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SXSW Review: 'Frank,' Starring Michael Fassbender Wearing a Giant Fake Head, Totally Rocks

In Lenny Abrahamson’s lovely film ‘Frank,’ Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a would-be musician who works an office job by day. It’s possible he doesn’t have a lot of talent.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 11, 2014 12:53 PM
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SXSW Premiere: Duvall Stars in 'A Night in Old Mexico'

I'm really, really glad I liked "A Night in Old Mexico," the engaging comedy-drama that had its North American premiere Monday at SXSW. And not just because the picture -- a Tex-Mex-flavored shaggy-dog story with a touch of Elmore Leonard to its twisty plot -- is a worthy star vehicle for the great Robert Duvall.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • March 11, 2014 12:35 AM
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SXSW Review: Kate Lyn Sheil Is the Beating Heart of 'The Heart Machine'

Having now seen six of the total eight films in SXSW’s narrative competition section, I must admit I’m rather underwhelmed by the offerings. However, one performance has stuck with me.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 10, 2014 12:22 PM
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SXSW Episodic: Previewing Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful'

One of the more inspired aspects of this year’s SXSW is the newly added Episodic program, a showcase previewing yet-to-debut TV series. Episodic original content has clearly been undergoing a revolution. Indeed, the conversations surrounding small-screen content often eclipse what’s being said about big-screen fare. While, say, Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” and Sean Durkin’s “Southcliffe” debuted as one-offs in the festival world, expect this new sort of collective programming to catch on -- and fast -- at other major fests.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 10, 2014 1:27 AM
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Mark Duplass & Jason Blum Talk 'Creep,' SXSW Review and Roundup (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Jason Blum and producer-writer-star Mark Duplass talk indie found footage SXSW thriller 'Creep.'
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2014 7:16 PM
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SXSW Opener, Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' is Scruffy Indie Crowdpleaser

Jon Favreau took a break from tentpole movies to direct a scruffy family comedy that wears its insecurities on its sleeve. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," he told me at the rooftop after party.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2014 4:48 PM
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SXSW Review: Can We Cure Aging? Absorbing Doc 'The Immortalists' Wants to Know

At an early point in David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg’s absorbing documentary and SXSW premiere “The Immortalists,” theoretical biologist Aubrey de Grey, who sports a beard of wizardly proportions, says, “I don’t want to end up here.” The “here” he speaks of so dismissively is a graveyard.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 8, 2014 3:46 PM
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Ridley Sets Record Straight on McQueen '12 Years' Rift, Talks 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

On location in Texas, John Ridley sets the record straight on the rift with '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen. And digs into directing his second feature film, 'Jimi: All is By My Side.'
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2014 3:19 PM
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SXSW Deal Watch: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group Picks Up 'Space Station 76'

Just ahead of its Saturday premiere in the SXSW Visions section, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) have acquired all international rights on writer-director Jack Plotnick's comedy 'Space Station 76.' The film stars Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and "2001: A Space Odyssey" star Keir Dullea.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2014 12:30 PM
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Best of the Week: Awards Season Wrap, SXSW Preview, 'Nymphomaniac' on VOD and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 8, 2014 9:00 AM
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