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Review: PET SEMATARY Fails To Reanimate Stephen King's Tragic Examination Of Grief

When Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) move from the hustle of Boston to the rural quiet of Ludlow, Maine they expect their lives to slow down so they can finally spend some quality time with their children,...

SXSW 2019 Review: SAKAWA Explores Sex Scams, Voodoo, Dark Side of Capitalism

Sex spam is a fundamental part of the internet experience. Most of these solicitations are blatant scams, but many people still get ripped off by promises of romance and sex. Who are these scammers? Many of the perpetrators are actually...

SXSW 2019 Review: The Hills Have Ayes In Hilarious Scottish Thriller BOYZ IN THE WOOD

The peaceful Scottish highlands hide a bloody secret in writer/director Ninian Doff's hilarious rural nightmare Boyz in the Wood.  A trio of teenage miscreants are given one last chance to turn their lives around by completing the Duke of Edinburgh...

SXSW 2019 Review: THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA Turns A Beloved Folk Horror Into A Cookie Cutter Gag Factory

Is nothing sacred in the Conjuring universe? With The Curse of La Llorona, producer James Wan and director Michael Chaves have taken a beloved story from Mexican folklore and stripped it of everything that makes it scary in order to...

SXSW 2019 Review: TONE-DEAF Couldn't Be A More Apt Title For This Topical Thriller

After a pair of incredibly divisive features in Excision and Trash Fire, controversial director Ricky Bates is back with his latest film, and it looks like he's done beating around the bush when it comes to taking on the status...

SXSW 2019 Review: This Irish Comic Fantasy Is EXTRA ORDINARY

A psychic driving instructor fights to save a young girl from a satanic sacrifice at the hands of a washed up psychedelic rock star in directors Enda Loughman & Mike Ahern's Extra Ordinary. This dark comic fantasy from Ireland absolutely...

SXSW 2019 Dispatch: A New Batch of Hot VR

Always an interesting place for the convergence of tech and entertainment, SXSW unveiled a new crop of VR experiences this week. Along with the four pieces we covered at Sundance (Gloomy Eyes, Mechanical Souls, Four Feet Blind Date, Runnin'), there...

SXSW 2019 Review: Rick Alverson's THE MOUNTAIN Is An Evolution Of A Unique Filmmaker To Watch

The Mountain director, Rick Alverson, doesn’t give a fuck what you think about his movies. In his short, but eventful career making feature films, he’s already created two of the most polarizing American independent films of the current decade in...

SXSW 2019 Review: BELLINGCAT - TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD, A Gripping Look at a Powerful Form of Internet Journalism

Professional journalism is in crisis mode. Major consolidation, cost-cutting, and technology shifts are leading to less outlets, less job opportunities, and less coverage of important issues. In this changing landscape, new models built around the unique capabilities of the Internet...

SXSW 2019 Review: COME AS YOU ARE, Surprisingly Empathetic Cross Country Sexcapade

A remake of a 2011 Belgian film called Hasta La Vista, Richard Wong's Come As You Are is a charming, poignant, affectionate take on the road trip movie with an eye toward building compassion for those who are so often...

SXSW 2019 Review: PORNO Provides Cheap Thrills For Fans Of Magickal Mayhem

The crew of a small town movie theater stumbles into a boarded up basement and comes back with more than they bargained for in director Keola Racela's Porno, one of the several horror comedies anchoring SXSW's Midnight section this year....

SXSW 2019 Review: SNATCHERS Is A Goofy, Gory Spin On Alien Invasion Horror

A young woman's coming of age has a body count in Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, & Scott Yacyshyn's Snatchers. The trio wrote the film as a limited web series back in 2015, which then went on to a premiere at...

SXSW 2019 Review: TALES FROM THE LODGE Tells Grown Up Campfire Stories To Uneven Effect

A group of middle-aged pals gather at a lodge in the woods to celebrate the life of a fallen friend in director Abigail Blackmore's debut feature, Tales From the Lodge. While this basic one-liner for the film is nothing...

SXSW 2019 Review: AURORA, Fresh Romantic Sparks in Finland

Mimosa Willamo and Amir Escandari star in Miia Tervo's refreshing debut feature.

SXSW 2019 Review: J.R. "BOB" DOBBS AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS, Exploring a Texas Prank Cult That's Inspired Weirdos Worldwide

During the '80s, anyone who sent a dollar bill to PO Box 140306, Dallas, Texas, 75214 would eventually receive a weird black-and-white pamphlet filled with stark graphics and apocalyptic text that looked like it was cobbled together by UFO-obsessed John...

SXSW 2019 Review: TREAD Tells the Wild Story of a Bulldozer Rampage in Colorado

On June 4, 2004, Marvin Heemeyer--a businessman and an Air Force veteran--started up his Komatsu D355A tractor. Prior to the date, Heemeyer spent countless hours building a virtually impenetrable concrete-and-steel shell around the top of the tractor. After firing up...

SXSW 2019 Dispatch: Let's Look at a Few Great Shorts

It's a damn shame how few shorts the typical fest-goer typically sees at a given festival due to running all over to features and events. So it's a bit counter-intuitive that at a festival so jam-packed with events and "activations,"...

SXSW 2019: The First Footage From Pollyanna McIntosh's DARLIN' Teases Terror

With SXSW now in full swing, it's about time that some of the hotly anticipated features start to share teases to whet the appetites of filmgoers. One of my must-see films this year is Pollyanna McIntosh's directorial debut, Darlin'. A...

Friday One Sheet: GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR

Evoking the middle space between Darren Aronofsky's mother! poster, and the Russell Mills' Downward Spiral art from Nine Inch Nails' iconic 1994 album, the one-sheet for SXSW debuting Girl On The Third Floor is eye catching to say the least....

SXSW 2019 Preview: A Close Up on Midnight and Visions

Yesterday we raised the curtain on the 2019 edition of SXSW with previews from across the program. Notably missing were movies in the Midnight and Visions programs from our writers on the ground. Take it away!...