20 Must-See Movies to Catch at SXSW 2017

From Charlize Theron kicking ass to music docs, midnight movies and the making of 'The Room' – what to see at the Austin-based film fest

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Those who remember the Great Mumblecore Wave of the Mid-Aughts will tell you that filmmaker Aaron Katz was always the one to watch: a formalist with a puckish sense of humor, a feel for taking genres into left-field territory and a peerless way of getting great understated performances out of actors. And like his 2010 masterpiece Cold Weather, this latest Katz project is ostensibly a mystery – involving an actress (Zoë Kravitz), her assistant (Mozart in the Jungle's Lola Kirke), a murder and some amateur sleuthing – that's more concerned with what the characters uncover about themselves. Plus it features an eye-opening turn from Kirke, John Cho as the cinema's best passive-agressive cop and some of the most colorfully lit, lovingly fetishized Hell-Ay interior design this side of Heat.

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