SXSW Film Reviews: 'Everyone's Going to Die'

Daily Reviews and Interviews


Everyone's Going to Die

Visions, World premiere
D: Jones; with Rob Knighton, Nora Tschirner

In the dark comedy Everyone's Going to Die, Ray (Knighton), an unhappily married, middle-aged gangster, meets and falls in love with an unemployed, engaged woman named Melanie (Tschirner). The two get along inconveniently well (given their marital statuses), and after little more than a cup of coffee, Ray takes her to his estranged brother's funeral, where they meet his brother's Wiccan family. Both characters have their reasons for unhappiness, to which they can now add the hopelessness of their budding relationship. None of this gets the characters down, however. Instead, they almost always find a way to make each other smile. These humorous exchanges between the two drive the film, which, despite its grandiose themes of love, loss, and mortality, remains completely unpretentious and seriously funny. A film of little action and many tightly cropped shots, this directorial debut relies heavily on the engrossing performances of the two main characters.

Thursday, March 14, 11:15am, Alamo Village

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More Screens Reviews
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Hawking'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Michael King, March 15, 2013

SXSW 2013 Film Reviews: 'Museum Hours'
Daily reviews and interviews

Andy Campbell, March 15, 2013

More by Ashley Moreno
Moontower 2019 Review: Amanda Seales
Moontower 2019 Review: Amanda Seales
Her wide-ranging set proved this comic can't be pigeonholed

April 30, 2019

Moontower 2019 Review: Hari Kondabolu
Moontower 2019 Review: Hari Kondabolu
This stand-up act balanced light humor and social issues

April 29, 2019


SXSW Film, Everyone's Going to Die, Jones

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle