By Renee’ C.

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe (IMDB).

Writer/Director Boots Riley freshman work is an extremely well made film. Sure, it does get weird at the end but this is a solidly written and well-acted film. The characters are real and they draw you into their plight. Read more »

Film News: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center 40th Annual CineFestival Line –Up

By Liz Lopez

Sources: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, SXSW

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio has an amazing official film lineup for the nonprofit’s 40th Annual CineFestival sponsored by the San Antonio Film Commission. This year’s festival will take place Thursday, July 5th – Sunday, July 8, 2018 with the theme “Hecho En Tejas.” Of the films featured in this year’s lineup, 41 of the films were shot in Texas or directed by Texas filmmakers with 23 of the films directed by San Antonio filmmakers or San Antonio natives. Read more »


Intense Sequel “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” Stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin


By Liz Lopez

Rating: B +


Academy Award nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”) has written the sequel, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” to his 2015 screenplay, “Sicario” (directed by Denis Villeneuve) about the U.S.-Mexico border and the cartel’s activities that involve trafficking drugs, humans and perhaps other things that have not yet been the main focus in these stories. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is very difficult to watch in some scenes, especially at the onset of the film in a Kansas City supermarket when bombs go off after some men enter. It is horrific to view the loss of life involving a mother and child. Read more »


The Sports Comedy “Uncle Drew” is entertaining and Fun as a Good “Throw-back” in Time


By Liz Lopez

Rating: B-

Who knew that a Pepsi advertising campaign would be the inspiration for a feature length film that is funny, entertaining and family friendly? Despite anyone that may be skeptical about that concept and decide to avoid spending dollars on it, the story is still entertaining even if there is some predictability. If you know this going in, sit back and relax and let the humor and music entertain you. Directed by Charles Stone III from a script written by Jay Longino, the story is enjoyable watching the elder basketball stars take the court again, showing they should not be written off quite yet. Of course, right after the “roster” of elder players gathers, they quickly learn from a scrimmage that they are in need of practice and unity as a “team” in order to compete on any court.  Read more »


By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario was one of those brilliant films for which I did not expect, or desire, a sequel.  In fact, the one way I really wanted to see a sequel was if both director Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan were both on board. Well, with Villeneuve keeping busy with last year’s extraordinary Blade Runner 2049 and now with work already underway on a Dune adaptation, my wish would not come completely true.  Sheridan has returned, though, and with Italian director Stefano Sollima at the helm.  Sicario: Day of the Soldado actually is a sometimes compelling, always thought provoking sequel, but one that does fall short of its predecessor.  Still, as far as sequels go, the film is still very watchable and gripping, as long as one doesn’t go in with unreasonable expectations.  Read more »