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Denzel Washington isn’t enough to keep ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ afloat
 Writer/director Dan Gilroy gave Jake Gyllenhaal one of his best roles in 2014’s creepy “Nightcrawler,” about the slimy side of crime and TV news. With “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Gilroy is trying to do the same for Denzel Washington, who has already won two Oscars, for 2002’s “Training Day” and...

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Writer/director Dan Gilroy gave Jake Gyllenhaal one of his best roles in 2014’s creepy “Nightcrawler,” about the slimy side of crime and TV news. With “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Gilroy is trying to do the same for Denzel Washington, who has already won two Oscars, for 2002’s “Training Day” and...
Strong performances give life to strong characters in ‘Billboards’
 “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will make you laugh — and then make you wonder whether you should be laughing. And that’s why it’s so good. There are no easy answers. At first, it seems like a fairly justifiable act: putting up three billboards to question why her daughter’s rape and murder...

Posted: 5 days ago

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will make you laugh — and then make you wonder whether you should be laughing. And that’s why it’s so good. There are no easy answers. At first, it seems like a fairly justifiable act: putting up three billboards to question why her daughter’s rape and murder...
‘Three Billboards’ writer-director surpasses simple Hollywood arc
 The title “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But writer-director Martin McDonagh doesn’t make easily digestible, simple movies. He says he likes ethical complications — and they’re available in spades in “Three Billboards.” The movie focuses on a...

Posted: 10 days ago

The title “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But writer-director Martin McDonagh doesn’t make easily digestible, simple movies. He says he likes ethical complications — and they’re available in spades in “Three Billboards.” The movie focuses on a...
‘Lady Bird’ a lovely look at delicate mother-daughter ties
 Lady Bird Johnson is special in Austin and beyond. But a new movie, writer/director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” will capture our hearts, too, though it has nothing to do with the former first lady. It’s a humane, tender look at mother/daughter relationships; yet, it’s much more than that. It’s lovely. Saoirse...

Posted: 12 days ago

Lady Bird Johnson is special in Austin and beyond. But a new movie, writer/director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” will capture our hearts, too, though it has nothing to do with the former first lady. It’s a humane, tender look at mother/daughter relationships; yet, it’s much more than that. It’s lovely. Saoirse...
‘The Square’ satirizes society and art world
 If you were a fan of Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 avalanche satire “Force Majeure,” then you’ll probably like his latest, “The Square,” which satirizes the art world and the bourgeoisie. Bourgeoisie champion Whit Stillman and his followers, of course, will be appalled. And that’s okay. Some outside the Stillman...

Posted: 12 days ago

If you were a fan of Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 avalanche satire “Force Majeure,” then you’ll probably like his latest, “The Square,” which satirizes the art world and the bourgeoisie. Bourgeoisie champion Whit Stillman and his followers, of course, will be appalled. And that’s okay. Some outside the Stillman...
Greta Gerwig hones fine, female gaze in coming-of-age story ‘Lady Bird’
 Like her main character in her new movie, “Lady Bird,” writer/director Greta Gerwig grew up in Sacramento, Calif., had aspirations as an artist and moved to the East Coast for college. And she says a lot of her worldview is reflected in the film in various ways. But it’s not autobiographical in any strict sense, she says...

Posted: 17 days ago

Like her main character in her new movie, “Lady Bird,” writer/director Greta Gerwig grew up in Sacramento, Calif., had aspirations as an artist and moved to the East Coast for college. And she says a lot of her worldview is reflected in the film in various ways. But it’s not autobiographical in any strict sense, she says...
Actress/director Greta Gerwig on Hollywood assault scandals: ‘We helped build the culture that allowed it’
 Greta Gerwig, who was in Austin over the weekend to screen her new movie, “Lady Bird,” at the Austin Film Festival, has a thoughtful take on the recent controversies surrounding Hollywood executives and sexual assaults and harassment. During an interview with the Austin American-Statesman at AFF, she said that her favorite movie...

Posted: 21 days ago

Greta Gerwig, who was in Austin over the weekend to screen her new movie, “Lady Bird,” at the Austin Film Festival, has a thoughtful take on the recent controversies surrounding Hollywood executives and sexual assaults and harassment. During an interview with the Austin American-Statesman at AFF, she said that her favorite movie...
Want to be a screenwriter? Ditch it all and jump in, Keenen Ivory Wayans says
 Parents of kids who want to go into show business probably won’t like what Keenen Ivory Wayans has to say. And Wayans, who was honored Saturday with the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award at the Austin Film Festival and Conference, said his father didn’t think much of it, either. When Wayans decided to drop out of...

Posted: 22 days ago

Parents of kids who want to go into show business probably won’t like what Keenen Ivory Wayans has to say. And Wayans, who was honored Saturday with the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award at the Austin Film Festival and Conference, said his father didn’t think much of it, either. When Wayans decided to drop out of...
Attica Locke’s new series is, in part, a ‘love letter to black Texans’
 Attica Locke, who grew up in Houston and worked for three seasons as a writer for TV’s “Empire,” has a great new book series beginning, focusing on a black Texas Ranger, Darren Mathews, who works along Highway 59 in East Texas. It’s called “Bluebird, Bluebird,” and Locke will talk about it and other matters...

Posted: 24 days ago

Attica Locke, who grew up in Houston and worked for three seasons as a writer for TV’s “Empire,” has a great new book series beginning, focusing on a black Texas Ranger, Darren Mathews, who works along Highway 59 in East Texas. It’s called “Bluebird, Bluebird,” and Locke will talk about it and other matters...
Roger D. Hodge tells a Texas story in a way you haven’t heard before
 West Texas native Roger D. Hodge’s new book, “Texas Blood,” has a peculiar structure — and a peculiar approach. It’s part memoir, part travelogue, part history and part literary criticism. In other words, it’s quite remarkable, mainly because it refuses to follow traditional forms of storytelling, and that...

