SXSW 2018: Trending Titles

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1. A Little Wisdom (2017)

92 min | Documentary

See the world through the eyes of five-year-old Tibetan novice monk Hopakuli and share in his joys and sorrows as he endures the rigors of monastic life. A Little Wisdom endeavors to tell a... See full summary »

Director: Yuqi Kang | Stars: Richen Sherpa, Chorten Sherpa, Sherpa Wangchuk

Votes: 23

2. Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (2018)

95 min | Documentary

The life and times of Muhammad Ali, as shown through the lens of his numerous appearances on The Dick Cavett Show.

Director: Robert S. Bader | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Breslin, Jim Brown, Dick Cavett

Votes: 6

3. 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: 16,507 | Gross: $22.61M

4. Getting Over (2018)

79 min | Documentary

A man discovers a box of interviews with his father, a heroin addict who died of AIDS in 1997. What he finds will uncover generations of family secrets, forcing him to redefine his own past, doubt his present, and question his future.

Director: Jason Charnick | Stars: Jason Charnick, Arnie Charnick, Raymond Charnick, Denny McLain

Votes: 15

5. Barry (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city's theatre arts scene.

Stars: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan

Votes: 20,784

6. Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018)

105 min | Documentary, Music

79 Metascore

It's a documentary about the life of eccentric comidian Frank Sidebottom who wore a huge paper mache' head and whose true identity was a closely guarded secret until after died. The 2014 ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Sullivan | Stars: Johnny Vegas, Ross Noble, Frank Sidebottom, John Cooper Clarke

Votes: 134

7. The Dawn Wall (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

81 Metascore

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 6,504 | Gross: $0.07M

8. If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (2018)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

This authorized documentary will explore the music and backstory of the legendary American band. With the songs from the first six Skynyrd albums driving the narration, the film focuses on ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, JoJo Billingsley

Votes: 377

9. A Tuba to Cuba (2018)

82 min | Documentary, History, Music

A TUBA TO CUBA follows New Orleans' famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba and in turn discover a connection that runs much deeper than could have been imagined.

Directors: T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch | Stars: Ben Jaffe, Walter Harris, Charlie Gabriel, Ronell Johnson

Votes: 68 | Gross: $0.11M

10. Las Sandinistas! (2018)

96 min | Documentary, History, War

LAS SANDINISTAS. uncovers a watershed moment in history when a group of Nicaraguan women shattered barriers to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social ... See full summary »

Director: Jenny Murray | Stars: Dora Maria Tellez, Daisy Zamora

Votes: 58

11. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 106,666 | Gross: $32.02M

12. The World Before Your Feet (2018)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

For over six years, and for reasons he can't explain, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every block of every street in New York City - a journey of more than 8,000 miles. THE WORLD BEFORE ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Workman | Star: Matt Green

Votes: 281 | Gross: $0.27M

13. Nossa Chape (2018)

101 min | Documentary, Sport

80 Metascore

NOSSA CHAPE tracks the rebuilding of the Chapecoense football club in Brazil after an airplane carrying the team crashed on November 28th, 2016, leaving all but three of the players dead. ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist, Julián Duque, Julian Duque

Votes: 140

14. Condor (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A young CIA analyst Joe Turner, whose idealism is tested when he joins the CIA hoping to reform it from within but stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions.

Stars: Max Irons, Kristen Hager, Bob Balaban, William Hurt

Votes: 6,324

15. Meow Wolf: Origin Story (2018)

88 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A group of artists in Santa Fe, NM become a DIY collective called Meow Wolf. Their immersive, large-scale exhibitions crack open a profitable niche in the arts industry, even as their ... See full summary »

Directors: Morgan Capps, Jilann Spitzmiller | Stars: George R.R. Martin, Vince Kadlubek, Emily Montoya, Sean Di Ianni

Votes: 86 | Gross: $0.10M

16. Agave: The Spirit of a Nation (2018)

79 min | Documentary

In Mexico, families have passed down the tradition of distilling agave for generations. Discover how this delicate plant has carried the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it.

Directors: Nick Kovacic, Matthew Riggieri | Stars: Damián Alcázar, Carlos Camarena, Graciela Angeles Carreño, Aquilino García López

Votes: 15

17. Operation Odessa (2018)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary

From the director and producers of The Seven Five comes Operation Odessa, a true crime thriller about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy and a Cuban spy who teamed up to sell a nuclear ... See full summary »

Director: Tiller Russell | Stars: Juan Almeida, Ludwig Fainberg, Richard Gregorie

Votes: 1,679

18. Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)

TV-PG | 205 min | Documentary

Elvis Presley's evolution as a musician and a man.

