Review: MILE 22

By Laurie Coker

Rating: D+

Mark Wahlberg looks great, but his latest film, Mile 22 is little more than action, death, and mayhem held together by a thin transparent string of a story. Peter Berg, the director of Lone Survivor, helms this violent, sometimes intense fiasco. Wahlberg does his thing, but it simply isn’t enough. Where there might have been a story, there is instead, shaky camera work and over editing, leaving the audience searching for clarity. Read more »

Review: ALPHA

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

With gorgeous visuals and beautiful and poignant beats, Albert Hughes’s sentimental film, which offers a fictionalized depiction of humanity’s first relationship with dogs, is sure to become a moderate crowd-pleaser.  Though the movie does have its magical moments, it does run a little too long by wasting too much time and tries to hard to be sweet with a ham-fisted feel-good conclusion.  Nevertheless, I overall enjoyed Alpha, probably because of my fondness for dogs. Still, one doesn’t have to be a canine admirer to have a soft spot for this often lovely movie. Read more »

Screening Pass Giveaway: THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

Source: STX Films

TVR is giving away passes (good for two people) to this advance screening scheduled for Wednesday, August 22  at 7:30 p..m.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Must be 18 or older to enter. See this movie early and free of charge before it opens in theaters! Read more »

Review: CRAZY RICH ASIANS

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Based on the popular novel by Kevin Kwan, Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians may sometimes play like a soap opera or a typical romantic comedy, but it is actually more than that.  This charming and entertaining movie celebrates and critiques a beautiful Asian culture with a vibrant and soulful assortment of characters and beats with which some Asian people are probably quite familiar.  Much like Marvel’s Black Panther is to African cultures and African-Americans and The Big Sick is to Islamic-American cultures, this film sheds much light and insight on some of the different traditions, problems, and lifestyles that exist in Singapore and among Asian-American cultures.  The film also deals with the divisive nature of class and how it fails the world at large.  The movie and the story, on which it is based, is a rather ambitious one, and Jon M. Chu and his writers pull it off well.  This is definitely crowd-pleasing and feel-good territory, but Chu, crew and cast manage to sell it all without insulting the audience’s intelligence. Read more »

Austin EVENTS: Annual Pecan Street Festival

The Pecan Street Festival, celebrated on 6th Street, is one of the longest running events in Austin. A blend of live music, arts & crafts sales, and carnival activities, this eclectic event offers food, frivolity, and fun! 6th Street is blocked off from Congress to IH35. Bring plenty of sunblock to this pet and kid-friendly two days of Austin-original entertainment.

When: Sept. 22-23, 2018
Where: 6th Street
Web: pecanstreetfestival.org

Photo Credit: Todd Dwyer