At SXSW2017: FLESH AND BLOOD

Docudrama in the most pure and challenging sense of the word, Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood is one of the standout films at SXSW this year. Blending family members with actors and real experiences with scripted events, Webber turns his attention to broken families and communities, made especially more vulnerable with events of the last few months. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: ATOMIC BLONDE

Atomic Blonde has all the action and brilliant fight choreography of the John Wick series but with a stronger story and more compelling heroine. It'll likely be one of the biggest hits of the summer. Not since Kill Bill has a female lead kicked so much ass, and Charlize Theron is completely believable in the lead role. … [Read more...]

At SXSW 2017: THE HONOR FARM

Lucy (Olivia Applegate) and her best friend Annie (Katie Folger) are set for the…best…night…ever. It’s prom night, they look great, and, Lucy at least, has a hot date. Prom quickly falls apart. Lucy’s date gets hammered and Annie’s keeps trying to hook her up with random guys. They leave prom alone and frustrated. This is where the familiarity of writer/director Karen Sloss’ thriller, The Honor Farm, wears off and the craziness begins. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: LUCKY

Lucky's titular character is the perfect vehicle for Harry Dean Stanton, giving him ample opportunity to gruffly philosophize through the proceedings. The film boasts a great supporting cast, which includes David Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., Beth Grant, and Tom Skerritt. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: LET THERE BE LIGHT

Science! That's got to be the immediate reaction to Let There Be Light, the new documentary about scientists who are, essentially, attempting to create a star in order to solve our energy crisis.Directed by Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko, the film primarily centers on the work of ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), "one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today." Based in southern France, engineers and scientists from 35 nations are working to build the w … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: SIGNATURE MOVE

Signature Move (written by Lisa Donato and Fawzia Miriam and directed by Jennifer Reeder) is the type of film that we need right now, beautiful, light, funny, and overflowing with diversity. It presents viewers with a vision of America, Islam, and LGBTQ communities that flies in the face of preconceived notions and news coverage of them. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: STRANGER FRUIT

You have to watch a film like Stranger Fruit through two lenses to appreciate its flawed importance. It was one of the most buzzed-about films leading into SXSW. It will be interesting to see how viewers respond to it and, more importantly, what, if any, effect it has on the Michael Brown case. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: TROPHY

I missed Trophy at Sundance, so I was glad for the chance to screen it at SXSW. It could be one of the better documentaries of the year (releasing widely later this Summer). Focusing on big game hunters/hunting, it also speaks to our global economical, political, spiritual, and environmental crises. Thankfully, it's not simply a scathing critique of a niche market, but rather a complex take on a host of divisive topics that makes for one of the more complex and frustrating films of the year.  … [Read more...]