Category Archives: Film

‘Smash: Motorized Mayhem’ review: Bus racing pic more promotional video than subject doc

“Smash: Motorized Mayhem” wholeheartedly embraces the fun in the sport of school bus racing, a cross between stock car racing and a demolition derby. The documentary often feels like a highlight reel, and it cries out for a little more depth behind the scenes. Continue reading

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‘Atomica’ review: Sci-fi mystery’s setting somewhat elevates cheesy production

Aside from its B-movie execution, “Atomica” gets credit for developing a unique world around a nuclear energy premise. It’s a forgettable sci-fi mystery, but also somewhat entertaining. Continue reading

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Archer’

“The Archer” pits an accomplished archer against the corrupt and dangerous leaders of a wilderness camp for troubled youth. Valerie Weiss’ film proves to be an effective cat-and-mouse style thriller where the tables are constantly turning. Continue reading

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Pornocracy’

“Pornocracy” reflects on how the adult entertainment industry has had to adapt in the wake of the Internet’s popularity. Director Ovidie finds a mystery in the large corporation that owns many of the Internet tube sites, which makes for an interesting investigation. Continue reading

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SXSW Film Review: ‘G-Funk’

“G-Funk” explores the hip-hop sub-genre that gained prominence during the early days of Warren G, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. The documentary is an interesting ride through the growth of the hip-hop scene during the early 90’s. Continue reading

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Honor Farm’

“The Honor Farm” has ambitious intentions, but its short run time feels squandered by strange transitions and a cliche drug scene that runs unnecessarily long. Continue reading

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‘Trophy’ review: Wildlife conservation doc has brains, heart, and beautiful imagery

“Trophy” is a visually marvelous documentary that explores wildlife conservation as an impartial third party. Spending time with a trophy hunter, a wildlife officer, and breeders at each end of the spectrum finds the emotion at the heart of this hot button issue. Continue reading

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SXSW world premiere ‘The Honor Farm’ releases a new video clip

The SXSW World Premiere film “The Honor Farm” saw a preview clip hit the Internet today. Karen Skloss’ teen horror film screens on March 11. Continue reading

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SXSW world premiere film leaps from crowd funding to festival

SXSW Narrative Features Competition selection La Barracuda was recently the subject of a successful Indiegogo campaign. This achievement came mere weeks before the film sees its world premiere on March 11. Continue reading

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‘Lavender’ review: Repressed-memory thriller light on frightfulness and fun

“Lavender” is a center-of-the-road thriller that skimps on some of the details. While being both supernatural and psychological, neither one of these themes manages to give the film a sense of excitement. Continue reading

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