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SXSW Review: 'Source Code' Is A Decent, But Familiar 'Groundhog Day' Meets Action, Sci-Fi Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 12, 2011 2:11 AM
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When Duncan Jones' mysterious debut feature "Moon" was released back in 2009, the Internet collectively collapsed under the weight of its own enthusiasm. Jones was heralded as a bold new visionary, someone to rescue the tired sci-fi genre from the Hollywood trappings of big-budget spectacle. And while the heaps of praise lavished on the young filmmaker and his debut film were somewhat hyperbolic, it was still clear that the dude was a fresh voice in the field and one unafraid to focus on the human elements of science fiction and genre. Of course, the question was -- what would he do next?

Work-In-Progress 'Bridesmaids,' Short From Harmony Korine & Die Antwoord Among Films Joining SXSW

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 8:00 AM
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Documentaries On Willie Nelson & Hole Drummer Patty Schemel To Screen As Well; Park Chan-wook's iPhone Film Makes Stateside DebutWith SXSW kicking off in just over a week, organizers have put the finishing touches on their schedule announcing the closing film of the festival and as well as some exciting new titles that are beefing up an already stellar lineup.

SXSW '11 Trailer: 'Blacktino' With Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 21, 2011 6:44 AM
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SXSW gets underway in just a few weeks with an especially stacked film lineup this year, from more high profile premieres (“Source Code,” “The Beaver,” “Paul”) to festival favorites from Sundance and TIFF (“Win Win,” “Beginners,” “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey”). For more homegrown fare, the fest has its “Lone Star States” category for films made in or about Texas which is kicking off the festival with “blacktino” by first-time filmmaker Aaron Burns. The indie coming-of-age film may sound slightly familiar to some due to a viral stunt late last year for “Citizen Jane,” supposedly an action packed remake of Orson Welles classic “Citizen Kane.” A humorous trailer and poster featuring a bazooka-toting Michelle Rodriguez appeared just in time for Fantastic Fest and was quickly uncovered to be a movie-within-a-movie for “blacktino.”

SXSW Film Fest Adds 'Attack The Block,' Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Short, 'Insidious' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2011 8:00 AM
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'Hobo With A Shotgun' & More Added In Midnight & Shorts ProgramSXSW is just over a month away and the organizers down in Austin have revealed the rest of their already staggeringly large lineup. The Midnighters should provide genre fans with some big thrillers, and perhaps the most exciting film of the bunch, making its world premiere, is Joe Cornish's "Attack the Block." Featuring mostly only U.K.-known actors, the alien invasion pic will pit a group of teenagers against extra-terrestrials and it will feature a soundtrack by dance-poppers Basement Jaxx. Nice. Meanwhile, "Saw" creator James Wan will try and scare you silly with "Insidious" (which came out of TIFF with decent notices) while Rugter Hauer will power the outrageous "Hobo with a Shotgun."

SXSW '11 First Looks & New Pics: Carla Gugino In 'Girl Walks Into A Bar,' 'Win Win,' 'Fubar 2,' More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 8:14 AM
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So, the SXSW lineup has been revealed and that also means marketing machines will be going into full effect as the films get set to unspool in Austin. And so with that in mind, we have first looks at a small handful of films that will be playing and we're sure there will be more down the road.

SXSW '11 Lineup Revealed: 'Red Riding Hood,' 'Beginners,' 'Win Win,' 'Super' & More To Unspool

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 8:00 AM
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'Ceremony,' 'Incendies,' 'Fubar: Balls To The Wall,' 'In A Better World,' 'Tabloid,' 'Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,' 'How To Die In Oregon' & More Also Among HighlightsOK, so while Sundance is over and the next big festival on the horizon is Cannes in May, another increasingly important fest on the circuit has become SXSW. A looser, more bbq- and beer-fueled event than their snootier colleagues, SXSW has become an important destination particularly for genre films looking to make a strong first impression. The early announcements of films that will be playing -- "Paul," "Source Code," "The Innkeepers," "The Beaver" -- certainly bear that out and with the full lineup now unveiled (sans the Midnighters or SXFantastic feature sections which will be coming next week along with the short film listings) there is plenty genre fare, and much more, for those headed to Austin.

'The Beaver,' Greg Mottola's 'Paul' & Ti West's 'The Innkeepers' Added To 2011 SXSW Film Fest Sched

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2011 7:58 AM
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Conan O'Brien Documentary, 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' Added As WellAlright, it's 2011, people. Time to get in with the new. The Sundance Film Festival is just right around the corner, but not far off in March is the SXSW Film Festival, which continues to get better and better each year. While the opening night film has already been announced -- Duncan Jones' "Source Code" -- new editions to the line-up have been made including Jodie Foster's "The Beaver," starring persona non grata Mel Gibson, Greg Mottola's alien roadtrip comedy "Paul," starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," a documentary that follows the behind-the-scenes of the talk show host's summer tour, among others.

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