Posts Tagged ‘2018 Austin Film Festival’

Austin Film Festival 2018 Review/Interview: BEN IS BACK

By Liz Lopez Rating: B+ Peter Hedges (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”) has written and directed a drama about a young man, Ben (Lucas Hedges), his addiction and the many effects it has on all his family and families all around. Hedges story does not shy away from scenes that are very traumatic to […]

Austin Film Festival 2018 Review: THE FAVOURITE

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) Money and power rarely offer anyone lasting happiness.  This timeless message is the central theme for this new, unorthodox period film by Yorgos Lanthimos.  Power is the goal that drives two of the protagonists in the film.  It is what pits them against each other and […]

Austin Film Festival 2018 Review: GREEN BOOK

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) In 1962, acclaimed Jamaican pianist Dr. Don Shirley decided to take a tour through the Jim Crow South, but needed a strong driver/security guard to guarantee his safety and make sure that he makes his engagements in a timely manner.  Dr. Shirley chose bouncer Tony “The […]

Austin Film Festival 2018 Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) The 25th year of the Austin Film Festival concluded with this latest entry by respected writer/director Jason Reitman.  Given the current political climate of the U.S., it isn’t all that surprising that the filmmaker would take on a movie that examines the role of the media […]

Austin Film Festival 2018 Review: BOY ERASED

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Before Garrard Conley started his career as an acclaimed writer, he lived a rather simple life in Arkansas with his loving parents.  His parents have a traditional marriage with his mother working as a hairdresser and his father working as a car salesman while also serving […]