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SXSW 2014: 10 must-see films

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SXSW will kickoff with the world premiere of Jon Favreau's comedy "Chef" in Austin, Texas on March 7.

"Chef" stars Favreau as Carl Casper, a chef who suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman) and is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love.

Click on the slideshow for a top 10 list of must-see films at this year's SXSW.

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Sequoia
Sequoia Photo courtesy of Honora Productions

Sequoia

A very lively woman with a very deadly cancer visits a national park with the intention of ending her life there-- but her suicide plans are continually thwarted, not least of all by her family, which finds itself unamused with her death wish.

Things People Do
Things People Do Photo courtesy of Cinetic Media

Things People Do

In "Things People Do", Bill Scanlin loses his job and, unable to tell his wife Susan for fear of losing his family, embarks on a life of crime. He befriends a detective, Frank, who has chosen to uphold the law for a living but believes very little in its value. Ruby, the first stranger to show him kindness, inspires Bill to commit a crime in her honor, and he starts to enjoy his new-found power. As Bill stays ahead of the law, he discovers that sometimes the only thing worse than getting caught is getting away with it.

Faults
Faults Photo courtesy of Snoot Entertainment

Faults

Claire is under the grip of a mysterious cult. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents set out to recruit Ansel Roth, one of the world’s foremost authorities on mind control. But Ansel’s specialty, deprogramming cult members and returning them to their families, is not an exact science. Now, even his own book publisher is looking to break his legs. Ansel kidnaps Claire, who reveals herself to be a formidable challenge; her belief is unshakeable and her logic is undeniable. A battle of wits develops between the two as they delve deeper and deeper into each others minds.

Joe
Joe Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Joe

A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel. Directed by David Gordon Green ("Prince Avalanche", "Pineapple Express") the film brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, as he meets a hard-luck kid, (Tye Sheridan) ("Mud" and "Tree of Life") who awakens in him a fierce and tenderhearted protector. Joe and Gary forge an unlikely bond. When Gary finds himself facing a a great threat, he turns to Joe and sets off a chain of events that play out with the brutal inevitability of tragedy and the beauty of a last stab at salvation.

Chef
Chef Photo courtesy of Open Road Films

Chef

Chef is a rich and vibrant comedy - the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.

Cesar Chávez
Cesar Chávez Photo courtesy of Pantelion Films

Cesar Chávez

Directed by Diego Luna, "Cesar Chávez" chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and justice to others, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the system.

Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Digital

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her on the eve of graduating law school. While interviewing at high-end law firms, Veronica gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind

Predestination
Predestination Photo courtesy of MPRM Communications

Predestination

"Predestination" chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Neighbors
Neighbors Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Neighbors

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of "Neighbors", a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. (Worldwide Debut - work-in-progress)

Break Point
Break Point Photo courtesy of Broad Green Pictures

Break Point

Jimmy Price (Jeremy Sisto) is a reckless man-child on the last leg of his career as a doubles tennis player. When his latest partner drops him, he realizes he’s officially burned all of his bridges on the pro circuit. He decides to make one last ditch effort to revive his career, reaching outside of the tennis world and convincing his childhood partner -- his estranged brother Darren (David Walton), now an apathetic substitute teacher -- to team up with him. The mismatched pair, with the help of a unique 11-year-old named Barry (Joshua Rush), make an unlikely run at a grand slam tournament and are forced to re-discover their game, and their brotherhood.

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