2017 sxsw film festival in review

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival is over, and it was an exceptional year for an always exceptional film festival. It’s rare to attend a movie fest and leave every single screening with something to talk about, but even the movies that I didn’t love have stuck with me in some way or another. This year’s line-up was a lot of things, but boring was certainly not one of them.

So let’s recap everything we saw. Let’s run down the best films and the best performances, the movies that almost worked and the movies that barely missed the mark, the bad movies you should see for yourself and the bad movies you really have to see.

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Prevenge

Weird cravings are such a common feature of pregnancy that they’ve become a hackneyed sitcom joke. For the most part, though, they’re of the “pickles and ice cream” variety — odd, but entirely harmless. That is decidedly not the case in Prevenge, the feature directing debut of Sightseers co-writer and co-star Alice Lowe. In this pitch-black comedy, mom and baby are out for blood.

Ruth (also Lowe) is seven months pregnant when she starts hearing strange messages from her unborn child. “Baby will tell you what to do,” coos a well-meaning professional, having no idea that the baby is encouraging Ruth to go on a killing spree. Prevenge looks messed up and nasty and kind hilarious, so long as your sense of humor runs pitch-black, and you can get your first taste of it below. Click through to check out the Prevenge trailer.  Read More »