Review: GLASS

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

In 2000, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan released Unbreakable, his ode to comic book heroes and villains to moderate critical approval, but just couldn’t reach the amount of audiences needed to continue his story. After several years, his film woukd develop a huge cult following and in 2016, the director surprised audiences with a gripping, but deceptive film titled Split. Not until the very end of this tense thriller did Shyamalan reveal that Split is actually a continuation of Unbreakable, but that he now finally had plans to complete a trilogy. So now in 2019, the third installment of Night’s series is now in theaters. Glass brings everything full circle with all three main characters in the fold. Though the film is often compelling, thrilling and quite entertaining, it just doesn’t quite achieve the level of greatness its predecessors does.

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Film News: Cine las Americas presents “Tejano” by Austin Filmmaker David Blue Garcia

By Liz Lopez

Source: Cine las Americas and Tejano the movie

After a successful festival run, having won numerous awards including the 2018 Dallas International Film Festival Audience Award, “Tejano,” a feature-length thriller, had its Austin premiere at Violet Crown Cinema on January 16, 2019 with the filmmaker, David Blue Garcia in attendance.

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Film News: The 1st IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK announces Jury & Audience Awards at Closing Night Ceremony!

6-Day Festival dazzles NY audiences with daily sold out screenings at the IFC Center!
US Theatrical Premiere Engagement of Festival Hit PIG Announced! Opens Feb 1st at IFC Center! Encore Screenings of Audience Award Winner I WANT TO DANCE and daring satire SLY announced for Jan. 30th!

Source: The Iranian Film Festival NY

The 1st annual Iranian Film Festival New York (IrFFNY) which ran from Jan 10th–15th, ended Tuesday night after a massively successful 6 day run at the IFC Center, with 13 sold out shows, dazzling both NY audiences and critics. The festival, co-founded and co-programmed by Iranian film distributor & Festival Director Armin Miladi and film critic Godfrey Cheshire, highlighted both classic art-house Iranian cinema and cutting-edge films by young Iranian filmmakers. 

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Source: SXSW

Austin, Texas, January 16, 2019 — South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the features and episodic premieres lineup for the 26th edition of the Film Festival, running March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. The acclaimed program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press, and industry leaders every year to immerse themselves in the most innovative, smart and entertaining new films of the year. Jordan Peele’s Us was previously announced as the Festival’s Opening Night film, while Olivia Wilde, Jessica Brillhart and Marti Noxon have been announced as this year’s Film Keynotes.

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By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Redemption takes many forms, and like the protagonist of the neo-noir film Destroyer, sometimes one has to get downright dirty to accomplish it.  The new film from director Karyn Kusama (The Invitation) is a prime example of this nasty, regressive process.  Nicole Kidman’s character, Erin Bell, is already in a very low place, but she definitely wants to right her wrongs.  Sadly, it was good intentions that got her there in the first place, but greed is a very seductive force that just doesn’t want to let go.  Kusama’s new film is a thematically dark and gripping journey that demands the best of Kidman’s acting abilities and tge willingness to shed aesthetic beauty for raw brute force. Read more »

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