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Pop quiz hotshot: There’s a bomb on a train. After eight minutes, it blows up. What do you do? Self-proclaimed sci-fi geek Duncan Jones (of the Bowie clan) sends in his psychotropic James Bond to find the bomber and save the dame (Michelle Monaghan). Premiering at SXSW, his Hitchcockian second messes with your heart and mind. But that’s what you know. What you might not: Gyllenhaal recruited Jones to direct, and the two injected Ben Ripley’s once-serious script with wit and giggles. It’s like: Minority Report on Speed.Take: A date — but insist on a cab.Premiered: April 1
Texas: land of longhorns, BBQ, and the Alamo. It also lays claim to one of the bigger indie-film festivals on Earth — not to mention this editor’s old stomping grounds. Mama, we’re coming home.