Pictured above: Mel Gibson might not be around, but Anton Yelchin and Jodie Foster hit the fest to premiere the long-awaited 'The Beaver.' Meanwhile, Mike Tyson does the rounds for his new iPhone and iPad game. Kevin Pollak hits SXSW to talk about Celebs for the Web.
Erik Davis wrassles up some immediate responses to the Foster/Gibson comedy premiere, and many tweeters note tonal issues.
Eugene Novikov caught mumblecore queen Greta Gerwig's latest, 'The Dish and the Spoon,' and noted that the film is "a pleasure, with a screenplay that doesn't push too hard (except perhaps one sequence involving two-way cross-dressing) and a tiny cast of actors who wear these roles like a second skin. Greta Gerwig can be proud of this lovely detour on her way to bigger things."
Kris Kringle makes a March appearance for 'Becoming Santa,' and John Gholson dug it, explaining: "has the goods to become an instant Holiday classic. It's charming, informative, and, best of all, really funny."
William Goss caught the eagerly anticipated 'Bridesmaids,' and while not perfect, it "strikes a proper balance between its potty mouths and sleeve-set heart. It's slack in pacing but raucous in tone and held together throughout by Wiig's spotlight turn."
Want to know what it's like to fest? David Ehrlich explains a day in the life of a Cinematical writer at SXSW, one who has to face crowds, glitches and the woes of daylight savings time:
"1:59 A.M. SXSW roommate Matt Patches and I begin our five-minute walk to the hotel.
3:04 A.M. SXSW roommate Matt Patches and I arrive at our hotel. To paraphrase Super, 'Shut up, Daylight Savings.'"