Review: CLIMAX

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

From Gaspar Noe, the bold director who made Irreversible and Love, comes what is probably his wildest experience yet. More of a curiosity piece, rather than an insightful investigation of human behavior, Climax is a rather entertaining and bizarre experience that plays out like a strange and surreal nightmare. It is a film that aims to shock and disturb with realistic horror elements, and one that mostly succeeds in doing so. Not for the faint of heart, Climax is a movie that people will probably watch once and will probably not want to experience again.

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Review: THE IRON ORCHARD

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Based on the acclaimed novel by Tom Pendleton, the film version of The Iron Orchard has had a long and arduous journey to reach the big screen. After several decades and multiple failed attempts at production, the morality yarn about Texas oil has finally made it to cinema. This time, independent Austin filmmakers utilized their scant resources and received the much needed help to see it to fruition. There is a bit of satisfaction to be felt by the filmmakers and audiences alike to see “a little film that could,” overcome obstacles to reach masses. Though the movie itself does leave some things to be desired, I applaud the writers, producers, director, cast and crew for creating a decent motion picture that many others before them couldn’t get off the ground.

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Digital Copy Giveaway: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

Access Granted on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26

Source: Disney Home Entertainment

TVR is giving away digital copies to randomly chosen winners.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Must be 18 or older to enter. 

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the animated adventure featuring video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman), raced to No. 1 opening weekend (the second biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time), winning the top spot at the domestic box office for three consistent weeks and grossing more than $435.1 million to date. In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” the besties risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is available instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD/SD and Movies Anywhere Feb. 12 and physically on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 26.

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Review: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

By Liz Lopez

Rating B+

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” from writer-director Dean DeBlois, is the third adaptation of author Cressida Cowell’s books about Vikings and dragons. It is here and it is so worth the wait. It is great to see a more mature Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his trusty dragon, Toothless, as they approach a point in their lives when they must move on for each other’s well being and good. I was not anticipating the emotion as the film progresses and I caved into all the beauty and feeling of this story, even when I thought I had already seen what there is to see of this dragon series from the first movie released in 2010, followed by the second in 2014. Growing up is not always easy, especially when it comes to separating from things, places or ones we love. This story can appeal to many ages and I highly recommend catching the beautifully animated film to see what I mean.  

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Review: EVERYBODY KNOWS

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

One can go home again, but this journey to the past can re-open some old wounds and fuel some unresolved feelings of resentment. This is the central theme of the new film by writer/director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman). Farhadi, whose previous movies skillfully and effectively deal with relationship troubles, is clearly the right filmmaker to tell a story such as this one. And though the characters in his latest story often behave like dogs chasing their tails, he still manages to compell and captivate in tbis mystery/drama. Casting Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Ricardo Darin in the lead roles also contributes wonderfully to how well the drama plays out.

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