9 movies you can (and should) still see during SXSW Film

Jason Schwartzman in '7 Chinese Brothers.'
Jason Schwartzman in ‘7 Chinese Brothers.’

Once SXSW Music rolls into town, some of us forget that SXSW Film is still going. In fact, a lot of SXSW Film attendees leave after Monday, though screenings continue.

We had a chance to review the movies below at their first screenings, and now you can see them at their repeat screenings. No badge or wristband? No problem. Single admission tickets are sold for $10 cash starting 15 minutes before showtime.

“7 Chinese Brothers” 

Byington’s script is disarmingly honest, and Schwartzman’s charm and comic delivery are as sharp as ever. The strength of the entire supporting cast helps to deliver on even the most over-the-top moments. 

Full review.  9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. More information.


“Mavis!” is important documentation of the American musical tradition, witness to the civil rights movement and a testament to the overall power of family, revealing the fortitude of an artist who must be heard.

Full review. 11 a.m. Thursday at Vimeo Theater, 201 Trinity St. More information.

“Live in Color” 

The semi-autobiographical tale titled “Life in Color” introduces us to Mary, a down-on-her-luck nanny who gets fired from her job after she is caught smoking pot with a birthday clown named Homer behind the home of her employers.

Full review. 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. More information.

“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”

“I’ve never attended a festival film before where the audience was openly and frequently sobbing. The film’s dialogue was often punctuated by people blowing their noses and wiping the tears from their eyes.

Full review.  6:30 p.m. Thursday at Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. More information.

“City of Gold”

It is an inspiring piece of work and one that makes you realize how lucky the Los Angeles Times is to have the only Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer on its staff and how even luckier the city of Los Angeles is to have someone chronicling and celebrating its diverse culinary wonders.

Full review. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. More information.

“Ex Machina” 

“Ex machina,” Alex Garland’s directorial début “Ex Machina,” which screened at SXSW Saturday night, is a sleek, good-looking meditation on the nature of artificial intelligence, on what happens when we create robots that can pass for human.

Full review.  9:15 p.m. Friday at Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. More information.

“Ned Rifle”

Unlike the films before it (which were 138 minutes and 118 minutes respectively), “Ned Rifle” manages to successfully layer multiple story lines and a large cast of characters into less than 90 minutes.

Full review. 10 p.m. Friday at Marchesa Hall, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. More information.

“Rolling Papers” 

The film uses hip-hop and rock music in comical interstitial shots posing marijuana buds in intriguing and sensual lights like vixens in music videos, and there are some comical elements in following a couple of the Post’s dedicated freelance marijuana reviewers, but the documentary generally takes a journalistic approach to the issues.

Full review. 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Stateside Theatre, 719 Congress Ave. More information.

“Best of Enemies”

“Best of Enemies” captivates with its detail and historical footage, and makes one long for the Golden Age of TV and the peak of public discourse.

Full review. 4 p.m. Saturday at Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. More information.

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