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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

Film-geek auteur projects, psychotronic fanboy-friendly blockbusters, over-the-top midnight movies, under-the-radar indie dramas and more music documentaries than you can shake a D.A. Pennebraker-approved stick at – the annual SXSW Film Festival (kicking off on March 10th) has always specialized in a sort of eclectic, lo-fi-meets-high-art-for-a-Shiner-Bock vibe when it comes to their programming. And this year is no different: You can dip into docs on David Lynch, West Coast hip-hop, Baltimore pest-control and Internet outlaws. Or check out a Big Star & Friends concert movie. Or watch Charlize Theron kick ass. There’s even a poignant character study of a small-town ape. Here are 20 films that attendees should consider must-sees, and that the rest of us not heading to Austin should keep our eyes peeled for.


‘This Is Your Death’

Where does Reality TV have left to go, you wonder? According to actor-director Giancarlo Esposito’s scabrous, pitch-black satire, the answer is: televised competitive suicides. And yes, of course the show is a hit! We were curious to see what the once-and-future Gus Fring chose for a follow-up to his underrated behind-the-camera debut Gospel Hill (2008), but we have to admit that “surprisingly more relevant-than-ever take on our nation’s obsession with their 15 minutes of fame” would not have been our first guess. Brace yourself for this one.

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