Critics' Picks: The Best of SXSW 2017

New Line Cinema

James Franco scores on both sides of the camera in this wildly funny and surprisingly touching ode to bad moviemaking. The actor-director is hysterical as the brooding, deluded Tommy Wiseau (who wrote, directed, financed and starred in 2003’s The Room, which went on to become a cult favorite) and the rest of the ensemble — including Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson, Melanie Griffith and Sharon Stone — is aces. It’s a winning blend of comedy and pathos that could earn its own cult status when Warner Bros. locks in an as-yet-undetermined release date. — M.R.

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