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SXSW Review: Blockers

Prom! That magical experience of near mythical importance for high school students. You'll dance. You'll drink. And then, you'll definitely lose your virginity, because only losers haven't after prom has come and gone. The tradition begun w...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Social Animals

A documentary about teenagers using Instagram is probably not at the top of your must-see films list, even if you yourself are a teenager. Disclaimer: I am not a teenager. However, I do use Instagram. Almost entirely to take pictures of wha...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Prospect

Prospect is marketed as a horror film. A sci-fi film too. Before I saw it, another SXSW attendee told me, "Yes, it's those things, but it's a western." OK. So genre-wise, it's a little bit of everything, sort of like a hobo scramble. Y...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The Dawn Wall

Before outlining the merits of The Dawn Wall, of which there are many, I urge you to pursue seeing this on the big screen. Yosemite is of in itself an experience more real and immersive than most. Viewing two men attempt to climb its 3,000 ...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Never Goin' Back

Don't confuse these girls with these girls. Yeah. Those prime-time waitress-chicks don't know what broke is. Nor do their shenanigans really compare to those found in Never Goin' Back. In speaking about the film, before and after the scree...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Family

I sat next to a juggalo during my screening of Family. That may tell you all you need to know about the film, but if it does you'd be missing out on the core message of the movie. Whether the message was delivered in any meaningful way is f...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Summer '03

Apparently, coming of age tales aren’t going away. Go figure. Yes, the quintessential period of life that we all go through still holds powerful sway over our imaginations and, more importantly, our memories. We’ve been there do...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The Legacy of a Whitetail Dear Hunter

The Legacy of a Whitetail Dear Hunter was shelved for a few years after it was shot. Director Jody Hill just couldn’t get distribution for it despite the film featuring Josh Brolin and Danny McBride, and the creative team being the ...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The World Before Your Feet

In many ways a two-man collaboration between filmmaker Jeremy Workman and subject Matt Green, The World Before Your Feet is an understated documentary that details Green's efforts to walk every street in New York City's five boroughs. ...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The Unicorn

The romantic comedy is a genre that will never die, but often seems like it should as trite and redundant films are released over and over again. Thankfully, every once in a while something a bit more charming comes along and makes you enjo...

 
 
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SXSW Review: A Vigilante

A few weeks ago I had the displeasure to sit through Eli Roth's Death Wish, a revenge thriller that sucked for many reasons, but most importantly because you didn't really care about the revenge at all. There was no emotional push to g...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Wobble Palace

Wobble Palace, as you may guess if you know director Eugene Kotlyarenko's other work, is a bit uncomfortable, a bit weird, and insanely satirical. It's almost fantastical in its presentation and yet simultaneously grounded in a harsh realty...

 
 
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SXSW: Barry

Veteran comedic actor Bill Hader and writer-producer Alec Berg knew they had to develop a series for HBO, but didn't know what. While bouncing ideas off each other, Bill said, "What if I was a hitman." Alec was skeptical. "No, it'd be me, B...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Unfriended: Dark Web

Blumhouse is on a roll right now. They're making some of the biggest hits in horror, and, of course just pulled in an Academy Award nomination for Get Out. That's why I was really excited when an untitled Blumhouse horror film was...

 
 
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SXSW announces films in the Midnighters

One of my favorite parts about any big film festival is the collection of atypical films you'll find on the slate. Such is the case with South by Southwest's "Midnighters" section, which features ten "scary, funny, sexy, controversial" film...

 
 
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SXSW 2015 film lineup released

SXSW is my favorite festival to cover and one of the few I do regularly. I won't be able to attend this year because of the impending birth of my first child, but it looks like I'll be missing out on some great stuff. Plenty of big names an...

 
 
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Review: Predestination

Predestination is one of those festival films that you have no idea exists but, when you finally see it, you wonder where it's been your entire life. I'm not the biggest time travel movie fan, nor do I really enjoy science fiction in genera...

 
 
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Review: Open Windows

Open Windows was the first film I saw during SXSW 2014. I've never covered the festival before, so I had no idea what kind of features I'd end up exposing myself to. Going in I was awkward, tense, but mostly curious. As the film went on to ...

 
 
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Review: Chef

Before attending this year's SXSW, I had no idea Jon Favreau's Chef even existed. Given the nature of my job (as I constantly write about films months, and even years before their official release), it's rare that film goes under my radar. ...

 
 
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Review: Neighbors

I had completely written off Neighbors. Coming off of Seth Rogen's last starring role in This is the End, the first trailer for Neighbors underwhelmed me. I've gotten used to Rogen acting, writing, and directing his own films so I was a lit...

 
 
 
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Review: Cesar Chavez

There is a lot riding on Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez to succeed. Latinos aren't exactly given a lot of representation in fiction, and if there's one man, one figurehead we can rally behind, it's the activist Cesar Chavez. As other biopics for...

