Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

After giving audiences three comedic space adventures (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, Thor: Ragnarok) and one mostly dire one (Avengers: Infinity War), Marvel Studios has returned with a new space escapade. Captain Marvel introduces movie audiences to its titular character and presents her story with some gravitas. Though the film does have a witty and fun side, this first movie for Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers is a mostly serious affair. Still, at its heart, the newest MCU offering is a thrilling and highly enjoyable space opera that has an admirable and empowering lead character. After all, it is about time that a strong woman hero take the MCU spotlight, and their newer “Cap” succeeds winningly.

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Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL

By Renee’ C.

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races (IMDB).

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Review: GRETA

By Mark Saldana

Review: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

From director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) comes this dark, tense, and twisted thriller. Starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz, Greta offers mind games, chills, laughs and suspense that are sure to keep audiences well-entertained. With a mix of transparency, surprises and solid acting, Jordan’s latest offering is definitely not his best work, but is a solid entry. Still, it isn’t at all a misstep in a mostly well-respected career.

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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 was first published in 1966. The film started the festival circuit after filming in Big Spring, Midland and Austin, TX as well as in and near other cities in West Texas, including Gail, Snyder, Colorado City, Forsan, and Coahoma. By early November, at the end of the Austin Film Festival, “The Iron Orchard” was named a Hiscox Audience Award winner in the Texas Independent Feature category. Set in a time frame between the late 1930s and the next two decades, the story is about Texas oil and the life of a young man changed by it. As with any independently made film, that means there is no “Hollywood” budget to swim in and thus there are many limited resources available to the director, cast and crew. Despite the challenges or limitations the producers or crew may have had, this is an enjoyable film to watch with impressive performances by the actors for this story. The film may be viewed as just another “Texas oil” story that some individuals can try to dismiss, but as independent films go, this is one not to miss, especially for the cinematography by Mathieu Plainfosse (“Radium Girls” and several video shorts) and performance by the lead, Lane Garrison (“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” “Crazy,” “Prison Break”) as Jim McNeely. There may be some similarities between the McNeely character and other men in the oilfields of Hollywood films that starred James Dean or Daniel Day-Lewis, but Garrison does very well with this role of a young man who may be down and out for a while, but is determined to make a better life for himself, risking it all among the big boys in Texas oil.

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