SXSW 2013 First Impression: REWIND THIS! Spreads the Cinematic Love Past the Living Room

Director Josh Johnson and producer Carolee Mitchell's VHS docu Rewind This! is every bit the love letter to the mostly forgotten format that we've been promised, but there is plenty more than just nostalgia here as well. This is just... More »

SXSW 2013 Review: PLUS ONE Invites Sci-Fi to a College Party

A high-level sci-fi concept, a raucous college party, and a desperate attempt at romantic reconciliation mix uneasily in Dennis Iliadis' Plus One, a movie whose worthy ambitions largely outstrip its execution. Disguising the first act of the movie as a... More »

SXSW 2013 Review: THE SHORT GAME Will Double-Eagle Your Heart

Documentaries live and die on the strength of their characters. Think about some of the most memorable docs in recent years; Billy Mitchell in King of Kong, Steve "Lips" Kudlow in Anvil: The Story of Anvil, or the soldiers of... More »

SXSW 2013 Review: MILIUS Sparks New Interest in a Brilliant Filmmaker

They say that in Hollywood, you're only as good as your last picture. It's a good thing nobody told the wunderkinds of yesteryear, otherwise documentarians Joey Figueroa and Zak Knuston might never have given us Milius, an exhaustingly comprehensive chronicle... More »

SXSW 2013 Review: I AM DIVINE Lays Bare A Legend

Like many sleaze fans in their mid-30s, I discovered the magic of John Waters at a relatively tender age. I have vivid memories of seeing commercials for his second crossover film, Cry Baby starring a young Johnny Depp, on television... More »
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SXSW 2013 Review: EVIL DEAD Commits Firmly to Disturbing Brutality

This is not a review of an old movie. Yes, Fede Alvarez clearly owes a great deal to horror maestro Sam Raimi, who penned and directed the original The Evil Dead back in 1981, and yes, Alvarez's film is a... More »

SXSW 2013 Review: CHEAP THRILLS Fiendishly Recalculates the Value of Money

Class warfare comes perversely home in Cheap Thrills, a fiendish, fierce, and funny morality tale about the true value of money. It's absolutely convincing, even though it shouldn't be. The film explores the tangled relationship between the idle rich and... More »

SXSW 2013 Review: UNHUNG HERO Takes A Tiny Prick On A Global Trip

The premise of this Brain Spitz's new documentary, Unhung Hero, is enough to make any man cringe. When Patrick Moote proposes to his girlfriend at a basketball game and is very publicly rejected, the video of the event goes viral.... More »
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SXSW 2013 First Impression: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Brings Big Laughs in Spurts

The SXSW Film Festival kicked things off today with the world premiere of Don Scardino's The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carrell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olvia Wilde, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin. The film is about a magical friendship... More »

Bradford 2012 review: THE INNKEEPERS

Why do so many characters in horror movies end up dooming themselves through their stubborn refusal to take what's going on at face value? To be fair, we all say we'd do things differently but it's a hard thing to... More »


Better late than never seems to be the recurring theme of Searching for Sugar Man, which follows the rise and stagnation of Rodriguez (a theme regrettably revisited by this late review). After releasing his debut album, Cold Fact, in 1970,... More »

BluRay Review: WEEKEND

When Weekend director Andrew Haigh talks about his film carrying a message for everyone, gay or straight, it's a welcome mission statement. Queer cinema tends to divide opinion like few other genres, not least because at one extreme when it's... More »

SXSW 2012 Review: JEFF Documents the Disturbing Dahmer

There is no shortage of chintzy C-level horror movies that trade on the infamous names of Gacy, Gein, and Dahmer, but there aren't quite as many documentaries about their unseemly behavior. On television, perhaps, and certainly from cable channels and... More »

SXSW 2012 Review: THE IMPOSTER Untangles a Bizarre, Riveting True Story

By untangling a truly bizarre story of deception, intention, and motivation, The Imposter overcomes its 'TV doc-pop' style, though it still feels like a sizzle reel collection of highlights assembled to fit between commercial breaks. On the plus side, the... More »

SXSW 2012 Review: EDEN, An Earnest Plea Against Sex Slavery

Jamie Chung gives the best performance of her career in Eden, an earnest, if one-note, drama about the evils of sex slavery that won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at SXSW. Chung has had few opportunities to demonstrate her range... More »

SXSW 2012 Review: SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE Questions Men, Women, Cultures, and Filmmakers

A documentary that becomes progressively more fascinating as it develops, Seeking Asian Female digs far beyond what its cringe-inducing title might imply. Filmmaker Debbie Lum, herself a Chinese-American woman, explains in her voice-over narration that the phenomena of Caucasian men... More »

SXSW 2012 Review: COMPLIANCE Presents Cheap, Dishonest Thrills

An interesting thing happened while I was viewing Compliance. It's something that might be unique to a festival viewing experience, but it nonetheless brings a few of the film's problems to the forefront. Let me explain: This feature from... More »

SXSW 2012 Review: EXTRACTED, a Sci-Fi Memory Tripper

When you're an independent filmmaker with very limited funds but a pretty cool idea for a science fiction movie, you can either give up -- because who the hell makes sci-fi flicks with no money? -- or you can forge... More »

SXSW 2012 Review: CITADEL

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, or as the case may be with Citadel, a group of violent, marauding child-demons is exactly that. Cirian Foy's first feature film is nearly everything a horror film should be: creepy, atmospheric,... More »

SXSW 2012 Review: Linklater's BERNIE is a Funny Mess

With the special event screening of BERNIE tonight in Austin, we take this opportunity to look back at Ryland's LA Film Fest 2011 review. Richard Linklater has long been a figurehead of independent cinema. Classics like Slacker and Waking Life... More »
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