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SXSW Film Review: Chris Morris’ The Day Shall Come Once Again Mines Comedy From Terrorism

The Pitch: Moses (Marchánt Davis) is a would-be spiritual leader, overseeing a handful of bumbling followers who, as the Star of Six, practice sustainable farming, preach non-violence, and pray to Haitian revolutionary leader François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture. They’re not without their issues, however, as Moses is clearly delusional, naming a duck as his conduit to God

SXSW Film Review: Stuber Thrives as an Action Movie, Not So Much as a Comedy

(Editor’s note: The following review concerns a work-in-progress cut of Stuber at SXSW 2019. As such, a final grade will be held until the film’s release this summer.) The Pitch: Hardened Los Angeles detective Vic (Dave Bautista) is supposed to be at home recovering from a recent LASIK procedure. But when Tejo (Iko Uwais), the drug lord

SXSW Film Review: Her Smell Brings a Fictional Rocker’s Pain to Vivid Life

The Pitch: The riot grrrl answer to soulless assembly-line music biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody, Her Smell charts the descent — and potential rebirth — of Becky Something (Elizabeth Moss), the frontwoman of an all-female grunge band in the vein of Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and L7. As the ’90s come to a close, Becky’s drug abuse and unspooling

SXSW Film Review: Jordan Peele’s Us is Effective Horror That Buckles Under Its Own Ambition

The Pitch: In the briefest of sentences, the four members of the Wilson family (mother Lupita Nyong’o, father Winston Duke, daughter Shahadi Wright Joseph, and son Evan Alex) have to contend with a quartet of doppelgängers—or “shadows”—who invade their vacation home in Santa Cruz. Revealing anything more would mean encroaching into spoiler territory, so let’s

Christopher Nolan’s next “event film” described as North by Northwest meets Inception

Mystery loves company, especially when said company is Christopher Nolan. Back in January, Warner Bros. confirmed that the filmmaker’s follow-up to 2017’s Dunkirk would drop on July 17th, 2020, mysteriously suggesting it will be an “event film,” as if every film the guy makes couldn’t qualify for such a description. Now, we know a little

Film Review: Apollo 11 is a Masterful Appreciation of Man’s Greatest Feat

The Pitch: In the summer of ’69, three astronauts — Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins — were sent on an eight-day mission to do what nobody had ever done before in the recorded history of mankind: put a human being on the surface of the moon. The culmination of a promise made by

Solange unveils When I Get Home companion film: Watch

Solange has unveiled a 33-minute companion film to her new album, When I Get Home. “The film is an exploration of origin, asking the question how much of ourselves do we bring with us versus leave behind in our evolution,” a press release notes. “The artist returned to Third Ward Houston to answer this.” Solange