don't breathe review

Don’t Breathe revives one of the horror genre’s most convenient tropes: what happens when a group of genuinely rotten characters find themselves up against someone so much worse? It’s like a get-out-jail-free card for any filmmaker with a nasty streak, as they can proceed to punish the lead characters in unfathomable ways without asking the audience to feel too guilty for relishing in their suffering.

And director Fede Alvarez lays that suffering on with a heavy brush. Once Don’t Breathe finds its rhythm, it becomes one of the most relentless horror movies in recent memory, a non-stop assault that finds that fine line between crowd-pleasing and shit-your-pants terrifying. Alvarez already showed horror fans that he wasn’t kidding around with his vicious 2013 Evil Dead remake, but Don’t Breathe is his and his alone, proof that his brand of intensity can operate when removed from a beloved franchise.

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keanu review

This is not a review of Keanu. The version that screened at SXSW was described as a work-in-progress cut and changes, both significant and minor, can still occur between now and when the film arrives in theaters. Jokes can be be swapped, sequences can be tightened, and entire scenes can still be excised or added. To say something definitive right now would be unfair.

However, the cut of director Peter Atencio‘s new comedy that played before a packed house at the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin certainly felt like a finished movie…and that’s a bit of a mixed bag. So let’s break out the questions. Is the big screen debut of beloved comedy Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele funny? Yeah, of course it is. These two can’t not be funny. If the trailer made you giggle, there is plenty to enjoy here and you’re in for a good time at the movies. But is the film more than the sum of its best jokes? No. At least not in this particular version.

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everybody wants some review

Richard Linklater is defined by his empathy. Few filmmakers love their characters quite as much as he does, and his affection fills his low-key dramas and broad comedies alike. Linklater’s affection for the young men at the core of his new film, Everybody Wants Some, is evident in every frame. These guys, young, dumb, and prepared to make all kinds of bad decisions because they’re obviously going to be 18 forever, are as realized as any comedic characters of the past decade. To watch their movie is to get to know them, to hang out with them, to join their party.

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sxsw star wars

SXSW 2016 kicked off like it always does – with a rainstorm that no one was prepared to deal with. But neither rain nor shine can stop the reach of the evil First Order, whose steely grip has officially reached the planet Earth. Namely, Austin, Texas.

Okay, so the life-size TIE Fighter parked in the empty lot near a bunch of delicious food trucks was just a replica and the two Stormtroopers guarding it were just performers hired to help drill the release date of the Blu-ray and DVD for Star Wars: The Force Awakens into everyone’s heads. But as far as advertising gimmicks go, letting you get up and close with this stuff as pretty top notch. You can check out photos from this event, as well as a teaser for one of the the home release’s most interesting special features, below.

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The Force Awakens Documentary

Just last week, Disney and Lucasfilm officially announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be hitting digital download on April 1st with the Blu-ray and DVD hitting shelves on April 5th. One of the special features included on that home video release was revealed to be Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, a feature-length documentary looking at the making of arguably the most anticipated movie ever. But if you’re at SXSW next week, you can catch it early. Read More »

keanu trailer

South by Southwest is only days away now. Sadly, I won’t be attending the very fun Austin-based festival this year, but our own Jacob Hall will be in attendance to cover the wide array of films premiering there this year, including some high-profile films. Last week an unfinished cut of Sausage Party was added to this year’s lineup, but another addition just has been made to the SXSW schedule: Keanu will play at the festival.

Learn more about the Keanu screening below.

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richard linklater mondo gallery

Director Richard Linklater is one of Austin, Texas’ favorite sons, so it was not surprising in the slightest when his newest movie, Everybody Wants Some, was selected to open this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Linklater’s work has screened at the fest on several occasions and Linklater himself has put in more than a few memorable appearances. He interviewed fellow Texan Wes Anderson after a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel a few years ago and it was magnificent.

And that brings us to the news of the moment: Mondo, the Austin-based purveyor of terrific film and pop culture-related posters that sell out way too fast, is dedicating its next gallery show to Linklater and his work.

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Jack Goes Home

South by Southwest is just over a month away, and just in case you weren’t excited enough already, the festival has just unveiled this year’s Midnighters lineup. Highlights include Mike Flanagan‘s Hush, a new Fede Alvarez thriller, and the remastered Phantasm. And if needed even more reasons to get pumped, they’ve also announced a new selection of Festival Favorites and short films to look forward to.

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SXSW 2016 Movies: Feature Film Lineup Announced

SXSW 2016 movies

We only just closed the book on Sundance 2016, but it’s already time to look ahead to one of the year’s other major festivals: South by Southwest, which takes place in Austin, Texas from March 11-19.

This year’s lineup includes 139 movies in total, including 89 world premieres and 52 feature debuts. Among the highlights are Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants SomeTi West‘s In a Valley of Violence, and Mike Birbiglia‘s Don’t Think Twice. TV lovers will be glad to see the world premieres of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s Preacher, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green‘s Vice Principals, and Adam Wingard‘s Outcast, among others. Hit the jump for the full SXSW 2016 movies.

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