Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA

Peter began contributing to the site in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in New York for more than a decade and currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association. He is on Twitter.

ABOMINATION Trailer: Creep Out With Yam Laranas' New Fright Flick

The new trailer for Abomination from director Yam Laranas feels like a machine-gun assault of creepiness. I've watched it twice now and, frankly, still don't know what it's about, but I want to watch it again. Laranas (The Echo) is... More »
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AN ACT OF WAR: Strike A Blow Against Pirates And Watch It For Free

Do you like pirates? I like pirates on the big screen, but not when they steal movies that do not belong to them. And especially when the movie is available to watch legally -- and, if money's tight, for free!... More »
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Latin Beat: First Details On Brazil's Fantaspoa, Chile's MAR Opens Theatrically

We have two items of interest in our biweekly feature, highlighting films from Latin America. First up, Eric Ortiz Garcia tells us about Fantaspoa, Brazil's upcoming genre festival. Then as Mar opens theatrically in Chile, we revisit a review by... More »
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THE INVITATION Picked Up By Drafthouse Films

Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, which debuted last month at SXSW, has been acquired for worldwide distribution by Drafthouse Films, according to Variety. Logan Marshall-Green stars as a man who accepts an invitation to a reunion of old friends at the... More »
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Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015: Enter The Ninjas! (Plus A Trailer!)

Returning for its fifth edition, Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 will celebrate martial arts and action cinema by turning its focus on "the deadliest fighter of them all...the ninja!" I'm quoting the official announcement, although I'm not convinced the... More »
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70s Rewind: THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS, Peter Weir's Mysterious, Motorized Movie

With Furious 7 hitting theaters over the weekend and excitement building about the release of Mad Max: Fury Road next month, I was in the mood for an Australian car movie. Director James Wan, by the way, was schooled in... More »
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Bob Odenkirk And David Cross Returning To Comedy For Netflix

Bob Odenkirk has been winning deserved critical plaudits lately for his excellent, nuanced, dramatic performances in the TV series Better Call Saul but he's ready to return to his comedy roots. He'll be reteaming with David Cross in a new... More »
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THE WORLD OF KANAKO To Be Released By Drafthouse Films

Prepare for "120 minutes of uncomfortable, aggressive, and rigourously crafted filmmaking" to be unleashed upon us all. Nakashima Tetsuya's The World of Kanako has been acquired for distribution by Drafthouse Films. Nakashima, who previously directed the wildly-acclaimed Kamikaze Girls and... More »
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Tribeca 2015 Exclusive Featurette: THE SHAMAN, A Spiritual Warrior Seeks To Convert Souls

After 73 years of continuous war, the world has changed. The Shaman, set to debut at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, picks up from there, and in an exclusive featurette, director Marco Kalantari explains how he and his team arrived... More »
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Exclusive Clip: THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD Goes "All The Way"

He's a bastard! But there is much more to The Resurrection of a Bastard than its title might suggest. To start, we have an exclusive clip that gives a sample of just one of the flavors in the mix. The... More »
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Tribeca 2015 Exclusive Clip: THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, At The Intersection Of Guns And Abortion

'So we need Jesus, the gospel, and a sidearm, right?" In an exclusive clip from The Armor of Light, which will soon debut in the Spotlight section at the Tribeca Film Festival, that question is raised in a very calm... More »
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Review: GET HARD, Two Men, Two Races, One Joke

Less a movie than a set-up for a haggard series of intended comedy blackouts, the new film Get Hard relies far too heavily on the well-established screen personas of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart to be successful on its own... More »
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Review: DANNY COLLINS, Al Pacino As Rock Star In Regret

When was the last time Al Pacino appeared uncomfortable or nervous on screen? Early in Danny Collins, an unabashedly mawkish trifle from writer/director Dan Fogelman, Pacino strides onto the stage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and belts out... More »
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SXSW 2015: All Our Coverage + Top Picks

The 2015 edition of South By Southwest has concluded, and though we may have a few last gasps that will appear in the next day or two, we are happy to celebrate by recounting the reviews and interviews we've published,... More »
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Ringo Lam's WILD CITY Teaser: Watch It And Believe

It's Ringo Lam, baby, and that means Wild City is on its way, and it looks like a good ride is a-coming, at least according to this teaser.The film is now in post-production, according to Variety. It's the first to... More »
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Latin Beat: Watch LA ACADEMIA, LA HERENCIA Trailers, Plus Picks From Muestra Internacional de Cine

In this edition of our bi-weekly Latin Beat, we hear from our correspondent Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who lives in Peru. He tells us about two new movies: La Academia, an upcoming sports drama, and La Herencia, a comedy. Next, we... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: T-REX, Portrait Of A Boxer As A Young Woman

"It was just something I liked to do," explains Claressa Shields, aka T-Rex. What she likes to do is box, which sets her apart from her high school classmates in Flint, Michigan (better known to documentary film devotees as the... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: UNCLE JOHN Spins Mystery, Murder, And Romance Into A Tantalizing Web

Beginning in medias res, Uncle John spins a delicate web of intrigue and mystery. The titular character (John Ashton) is introduced as he's (probably) up to no good, a suspicion that is quickly confirmed for the audience but not for... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: ONE AND TWO Adds Up To Something Almost Magical

Isolation can be a killer. For the children who are the heart and soul of One and Two, that's especially so, given that they have been raised in isolation, surrounded by a giant wall. Eva (Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men) and... More »
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Exclusive Photos: THE UNBIDDEN Promises Supernatural Thrills

To celebrate the completion of principal photography on Quentin Lee's supernatural thriller The Unbidden, we have a gorgeously dark set of new, exclusive stills to share. The film follows "four best friends who get together for a spirit-settling seance the... More »
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