The Sunday lineup at the South by Southwest Film Festival is strong. Among the must-sees: "Boyhood," "Hellion," "Joe" and "The Raid 2." Here’s a summary of what’s screening.
"Boyhood": Austin director Richard Linklater spent 12 years tracking the coming-of-age of a boy to make this movie. It’s considered to be one of his best films, and that’s saying a lot. This will be the only screening at the festival. So get there early, because the lines will be wrapping around the block. The cast includes Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. 10:30 a.m., Paramount.
"Hellion": Austin director Kat Candler has been getting kudos since her feature premiered at Sundance. Even better, it has gotten distribution. Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis and Josh Wiggins star in this tale about a Southeast Texas family that’s on the brink of falling apart. 2:15 p.m., Topfer. Also: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Topfer.
"Joe": Yet another Austinite, David Gordon Green, directs this story of violence and redemption, based on the novel by the late Larry Brown. Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan star. It’s also going to draw huge crowds, so be prepared. 2:45 p.m., Paramount. Also: 6:30 p.m. March 13, Topfer.
"I Believe in Unicorns": Leah Meyerhoff directs this tale of a young woman who begins a troubled romantic relationship with an older guy. Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack star. 4 p.m., Alamo Ritz. Also: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Rollins; 2 p.m. March 13, Rollins.
"Sequoia": A young woman with cancer visits a national park and plans to commit suicide there. Her family is not amused. Canadian Andy Landen directs Aly Michalka, Dustin Milligan, Todd Lowe, Joey Lauren Adams and Lou Diamond Phillips. 5 p.m., Topfer. Also: 2 p.m. Monday, Alamo Village; 4:30 p.m. March 13, Stateside; 2 p.m. March 14, Rollins.
"Animals": Bobbie (Kim Shaw) and Jude (David Dastmalchian) live in a broken-down car near Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and they con and steal in an attempt to feed their addictions. But they eventually have to face reality. 6:30 p.m., Alamo Ritz. Also: 2 p.m. Monday, Rollins; 7 p.m. March 13, Stateside.
"Faults": Austin native Riley Stearns writes and directs this feature, which was voted onto the 2013 Black List for best unproduced scripts. It deals with a young woman who’s in a cult and the deprogrammer who is charged with changing her mind. 6:45 p.m., Stateside. Also: 2 p.m. Monday, Alamo Slaughter; 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alamo Village; 9:30 p.m. March 13, Topfer.
"Two Step": Austin director Alex R. Johnson’s tale about a phone scam to bilk the elderly that goes wrong. Beth Broderick, James Landry Hebert, Skyy More and Jason Douglas star. The world premiere is at 7:30 p.m., Topfer. Also: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Alamo Slaughter; 4:30 p.m. March 14, Topfer.
"The Raid 2": After fighting his way out a building filled with gangsters, an Indonesian cop thinks life might get back to normal. Wrong. This sequel will be screening only once, so expect a big crowd. 9:15 p.m., Paramount.
"The Mend": John Magary directs Josh Lucas in this story of an older brother who commandeers his vacationing brother’s apartment. But when the vacationing brother comes home, he returns alone, without the girlfriend who went with him. 9 p.m., Alamo Ritz. Also: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Rollins; 11 a.m. March 13, Violet Crown.
"The Mule": This Australian flick from directors Angus Sampon and Tony Mahony has good buzz. It deals with a naive man who tries to smuggle drugs hidden in his stomach but is caught by federal police. Rather than let nature take its course, the smuggler decides to keep the drugs in his body. And that’s a big problem on several fronts. Hugo Weaving stars. 9:15 p.m., Stateside. Also: 7 p.m. Monday, Alamo Slaughter; 9 p.m. March 13, Alamo Ritz; 4:30 p.m. March 15, Topfer.