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SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 10, 2014 5:15 PM
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Predestination
There seem to be two Ethan Hawkes working in the movies these days, operating in parallel universes. They look the same and sound the same but their choice in movies couldn't be more wildly different. There's the Ethan Hawke, whose warm, naturalistic performances in things like "Boyhood," are amongst the best in the business, profoundly moving and deeply identifiable. Then there's the Ethan Hawke who makes things like the horror romp "Sinister," where his defining character trait is his oversized cable-knit sweater that he wears in every scene.

SXSW Review: Fantastical 'I Believe In Unicorns' Rings True

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 10, 2014 4:38 PM
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A much discussed topic in the film world recently has been the dearth of women directors in mainstream filmmaking and the impact that this has on the representation of girls and women, and their experiences on screen. Thankfully, the independent film world has a much better track record with female filmmakers, and writer/director’s Leah Meyerhoff’s “I Believe in Unicorns” is a fine example of just why a female point of view can be so important, so necessary in capturing female stories.

SXSW Review: Strangely Funny 'Faults' Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead

  • By William Goss
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  • March 10, 2014 3:18 PM
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Ansel Roth (Leland Orser) already has plenty of faults—a once-renowned expert on cults, he’s now lost a TV show, a marriage and the rights to his latest book—but he’s looking for one more. To be specific, two worried parents (Beth Grant and Chris Ellis) hope that he can rescue 28-year-old Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from the grip of a group known simply as “Faults.” Being significantly indebted to his manager (Jon Gries) and all-but living out of his car, Ansel agrees to kidnap their daughter and subject her to a week-long “deprogramming” session (even though his only other attempt backfired quite publicly).

SXSW: Watch First 5 Minutes Of 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton' With Kanye West, Questlove, Common & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 12:31 PM
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Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton
Already having traveled the world in 2013, with festival stops in Los Angeles, Athens and Stockholm, the next destination for Jeff Broadway's hip-hop documentary "Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)" is SXSW, and in case you're not on the ground in Austin, a pretty sizeable little tease has landed digitally.

SXSW Review: Madcap Murder Mystery 'Wild Canaries'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 10, 2014 12:04 PM
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Writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine’s film “Wild Canaries” is a tonal and genre departure from his previous feature, “Gabi On The Roof In July,” but his hipster Brooklyn milieu remains the same. This film poses the question: just how might a murder mystery in this yuppie brownstone setting play out? The result, with bumbling amateur detectives, constantly squabbling couples, and a pair of actually sane lesbians, is a mixed bag, to be honest.

SXSW Exclusive: Swedish House Mafia Raves In Clip From Documentary 'Leave The World Behind'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 11:05 AM
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Leave The World Behind
Swedish House Mafia might be one of the biggest acts in the world you don't know about. And though they're going away, the progressive house group are leaving behind one final treat for fans, the documentary "Leave The World Behind." Director Christian Larson goes behind-the-scenes of the group's final tour, as they decide to call it quits, at what is arguably the peak of their careers. And for the filmmaker, it was very important to present as a full a picture as possible of what went down.

SXSW Exclusive: Love Crosses Continents In Trailer For '10,000 KM (Long Distance)'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 10:00 AM
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10,000 KM (Long Distance)
Love is the curious emotion that be both strong and fragile, all at the time. A bond that seems unbreakable can suddenly bend when the circumstances around the union are changed. Can love survive distance? Can passion be sustained across continents? Co-writer and director Carlos Marques-Marcet explores those questions in "10,000 KM (Long Distance)" premiering at the SXSW Film Festival.

Marc Webb Originally Didn’t Want To Make ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ Addresses Villain Overkill Concerns For The Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2014 4:02 PM
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SXSW: In the vaults from indie-filmmaker to tentpole blockbusting director, Marc Webb took one of the biggest jumps in recent memory. He started his feature-length filmmaking career with 2009’s inventive and quirky “(500) Days Of Summer” and then made the quantum leap to “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

SXSW Review: Scary Haunted Mirror Horror 'Oculus'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 9, 2014 9:00 AM
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Oculus
If there's one certainty in the horror genre, it's that trends will come and go. Some strain of horror will be popular for a few years, then disappear just as quickly, waiting for its moment of reinvention or cultural relevance. The genre's recent past has been dominated by two forces: the torture-porn subgenre, in which our anxieties about war atrocities translate, somewhat clumsily, to movies where people spend whole running times getting pieces of their bodies lobbed off.

SXSW Review: ‘Neighbors’ Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron & Rose Byrne

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 8, 2014 11:43 PM
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Neighbors
The last time Universal screened one of their big summer comedies at South by Southwest, it turned out to be "Bridesmaids"—a movie that not only proved to be a massive financial success (and a breakthrough for its cowriter/star Kristin Wiig) but a critical one as well, even earning an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay. So a fair amount of anticipation greeted tonight's "work-in-progress" (although look, it seems totally finished) screening of the new Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy "Neighbors." And while "Neighbors" doesn't come close to capturing "Bridesmaids'" emotional honesty, it could have a chance of one-upping that film in the box office. Simply put, "Neighbors" is one of the funniest, most visually inventive studio comedies in recent memory.

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