SXSW 2018 Preview: Five new films we’re eager to catch in Austin

 
 

It’s South-By-Southwest time, everybody! Once again we’re attending the film component of this year’s festival, which runs from March 9 to 17, to cover the films both big — including studio fare like John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place and the John Cena-starring butt-chugging comedy Blockers — and small, like short films made by Texas high school students, that will be gracing the screens down there in Austin. There are a great deal of features showing down there, and it’d be a waste of time to cover them all, so we’ve selected five movies that we’re pumped to see at this year’s festival.

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First Reformed

It’s been a long while since Paul Schrader piqued our interest with a project — the last time being the notorious Bret Easton Ellis-penned failure The Canyons — but the word about this one coming out of Cannes has our attention and our curiosity. Ethan Hawke plays a small-town pastor who has his world turned upside down by an encounter with an unhinged environmentalist and his pregnant wife (Amanda Seyfried). It’s a thriller the likes that only a man like Schrader can pull off, and we’re hopeful that he can.

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