It's March, my peoples, so we've fled the icy confines of Boston to the balmy and beautiful climes of Austin for the South-By-Southwest Film Festival. It's our third time covering the fest, and this one looks like the best we've been to yet. From new films by Jordan Peele, Harmony Korine, and Riley Stearns, to comedies from Kumail Nanjiani and the Superbad gang, there's just so much to see and do in Austin throughout the next week.
We've been fortunate enough to check out some of the biggest hits screening at the festival already: Little Monsters, Teen Spirit, The Inventor, and Greener Grass, and you should go check those reviews out if you're interested in seeing them. Otherwise, here are our picks for the five movies we absolutely cannot wait to check out at SXSW this year.
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The Art of Self-Defense
Hey, here’s an activity you can do even if you can’t make it out to SXSW: Watch Riley Stearns’ incredible cult thriller Faults, which hit theaters back in 2014 and kind of eluded the type of mainstream success that it so richly deserved. His next film, a dark comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg as a man who survives a violent attack and then tries to learn how to defend himself at the local dojo, looks to be a continuation of the style that guys like Jody Hill originated in The Foot Fist Way back in the day, but knowing Stearns’ pedigree, we’re expecting that this might go to some even crazier places than that film did. Or maybe it’ll be like under-heralded masterpiece Observe and Report. Either way, we’re pumped to finally check this one out when it plays Austin on Sunday.