17 Must-See Movies at SXSW 2011

The Dish & the Spoon

I’m going to be honest here and admit that before now I knew only one thing about this film. Greta Gerwig stars. The lovely and talented Miss Gerwig stole the show from her much bigger co-stars in both Greenberg and No Strings Attached, but here she takes the lead as a woman distraught over the revelation that her husband has had an affair. Her plans to confront the other woman are interrupted by a lost teenage boy who also happens to be British and extremely lucky. British by birth and lucky because a sweetly odd relationship develops between he and Gerwig’s character. -RH

Road To Nowhere

At the risk of sounding like a shallow film fan obsessed with obscure actresses, I once again want to see this film for a singular reason. Shannyn Sossamon stars. Sadly, whereas Gerwig is on the rise Miss Sossamon seems to be eternally missing the stardom train. She has an ethereal beauty, but as she’s shown in films like Rules Of Attraction she can easily play the charismatic and goofy roles just as well. Here she plays an actress who bears a spooky similarity to the real-life woman she’s playing, and as the film rolls on the line between fact and fiction begins to blur. The trailer actually looks fairly ambitious as the story moves from small town America to London, Rome, and beyond. -RH

Caught Inside

Women are troublemakers. Everyone knows it, but we forgive them because they balance their downside with good things like cooking and Thai-style massage. But what if there isn’t enough of either to go around? A group of surfers on a trip to secluded waters are upset at the presence of an uninvited girlfriend, but as the sun beats down and the nights heat up one male’s inherent urge to be an asshole erupts in violence and poor seamanship.

This Australian thriller has potential to be both exciting and dangerous in its tale of mayhem and misdeeds on the high seas, but I’m hoping it’s closer to Dead Calm than Donkey Punch. -RH

Hobo With a Shotgun

I had a chance to check this out at Butt-Numb-a-Thon, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun that’s been doused in gasoline, tossed into a maternity ward and shot with a big ass gun (which as we all know from movies, makes things explode for some reason). Rutger Hauer is a crazed homeless man, and if that’s not enough to get you out to this thing, you need to cash in on your life insurance. The violence is absurd and animated with vibrant, saturated colors, and the story is truly, truly, deeply touching. You’ll just have to show a policeman later on where it touched you. They have dolls for that. -CA


Sort of part and parcel with my excitement for The Innkeepers is my excitement for James Wan’s Insidious. If the early reviews of Insidious are any indication, this could be the haunted house movie that continues the subgenre’s revolution kicked off by Ti West’s House of the Devil. I’m looking forward to horror films getting back to atmosphere over gore and 3D. -BS

The Future

Miranda July may be one of the most interesting individuals currently working in film. As a filmmaker she only has Me and You and Everyone We Know as her lone feature-length picture, but her diversity in the arts as a performance artist and published short story writer points at a personality who doesn’t like to limit their expression to one kind of canvas. The Future tells of a couple living in Los Angeles who choose to adopt a stray cat during the final month in their apartment. Somehow this triggers an altering of space and time and the couple find themselves on separate courses, hoping to reunite. The idea that a cat can somehow unleash a black hole sounds too amazingly odd to not find out more. -AC

Be on the lookout for reviews of these films and more as our coverage of SXSW continues

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