Austin Screening Pass Giveaway: SPIES IN DISGUISE

Source: 20th Century Fox

TVR is giving away passes (good for four people) to an advance screening of this movie in Austin, TX, scheduled for Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.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!

Review: THE AERONAUTS

By Liz Lopez

Rating: B-

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones co-star in the new film ‘The Aeronauts’ from Tom Harper (‘Wild Rose’), who directs based on a story co - created with Jack Thorne (‘Wonder’). The story is set in London based on a true story of a mission designed to observe and research the weather in 1862 via a hot air balloon. Redmayne portrays real-life scientist James Glaisher, and the story created by these filmmakers switches out the other real (male) aeronaut and adds a fictional aeronaut. Amelia Wren (Jones), is a wealthy widow who has the funds to go on the adventure rather than do what is expected of her during that era, much to the disapproval of her sister Antonia (Phoebe Fox). She still grieves her late husband, Pierre Rennes (Vincent Perez, ‘At Eternity's Gate’) and Glaisher looks to the future with the study of meteorology. While the performances of the two stars are excellent, this does not elevate the script sufficiently to make it a perfect film, but it is interesting. Fans of air balloons will most definitely enjoy the film’s cinematography by George Steel that enhances the CGI sky in the background as the balloon glides along higher and higher.

Austin Film Festival 2019 Review: MARRIAGE STORY

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, this phenomenal movie is not only my favorite film of this year's AFF, it is definitely one of the top films of the year. I went into this film preparing myself for a thoroughly heart wrenching, sorrowful affair, but was wonderfully surprised at how much humor the movie actually has. I have to hand it to the writing and direction Noah Baumbach who delivers a slightly comedic take on divorce, but still leaves enough room for the drama to do some veritable heart-breaking.

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: KNIVES OUT

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

This year's Fantastic Fest closed with a delightfully smart, mystery thriller which would possibly impress Agatha Christie herself. Writer/director Rian Johnson has taken the classic "whodunnit" and offers an engrossing and entertaining twist on the genre. With a talented ensemble cast, intelligent writing and superb direction, Johnson's Knives Out is one of those movies which, in the wrong hands, would have been just another transparent knock-off. However, given Johnson's skills as a storyteller and his obvious love for the genre, his film stands out from others that have weakly attempted the same feat in vain.

Austin Film Festival 2018: 2nd Film Wave Announcement

Austin Film Festival 2018: 2nd Film Wave Announcement

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL CONFIRMS JASON REITMAN’S THE FRONT RUNNER AS CLOSING NIGHT FILM, ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE OF FILMS FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY LINE-UP AFF ALSO HIGHLIGHTS EMERGING FEMALE VOICES COMING THROUGH ITS SHORT FILM COMPETITION Source: AFF Austin Film Festival...

Fantastic Fest 2018 News: Final Wave of Programming Announcement

Fantastic Fest 2018 News: Final Wave of Programming Announcement

FANTASTIC FEST’S FINAL WAVE OF PROGRAMMING INCLUDES BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE AS CLOSING NIGHT FILM,  THE US PREMIERES OF MID90S AND  UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, AND A HALLOWEEN-THEMED OPENING NIGHT PARTY Plus Walking Dead star Steven Yeun in attendance for BURNING,...

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Austin Screening Pass Giveaway: COUNTDOWN

Austin Screening Pass Giveaway: COUNTDOWN

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, October 23 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: WAVES

Austin Film Festival 2019 Review: WAVES

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

As usual, this year’s Austin Film Festival featured an exciting lineup of movies, but definitely offered some great headliners which may be considered for accolades at the year’s end. The one film which seriously blew me away came from writer/director Trey Edward Shults. Shults originally caught my attention and earned my praise with his astoundingly powerful film Krisha. Shults followed up with the riveting horror entry It Comes At Night.

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Review: HONEY BOY

Review: HONEY BOY

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

To anyone who has wondered what the deal is with Shia LeBeouf, the actor who has written this rather personal statement of who he is and why he’s had his share of personal turmoil. I suppose it has become easy to dismiss the actor as just another case of childhood celebrity trauna, but Honey Boy offers more personal and heartbreaking examples. Director Alma Har’el brings this powerful and affecting true story to cinematic life and is certain to enlighten everyone that Shia LeBeouf is a person with genuine feelings and and pain in his past.

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Review: FROZEN II

Review: FROZEN II

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf return in a new adventure that amuses and entertains, but lacks a solid story as its foundation. It is a simple case of sequelitis that keeps this new installment from achieving the same heights of greatness and passion, but it is an enjoyable journey nevertheless. Still, Frozen II probably should’ve been one of those lesser Disney sequels more suitable for only the video/streaming market. Heck, Disney + just made its official debut recently and this movie would have been perfect as a launching vehicle.

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DVD Giveaway: DISNEY JUNIOR HOLIDAY

DVD Giveaway: DISNEY JUNIOR HOLIDAY

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!  Includes Six 22-minute Episodes from Disney Junior Favorites “Vampirina,” “Puppy Dog Pals,” “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!” Source: Disney Home Entertainment TVR is giving...

Digital Copy Review: INCREDIBLES 2

Digital Copy Review: INCREDIBLES 2

By Mark Saldana The long-awaited sequel to Disney/Pixar’s acclaimed and popular superhero movie is now available to own via digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD.  I recently re-watched the equally lovable sequel and took a gander at some of the many extras...

Digital Copy Giveaway: INCREDIBLES 2

Digital Copy Giveaway: INCREDIBLES 2

Source: Disney TVR is giving away two digital copies to two randomly chosen winners.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Must be 18 or older to enter.  In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of...

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