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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'Small Town Crime'
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'Small Town Crime'

Drunk, disgraced – and did we mention drunk? – ex-cop Mike Kendall (John Hawkes) is hoping to redeem himself one day and rejoin the force. Then he stumbles across a body on the side of the road after driving home from a blackout bender, and decides that, rather than go to his old coworkers, he'll track down whoever is responsible all by his lonesome. If you like neo-noirs with just a touch of Coenesque quirk and a lot of character actors/familiar faces (Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Michael Vartan, Anthony Anderson), this one's for you. And if, like us, you've often wondered whether the Deadwood star and equally rangy costar Clifton Collins Jr. had every been photographed in the same room together, we now have concrete proof that they indeed have and are two separate people.


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