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Scenic Route (2013)

13 March 2013 8:08 AM, PDT

Directed by: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz

Written by: Kyle Killen

Featuring: Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler, Miracle Laurie

Anyone who's been on a long car trip can attest to the fact that even if the journey starts out with two best friends, there are bound to be a few legs of the trip where you are ready to push the other party out of the moving car. Scenic Route, which played SXSW this week, is a film that explores this idea to the extremes.

Scenic Route follows two lifelong best friends, Mitch (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), on a drive through Death Valley. The two have drifted apart in the last few years since Mitch got married to a woman who Carter believes isn't right for him; as a result, Carter is no longer such a big part of Mitch's life. The road trip is intended to be a bonding experience, »

- Amanda Rebholz

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Cheap Thrills (2013)

13 March 2013 7:44 AM, PDT

Directed by: E.L. Katz

Written by: David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga

Featuring: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Laura Covelli, Elissa Dowling

What would you do for $250,000? What about $20,000, or $10,000? What about fifty bucks? What price can you put on your health, your body, your relationships and your soul?

These are the questions asked by the thought-provoking and glorious indie film Cheap Thrills, which found its debut this week at SXSW. Starring Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Compliance), Ethan Embry (Empire Records, Can't Hardly Wait), Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers), and David Koechner (everything ever), the movie is a smart, relentless and troubling exercise in exploring the depths of a man's resolve.

The movie begins with an introduction to Craig (Healy), a meek, kind family man with a beautiful wife and a toddler son. Craig is a failed writer working as a mechanic, but in the first ten minutes of the »

- Amanda Rebholz

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You're Next (2011)

12 March 2013 4:14 PM, PDT

Directed by: Adam Wingard

Written by: Simon Barrett

Featuring: Sharni Vinson, Aj Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Joe Swanberg

When Adam Wingard's You're Next debuted at Austin's Fantastic Fest in 2011, the theater sold out and the film was so well-received that studios entered a massive bidding war over it, which dragged out for two years. The Alamo Drafthouse, one of the most famous independent cinemas in the country (if not the world) even painted an iconic image from the film on the side of one of their Austin buildings. To say that the film "garnered buzz" is a bit of an understatement, and once I heard that it was an "extreme home invasion horror film," I couldn't wait; I can genuinely say that in my long lifetime of watching scary movies, the only ones that truly unnerve me are the home invasion flicks. There's something about having »

- Amanda Rebholz

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Rewind This! (2013)

12 March 2013 9:58 AM, PDT

Directed by: Josh Johnson

Featuring: Atom Egoyan, Frank Hennenlotter, Cassandra Peterson, Lloyd Kaufman

We're living in the digital age, my friends, where media exists in a cloud and has no actual physical form. But you would never know it, based on the enthusiastic SXSW audience that packed the beautiful Paramount Theatre yesterday for the premiere of Rewind This!, a wonderful documentary on the video tape boom of the '70s and '80s.

Director Josh Johnson's new doc is a loving paean to the past, a simpler time when people prowled the aisles of their local Blockbuster, marveling at big, clunky VHS clamshells covered with garish promo art that promised cheap thrills rarely delivered.

Rewind This! traces the birth, ascendance, dominance, death and rebirth of video tape through an entertaining combination of interviews and movie clips. By assembling a fascinating cross-section of academics, actors, filmmakers and fans who are in turns persuasive, »

- Theron

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Evil Dead (2013)

11 March 2013 8:50 AM, PDT

Directed by: Fede Alvarez

Written by: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues, Diablo Cody

Featuring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

When it comes to remaking a classic horror film, creators find themselves on the receiving end of a shitstorm from the diehard fans no matter what. But when the film is as beloved as the original Evil Dead, the outrage is almost palpable. Fans online buzzed relentlessly as each new tidbit was released — rumors involving the production, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell's involvement, and much more spiraled among the horror community for over a year before the first teaser was released. And now, at the film's world premiere at SXSW, ninety minutes before the doors were set to open, there were nearly a thousand people in line to get in.

The film isn't so much a remake as a complete reworking; forget anything you know about the »

- Amanda Rebholz

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Milo (2013)

11 March 2013 8:16 AM, PDT

Directed by: Jacob Vaughan

Written by: Jacob Vaughan, Benjamin Hayes

Featuring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Patrick Warburton, Stephen Root

Milo, which had its world premiere last night at Austin's SXSW festival, is a hard film to describe. Is it a movie about a husband and wife's efforts to conceive a child? Or a movie about a man plumbing the depths of his psyche to deal with his past? Aw, screw it. Let's face it, Milo will be forever known as the "butt monster" flick.

In Jacob Vaughan's twisted new horror comedy, Ken Marino stars as Duncan Hayslip. Duncan is a super-nice guy, but he's under a lot of stress. His wife wants a child, his unscrupulous boss is putting him in charge of layoffs, and his chronic stomach problems are becoming too much to bear. Then there are those mysterious, gruesome deaths, seemingly the work of a rabid raccoon. »

- Theron

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