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SXSW 2018 Review: LEAN ON PETE

Charlie Plummer Stands Out in “Lean on Pete” Opening in Austin   By Liz Lopez Rating: B Based on the novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin, “Lean on Pete” is based on the adapted screenplay by British director Andrew Haigh (“45 Years”). The story is a sad one, but very real as it […]

SXSW 2018 Review: FINAL PORTRAIT

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) Stanley Tucci’s fifth feature film as a writer/director details writer James Lord’s experiences in Paris as a model for artist Alberto Giacometti’s last painting.  Based on Lord’s memoir, “A Giacometti Portrait,” Tucci offers a mildly entertaining and interesting glimpse of an artist at work and the […]

SXSW 2018 Review: FINAL PORTRAIT

Stanley Tucci’s “Final Portrait” Arrives in Austin Theaters By Liz Lopez Rating: C+           There is not much that can be said about a feature film that has a very thin premise – an artist painting his subject – but writer/director Stanley Tucci’s work in “Final Portrait” manages to make the limited material into an engaging […]

SXSW 2018 Review: RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Writer/directer Abner Benaim hopes to reveal more about the famous actor and legendary musician Ruben Blades with this love letter of a documentary.  Some people only know Ruben Blades for his acting in movies and television, while others know him mostly for his politically-charged contribution to […]

SXSW 2018 Review: THUNDER ROAD

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Based on the 2016 short film by the same name,  writer/director Jim Cummings, this feature film went on to win the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature.  This Austin-based production delighted, amused and touched audience members as well.  Cummings stars as Police Officer Jim Arnaud, a […]