SXSW 2012

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1. 21 Jump Street (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson

Votes: 454,139 | Gross: $138.45M

2. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

72 Metascore

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Votes: 315,554 | Gross: $42.07M

3. Casa de mi Padre (2012)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Western

52 Metascore

Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord.

Director: Matt Piedmont | Stars: Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Nick Offerman

Votes: 18,519 | Gross: $5.90M

4. Intruders (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Izán Corchero, Ella Purnell

Votes: 18,830 | Gross: $0.07M

5. John Dies at the End (2012)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown

Votes: 33,129 | Gross: $0.14M

6. Killer Joe (2011)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 64,901 | Gross: $1.99M

7. The Aggression Scale (2012)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Four heavily armed hitmen and two unusual teenagers go to war over $500,000 of stolen cash.

Director: Steven C. Miller | Stars: Ryan Hartwig, Fabianne Therese, Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 2,889

8. Amor crónico (2012)

80 min | Comedy

The flamboyant Cuban-born / New York based singer CuCu Diamantes on her tour around Cuba. It is an independent Cuban/ U.S. project produced by Sarah Green ("The Tree of Life", "Frida") and ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Perugorría | Stars: Cucu Diamantes, Andrés Levin, Liosky Clavero, Adela Legrá

Votes: 18

9. Bad Brains: A Band in DC (2012)

104 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Bad Brains are one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. They melded punk and reggae into an innovative style that has yet to be copied. Their impact and... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Logan, Mandy Stein | Stars: Julian Cambridge, Anthony Countey, James Drescher, Harley Flanagan

Votes: 97

10. Bay of All Saints (2012)

74 min | Documentary

In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, a vast network of shacks built on stilts above a rising tide of garbage over the ocean bay. When the government ... See full summary »

Director: Annie Eastman

Votes: 24

11. Beast (IV) (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

Bruno loves his wife Maxine. But something is wrong. Their love is not what it once was, and Maxine has found someone else. That changes everything. And it changes Bruno. But there is ... See full summary »

Director: Christoffer Boe | Stars: Nicolas Bro, Marijana Jankovic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Oliver Gustav

Votes: 473

12. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 999

13. Bijuka (2012)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

Inspired by true events. Scarecrow, tells the true story of a young woman who is attempting to escape from an abusive arranged marriage. After she is forced to stand trial for her efforts ... See full summary »

Director: Ashtar Sayed | Stars: Arti Rautela, Amit Purohit, Janardhan Mishra, Mahananda Gandhi

Votes: 20

14. Black Pond (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

An ordinary British family and their friend are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Black Pond is an existential comedy drama starring two-time BAFTA winner Chris ... See full summary »

Directors: Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe | Stars: Chris Langham, Simon Amstell, Amanda Hadingue, Colin Hurley

Votes: 761

15. Blue Like Jazz (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

Don, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the most godless campus in America.

Director: Steve Taylor | Stars: Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde, Justin Welborn

Votes: 2,744 | Gross: $0.59M

16. Booster (2012)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama

When Simon's brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.

Director: Matt Ruskin | Stars: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty

Votes: 114

17. Brooklyn Castle (2012)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.

Director: Katie Dellamaggiore | Stars: Je'Daiah Ballantyne, Michelle Ballantyne, Rochelle Ballantyne, Pamela Ballard

Votes: 846 | Gross: $0.22M

18. Charles Bradley: Soul of America (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The incredible rise of 62-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the Brooklyn Housing Projects to Rolling Stone Magazine's top 50 albums of 2011.

Director: Poull Brien | Stars: Charles Bradley, Alex Everett, Sharon Jones, Jonny Santos

Votes: 535

19. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx

Votes: 17,417 | Gross: $2.01M

20. Crulic - drumul spre dincolo (2011)

73 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

While being in Poland, Romanian Claudio Crulic is wrongly accused of theft. In jail he goes on a hunger strike.

Director: Anca Damian | Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Jamie Sives, Sandrine Bonnaire

Votes: 624

21. Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

A true documentary of the art and culture of glass pipe-making

Director: Marble Slinger

Votes: 173

22. Dreams of a Life (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Zawe Ashton, Alix Luka-Cain, Alistair Abrahams, Mandy Allen

Votes: 2,694 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Electrick Children (2012)

R | 96 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Rachel, a teenager born and raised in her Mormon community, believes that she has been inpregnated by listening to music and must get to Vegas to find the "father" of her miracle baby.

Director: Rebecca Thomas | Stars: Julia Garner, Liam Aiken, Billy Zane, Cynthia Watros

Votes: 5,133

24. Extracted (2012)

R | 85 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A scientist who has invented a technique to watch people's memories finds himself in a dangerous situation after he's tasked with entering a heroin addict's mind to see whether the man committed murder.

Director: Nir Paniry | Stars: Sasha Roiz, Jenny Mollen, Dominic Bogart, Richard Riehle

Votes: 10,731

25. Funeral Kings (2012)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

Two altar boys decide to play hooky after serving at a series of funerals.

Directors: Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus | Stars: Dylan Hartigan, Alex Maizus, Jordan Puzzo, Charles Kwame Odei

Votes: 1,078

26. Gayby (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old fashioned way.

Director: Jonathan Lisecki | Stars: Jenn Harris, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Matthew Wilkas, Christian Coulson

Votes: 2,307

27. Girl Model (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Thriller

68 Metascore

A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.

