Archive for December, 2018

Mark Saldana’s Best Films of 2018

By Mark Saldana 2018 was another fantastic year for cinema, but it was a particularly exciting year for me.  In addition to reviewing hundreds of films this year, and attending my four usual film festivals, I was accepted into the Austin Film Critics Association.  With this honor comes even more access to films before their […]

Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) Based on the acclaimed novel by James Baldwin, this movie offers a fictionalized take on the African-American experience during the 1970s. Still, this is a story that reflects the real injustices and turmoil that Black Americans went through during the aftermath of the Civil Rights movement.  […]

Review: VICE

By Mark Saldana  Rating 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) From writer/director Adam McKay, the filmmaker made the razor sharp satire, The Big Short, comes another biting and witty film that pulls no punches.  With Vice, McKay takes on the political career of Dick Cheney and how he literally became the most powerful Vice President of […]

Review: SECOND ACT

Jennifer Lopez Shines in the Romance Comedy “Second Act” By Liz Lopez Rating: B- Jennifer Lopez stars in and produces “Second Act,” an office comedy that also features the issues she has with her romantic partner, and also the strong bond she has with her close friends. The screenplay written by Justin Zackham (“The Big […]

Austin Film Festival 2018 Review/Interview: BEN IS BACK

By Liz Lopez Rating: B+ Peter Hedges (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”) has written and directed a drama about a young man, Ben (Lucas Hedges), his addiction and the many effects it has on all his family and families all around. Hedges story does not shy away from scenes that are very traumatic to […]