Review: UNFORGETTABLE

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Going into this movie, I was expecting something a little different from what I actually watched.  The main trailer for the film comes across more melodramatic and fantastical, like a feature-length soap opera.  The preview actually misleads, as the drama and thrills in Unforgettable are actually decently written and executed.  Though the climax and conclusion more or less play out as expected, writers Christina Hodson and David Leslie Johnson do manage to put an interesting twist on things during the journey there. Read more »

Review: THE LOST CITY OF Z

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

During the first three decades of the twentieth century, British military officer and renowned explorer Percival Harrison Fawcett led multiple expeditions through Brazil to discover the lost cities of legend, but achieved only moderate successes and never uncovered any cities of gold. His courage and tenacity is just as legendary as his inspiration, and his story is absolutely perfect for cinematic interpretation.  Writer/director James Gray (The Immigrant, We Own The Night) has made a film intended to honor and celebrate the work of Percy Fawcett.  The Lost City of Z does tell Fawcett’s fascinating story, but does occasionally falter in keeping it exciting and thoroughly engrossing. Read more »

SXSW 2017 Review: FREE FIRE

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, High Rise) brought his latest film to this year’s SXSW.  Free Fire, which features an extraordinary cast portraying a motley mix of colorful characters, is a classic “shoot ’em up” flick that delivers plenty of great lines and hearty laughs.  The story/plot is relatively simple, and the settings are minimal, but the solid writing by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley offers plenty of amusing fodder for this wild assortment of villains.  This film does not pretend to be anything that it’s not and doesn’t promise to offer audiences anything, but the volatile and entertaining mix of machismo, attitudes, bullets, blood and dark comedy. Read more »

Austin Run of Engagement Pass Giveaway: FREE FIRE

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Source: A24 

TVR is giving readers a chance to win a complimentary run of engagement pass to see the action-comedy Free Fire.   For a chance to win a pass (admit 2), e-mail Trueviewreviews2@gmail.com and in the Subject line of your e-mail, please note “FREE FIRE in Austin”. A limited number of winners will be selected at random.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be 17 years or older to enter for a chance to win. One entry per person please.

Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, Free Fire is an electrifying comedy-thriller about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) propels the audience head-on into quite possibly the most epic shootout ever seen on film as he crafts a spectacular parody –– and biting critique –– of the insanity of gun violence. Everyone’s got a gun, and absolutely no one is in control. Read more »

Movie News: Mike Nichols’ THE GRADUATE- New 4K Restoration opens this week nationwide for 50th Anniversary.

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THE GRADUATE

starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft

BACK IN THEATERS FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY

NATIONWIDE THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATION ON APRIL 23 AND 26

ONLY THROUGH TCM/FATHOM EVENTS

 

Source: Rialto Pictures

New York-based specialty distributor Rialto Pictures and Studiocanal will release Mike Nichols’ groundbreaking THE GRADUATE, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, in new 4K digital prints beginning in April.

The 50 anniversary restoration had its World Premiere earlier this month at the TCL Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, as the centerpiece event of this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival. The new GRADUATE restoration will play in over 700 movie theaters nationwide on April 23 and 26, as part of TCM and Fathom Events’ monthly “TCM Big Screen Classics” series. Read more »