“Beastly” is an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty. Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all — looks, intelligence, wealth, and opportunity — and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating aggressively unattractive classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is — a task he considers impossible.

Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father (Peter Krause) banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper (Lisa Gay Hamilton) and blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will consent to live in Kyle’s Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story. [Synopsis courtesy of the film]

Night Owls

Workaholic Kevin (Adam Pally) goes home with the beautiful trainwreck Madeline (Rosa Salazar) for a drunken one night stand, but he’s horrified to discover she’s actually his high profile boss’ jilted ex-mistress. After she takes a bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin is forced to keep her awake all night. In order to prevent a media scandal, Kevin needs to keep her at the house until his boss arrives in the morning. As Madeline and Kevin banter through the night, they begin to fall for each other. When Kevin’s boss shows up at the house in the morning, Kevin and Madeline must decide where their loyalties lie. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW Film Festival]