When Will the Top SXSW Movies Open in a Theater Near You?
So you weren’t able to travel to Austin, Texas for the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival this year, and you want to know when the movies you have been reading about for the past few days are going to open in a theater near you.
Good question. And the answer – also good – is that you won’t have to wait very long for the buzzworthy titles that played in the Headliners section (and elsewhere) at SXSW this year. To help you out, we’ve accumulated a handy list of the movies that scored the loudest raves from South By, and tracked down their announced release dates. Some of these dates might switch, but for now, this is when the top SXSW movies will be opening near you, starting this Friday, March 15:
Steve Carell and Jim Carrey go toe-to-toe in a Vegas magician comedy that opened this year’s SXSW fest, and opens in theater days from now.
Fede Alvarez’s remake of Sam Raimi’s horror classic terrified the Paramount Theater, and will shake up local audiences starting April 5.
Richard Linklater’s third relationship drama catches up with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as the clock ticks toward the midnight hour.
Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley play teens struggling through emotional conflicts in an adaptation of Tim Tharp’s acclaimed novel of the same name. A Sundance hit, Spectacular also won over SXSW crowds. Look for it in August.
From the director of Take Shelter, Mud casts Matthew McConaughey as a drifter who befriends two Mississippi kids as he tries to reunite with the love of his life (played by Reese Witherspoon).
Ellen Page and Brit Marling lead a group of eco-terrorist who target corrupt corporations that are damaging our planet. This tense thriller closed SXSW, and will be in theaters soon.
Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens play bikini-clad college girls invading Florida for Spring Break, but James Franco steals the show as a charismatic, sleazy gangster who takes the girls under his criminal wing.
After directing The Avengers, director Joss Whedon wanted to purge his system by directing friends in a black-and-white adaptation of The Bard’s famous play, staged in Whedon’s private home. Look out for Amy Acker, who breaks hearts as the headstrong, beautiful Beatrice.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut finds the Dark Knight Rises star playing a New Jersey club-hopper whose porn addiction stands in the way of his relationship with a gorgeous girl (Scarlett Johansson). Relativity Media is still figuring out when to open this compelling drama.
Director Shane Carruth follows up his mysterious time-travel thriller Primer with another elusive story about … well, we’re not entirely sure, but you are going to want to check it out for yourself to see if the message becomes clear.
The midnight movie that had SXSW crowds gasping, You’re Next finds estranged family members gathering in a remote mansion for a reunion, only to be challenged by a team of deranged home invaders.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.