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Review: After the Austin Film Festival premiere, “The Iron Orchard” Hits Theaters

By Liz Lopez Rating: B/C- “The Iron Orchard” is an independently made film that is a long time in the making. Native Austinite Gerry de Leon is a screenwriter who in 2011 started adapting “The Iron Orchard,” along with director Ty Roberts, based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Tom Pendleton that […]

Review: CLIMAX

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) From Gaspar Noe, the bold director who made Irreversible and Love, comes what is probably his wildest experience yet. More of a curiosity piece, rather than an insightful investigation of human behavior, Climax is a rather entertaining and bizarre experience that plays out like a strange […]


By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) Based on the acclaimed novel by Tom Pendleton, the film version of The Iron Orchard has had a long and arduous journey to reach the big screen. After several decades and multiple failed attempts at production, the morality yarn about Texas oil has finally made it […]

Review: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

By Liz Lopez Rating B+ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” from writer-director Dean DeBlois, is the third adaptation of author Cressida Cowell’s books about Vikings and dragons. It is here and it is so worth the wait. It is great to see a more mature Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his […]


By Renee’ C. Rating: 5 (Out of 5 Reels) When Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) discovers Toothless is not the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) finds it first (IMDB).