Directors: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin | Stars: Ashley Arbaugh, Rachel Blais, Olivia Arben, Tigran Khachatrian

Votes: 2,061 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Girls

Thriller | Announced

The story of a slumber party gone wrong after four teenage girls are terrorized by a pair of kidnappers.

29. Trabalhar Cansa (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror

55 Metascore

Young housewife Helena is on the verge of fulfilling a dream as she prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. She hires a maid, Paula, to take care of her house and ... See full summary »

Directors: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas | Stars: Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes, Naloana Lima, Gilda Nomacce

Votes: 503

30. Her Master's Voice (2012)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti, takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to 'Venthaven' the resting place for puppets of... See full summary »

Director: Nina Conti | Stars: Nina Conti, Jim Broadbent, Daisy Campbell, Ken Campbell

Votes: 276

31. Hunky Dory (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

46 Metascore

In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Minnie Driver, Kristian Gwilliam, Adam Byard, Aled Pugh

Votes: 1,019 | Gross: $0.02M

32. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 18,951

33. Iron Sky (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.

Director: Timo Vuorensola | Stars: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier

Votes: 84,461

34. Italy: Love It, or Leave It (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

After their award winning documentary, 'Suddenly, Last Winter', Luca and Gustav are back. This time they have to decide: should they stay in Italy, or leave it, like so many of their ... See full summary »

Directors: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi | Star: Frank Dabell

Votes: 340

35. Just Like Being There (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community ... See full summary »

Director: Scout Shannon | Stars: Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, Kevin Tong

Votes: 133

36. Keyhole (2011)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

Gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarks on an unusual journey through his home.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Brooke Palsson

Votes: 1,227 | Gross: $0.02M

37. The Last Fall (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

An NFL journeyman struggles to deal with life's complexities after his professional career is over.

Director: Matthew A. Cherry | Stars: Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 372

38. Low & Clear (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Drama

A meditation on friendship and life in the disappearing wilderness of the West, 'Low and Clear' follows two formerly close friends who re-unite for one last fly fishing trip. Over the ... See full summary »

Directors: Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen

Votes: 74

40. Pilgrim Song (2012)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

30 Metascore

Seeking escape from his stalled relationship and unhappy place in the world, a recently pink-slipped music teacher sets out to hike Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace Trail. Among the verdant hills... See full summary »

Director: Martha Stephens | Stars: Kristin Slaysman, Michael Abbott Jr., Sonny Burnette, Zach Ball

Votes: 55

41. Pompeya (2010)

TV-MA | 100 min | Action, Crime

A junior screenwriter called Juan Garofalo is hired by film director Samuel Goldszer to write his new film: a gangster movie set in Buenos Aires. In each meeting, the filmmakers create a ... See full summary »

Director: Tamae Garateguy | Stars: José Luciano González, Joel Drut, Chang Sung Kim, Vladimir Yuravel

Votes: 33

42. The Raid: Redemption (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

73 Metascore

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah

Votes: 165,358 | Gross: $4.11M

43. Re:Generation (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, History, Music

This documentary feature, produced in association with The Grammy's, looks at the history, songwriting, and recording process of five different genres of music through the eyes of 5 of the ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Bar-Lev | Stars: Bruce Adolphe, Erykah Badu, Berklee Symphony Orchestra, Yasiin Bey

Votes: 150

44. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern | Stars: James Murphy, Chuck Klosterman, Keith Wood, Nancy Whang

Votes: 2,385 | Gross: $0.51M

45. Scarlet Road (2011)

106 min | Documentary

Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientèle - people with disability.

Director: Catherine Scott | Star: Rachel Wotton

Votes: 106

46. Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Romance

58 Metascore

A comedy about a man, his best friend, and the woman they both adore watching their lives fly by.

Director: Bob Byington | Stars: Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt

Votes: 1,361 | Gross: $0.08M

47. Sunset Strip (2012)

TV-MA | 96 min | Documentary

A documentary on the famous Los Angeles street.

Director: Hans Fjellestad | Stars: Cisco Adler, Lou Adler, Ahmed Ahmed, Tommy Alastra

Votes: 581

48. Tchoupitoulas (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that follows three brothers as they discover the scenes of late-night New Orleans.

Directors: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross | Stars: William Zanders, Bryan Zanders, Kentrell Zandrs

Votes: 190 | Gross: $0.01M

49. Thale (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Estranged friends Leo (a crime-scene cleaner) and hired-hand Elvis are cleaning up a particularly messy casualty deep in the Norwegian woods. When Elvis accidentally finds a secret passage ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksander Nordaas | Stars: Silje Reinåmo, Erlend Nervold, Jon Sigve Skard, Morten Andresen

Votes: 5,074

50. Under African Skies (2012)

108 min | Documentary, Biography, History

82 Metascore

Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Paul Simon, Maya Angelou, Okeyerama Asante, Harry Belafonte

Votes: 419

51. Waiting for Lightning (2012)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

45 Metascore

A documentary on pro skateboarder Danny Way's tough childhood and his contributions to the sport, including footage of his jump over the Great Wall of China.

Director: Jacob Rosenberg | Stars: Danny Way, Rob Dyrdek, Travis Pastrana, Laird John Hamilton

Votes: 565 | Gross: $0.02M

52. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary