we’ve been waiting years for! Seriously,the feature has been in the works for quite some time. So, we’re excited to see it make its way to the big screen. With a cast that includes Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman, Malick’s newest feature will be a beautiful treat, much like his other films.
THIS IS YOUR DEATH
This is Your Death is a satire with a focus on reality television. In fact, the plot centers around a hit show on which contestants end their lives, all for the sake of entertainment. Considering the prevalence that reality T.V. shows have in today’s media, the feature looks to be both thrilling and chilling. Actor Giancarlo Esposito takes the director’s chair to bring this story to life.
THE DISASTER ARTIST
Any so-called cinephile knows the epic feature, The Room. In this case, the word “epic” is used to describe the extent of how bad the film is. It’s so laughably terrible that it’s become a self-perpetuating joke. We don’t mean to pick apart the movie, but it’s this quality that has given it a cult following. So, the idea that James Franco is making a movie about the making of this movie is too enticing. And with a cast that includes his brother Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, and Alison Brie, we’re sure that The Disaster Artist will induce intentional laughter, unlike its predecessor.