HARDCORE HENRY: Too Hardcore For Its Own Good
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HARDCORE HENRY: Too Hardcore For Its Own Good

Cinema is a uniquely visual art form, one that’s built an easily recognizable and distinct vocabulary; the shot and the reverse shot, the wide angle…

SXSW 2016: THE WIRE’s Andre Royo Stars in HUNTER GATHERER, A Universal Urban Tale
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SXSW 2016: THE WIRE’s Andre Royo Stars in HUNTER GATHERER, A Universal Urban Tale

There are certain actors that are adored beyond any reasonable measure, and Andre Royo is one of them. Fans of The Wire found themselves rooting…

SXSW 2016: WE ARE X
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SXSW 2016: WE ARE X

Perhaps you have already heard the music of the Japanese metal band X. As I attended the first SXSW screening of their documentary, We Are…

SXSW 2016: Jeff Nichols’ Soulful Sci-Fi MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
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SXSW 2016: Jeff Nichols’ Soulful Sci-Fi MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

With every film, Jeff Nichols becomes an increasingly natural storyteller, and Midnight Special finds him operating on a new plane of confidence, seamlessly juggling more…

SXSW 2016: Soulful Healing and Surrealist Fantasy Abound in THE MASTER CLEANSE
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SXSW 2016: Soulful Healing and Surrealist Fantasy Abound in THE MASTER CLEANSE

It really is tough when movies try to probe into the human psyche. Each and every title that attempts to dissect what turns a person…

SXSW 2016: ANOTHER EVIL is Scary, Quirky Fun
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SXSW 2016: ANOTHER EVIL is Scary, Quirky Fun

Another Evil, a self-described “paranormal comedy,” is not quite equal parts horror and laughs, as the ha-ha’s are the real bread and butter of this…

SXSW 2016: TRANSPECOS Provides Taut Thrills and Telling Insight
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SXSW 2016: TRANSPECOS Provides Taut Thrills and Telling Insight

Being from South Texas originally, every time I make the trek back from a visit home, I naturally have to pass the border checkpoint on…

SXSW 2016: JEAN OF THE JONESES
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SXSW 2016: JEAN OF THE JONESES

Writer/director Stella Meghie’s narrative film Jean of the Joneses premiered Sunday evening at SXSW. The bittersweet comic drama stars Taylour Paige (VH1’s Hit the Floor)…

THE SEER: Doc About Author/Poet/Farmer Wendell Berry is Prophetic Cinema [SXSW 2016]
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THE SEER: Doc About Author/Poet/Farmer Wendell Berry is Prophetic Cinema [SXSW 2016]

As embarrassing as it is to admit it, I’m not really familiar with any poets who aren’t named Shel Silverstein. So naturally the writing of…

Jeff Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is a Propulsive, Emotional, Sci-Fi Adventure [SXSW 2016]
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Jeff Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is a Propulsive, Emotional, Sci-Fi Adventure [SXSW 2016]

American filmmaker Jeff Nichols hasn’t misfired yet. And after Midnight Special, I’ll continue to stand by that statement, though not everyone will. More aspirational than…