Reviews of Down With the King, The Humans

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Austin Film Festival made its grand in-person return to the city Oct. 21-28, bringing exciting new movies to cinephiles from here and abroad. Didn’t make it out? Here’s a roundup of a few flicks we caught at the fest that you should keep an eye on. Also, check out full reviews of festival selections “The French Dispatch,” “C’mon C’mon” and “Spencer” at austin360.com.

‘Down With the King’

In a deeply visceral opening scene, gangsta rapper Money Merc (Freddie Gibbs) helps farmer Bob (Bob Tarasuk) peel the skin off a hog carcass.

Merc is eager to get his hands dirty. Sequestered by his manager in a luxurious cabin in the Berkshires so he can focus on his next album, Merc instead becomes preoccupied with Bob, the farm and forging a connection to something deeper than a fickle music industry with an insatiable hunger for formulaic hits.

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