On August 1, 1966, a gunman climbed the tower at the University of Texas in Austin and opened fire with a high-powered rifle. After 96 minutes, the sniper was dead, but so were 16 of his victims. Dozens more were wounded. A nation looked on in shock. And it was just the harbinger of more violence to come in the ensuing decades.
Tower is director Keith Maitland‘s beat-for-beat retelling of what went down during those 96 minutes and an examination of the aftermath, exploring how the events of that day changed those who were there and set the stage for an America where school shootings are so common that no one bats an eye when they occur. It’s a sobering, even stirring, film. And it’s partially animated.
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Those lucky enough to be attending SXSW today will have a chance to see Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, and feel the presence of the First Order descending on Texas. The rest of us will be waiting until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits Blu-ray and DVD next month to check out the feature-length documentary that looks at every facet of the film’s production.
Until then, some of The Force Awakens documentary footage has been unveiled in a new teaser clip, giving us a taste of what we’ll get to see from behind the scenes. Some of the sneak peeks include footage of the John Boyega screen test that would eventually land him the part of Finn, Gwendoline Christie in her Captain Phasma wardrobe, but without her helmet, and much more. However, if you somehow haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, beware of major spoilers. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Year after year, SXSW proves itself to be one of the best film festivals in the world, offering an astonishing variety of programming that appeals to every taste. Emotional arthouse dramas? Yep. An always stellar documentary line-up? You betcha. An insane midnight program that offers a look at bonkers movies from all over the world? Of course. Gigantic premieres and previews for upcoming studio releases and high anticipated TV shows? Take a guess.
So when we decided to limit our 2016 SXSW preview to only ten titles, we knew we were leaving dozens of fascinating movies on the cutting room floor. But that’s the joy of any film festival – you go in with certain expectations, only to stumble over a whole slate of great films you never saw coming. /Film will be in attendance at SXSW, bringing you news and reviews straight from the fest, but here are the screenings we’re looking forward to seeing the most.
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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 »
Some people think that Jennifer Lawrence is the most beautiful vision that Earth has to offer. But only her voice will guide us through a documentary that shows us the beauty of our planet from the International Space Station, which might give her a run for her money (and she has a lot of it after The Hunger Games).
A Beautiful Planet is a new IMAX documentary that gives us some unique insight into our planet at the environment from the perspective of astronauts orbiting in space around it. Stunning shots of our planet from space give us gorgeous vantage points that we’ve never seen before, making this something that will be magical to see on the IMAX screen. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Netflix’s documentary series Making a Murderer came to an end after ten very upsetting installments, all of which hit Netflix this past December. But the story of Steven Avery has continued offscreen in real life. In the weeks since the show’s debut, appeals have been filed, petitions have been signed, new evidence has come to light, and so on. It’s enough to make a viewer hope for a few more episodes of the show to cover everything that’s happened since the first season left off, and now it looks like we’ll get our wish.
Directors Larua Ricciardi and Moira Demos have confirmed they’ve kept in touch with Avery and continued to record their conversations with him, and that they’ve spoken with Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner about filming new episodes of the show. (Be warned there are spoilers ahead for season 1, if you’ve somehow managed to avoid either watching the show or reading any headlines about it until now.) Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Fastball trailer is all about taking a very deep and very specific dive into the history of baseball and it’s all set to the soothing sounds of Kevin Costner‘s voice. In other words, it’s one slice of Apple pie and a screeching bald eagle away from being pure, unfiltered Americana. As the title implies, this documentary explores the fastball, the fastest pitch in baseball that can send the ball from the mound to home plate in “less than the blink of an eye.” Sports fans will probably be interested immediately. As for everyone else? Well, let’s see if this trailer does its job.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Alex Gibney is one of the most prolific documentary filmmakers working today. To look at his filmography is to wonder if there’s a bomb in his chest that will go off if he ever stops working. Like any director who works so frequently, you have to take his occasionally misses in stride – not every movie can be as infuriating and fascinating as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room or as horrifying as the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side.
The trailer for Zero Days, which is making its debut at the Berlin Film Festival today, looks like classic Gibney: a very specific and very unsettling topic that no one wants to talk about but everyone wants to know about. This documentary about cyber warfare looks like it would have been a science fiction film a decade or two ago and it looks terrifying.
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It’s fair to say most of us snuck into R-rated movies before we reached the magical age of 17. It’s easy to do, and you’d almost have to go out of your way to get caught, unless you went to a really strict movie theater. While plenty of kids and teens snuck in to see Deadpool this weekend, there’s another movie in theaters right now that a certain director thinks they should attend next.
Below, Michael Moore (Sicko) explains how anyone under the age of 17 can see his new documentary Where to Invade Next.
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