By Mark Saldana

Rating: 2 (Out of 4 Stars)

From French New Wave to “Mumblercore” there have been some great films that beautifully create and capture candid slice of life moments while seemingly effortlessly developing characters and putting forth some powerful narratives. Unfortunately, Frankie is not one of those movies. Writer/director Ira Sachs makes a failed attempt at delivering a moving and compelling portrait of a family through conversations and feigned personal moments among the characters. Though the talented cast members act their hearts out, Sach’s film just doesn’t give audiences any real reasons for caring about them.

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Multiplatform Video Release: LILYANA


LIYANA is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five children in the Kingdom of Eswatini who turn past trauma into an original fable about a girl named Liyana who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers. The film weaves her animated journey together with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance and hope.

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Austin Screening Pass Giveaway: 21 BRIDGES

Source: STX Entertainment

TVR is giving away passes (good for two people) to an advance screening of this movie in Austin, TX, scheduled for Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 p..m.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Must be 18 or older to enter. See this movie early and free of charge before it opens in theaters!

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Austin Film Festival 2019 Review/Interview: THE DEVIL’S SON

By Liz Lopez

Rating: A

This year, as in the past, the Austin Film Festival offered many feature films, some of which have already opened theatrically at a national level and others pending distribution, or other stages of the film festival circuit. There are also many short films that were available and screened in different categories or groupings. Among the multiple shorts that I viewed, I saw writer/director Ernesto M. Sandoval’s “The Devil’s Son” described on the AFF website as “A poor farmer is cursed by the Devil with unrequited love after refusing to accept his role in the Devil’s plans.” It played as part of Shorts Program 6: Getting Old.

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By Laurie Coker

Rating: C-

Children, like fire, are completely unpredictable. Unfortunately, John Cena’s new movie, Playing with Fire, is blatantly predictable. Relying more on sight gags and pratfalls than on quality writing or acting, director Andy Fickman and co-writers Matt Lieberman and Dan Ewen miss their marks completely. With a cast as entertaining as this, it is a real shame that baby poop in a gas mask is in it at all.

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