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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

TV Review: Arrested Development Finishes Off Season 5 With a Whimper

(Note: The following review covers the final eight episodes of Arrested Development‘s fifth season.) The Pitch: Following up on the events from the first half of the fifth season, the Bluth family finds itself in survival mode. Michael (Jason Bateman) is trying to wrestle back control of the Bluth company and regain his relationship with George Michael

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

Album Review: Pond’s Ode to Australia Doubles as a Trippy Space Odyssey

The Lowdown: In 2019, patriotism can come from some pretty strange places. Australian psychedelic rock wonders Pond have shown their pride by putting their home country at the center of their new album, Tasmania, named after the island state off the southeast coast. Pond’s strength has been feeling comfortable experimenting and building off of their

TV Review: What We Do in the Shadows Works Best as a Series

(Editor’s note: The following review covers the first four episodes of What We Do in the Shadows‘ debut season.) The Pitch: By now, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows has existed in one form or another for over a decade. What started as a short film in 2005 slowly mutated into

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