Director: Thom Zimny | Stars: Steve Allen, Ann-Margret, Chet Atkins, Chris Bearde

Votes: 879

19. 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: 292 | Gross: $0.28M

20. Making the Grade (2017)

85 min | Documentary

MAKING THE GRADE invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Wardrop

Votes: 45

21. A Quiet Place (2018)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe

Votes: 300,690 | Gross: $188.02M

22. Upgrade (2018)

R | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

67 Metascore

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen, Abby Craden

Votes: 102,641 | Gross: $11.87M

23. TransMilitary (2018)

93 min | Documentary

The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around ... See full summary »

Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson | Star: Jesse Ehrenfeld

Votes: 42

24. Eighth Grade (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

89 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: 42,133 | Gross: $13.54M

25. 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: 9,630 | Gross: $2.42M

26. Conny Plank - The Potential of Noise (2017)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

In the 70s and 80s, artists such as Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Gianna Nannini, Ultravox and the Eurythmics queued to record in Conny Plank's studio, a farmhouse near Cologne.

Directors: Reto Caduff, Stephan Plank | Stars: Gianna Nannini, Gerald V. Casale, Jaz Coleman, Holger Czukay

Votes: 58

27. 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: 16,625 | Gross: $4.33M

28. 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: 266 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018)

90 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

A documentary about an important American still photographer who captured New York City in the 1960s (his work there is said to have influenced the TV show Mad Men) and later the West in Texas and Los Angeles.

Director: Sasha Waters Freyer | Stars: Geoff Dyer, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Susan Kismaric, Erin O'Toole

Votes: 64

30. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 148,399 | Gross: $44.07M

31. Being Frank (2018)

109 min | Comedy

A normal father's family life is turned upside down when his son discovers he has another family.

Director: Miranda Bailey | Stars: Samantha Mathis, Anna Gunn, Danielle Campbell, Logan Miller

Votes: 48

32. Profile (2018)

105 min | Mystery, Thriller

66 Metascore

An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, Amir Rahimzadeh

Votes: 269

33. The Director and the Jedi (2018)

135 min | Documentary

An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe.

Director: Anthony Wonke | Stars: Ram Bergman, John Boyega, Dave Chapman, Jamie Christopher

Votes: 749

34. The Director and the Jedi (2018)

135 min | Documentary

An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe.

Director: Anthony Wonke | Stars: Ram Bergman, John Boyega, Dave Chapman, Jamie Christopher

Votes: 749

35. 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: 8,492 | Gross: $1.16M

36. Weed the People (2018)

97 min | Documentary

Patients suffering from cancer, and their families, struggle against mean-spirited legislation, and the proclaimed goal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to roll back marijuana reforms in states such as California.

Director: Abby Epstein | Stars: Mara Gordon, Tracy Ryan, Chico Ryder, Angela Smith

Votes: 71 | Gross: $0.01M

37. The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018)

TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary

This documentary explores various urban legends around Hollywood's most elusive star.

Director: Tommy Avallone | Stars: Tommy Avallone, John Barnhardt, Christopher Beaumont, Mike Bozzuffi

Votes: 1,394

38. Krypton (2018– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The untold story of Superman's grandfather as he fights for justice on his home planet.

Stars: Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Shaun Sipos, Ann Ogbomo

Votes: 11,108

39. 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: 32,972 | Gross: $3.45M

40. Thunder Road (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A police officer faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother.

Director: Jim Cummings | Stars: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer

Votes: 7,834

41. Ruben Blades Is Not My Name (2018)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary

Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970's. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international ... See full summary »

Director: Abner Benaim | Stars: Rubén Blades, Residente, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Paul Simon

Votes: 127

42. Theatre of War (2018)

73 min | Documentary

THEATRE OF WAR is an innovative feature documentary that reveals the personal stories of both British and Argentinean former soldiers whose lives were deeply affected by the Falklands war. ... See full summary »

Director: Lola Arias

Votes: 138

43. 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: 39,406 | Gross: $17.49M

44. 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: 28,273 | Gross: $2.86M

45. Pet Names (2018)

75 min | Drama

In an attempt to escape a life of loose ends, a reclusive grad school dropout and her ex-boyfriend search for closure on an impromptu camping trip.

Director: Carol Brandt | Stars: Jake Bradley, Mary Chuy, Rene Cruz, Meredith Johnston

Votes: 83

46. People's Republic of Desire (2018)

95 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

As an entire generation has come of age on social media, virtual relationships are slowly replacing real-life human connections. And China has taken it to an extreme. Here, live streaming ... See full summary »

Director: Hao Wu

Votes: 235 | Gross: $0.02M

47. Men Don't Whisper (2017)

R | 21 min | Short, Comedy

After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton set out to do the most masculine thing they can think of - sleep with some women.

Director: Jordan Firstman | Stars: Charles Rogers, Jordan Firstman, Clare McNulty, Bridey Elliott

Votes: 81

48. The Last O.G. (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

An ex-con is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released from prison for good behavior after a 15-year stint and returns to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood.

Stars: Allen Maldonado, Tiffany Haddish, Taylor Mosby, Tracy Morgan

Votes: 2,015

49. Vida (2018– )

TV-MA | 35 min | Drama

6.9