Review: LUCY IN THE SKY

By Liz Lopez

Rating: C+

Noah Hawley (“Legion” and “Fargo” TV series) makes his feature directing debut with “Lucy In the Sky,” based on a screenplay he wrote with Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi and despite any revisions he made to the script, the storytelling is still lacking. This is sad to say, but I cannot remember how long it has been since I wondered how long I had been sitting through the film and when it would be over. I was so looking forward to watching the film that states at the beginning that it is inspired by true events, but it seemed so long to get to a point of interest for me. I wanted to like the film, especially with Natalie Portman portraying Lucy Cola, an astronaut, as well as Zazie Beetz, co-staring as Erin Eccles, the new young astronaut candidate for an upcoming mission. Unfortunately, the script is under-written for them and other characters, Lucy’s niece Blue Iris (Pearl Amanda Dickson) and Ellen Burstyn as Lucy’s grandmother, Nana Holbrook. It is not until the third act where the script shifts and seems to remember to include something from the “true event” that inspired it.

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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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Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: THE DEEPER YOU DIG

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

From writers/directors/actors Toby Poser and John Adams comes a chilling thriller which basically takes elements from Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and sets it in modern times. Thought it isn’t an exact adaptation, Poser and Adams, instead, take the theme of guilt and utilizes it to tell a haunting story of their own. The indie filmmakers make this a family affair and cast their daughter Zelda Adams, as well as starring in the lead roles. The result is an utterly gripping and atmospheric movie that proves that it doesn’t necessarily take a big budget or major studio backing to make an affecting piece of horror cinema.

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Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Australian director Serge Ou’s comprehensive documentary tells the vast history martial arts cinema and does so with great style and aplomb. It is a rather daunting task to pull this off, as the filmography of martial arts movies is quite extensive. Still, Ou manages to condense a lifetime of work into a mere 107 minutes. It seriously is a lot to absorb and retain, but it does set itself up well for repeated viewings.

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Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: KNIVES AND SKIN

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Though not a true musical, Jennifer Reeder’s Knives and Skin uses music and song in some inventive and powerful ways. This film, which tackles the scary years of high school, focuses on a group of teenage girls struggling with identity amidst the aftermath a classmate’s disappearance. The film delves deep into these problems along with the accompanying feelings and emotions. Reeder’s use of songs to express these feelings really drives her movie into the hearts of her audiences.

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