SXSW Interest List 2019

by Col Needham | created - 4 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

It's SXSW time and unfortunately due to a heavy travel schedule and the timing, I cannot attend this year. This has not stopped me from creating a list of great SXSW movies to catch elsewhere.

The list is in alphabetical order after the opening movie, Us (2019). I will move titles over to my SXSW viewed list as I watch them across the year.

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1. Adopt a Highway (2019)

78 min | Drama

48 Metascore

An ex-felon discovers a live baby left in a dumpster.

Director: Logan Marshall-Green | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Elaine Hendrix, Chris Sullivan, Christopher Heyerdahl

Votes: 30

2. Alice (II) (2019)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

She did everything right, until it all went wrong.

Director: Josephine Mackerras | Stars: Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chloé Boreham, Jules Milo Levy Mackerras

Votes: 22

3. The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy

81 Metascore

A man is attacked at random on the street. Enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

Director: Riley Stearns | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, Steve Terada

Votes: 134

4. The Beach Bum (2019)

R | 95 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

A rebellious stoner named Moondog lives life by his own rules.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania LaVie Owen

Votes: 3,166 | Gross: $3.49M

5. Booksmart (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy

84 Metascore

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Director: Olivia Wilde | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis

Votes: 1,332

6. Boyz in the Wood (2019)

87 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

72 Metascore

Set deep in the Scottish Highlands, Boyz In The Wood is an anarchic cocktail of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers, and hallucinogenic rabbit shites.

Director: Ninian Doff | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickie, James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie

Votes: 41

7. Come As You Are (2019)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

Three young men with disabilities hit the road with a jaded nurse driver to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs. Remake of the acclaimed Belgian film 'Hasta La Vista'.

Director: Richard Wong | Stars: Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, Ravi Patel, Gabourey Sidibe

Votes: 37

8. The Day Shall Come (2019)

88 min | Comedy

75 Metascore

An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams.

Director: Christopher Morris | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Kayvan Novak, Denis O'Hare, Pej Vahdat

Votes: 35

9. Extra Ordinary (2019)

94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her 'talents' & tries to ignore the constant spirit ... See full summary »

Directors: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman | Stars: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O'Doherty

Votes: 67

10. Frances Ferguson (2019)

Not Rated | 74 min | Comedy

A small town's reaction to scandal.

Director: Bob Byington | Stars: Kaley Wheless, Nick Offerman, Martin Starr, Jennifer Prediger

Votes: 24

11. Go Back to China (2019)

95 min | Drama

56 Metascore

When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through most of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business.

Director: Emily Ting | Stars: Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, Kelly Hu

Votes: 47

12. Good Boys (II) (2019)

R | 95 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.

Director: Gene Stupnitsky | Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Molly Gordon, Will Forte, Retta

Votes: 226

13. I'm Just F*cking With You (2019)

81 min | Comedy, Horror

A pair of siblings suffer through a night of frightening practical jokes during their stay at a secluded motel.

Director: Adam Mason | Stars: Hayes MacArthur, Jessica McNamee, Keir O'Donnell

Votes: 514

14. Jezebel (2019)

Drama

In the last days of her mother's life, 19 year old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her older sister, a phone sex ... See full summary »

Director: Numa Perrier | Stars: Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Brett Gelman, Stephen Barrington

Votes: 14

15. Mickey and the Bear (2019)

88 min | Drama

Faced with the responsibility to take care of her addict, veteran father, headstrong teen Mickey Peck keeps her household afloat.

