SXSW 2018: Festival Favorites

by IMDb-Editors | created - 22 Feb 2018 | updated - 01 Mar 2018 | Public

Acclaimed standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

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1. American Animals (2018)

R | 116 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, Chas Allen

Votes: 27,382 | Gross: $2.86M

2. Blindspotting (2018)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend.

Director: Carlos López Estrada | Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Votes: 15,900 | Gross: $4.33M

3. Chef Flynn (2018)

82 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Ten-year-old Flynn transforms his living room into a supper club using his classmates as line cooks. With sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.

Director: Cameron Yates | Stars: Flynn McGarry, Meg McGarry, Paris McGarry, Will McGarry

Votes: 117 | Gross: $0.07M

4. Constructing Albert (2017)

82 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

The most important revolution in culinary history took place in a remote cove on the Catalan coast. The Big Bang of creative discovery that was elBulli sparked from the minds of two ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Laura Collado, Jim Loomis | Stars: Albert Adrià, Ferran Adrià, José Andrés, Paco Méndez

Votes: 28

5. Damsel (I) (2018)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

63 Metascore

It's the Wild West, circa 1870. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

Directors: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner

Votes: 2,001 | Gross: $0.31M

6. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

Director: Bo Burnham | Stars: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

Votes: 39,769 | Gross: $13.54M

7. First Reformed (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill

Votes: 32,004 | Gross: $3.45M

8. Generation Wealth (2018)

R | 105 min | Documentary

53 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Lauren Greenfield, Limo Bob, George W. Bush, Paris Cronin

Votes: 1,746 | Gross: $0.24M

9. Half the Picture (2018)

TV-PG | 94 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

HALF THE PICTURE is a documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood, using the current EEOC investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Adrion | Stars: Ava DuVernay, Brenda Chapman, Caroline Libresco, Catherine Hardwicke

Votes: 160 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Lean on Pete (2017)

R | 121 min | Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 8,339 | Gross: $1.16M

11. Narcissister Organ Player (2018)

91 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Against the backdrop of her provocative and inventive performance, Narcissister reflects on the personal impact of her mother's illness and death.

Director: Narcissister | Star: Narcissister

Votes: 30 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Never Goin' Back (2018)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent's due, they're about to get fired, and they're broke.

Director: Augustine Frizzell | Stars: Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Liz Cardenas, Michelle Sherrill

Votes: 1,493 | Gross: $0.06M

13. On Her Shoulders (2018)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

84 Metascore

Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people.

Director: Alexandria Bombach | Stars: Nadia Murad, Murad Ismael, Simone Monasebian, Michelle Rempel

Votes: 261 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Pass Over (2018)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Two young men pass the time dreaming of the promised land.

Directors: Spike Lee, Danya Taymor | Stars: Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, Blake DeLong

Votes: 513

15. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama, Western

92 Metascore

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Votes: 9,308 | Gross: $2.42M

16. Science Fair (I) (2018)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Only one can be named "Best in Fair."

Directors: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster | Star: Jack Andraka

Votes: 285 | Gross: $0.28M

17. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

Director: Boots Riley | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick

Votes: 37,975 | Gross: $17.49M

18. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 16,086 | Gross: $22.61M



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