 
 
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Review: Bad Words

Bad Words is Jason Bateman's directorial feature (although he's technically been directing television for years now), so there's plenty riding on the film to see if Bateman's truly got the chops to make a future out of it. While Bateman dir...

 
 
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SXSW Interview: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

My final roundtable interview of SXSW was with Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Since it was my first true Anderson film experience (which I loved), I had plenty of questions for him. But since I had to compete with a few oth...

 
 
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SXSW Interview: Jason Bateman (Bad Words)

Taking place after the roundtable interview with Kathryn Hahn, Jason Bateman strolled in immediately grabbing the room's attention. Good thing I was no longer too nervous to speak as Bateman had plenty of knowledge stored away about his dir...

 
 
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SXSW Interview: Kathryn Hahn (Bad Words)

This was my first time covering the SXSW festival, so I was very nervous. My first big press job was to sit in a roundtable interview (where a bunch of press folks get to interview an actor/actress) with Kathryn Hahn for her film, Bad Words...

 
 
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Watch: video recap of the Mondo & Disney gallery show at SXSW

At this year's SXSW, Mondo - the collectible poster and merchandise division of Austin's Alamo Drafthouse - did something pretty special: they partnered with legendary animation powerhouse Disney to commission new works based off of Disney...

 
 
 
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The best of SXSW

SXSW wrapped up last week and now that we've had a chance to reflect and take it all in we're here with the best of the best from the festival. Nick and I awarding the best six films with a coveted spot on our list. It's coveted because fil...

 
 
 
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SXSW Review: Que Caramba es la Vida

Growing up as a young Latino boy in San Antonio, Texas, I've had quite a few experiences with Mariachi groups. There was a Mariachi club in my high school, and on several occasions, my great uncle would hire groups to sing at his parties. W...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Doc of the Dead

Zombies are some of the most divisive creatures in the horror genre. They've become such a big entity, the zombie film has grown into a genre all its own complete with multiple variations, multiple looks, and multiple medias. Their influenc...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Joe

Before my screening of Joe, I wondered what kind of Nicolas Cage I'd be subject to for its duration. As good of an actor as he is, he has had a varied career. From "the bees" to voodoo make up in Ghost Rider, you never quite know what you'r...

 
 
 
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Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Let me be frank. Since this was going to eventually come to light, I may as well admit I've only seen one Wes Anderson film. When I was tasked with the review for Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, I was anxious because Anderson m...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Space Station 76

Space Station 76 is a bit of an odd duck. It's outward appearance of a riff on 1970s science fiction makes it appear to be an oddball comedy full of visual puns and hilarious jokes at the expense of dated future technology. The truth of the...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Veronica Mars

I'm going to open this with one thing: the Veronica Mars movie was a triumph before it debuted today at SXSW. A historic film that showed that crowdfunding can launch a movie and that film distribution can be done in a different way. I...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The Desert

The Desert is a strange beast. A low-budget Argentinian zombie film where the main way money was saved was by having almost no zombies in the film at all. In fact the camera almost never leaves the house the three protagonists are living in...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Wetlands

Wetlands came out of Sundance with plenty of buzz for being shocking for its disturbing sexual content and brazen display of sexual acts. It was that movie every year that someone got up and walked out of because they were just so disg...

 
 
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SXSW Review: 13 Sins

13 Sins was the headliner for SXSW's midnight screeners. Those are the late night horror/thriller films that everyone stays up late to check out. As such I figured it was going to be something a bit special. Hell, it had Ron Perlman in...

 
 




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Solo: A Star Wars Story"Han "MacGuffin" Solo"

 

Fahrenheit 451"Flame on!"

 

Deadpool 2"Doubles down on everything, for the better"

 

Atlanta Robbin' Season"Televisions most underrated show knocks it out of the park, again"

 

Terminal"So shines a good deed in a naughty world"

 

Batman Ninja"Japan <3 Batman"

 

Cartel 2045"Muy mal"

 

Tribeca Slut in a Good Way"Sex and toys, but not in that way"

 

Tribeca Braid"Friends till the end"

 

Disobedience"Thankfully, not another 50 Shades soft BDSM"

 

Avengers: Infinity War"This is not going to go the way you think"

 

Downrange"Dead in its tracks"

 

Tribeca Back Roads"Child Abuse: The Movie"

 

Super Troopers 2"2 Supe 2 Troop"

 

I Feel Pretty"Pretty dated"

 

Acrimony"Its first divorce is from reality"

 

Ghost Stories"Booooooo (the disapproving kind, not the scary kind)"

 

Wildling"Nothing to do with Game of Thrones"

 

Blumhouse's Truth or Dare"Truth: this movie sucks"

 

Rampage"Needs more rampaging"

 

Best F(r)iends (Volume 1)"I did not think they'd pull it off again, I did nahhht."

 

A Quiet Place"Shhhhhhh"

 

SXSW Blockers"The true film title has a large 'chicken' in front of it"

 

You Were Never Really Here"Stop [exploiting children]. It's hammer time."

 
 
 
 
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