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SXSW Day 1: 'Burt Wonderstone' and 'Evil Dead' pack 'em in on first night

Posted 12:41am on Saturday, Mar. 09, 2013

The two big films that kicked off the SXSW film festival Friday night certainly brought out the big crowds to the Paramount. Lines snaked around more than one corner.

That's no surprise as both films -- the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and the horror flick Evil Dead (making its world premiere) -- are built on the foundation of the familiar. Wonderstone pairs Jim Carrey and Steve Carell doing their shtick as competing magicians while Evil Dead is a remake of the early Sam Raimi classic. While Wonderstone has a few laughs -- there's one at the very end that's by far the best thing in the movie -- and Evil Dead has creepy moments and shows off director Fede Alvarez's way with building tension, it's still no match for the original (even if Raimi is one of the producers). Neither is particularly fresh or interesting. Kind of a depressing way to start this year's SXSW.

Here's hoping tomorrow brings better things.

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