Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA

Peter began contributing to the site in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. He also contributes daily to Movies.com and weekly to Fandango's House of Screams. In addition, he serves as editor and writer for Dallas Film Now. His work has also appeared in Famous Monsters of Filmland; Fright Fest UK's online magazine; Cinematical; Big Fanboy; Red Carpet Crash; several film festival catalogs; and other online and print publications. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in New York for more than a decade and has traveled extensively throughout the United States. Currently he lives in Dallas, Texas, which allows him to rail on Twitter against both the West and East Coasts while occasionally visiting Austin and other exotic foreign locales. He is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association.

Review: THE GAMBLER, Addiction? What Addiction?

Mark Wahlberg cries in the very first moment of The Gambler, immediately distinguishing his character from the one played by James Caan in the 1974 original. (His name is different too. ) Jim Bennett says goodbye to his dying grandfather... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: AMERICAN SNIPER Aims At The Bullseye, Misses Entirely

Director Clint Eastwood aims for stoic, heroic grandeur in American Sniper, an adaptation of a bestselling book about Chris Kyle, subtitled "The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." Eastwood's film, however, misses the target entirely for... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Sundance 2015: Exclusive BOB AND THE TREES Clip

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the Next section, Bob and the Trees stars Bob Tarasuk in the title role, and we've got an exclusive clip to give a taste of what's to... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Trip Out With KNIGHT OF CUPS Trailer From Terrence Malick

The first trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups is as trippy as anything in The Tree of Life. The film stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Dallas Critics Fly With BIRDMAN

The Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association, of which I am a proud member, has selected backstage comedy-drama Birdman as the best film of 2014. Michael Keaton was named Best Actor for his performance as an actor on the comeback trail... More »
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Sean Penn As Action Star (?!) In THE GUNMAN Trailer

Let's not pretend. In 2014, it's very strange to see Jeff Spicoli as an action star. Sean Penn, now 54 years of age, stars in The Gunman as a spy who "must clear his name in order to save himself from... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: TOP FIVE, Chris Rock's Very Funny And Most Personal Film Yet

Rude, crude, and lewd as it is, Top Five is still a big step forward for Chris Rock as a filmmaker. In essence, that's because it more closely resembles his brilliant stand-up shows, where he gets on a roll and... More »
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Mórbido Mérida 2014 Review: JIRON, How A Movie By A Major Filmmaker Disappeared

Full disclosure: I was completely ignorant of Mexican filmmaker Carlos Enrique Taboada before watching this movie. Thus, Jirón (Shred), a new documentary by Christian Cueva, proved to be educational, fascinating, and compelling, not only because it explores the disappearance of... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Unleashes A Furious New Trailer

We all have good reason to be wary about Mad Max: Fury Road -- the distance from the original trilogy, the production delays, the rumors -- but take a look at the new trailer anyway, just because it's likely to... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Latin Beat: Trailer For Peruvian Horror LA ENTITAD, Plus Top 10 Highest-Grossing Mexican Movies

This week we hear from our correspondents in Mexico and Peru. First, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano follows up on a previous report on Peruvian horror movie La Entitad with a trailer that gives a much better idea of what the filmmakers... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

First TERMINATOR GENISYS Trailer Goes Back To The Future Past

The first trailer for Terminator Genisys follows on the heels of last week's marketing material debuts for Jurassic World (trailer) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (teaser). What all three have in common is nostalgia. Set to arrive in theaters on... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Watch STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Now

Wow. Talk about a teaser ...... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Latin Beat: Mexican Film Community United For Ayotzinapa's 43 Missing Students

As I write this, the aftershock of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, is dominating the news here in the U.S. Of course, angry protests are not... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Review: AMERICAN MUSCLE, Smashing, Bloody, Rude, And Often Nude

John Falcon is mad. Imprisoned for 10 years, he's about to be paroled, but his prison sentence hasn't mellowed him one iota. If anything, it's made him a more fierce creature, the personification of fury, refusing to compromise on his... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Review: FEED THE LIGHT, Beware The Sparkling Dust

Never separate a mother from her child. Sara is torn away from her daughter Jenny in the opening minutes of Feed the Light, a new film by Swedish director Henrik Möller that teeters between bad dreams and outright nightmares. Still... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Review: TEKUANI THE GOLDEN GOD, A Psychological Drama With Supernatural Overtones

In the Mexican film Tekuani: The Golden God (aka Tekuani, The Guardian) three friends who work together as independent rescue workers are having a rough go of it. They help people who are trapped underground or in remote regions of... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

THE GOOD DINOSAUR: New Image And Plot Changes Revealed

If you've been feeling blue and downhearted lately, perhaps it's because Pixar has not released a movie this year, which the company intends to remedy by releasing two movies next year. The first, Inside Out, focuses on emotions warring inside a... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

PROJECT ALMANAC Trailer: It's Still Found Footage From Michael Bay

Originally set for release in February 2014 under the title Welcome to Yesterday, the found-footage thriller from producer Michael Bay was delayed by Paramount Pictures on short notice, reportedly to refine their marketing strategy. It's now titled Project Alamanac and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Dispatch 2: [REC] 4, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE STRANGER And More Stir The Senses

What a fantastic day at the Morbido Film Fest! I got to spend time walking around the zocalo (town square), just a minute from the hotel where I'm staying here in Puebla, Mexico, visiting a bookstore and milling along with... More »
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