Director: Annabelle Attanasio | Stars: Camila Morrone, James Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, Ben Rosenfield

Votes: 44

16. Mother's Little Helpers (2019)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Mother's Little Helpers is a family drama about four adult siblings who reluctantly return home to say goodbye to their compulsively lying mother in the twilight of her terminal illness. ... See full summary »

Director: Kestrin Pantera | Stars: Kestrin Pantera, Breeda Wool, Milana Vayntrub, Sam Littlefield

Votes: 15

17. Ms. White Light (2019)

97 min | Drama

Ms. White Light is the story of Lex Cordova, a young woman who counsels terminally ill clients that have trouble letting go. While proving uniquely talented in her ability to connect with ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Shoulberg | Stars: Roberta Colindrez, Zachary Spicer, John Ortiz, Judith Light

Votes: 7

18. Olympic Dreams (2019)

85 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

In the Olympic Athlete Village, a young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor after her competition ends.

Director: Jeremy Teicher | Stars: Gus Kenworthy, Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Morgan Schild

Votes: 26

19. Pig Hag (2019)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

Jodie, a woman in her mid-thirties, struggles with the pressure to find a partner and have children. When she attends a Guns N' Roses concert, she thinks she may have met a potential suitor-- until he ghosts on her.

Directors: Colby Holt, Samuel Probst | Stars: Anna Schlegel, Tony Jacksha, Nate Stoner, Alex Myerchin

Votes: 19

20. Pink Wall (2019)

85 min | Drama

Six scenes. Six years. Six moments that shaped the relationship of Jenna and Leon. Pink Wall examines what defines us, the pressures of gender expectations, and our perpetual struggle between life and ambition.

Director: Tom Cullen | Stars: Jay Duplass, Nigel Goldsack, Kyle Lima, Tatiana Maslany

Votes: 24

21. Porno (2019)

98 min | Comedy, Horror

50 Metascore

When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in it's basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education...written in blood.

Director: Keola Racela | Stars: Evan Daves, Jillian Mueller, Katelyn Pearce, Bill Phillips

Votes: 30

22. Red 11 (2019)

77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Based on the research hospital where Robert Rodriguez sold his body to pay for 'El Mariachi'. 'Red 11' is the shirt color and number he was assigned.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Carlos Gallardo, Roby Attal, Pierce Bailey, Jasmine Balais

Votes: 28

23. Run This Town (2019)

99 min | Drama

The inner workings of a city seen through the eyes of the interns and assistants that run it.

Director: Ricky Tollman | Stars: Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev, Damian Lewis, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 20

24. Saint Frances (2019)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

After an accidental pregnancy turned abortion, a deadbeat nanny finds an unlikely friendship with the six-year old she's charged with protecting.

Director: Alex Thompson | Stars: Kelly O'Sullivan, Charin Alvarez, William Drain, Laura T. Fisher

Votes: 33

25. South Mountain (2019)

82 min | Drama

Lila (TALIA BALSAM) has built a fragile tranquility in the Catskill mountain home she shares with her husband Edgar (SCOTT COHEN) and their teen daughters. Soon after the girls leave for ... See full summary »

Director: Hilary Brougher | Stars: Talia Balsam, Macaulee Cassaday, Scott Cohen, Midori Francis

Votes: 9

26. Sword of Trust (2019)

R | 88 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she's received is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell

Votes: 39

27. Tito (2019)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

A desperate man seeks refuge from the predators hunting him by befriending a cheerful intruder.

Director: Grace Glowicki | Stars: Grace Glowicki, Ben Petrie

Votes: 9

28. Villains (2019)

88 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

After a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out.

Directors: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 46

29. The Wall of Mexico (2019)

Comedy, Drama

A wealthy Mexican family decides to build a wall around their ranch to stop townspeople from stealing their well water.

Directors: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak | Stars: Jackson Rathbone, Esai Morales, Marisol Sacramento, Carmela Zumbado

Votes: 12

30. Yes, God, Yes (2019)

78 min | Drama

After an innocent AOL chat turns racy, a Catholic teenager in the early 00s discovers masturbating and struggles to suppress her new urges in the face of eternal damnation.

Director: Karen Maine | Stars: Christian Adam, Alisha Boe, Donna Lynne Champlin, Natalia Dyer

Votes: 50



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