The A.V. Club’s irritatingly subjective guide to must-see movies at SXSW Film

by Scott Von Doviak, Leonard Pierce, et. al

Unique among its often-stuffy contemporaries, the SXSW Film Festival benefits greatly from lowered expectations. Movies typically aren’t “discovered” at SXSW, and you won’t find directors chumming the waters with Oscar bait or producers brandishing distribution deals; everyone is free to just watch some movies without the burden of rating their importance. It’s a truly relaxed experience that’s reflected in its programming—which once again balances its future arthouse also-rans with blockbuster wannabes (such as MacGruber, The Runaways, and superhero satire Kick-Ass) and lots and lots of mid-range documentaries, particularly those that will also appeal to SXSW Music attendees. Here, the three A.V. Club writers tasked with covering SXSW Film in the coming weeks offer their personal picks from the 2010 slate.

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