Archive for the ‘SXSW’ Category


By Mark Saldana  Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) Between 1963 and 2001, Fred Rogers entertained and educated via his television programs which not only instructed children about the world around them, but also fueled their imagination and creativity.    Morgan Neville’s documentary goes behind the scenes to reveal the real Fred Rogers, a humble […]


By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) On December 17, 2004, four childhood friends attempted to steal several highly valuable books from the Transylvania University Library.  This story and the events prior to and after the theft form the basis of this true crime film directed by Bart Layton.  Layton intercuts his dramatic […]

SXSW 2018 Review/Interview: UPGRADE

Leigh Whannell’s Award Winning “Upgrade” Hits Theaters.   By Liz Lopez Rating: B+ Filmmaker Leigh Whannell (D: “Insidious: Chapter 3” and writer/actor of the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises) wrote and directed “Upgrade” and made the World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this past March. The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Theater was packed to the gills […]

SXSW 2018 Review/Interview: UPGRADE

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) I went into this South by “Midnighter”with high hopes, but restrained expectations. Writer/director/actor Leigh Whannell had previously impressed me with his work on the Saw, Insidious, and Conjuring franchises, but my instincts told me that this foray into pulpy science fiction could be something really special.  […]

SXSW Film News: Audience Award Winner “Ruben Blades is Not My Name” to Screen in CineFestival This Summer

By Liz Lopez Sources: SXSW, GCAC The 40th annual CineFestival will be hosted and celebrated by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC) this summer. This film festival is the longest running Latino film festival in the country. San Antonio’s original indie film festival will take place July 5-8, 2018, to coincide with the Guadalupe’s Summer […]