Posted: 24 days ago

West Texas native Roger D. Hodge’s new book, “Texas Blood,” has a peculiar structure — and a peculiar approach. It’s part memoir, part travelogue, part history and part literary criticism. In other words, it’s quite remarkable, mainly because it refuses to follow traditional forms of storytelling, and that...
‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ brings dark Greek tragedy to the suburbs
 Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery — and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is such a movie...

Posted: 26 days ago

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery — and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is such a movie...
Satire of ‘Suburbicon’ doesn’t quite have enough bite
 “Suburbicon” feels like a Coen brothers takedown of 1950s suburban culture at first, but it’s based on one of their old scripts that was updated and melded with an idea from director and producer George Clooney and his writing partner, Grant Heslov. They wanted to add, as a subplot, the arrival of the first black family...

Posted: 26 days ago

“Suburbicon” feels like a Coen brothers takedown of 1950s suburban culture at first, but it’s based on one of their old scripts that was updated and melded with an idea from director and producer George Clooney and his writing partner, Grant Heslov. They wanted to add, as a subplot, the arrival of the first black family...
George Clooney says he’s no longer a leading man — and that’s OK
 At 56, George Clooney is ready for a change. He no longer sees himself as a leading man — as “the guy who kisses the girl,” as he put it last month during the Toronto International Film Festival, where he met journalists after a screening of his latest directorial effort, “Suburbicon,” which opens in Austin this...

Posted: 27 days ago

At 56, George Clooney is ready for a change. He no longer sees himself as a leading man — as “the guy who kisses the girl,” as he put it last month during the Toronto International Film Festival, where he met journalists after a screening of his latest directorial effort, “Suburbicon,” which opens in Austin this...
Austin Film Festival movies feature big names, Texas ties
 The Austin Film Festival and Conference kicks off Oct. 26 with a big lineup of film writers, narrative features, documentaries and panel discussions. Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with “Lady Bird,” while some of the top fall films such as “Darkest Hour” and “Chappaquiddick” get their...

5:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

The Austin Film Festival and Conference kicks off Oct. 26 with a big lineup of film writers, narrative features, documentaries and panel discussions. Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with “Lady Bird,” while some of the top fall films such as “Darkest Hour” and “Chappaquiddick” get their...
Things get really dark for Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman in ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’
 Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery – and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, which screened...

3:35 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery – and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, which screened...
10 films that stood out at the Toronto Film Festival
 If you’re looking for a guide to the best films of the fall, then the Toronto International Film Festival, which wraps up Sept. 17, usually provides some answers. Any list surely will include Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a beautiful meditation on empathy and love with a monstrous twist. The movie had...

1:00 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

If you’re looking for a guide to the best films of the fall, then the Toronto International Film Festival, which wraps up Sept. 17, usually provides some answers. Any list surely will include Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a beautiful meditation on empathy and love with a monstrous twist. The movie had...
Masterful ‘Mother!’ could make even extreme horror fans wince
 Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ is a masterpiece that might make even fans of extreme horror movies wince. It’s stylish, complex and superbly acted by Jennifer Lawrence, the titular mother. As anyone who has watched the trailer knows, the film has a distinctive “Rosemary’s Baby” vibe, and that&rsquo...

5:00 AM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ is a masterpiece that might make even fans of extreme horror movies wince. It’s stylish, complex and superbly acted by Jennifer Lawrence, the titular mother. As anyone who has watched the trailer knows, the film has a distinctive “Rosemary’s Baby” vibe, and that&rsquo...
George Clooney talks dogs, kids and Coen Brothers at Toronto Film Festival
 It was a big week for George Clooney, director of the new movie "Suburbicon," a rather explicit takedown of 1950s racism and suburbia. The new father of twins was just in Venice for the world premiere of the film, and that's where he and his wife, Amal, got married. So it's one of his favorite spots. But he has also had a long relationship...

2:30 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

It was a big week for George Clooney, director of the new movie "Suburbicon," a rather explicit takedown of 1950s racism and suburbia. The new father of twins was just in Venice for the world premiere of the film, and that's where he and his wife, Amal, got married. So it's one of his favorite spots. But he has also had a long relationship...
Toronto Film Festival’s 20 top titles
 The awards season gets into full swing this week as North America gets its first look at many Oscar contenders. It’s happening at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sept. 7 and traditionally kicks off the late-year jockeying for Academy Awards. This year, the lineup appears to be as strong as ever, with such acclaimed...

5:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

The awards season gets into full swing this week as North America gets its first look at many Oscar contenders. It’s happening at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sept. 7 and traditionally kicks off the late-year jockeying for Academy Awards. This year, the lineup appears to be as strong as ever, with such acclaimed...
For director, ‘Patti Cake$’ is realization of long dream
 Take heart, aspiring filmmakers. Not that long ago, Geremy Jasper was 23 years old and living in his parents’ basement in Hillsdale, N.J. He wasn’t a loser. In fact, he was quite smart, having attended the upscale private liberal arts college Wesleyan in Connecticut, where he focused on American Studies. But his garage band seemed...

5:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Take heart, aspiring filmmakers. Not that long ago, Geremy Jasper was 23 years old and living in his parents’ basement in Hillsdale, N.J. He wasn’t a loser. In fact, he was quite smart, having attended the upscale private liberal arts college Wesleyan in Connecticut, where he focused on American Studies. But his garage band seemed...
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