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.

SXSW 2016 Review: BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY Remembers A Forgotten Legend

In recent years, several documentaries have explored the mythical world of popular music in the 1960s, including Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet From Stardom (about backup singers) and Denny Tedesco's The Wrecking Crew (about session musicians). Now comes Bang: The Bert... More »
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SXSW 2016 Review: THE SLIPPERS Reveals Unexpected Hollywood Treasures

The shoes in questions were made for Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, but the true, fascinating, ever more complex world of The Slippers begins in earnest after she took them off. Granted, the new documentary by Morgan White... More »
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SXSW 2016: In 1985, Potent Memories Are Evoked In Just 8 Minutes

A little past two in the morning, I began weeping. I blame filmmaker Yen Tan. His short film, 1985, screens today at SXSW, but Mr. Tan kindly made it available for me to watch in advance. Though I'm sure it... More »
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SXSW 2016 Preview: Our 10 Most Anticipated Indies

Beyond the red-carpet gala screenings of highly anticipated movies that will soon open across the country -- think Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some, Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special, Ti West's In a Valley of Violence, Fede Alvarez's untitled thriller -- and... More »
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New HARDCORE HENRY Trailer Kicks Out The Jams

Gearing up for release in U.S. theaters nationwide on April 8, Hardcore Henry (formerly titled Hardcore) is "the first feature film to fully realize the first person "shooter" perspective," wrote our own Ryland Aldrich in his review from last fall's... More »
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Exclusive Clip: EXCESS FLESH, A Half-Dressed Encounter With The Police

Ever have one of those Mondays where things fall apart before you can even touch them? That's what at least one woman appears to be experiencing in an exclusive clip from Excess Flesh, which you can watch below. The synopsis... More »
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SXSW 2016 Exclusive Clip: THE ARBALEST Teases Obsession

Ready to premiere shortly as part of SXSW's Narrative Feature Competition, The Arbalest has a very intriguing premise: Foster Kalt, a famous toy inventor in the 1970s, reflects on his lifelong obsession with Sylvia Frank. From his first meeting with... More »
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SXSW 2016 Exclusive: First Look At New AMERICAN FABLE Photos

We have the first look at four new photos from American Fable, which will soon have its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Teas. As the photos suggest, it's a dark thriller from writer/director Anne Hamilton, a protégé of Terrence... More »
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Review: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT Throws A Wrench Into Military Expectations

Like its title, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot doesn't make much sense at first. Employing a common narrative device, the movie begins during a rowdy dance party in Afghanistan in 2006. As bombs explode outside, the party-goers reveal themselves to be hard-working... More »
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Tribeca 2016: Competition Lineups, From FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY To NERDLAND

The Tribeca Film Festival announced 55 films today that will be a part of their 2016 lineup, divided across US Narrative, International Narrative, and Documentary Competition sections. To be brutally frank, after I saw that Folk Hero & Funny Guy... More »
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SXSW 2016 Exclusive Poster Debut: Yen Tan's 1985

We're gearing up to cover SXSW 2016, which begins next week in Austin, Texas, and to kick things off, we're happy to premiere the poster for Yen Tan's short film 1985. Mr. Tan wrote and directed the film, which stars... More »
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Critical Distance: In Praise Of The Ridiculous

The Academy Awards do not have a category for ' best achievement in ridiculousness,' but if they did, Gods of Egypt would be a shoo-in next year. I don't mean the description "ridiculous" like Adam Sandler probably intends it in... More »
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Hey NYC! Here's How To Attend 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Premiere

UPDATED 2/29: The opportunity is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Did the debut of the first teaser for 10 Cloverfield Lane catch you by surprise? Frankly, I was shocked that producer J.J. Abrams and company were able to... More »
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Review: THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON, For Those Who Stare Into The Sky And Wonder

Initially more of a hagiography than a documentary, The Last Man on the Moon gradually expands beyond its worshipful stance to examine the U.S. space program and, in particuar, the contributions of the titular astronaut. The U.S. space program in... More »
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Hey U.S! Win Tickets To Stephen Chow's THE MERMAID (MEI REN YU)

The runaway box-office success of Stephen Chow's The Mermaid (Mei Ren Yu) caught its U.S. distributor off-guard, to say the least. Receiving little to no publicity, the film nonetheless sold out screenings over the weekend in (very) select engagements. Our... More »
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Exclusive Clip: EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, "Now He Will Cure Us All!"

After a successful festival run last year, Embrace of the Serpent opened in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles last weekend. Our own Patrick Holzapfel wrote in part: "It is one of those films that rarely gets made,... More »
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Exclusive Clip: CAMINO, "You Know How I Get," Says Zoë Bell

Stuntwoman turned leading lady Zoë Bell and filmmaker turned villain Nacho Vigalondo star in Camino, which our own Michele "Izzy" Galgana liked quite a bit, stating in part: "The dichotomy of loss and sorrow against action in this survivalist adventure... More »
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Review: A WAR, A Classic No-Win Scenario

Battles are never won; at best, they are only survived. In each of his first three films, writer/director Tobias Lindholm has tackled familiar subjects; each film has also featured Pilou Asbaek in the lead role. Lindholm collaborated with Michael Noer... More »
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Criterion In May: EASY RIDER, IN A LONELY PLACE, Wim Wenders Trilogy And More

Get your motor running! In May, the Criterion Collection will blast out a key title in the American New Wave, as well as one of my favorite movies of all time and a trilogy of early films that formed an... More »
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Giveaway: Win An ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG Prize Pack

UDATE: The giveaway has concluded. Thanks to all who entered! For those who still believe in romance -- there must be at least a few of you, right? -- Emily Ting's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong plunges into a relationship... More »
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