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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'Rat Film'
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'Rat Film'

It starts as a look into the professional and amateur pest-controllers (two words: rat fishing) who work Baltimore's streets and somewhat neglected neighborhoods. Then Theo Anthony's extraordinary essay-film-cum-social-issue doc begins delving into the city's early racist urban-planning set-up, the use of dodgy eugenics in vermin extermination and how a video game that becomes an existential rumination on the universe – and suddenly you've been plunged into one of the most compelling, food-for-thought nonfiction movies of the past few years. Do not miss it.

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