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Austin action film festival features Cedar Park native

A Cedar Park native who used his martial arts training from local studios turned his love for acting and martial arts into a Hollywood career. more

Raunchy, silly fun on the beach in “Baywatch”

A film that purposely makes fun of itself, “Baywatch” works, if even on the most asininely inane level. more

Remembering Glen Campbell

The entertainment world lost a true music giant when Glen Campbell passed away on Aug. 8. more

Stark realism impresses in “Wind River”

There is an intensely visceral aspect to Taylor Sheridan’s new film “Wind River.” His presentation of the gorgeous, frigid landscapes penetrates to the core and his characters are … more

“Dunkirk” perfectly blends intensity and majesty

Together, Christopher Nolan and longtime collaborator Composer Han Zimmer have created the perfect blend of visual intensity and musical majesty in movie making. more

“Spider-Man Homecoming” is a rockin’ good time

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is everything Marvel fans love and DC fans despise — light, funny, optimistic, and filmed sans the blue-filter, desaturated look that separates … more

"Wish Upon" is an easy-watch horror flick

Typically a PG-13 rating on a horror thriller is a tell – too mild for true horror fans, but acceptable to tweens and above. more

"Logan" an ending and a new beginning

We are used to origin stories when it comes to our superheroes. Whether we look at Avengers, Batman, Superman or X-Men, there is a sense of character connection when we know from whence they came. While “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick … more

"War for the Planet of the Apes" is a battle for the ages

“War for the Planet of the Apes” caps off one of the most surprising film trilogies to come out of Hollywood in recent years, and does it with one of the year’s best action films this year. more

"Fifty Shades Darker" and no shades deeper

Scores read the “Fifty Shades” novels and scores flocked to the theatre for the first disappointing film installment of the wildly popular, super-soft-porn novels. Grey and Steel are back in “Fifty Shades Darker.” While the sex scenes are … more

Massive opening expected for Marvel’s "Guardians 2"

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will constantly be compared to its predecessor, but even so, it entertains with wit and zeal. Like the first, Guardians 2 is visually stunning, making the most of CGI, costumes, and character creations to present … more

"Before I Fall" familiar, but compelling

Living in a perpetual loop does not sound appealing at all, but living in a loop that ends in disaster sounds horrific, but that is what happens to Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) in “Before I Fall.” Directed by Ry Russo-Young and written Maria … more

"Life" lacks star factor

Life --- a condition that includes the capacity for growth, reproduction, function and change -- and the subject of the latest sci-fi thriller, Life, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Director Daniel Espinosa creates a visually-stunning … more

Perhaps "The Mummy" should remain in its coffin

Whether it's called “The Mummy,” “Mission Mummy” or “Mummy Impossible Mummy,” Tom Cruise's latest film is nothing more than a rehash of stunts and silly storytelling with the bankable … more

"Patriots Day" depicts Boston Marathon bombing

The Boston Marathon bombing is one of those events that embed itself in the collective memory, like the shuttle explosions (the first in 1986), the Oklahoma City (1994) bombing and the twin towers going down (2001).  We remember the good too, but … more

“Alien: Covenant” bogs down in sloppy storytelling

I often wonder about the “critics” opinions versus my opinion. I am after all a professional film critic myself, but when I look at critic ratings of films and I find that often I sit on the polar opposite side of popular opinion. I can’t help … more

SXSW Interactive

Old. This single word comes to mind when I trek the streets of downtown Austin this year for SXSW. Seriously, things just seem farther away, but except for one film, I have enjoyed every thing I have done so far and these positive experiences drive … more

Chris Evans, McKenna Grace shine in "Gifted"

Coming out of Hollywood, Gifted seems refreshingly original, with limited transparency and an engaging story. Gifted, is the story of a 7-year-old math prodigy, Mary, living with her protective uncle and the bitter grandmother, who wants the child … more

"20th Century Women" relevant today

Many things delineate a generation – years, decades, the culture and the people. “20th Century Women” manages to perfectly depict a period in the past, all the while making its themes feel 21st century relevant. Starring Annette Bening in an … more

"Silence" worthy of noisy praise

Martin Scorsese’s ambitious film “Silence,” starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, delves into Christian ministries to Japan in the 15th century. Scorsese, who co-wrote “Silence” with Jay Cocks, took nearly three decades to … more
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