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SXSW 2013: 13 must-see films

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”
Director: Don Scardino. Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley

As superstar Vegas magicians and former best friends Burt and Anton grow to secretly loathe each other, their longtime act implodes, allowing an ambitious rival street performer the big break he’s been waiting for.

Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, with Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Jim Carrey. (world premiere) (John P. Johnson / Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Some Girl(s)”
Director: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer. Screenwriter: Neil LaBute

On the eve of his wedding, a successful writer travels around the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for his wrongdoings.

Cast: Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mia Maestro, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Watson. (world premiere) (Kristin Klier)
Director: Stephen Finnigan

The story of the famed scientist told in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with rare access to his private life. (world premiere) (Courtesy of Stephen Hawking)
“Good Ol’ Freda”
Director: Ryan White

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Kelly tells her tales for the first time in 50 years. (world premiere) (Courtesy of Freda Kelly)
“Hey Bartender”
Director: Douglas Tirola

The story of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail. (world premiere)  (4th Row Films)
“Go for Sisters”
Director, screenwriter: John Sayles

Bernice and Fontayne grew up so tight they could “go for sisters.” After 20 years apart, they are reunited when Bernice is assigned to be Fontayne’s parole officer, just when she needs help on the wrong side of the law.

Cast: Edward James Olmos, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross. (North American premiere) (John Castillo)
“Big Ass Spider!”
Director: Mike Mendez. Screenwriter: Gregory Gieras

When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

Cast: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau. (world premiere) (Epic Pictures Group)
“Drinking Buddies”
Director, screenwriter: Joe Swanberg

Weekend trips, office parties, late-night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure, biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long -- you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston. (world premiere) (Ben Richardson)
“Los Wild Ones”
Director: Elise Salomon

Wild Records is an indie label reminiscent of the early days of Sun Records. The label is based in L.A. and run by Reb Kennedy, a.k.a. Mr. Wild Records, and is comprised of young Latino musicians who write and perform ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll. (world premiere) (Daniel Funaki)
“Evil Dead”
Director, screenwriter: Fede Alvarez. Screenwriter: Rodo Sayagues.

Five friends, holed up in a remote cabin, discover a “Book of the Dead” that unwittingly summons up dormant demons who possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival.

Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore. (world premiere)  (TriStar Pictures)
“I Give It a Year”
Director, screenwriter: Dan Mazer

A new comedy from the writer of “Borat” and “Bruno” that lifts the veil on the realities of the first year of marriage.

Cast: Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Merchant. (North American premiere) (StudioCanal)
“Spring Breakers”
Director, screenwriter: Harmony Korine

Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.

Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane. (U.S. premiere) (Muse Films)
“The East”
Director, screenwriter: Zal Batmanglij. Screenwriter: Brit Marling

An operative for a private intelligence firm goes undercover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations. Bent on apprehending these fugitives, her loyalty is tested as her feelings grow for their charismatic leader.

Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson. (Myles Aronowitz)
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