Review: GEMINI MAN

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 2.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Though it has taken a long journey to get here, Gemini Man, for better or worse is now in theaters. On the plus side, the film features an inventive science fiction premise, but on the negative end, also features a somewhat predictable plot. In addition director Ang Lee has chosen a particular style of filming his movie which is not quite ready for mass consumption. That said, this movie does have its entertaining moments, but is hindered by trite writing and a poorly conceived production.

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Review: LUCY IN THE SKY

By Laurie Coker

Rating: C-

There is a history, a deep one, behind Natalie Portman’s latest film, Lucy in the Sky. Stories and rumors flew like fireflies about the Paul McCartney, John Lennon song first performed by the Beatles for their Sgt. Pepper album in 1967.  LSD (acid, Lucy) certainly, according to tabloids, was the reason behind or perhaps for, the composition. Director, Noah Hawley, presents a beautiful, sometimes entertaining, often trashy and limitedly malleable tale of a mind over the brink, like the title character in Shakespeare’s Othello.

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Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

As always, the Fantastic Fest lineup this year featured two secret screenings for their eager attendees. Given that Netflix had such a formidable presence at the film festival this year, it wasn’t too surprising that one of their more highly anticipated entries was the first secret offering. And it definitely was an offering that went over well with Fantastic Fest’s audiences. Well, it is with much pleasure that I can say Eddie Murphy is officially back!

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Review: WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?

By Liz Lopez

Rating: A

Matt Tyrnauer, the director of “Studio 54,” now presents the documentary, “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” about the New York lawyer who was known to reach for all the power he can while rising in his career. It did not matter to him if it was legal or not. He was an only child with a doting Jewish mother and very intelligent – learning so much as a child from the adults when sitting around the dinner table or living room when his parents had company. By 1954, he was a young colleague of Joseph McCarthy who sat with him during the Army-McCarthy hearings. Tyrnauer uses archival TV clips, newsreel footage and audio interviews for his feature documentary, one that reveals so much about his manipulation through the years and how he was a mentor to Donald Trump, as well as helping him through the 1975 housing discrimination charges. If anyone is unfamiliar with the life and times of Roy Cohn, this is the film to view and learn about some history that leads up to how things are today.

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Concert Review: Austin City Limits New Tapings of Season 45 features groundbreaking singer/songwriter Rosalía

By Liz Lopez

Austin City Limits announced new tapings of their Season 45, featuring artists who are highlights of the namesake ACL Festival this year.  Among them making her ACL debut is the groundbreaking singer/songwriter Rosalía from Spain.

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