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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Melanie Laurent shocked the world only a few years ago with her accomplished second feature, Respire, and after a brief stint as a documentary filmmaker, she’s returned to narrative filmmaking with a vengeance. This time, she’s adapting a novel by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolato, in which a hitman (Ben Foster), double-crossed by his old boss, rescues a teen prostitute (Elle Fanning) and heads on the lam with her. We’ve read the source material, and it’s certainly ripe for adaptation (although with a bit more judiciousness than Pizzolato’s editor gave it), and with Laurent behind the camera and that incredible cast, it’s sure to be something.