Archive for the ‘SXSW’ Category

Review: ALIEN: COVENANT (SXSW 2017)

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By Laurie Coker Rating: D I often wonder about the “critics” opinions versus my opinion. I am after all a professional film critic myself, but when I look at critic ratings of films and I find that often I sit on the polar opposite side of popular opinion. I can’t help but think – “whaaaaaaaaaaat?” […]

Movie Trailer: THE BIG SICK

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Sources: Lionsgate, Amazon Studios Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected […]

SXSW 2017 Review: FITS AND STARTS

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By Laurie Coker Rating: B Having enjoyed Sally Fields’ quirky little comedy, Hello My Name is Doris, seeing another film by writer/director Laura Terruso seemed a good option at SXSW this year. Indie films make for some of the best and yes, sometimes, the worst of the festival. Fits and Starts follows a struggling novelist […]

SXSW 2017 Review: RAMBLIN’ FREAK

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By Jan Hamilton Parker Smith is a young filmmaker who lives in Austin.  In this documentary film, he goes online to locate an inexpensive used movie camera for his projects. What he buys is a barely used camera with a tape still in it.  When he plays the tape he finds connections to his life, […]

SXSW 2017 Review: LEMON

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By Jan Hamilton Brett Gelman stars as a middle aged actor who teaches a drama class, while seeking acting jobs, in this mostly funny film. Isaac is a humorless man whose life is all suddenly going wrong.  Ramona, his blind girlfriend of ten years, seems to be losing interest, and his career is lagging. His Jewish […]