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Austin Bound: Five film and show premieres destined to jump off the screen at SXSW 2017

 

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Oh man, South-By-Southwest is almost here.

Ten days of crazy parties, taco trucks, tech talks, a Vanyaland party, music showcases from every label under the sun, and -- perhaps most importantly in 2017 -- a crazy good film festival, full of world premieres from the biggest studios and esoteric delights from all over the globe in every genre.

We’re super excited to be covering the festival in an expanded role this year, and before we head down to the great city of Austin, we’ve picked a selection of five films from a gargantuan list that stand out to us the most as must-sees. We're excluding SXSW opening night film Song to Song, which we’ve already covered.

For screening times and other information on these five films and everything else showing at SXSW 2017, click here. As we count down the days, let’s get it started, y’all.

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The Disaster Artist

We’ll be frank: This James Franco passion project has the potential to go tits-up more than any other film on this list, as any of his other directorial efforts have been either interestingly flawed (Child of God) or just fucking terrible (his adaptation of As I Lay Dying). It’s the subject matter here that seems like it might make the difference: the making of the notorious cult classic The Room. Franco and his brother Dave are playing director Tommy Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero respectively, and the cast list is absolutely chock-full of famous faces, including Alison Brie, Seth Rogen and Bryan Cranston (as himself!). If anything, it’s sure to be a really bizarre night in Austin.

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