Review: DON’T BREATHE

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Writer/director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) has taken the premise of home invasion and given it his own inventive spin with his new film Don’t Breathe. Full of shocking and surprising twists,  Alvarez’s film is an exercise in intense thrills and taut suspense.  My strongest recommendation for seeing this movie is to go into it knowing as few spoilers as possible, because the twists and surprises pay off huge.  Alvarez, who co-wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues, has made a thoroughly thrilling and entertaining entry in the home invasion subgenre that will leave audiences breathless and in awe. Read more »

Review: SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU

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By Liz Lopez

Rating: B

A young, attractive and tall lawyer, Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter), is shown in the opening scenes primping as she normally does for a daytime outing to a community event with a gentleman. She insists to her parents that this is “not a date” when she is accompanying a summer associate at the law office, Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers). No matter how many times she repeats this to her parents and others she meets during the day; there definitely is a connection that is obvious to others. As we now know, that warm 1989 summer day in Chicago was the beginning of the rest of their lives before becoming President and First Lady of the United States. Read more »

Review: HANDS OF STONE

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

During the 1970s, Panamanian Roberto Duran rocked the boxing world with his “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”) and eventually won his way to the WBC Welterweight championship against Sugar Ray Leonard, with whom he formed an intense rivalry.  This bout and the infamous rematch that followed made sports history and is still talked about to this day.  Of course, there is more to the story than just a bitter rivalry full of mudslinging (on the part of Duran), poor decisions, and prideful machismo.  In Hands of Stone, writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz tells a more in- depth story about Duran, beginning with his impoverished beginnings and covering his infamous days of rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard. Read more »

Review: DON’T BREATHE

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By Liz Lopez

Rating: B –

I remember viewing Director Fede Alvarez’s first feature at SXSW three years ago, the Evil Dead remake, and I certainly admired his skill with the genre film. Alvarez returned to SXSW Film Festival this past March with his new feature he directed and wrote with Rodo Sayagues, Don’t Breathe, in the Midnighters category and there has been quite a buzz ever since. Unfortunately, I missed the film at the festival, but viewed it in time for the theatrical release today. This home invasion thriller is intense in many scenes and despite thinking that “another” home invasion film might be predictable, the filmmakers provide just enough twists to keep you engaged throughout the film. The harsh scenes are relentless and often times thought I couldn’t breathe as I viewed the perilous action, one right after the other. While I may not think this film is a “horror” film, there are no doubt horrendous scenes of violence throughout the film that support this film having an R rating. The most impressive performance in this film is by veteran actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gridlocked) conveying his character’s actions with  mostly physical action and limited dialogue.  Read more »

Review: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

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By Laurie Coker

Rating: A

Kubo and the Two Strings should be seen in 2D. Of course, this is a simple opinion, but the 3D aspect did little to enhance the exceptional animation from the director of Box Trolls and Paranorman, Travis Knight and LAIKA studios. Writers Marc Haimes and Chris Butler weave a visually exciting, action-riddled tale of a young boy coming of age. Filled with magic and messages and set in mystical Japan, the film pleases viewers of all ages, but heed the PG warning, since some aspects might be a bit heavy or frightening to younger children. Read more »

Review: HANDS OF STONE

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By Liz Lopez

Rating: B+

The film Hands of Stone written, directed and produced by Jonathan Jakubowicz (Secuestro express) is a biopic that has plenty of action and drama as it follows the life of Panamanian Roberto Duran from his childhood life of poverty, how he helped his family, and becomes a fighter who makes his professional debut as a teen in 1968. The story follows him through retirement in 2002 and does not only focus on Duran, as it also informs the viewer about Carlos Eleta who knows Ray Arcel, an American who becomes Duran’s trainer. These relationships are very important to Duran, as well as with his wife, Felicidad Iglesias to whom he is still married to this date. Read more »

Screening Pass Giveaway: BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

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Source: Universal Pictures

TVR is giving readers a chance to win a complimentary pass to see a special advance screening on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. For a chance to win a pass (admit 3), e-mail Trueviewreviews2@gmail.com and in the Subject line of your e-mail, please note “Bridget Jones’s Baby in Austin”. A limited number of winners will be selected at random and sent an e-pass no later than Tuesday, August 30. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be 17 years or older to enter for a chance to win. One entry per person please. We encourage early arrival at these screenings. Seats are not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-served basis with the exception of local press and studio VIPs. Read more »

Fantastic Fest 2016: FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES 2ND WAVE OF PROGRAMMING INCLUDING DENIS VILLENEUVE’S “ARRIVAL” AS OPENING NIGHT FILM

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Film slate also includes World Premiere of the newly restored cult classic

THE ZODIAC KILLER and US Premiere screenings of THE HANDMAIDEN with

Park Chan-Wook in attendance, THE BAD BATCH, TONI ERDMANN, 

RAW and more!

 

Source: Fantastic Fest

Austin, TX – Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest delivers another dose of cinematic decadence with its second wave of programming. Procured once again from the most curious corners of the genre universe, Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its opening film, Denis Villeneuve’s stunning ARRIVAL. ARRIVAL marks Villeneuve’s Fantastic Fest debut, which has proven to be worth the wait as his spectacular science fiction feature promises to kick off proceedings in explosive fashion. Read more »

Review: WAR DOGS

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By Laurie Coker

Rating: B

There is no fine line between “based on a true story” and reality in movie making. In fact, more often than not, embellishing rules out. Hollywood has a field day on adding elements to enhance the story for a film. War Dogs starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill, much like Wolf of Wall Street, tells the tells of unethical and immoral people who bank on dodgy and yet, legal business dealings with the United States military. War Dogs, rightly rated R, demonstrates the ignorance of some and the craftiness of others in the sale of arms to our government. Read more »

Review: EQUITY

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Marketed as a female perspective of Wall Street and the banking industry, Equity, for the most part, covers the problems and difficulties faced by women attempting to excel in careers dominated by men.  Women still face prejudice in the work place, are often treated like sexual objects, and can be torn between their careers and the demands of marriage and parenthood.  Because this movie is written, produced, directed and financed by women, I expected a solid and genuine representation of women’s desire and drive to succeed despite the odds, and the film does offer that to a certain degree.  However, I often found myself cringing at the development and portrayal of the main antagonist who comes across as a soap opera villain.  Though obviously not perfect, Equity still offers a refreshing take on a business-themed film, but one where there is room for improvement. Read more »