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Kristen Stewart reunites with her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper, which finds the accomplished actress portraying another assistant to a celebrity. This time, the boss lady is Kyra (Nora von Waldstätten), a Paris-based supermodel who can’t be bothered to select her own outfits – that’s the sort of thing she leaves Maureen (Stewart) to handle while she’s jetsetting around the world. The job sucks, but it affords Maureen plenty of freedom to pursue other interests, like trying to make contact with the spirit of her recently deceased brother.

Let’s be clear about this from the beginning: Alien is the measuring stick against which other outer space horror flicks are measured. Indeed, while viewing Daniel Espinosa’s tension-filled Life, I realized that it’s nearly impossible not to recall Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic while watching a film about a crew of astronauts trapped in a vessel with a murderous creature. But while Espinosa’s film may wear its influences on its sleeve, that doesn’t rob it of its entertaining qualities.

Julia Ducournau’s debut feature Raw, about a young vegetarian who develops an insatiable craving for flesh, arrives on a wave of festival buzz – not to mention anecdotal reports of viewers passing out during screenings, or fleeing the theater in search of a place to deposit the contents of their stomach. While the grisly subject matter didn’t affect me in quite the same way, there’s no denying the grotesquery on display here, as shy, introverted student Justine (Garance Marillier) finds herself losing control of her ever-growing appetite.

Whether it’s that classic mustache or that unmistakable voice brimming with gravel and grit, Sam Elliott is a true old school icon in Hollywood. His latest film The Hero screened at SXSW 2017 and we hope to see Sam in many movies to come – but man, what a cherry on top this film is to the actor’s legacy.

The first film we screened at SXSW 2017 started the festival out in a weird, BIG way – pun intended. Colossal, the new film from director Nacho Vigalondo, stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis in a movie with a premise almost too bizarre to really explain, but I’m going to try anyway. The most important thing to know is the Vigalondo has created something wholly unique, with a terrificly dark sense of humor that never really makes sense of all of its bits and pieces but is still an extremely satisfying and creative film.

The SXSW Film Festival has always been a welcome place for offbeat, outside-the-box filmmaking, and this year’s event was no exception, with the Midnighters category once again playing host to several promising premieres. Among those selections was Tragedy Girls, a horror-comedy hybrid about a pair of teen girls whose obsession with social media celebrity culture manifests in some dangerous ways.

Premiering at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival en route to a Netflix debut later this year, Small Crimes finds Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Joe Denton, a former police officer released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for attempted murder. Joe wants nothing more than to reconnect with his family, but a raging substance abuse problem and the lingering presence of a corrupt colleague are just a few of the obstacles standing in his way.

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival is currently in full swing, and among the features making their world premiere in Austin, Texas this year is action thriller The Archer. Directed by Valerie Weiss, the film follows champion archery competitor Lauren (Bailey Noble) who escapes from a juvenile detention center run by a bow-hunting warden (Bill Sage) and his sadistic son (Michael Grant Terry).

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