SXSW 2019: Run This Town

Run This Town tells the story of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford by way of city employees and an investigative journalist hoping to be the next Bob Woodward. The film starts out with Bram Shriver (Ben Platt) getting a job with The Record.  Journalism isn’t what it once was yet it’s Bram’s dream job.  He’s a guy who would rather be breaking the big stories like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.  The reality?  Bram is…

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SXSW 2019: The Day Shall Come

The Day Shall Come may be a thrilling satirical look at America’s law enforcement community but it just might leave viewers angry. Set in Miami, Moses Al Shabaz (Marchánt Davis) runs The Star of Six Farm with his wife Venus (Danielle Brooks).  Shabaz has big dreams ahead for the mission including overthrowing the American government.  Him and what army?  Oh, right–his army of four.  This is an army that includes Farmer X (Malcolm Mays), Farmer…

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SXSW 2019: Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window

Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window is among the most unique documentaries to have premiered during this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film runs just under 70 minutes, making it among the shorter feature-length films during the fest.  To be honest, there isn’t much to this documentary.  Filmmaker Andrew Hevia happened to have found himself in Hong Kong to make a film about an art fair, Art Basel.  This comes on the heels of…

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SXSW 2019: Saint Frances

With charming performances, Saint Frances is a small little indie film from Chicago that manages to tackle some serious issues. Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) starts out her summer by getting an abortion.  She does not feel any guilt about it.  If she does, she choose not to talk about it.  The film depicts her abortion in a way that we really don’t see in other films.  Yeah, it’s a really big decision but one that doesn’t…

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SXSW 2019: Olympic Dreams

Olympic Dreams is the first of its kind as this film takes us into the daily lives of an Olympian and a dentist in an active Olympic Athlete Village. Cross-country skier Penelope (Alexi Pappas) has her first event shortly after the Opening Ceremony takes place during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.  Sometime shortly thereafter, Penelope becomes friends with volunteer dentist Ezra (Nick Kroll).  The two of them start hanging out so much during the…

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SXSW 2019: Villains

Villains is a comedic action thriller that somehow manages to find a way to blur the lines in the craziest kind of way possible. The only thing worse than a pair of ill-prepared robbers is a pair of ill-prepared robbers that break into the home of the worst couple in history of the world.  This is exactly what happens to Mickey (Bill Skarsgård) and Jules (Maika Monroe).  If you’re going to rob a gas station,…

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SXSW 2019: Pink Wall

Pink Wall is an experimental film that marks the transition of Tom Cullen as an actor to that of a director and screenwriter. This is a film that takes place over the course of six years in Jenna (Tatiana Maslany) and Leon’s (Jay Duplass) relationship.  The story is told by way of flashing back and forth during important moments in their six year relationship.  It may complicate the narrative with regards to following the story…

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SXSW 2019: Good Boys

Good Boys is a romp of a laugh riot as the film focuses on a trio of prepubescent teenagers who are about to attend their first kissing party. Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor (Brady Noon), and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) are best friends in sixth grade.  Somewhere along the way, the trio picked up “The Beanbag Boys” and the name stuck.  They aren’t without the typical bullying in school.  Much like other high school films, they’re…

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SXSW 2019: Booksmart

With a strong focus on female friendship, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, is the next great classic high school comedy. It’s very easy to see the influence of a filmmaker like Amy Heckerling in watching this film.  She’s the filmmaker who directed both Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless.  These two films inspired a generation and Booksmart is sure to follow. Both Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) may be best friends but they’re…

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The Hummingbird Project aims high, falls short

The Hummingbird Project is a pretty ambitious film and offers fine performances but the film as a whole falls pretty far short of expectations. A pair of New York cousins, Vincent Zaleski (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton Zaleski (Alexander Skarsgård in unrecognizable form), have big dreams.  This dream is building a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey.  Mark Vega (Michael Mando) is their pick to run things.  Despite the odds, the two aren’t going…

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