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15 Must-See Movies at SXSW Film Festival 2015

From micro-indie comedies to music docs, these are the Austin fest’s flicks that have us buzzing


Scenes from 'Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove' and 'Moonwalkers.'

Van Brooks; Moonwalkers

Every year, critics and cinegeeks head to Austin, Texas, to sample a smorgasbord of lo-fi indies, thought-provoking docs, psychotronic midnight movies and oh-so-much-more at the annual SXSW Film Festival. From March 13-21, festgoers will have their pick of early sneak peeks at upcoming releases (the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy), choice Sundance offerings (Rodney Ascher's The Nightmare, the extraordinary Kurt Cobain portrait Montage of Heck) and dozens of works from potential next-big-thing directors to check out in between queso-filled meals.

The question, however, is: what are the ones you simply can't afford to miss? After scanning the schedule and breaking down players' stats, we've come up with the 15 movies that SXSW-ers have to catch during their time in the Lone Star state's unofficial capital. These are the all-over-the-map music documentaries, the micro-budgeted flicks and the indescribable mind-blowers that have us ready to mess with Texas.

We Like it Like That

‘We Like It Like That’

It came from the barrio, this combo-platter sound of American soul and Cuban mambo — and it managed to keep hips shaking and feet moving throughout the 1960s. This is the history of boogaloo, the genre that gave us the Joe Cuba Quintet's classic "Bang Bang" and gave the era's Latin culture a voice, with stars like Johnny Colon and Joe Bataan testifying to the music's origins and impact. Please put out a soundtrack album stat.

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