By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 2.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever (IMDB).

Even though this is only the second installment in this franchise there is absolutely nothing new to see here. Sure, this film is extremely well made and decently acted but it is becoming routine just like the Bourne Identity series of films. Read more »


(L to R) ANNALISE BASSO as Lina and ELIZABETH REASER as Alice, her mother, in "Ouija: Origin of Evil."  Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, the supernatural thriller tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at No. 1.  In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home.  When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

After disliking the first installment of this young franchise, I found it rather difficult not to go into this prequel with a negative attitude.  Still, I did my best to check my attitude at the door and view this film with an open mind.  Thankfully, this installment pleasantly surprised me.  Written and directed by Mike Flanagan (Hush), who co-wrote with Jeff Howard, Ouija: Origin of Evil presents a much more interesting and compelling story than its predecessor and succeeds in delivering some genuine fright.  The movie also can boast solid performances by the cast, particularly those of the young lead actresses. Read more »

Review and Interview: EL JEREMIAS


Child Star Martin Castro from “El Jeremías” Shares His Experience

By Liz Lopez

Rating: A

Last year, the Austin Film Festival (AFF) had a Stories from Abroad category and they featured the Spanish language film from Mexico, “El Jeremías.” Written by Ana Sofía Clerici and directed by Anwar Safa, this 99 minute family comedy/drama went on to win the Audience Award during the festival and the lead actor, Martin Castro, garnered the Mexican Academy of Film Award, an Ariel, in the Breakthrough Male Performance category this year. It is one among the nine nominations the film received for the 58th Ariel Awards. Read more »

SXSW Film 2016 Review: TOWER


By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) 

Most Austin residents and University of Texas alumni know the story, some of the facts, and may have heard the urban legends.  However, not too many people have listened to the very personal accounts from the people who experienced that terrifying day when Charles Whitman went to the top of the U.T. tower and started shooting at random people.  On August 1, 1966, Whitman killed sixteen people and wounded over three dozen in America’s first school mass shooting, shocking the nation and world. Read more »



By Liz Lopez

Rating: B

Filmmaker Ti West, known for his work in genre films, “The ABCs of Death,” “V/H/S/,” “The House of the Devil,” “The Innkeepers” and “The Sacrament,” took a turn towards writing, directing, editing and executive producing the feature film, “In A Valley of Violence.” The World Premiere was held at the SXSW Film Festival in the Headliners category and screened to a packed house of West fans and critics. The entertaining performances from Ethan Hawke as Paul and John Travolta as the small town marshal really make the script standout. Another admirable performance is by Taissa Farmiga who stars as Mary Anne, a lonely 16-year-old running the local hotel. She does not stop talking and falls completely for Paul, and is willing to do whatever to escape her world to join his. The film covers the basics of a Western with violence, gunslingers, a gang of roughnecks, scenes of one – horse dusty towns and lonely women. Despite the bloodshed, there is some unexpected humor written in that takes it up a notch. Read more »