1Low Down: While the entertaining Whiplash was getting all the attention last year, there was another movie about jazz that dug deeper without as much yelling. Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, recalling her life growing up in L.A. as the daughter of a musically talented but drug-dependent dad, it stars John Hawkes and Elle Fanning, who both turn in strong performances. Keep an eye out for a nearly unrecognizable Flea (from the Red Hot Chili Peppers) as one of her father’s pals. On DVD on Tuesday.
2Dark Girls: The latest film in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Movies That Matter series is this 2012 documentary about the societal biases against dark-skinned women worldwide. It has also spawned a 2015 sequel, Light Girls. Dark Girls shows 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by a moderated discussion. Free. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-392-7525; themodern.org.
3South by Southwest: Yes, it’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to making the drive to Austin for the big multimedia bash. Film and interactive begin Friday; music kicks off March 17. Some of the anticipated films this year include the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, starring Oscar Isaac; Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine; and the Brian Wilson portrait Love & Mercy starring John Cusack. For more information, go to www.sxsw.com.
— Cary Darling