Posts Tagged ‘2015 SXSW FILM’

SXSW Film 2015 Review: PEACE OFFICER

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) From directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber comes this disturbing and sobering documentary that couldn’t have arrived at a more relevant time.  The film follows the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff of Davis County, Utah who started the state’s first SWAT team.  Through the […]

SXSW Film 2015 Review: TOUCHED WITH FIRE

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) This excellent romantic drama portrays the highs and lows that occur when two people with manic-depression attempt to maintain a stable relationship.  Katie Holmes stars as Carla, a talented writer who struggles with the disorder because it fuels her creativity.  After a particularly intense manic episode, […]

SXSW Film/Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE INVITATION

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi and directed by Karyn Kusama, this taut thriller had me on the edge of my seat trying to guess the truth behind all of the characters and the frightening scenario they experience.  Still in pain, some time after the […]

SXSW Film 2015 Review: TURBO KID

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) If Menahem Golan were still alive and he and Cannon partner Yoram Globus had collaborated with Lloyd Kaufman of Troma and director George Miller, Turbo Kid would be their movie love child.  After watching this fun, endearing, and soon to be cult-favorited flick, one can easily […]

SXSW Film 2015 Review: HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) Sally Field has already established herself as a seminal and consistent talent in Hollywood.  He wonderfully charming personality and disarming screen presence has made me a long time admirer of her work.  It came as no surprise that her latest performance in this SXSW headliner comedy […]