Archive for November 10th, 2017

Austin Film Festival 2017 Review: LADY BIRD

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with a film that is sure to get some serious attention during awards season.  Often uproarious, sometimes poignant, and always full of heart, Lady Bird tells the story of an intelligent, strong-willed, and downright lovable teenage girl. The movie […]


By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Director Richard Linklater’s newest movie serves as a loose adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s novel Last Flag Flying.  The movie juxtaposes the past experiences of war veterans with those of active military currently serving in a questionable war.  Much like some of Linklater’s previous movies, this latest […]

Review: DADDY’S HOME 2

By Mark Saldana Rating: 1 (Out of 4 Stars) Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have returned for a sequel to a comedy I found moderately funny, but overall mediocre.  As much as I enjoyed these two actors in the hilarious movie The Other Guys, the overly cartoonish pratfalls and physical comedy of Daddy’s Home left me flat. […]

Austin Film Festival 2017 Review: AMANDA & JACK GO GLAMPING

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) Two years ago at AFF, I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing a phenomenal documentary titled A Single Frame and enjoyed meeting and interviewing its Austin-based director Brandon Dickerson.  An AFF regular, Dickerson has screened some of his films at the festival and brings his latest […]

Austin Film Festival 2017 Review: DON’T TALK TO IRENE

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) From writer/director Pat Mills comes this joyous, inventive and hysterical teen underdog movie which features a wonderful breakout performance by Michelle McLeod.  There have been several great teen comedies dealing with similar protagonists, but not one quite like this, nor quite as entertaining as McLeod’s Irene.  […]