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20 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at SXSW 2022

From a host of music docs to a Nicolas Cage meta-comedy — your complete guide of what to catch at the Austin, Texas film festival

Hello, Austin! The Texas-based film festival SXSW returns this year with a vengeance, complete with in-person events and what appears to be its traditional fit-to-burst lineup of raucous studio comedies, scrappy microindies, genre-freak fan service, across-the-board music docs, episodic TV-pilot sneak peeks and some wonderfully unclassifiable flotsam and jetsam. (Full disclosure: PMC, Rolling Stone‘s parent company, owns a stake in the fest.)

After several years of virtual editions — they were the first film fest to shut down due to the pandemic in 2020 — it will be wonderful to return to the Land of Milk and Queso from March 11th to the 19th and experience SXSW on the ground, in all of its ragged, crowd-friendly glory. (They will still be doing online screenings as well, should you want to check some of their selections from the comfort of your living room.) Here are 20 movies we’re chomping at the bit to catch down in the crown jewel of the Lone Star state, from profiles on King Crimson and the Kids in the Hall to Nicolas Cage doing what he does best: kicking ass and being Nicolas Cage.

From Rolling Stone US

‘To Leslie’

Once upon a time, Leslie (Andrea Riseborough) won the lottery and had an opportunity to make things better for her and her son. Now, thanks to a life of hard drinking and even harder living, she finds herself out on the street and having alienated her entire family. The kindness of strangers — specifically, a motel manager (Marc Maron) — offers her a second chance at stability, if only she can fight off her personal demons and worst instincts. Does filmmaker Michael Morris’ character study sound like a rough ride through one person’s bottoming out? Yes. Will we watch anything that the extraordinary Riseborough does? Also yes. Allison Janney, Stephen Root, Andre Royo, Owen Teague and 1883’s James Landry Hébert costar.

‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’

Nicolas Cage plays the the role he was born to play: Nicolas Cage. Playing a fictional version of himself, i.e. a movie star disillusioned with the industry and dealing with money issues [cough], His Cageness is an actor getting ready to quit the biz when he gets an offer that’s too good to refuse: $1 million to simply show up at a billionaire’s birthday party. It turns out that the host is a superfan. He’s also an international crook, and then the C.I.A. get involved, and also there’s apparently a younger, possibly imaginary, definitely off-the-hook version of Cage running around as well. This could be the Nic Cage meta-comedy we’ve been waiting for.


As in “X rating,” which is what you’d get if you were, say, making a porno movie in the isolated, rural backwoods of Texas circa 1979. What folks failed to warn the would-be Dirk Digglers and skin-flick auteurs who venture outside of the city in the hopes of adult-film fame and fortune is that some folks don’t taste kindly to having such smut being lensed in their backyard. They may even get a little…homicidal about things. Ti West has given us one of the great throwback-horror movies of the last 20 years (The House of the Devil), so expectations are high for this grungy, creepy-looking grindhouse nugget.