SXSW 2018: Blockers: An Instant Classic from Kay Cannon

Blockers is the type of comedy that will lead one to fall out of their seat from laughing so much. The film will recall classics like Porky’s, Superbad, and American Pie but Blockers is an instant classic in its own right.  After all, how many films feature butt-chugging?!?  Best of all is that Kay Cannon is a female director of an R-rated studio film in which the women get to call the shots of when…

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SXSW 2018: Wild Honey Pie

Wild Honey Pie offers actress Jemima Kirke an opportunity to move forward from her Girls days. Gillian (Jemima Kirke) and Oliver (Richard Elis) are at a good place in life.  The two of them are married and even though they don’t have any children, they’re both relatively happy.  Gillian’s a writer, much to the dismay of everyone around her.  This is something that other writers, myself included, can relate to in that we’re happy with having…

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SXSW 2018: Most Likely to Murder

As Most Likely To Murder premieres at the SXSW Film Festival, the comedy noir is the rare film that makes a crazy ex-boyfriend villain out of its star. Billy Green, a lowly concierge working in Las Vegas, finds himself back hometown of Valley Stream for Thanksgiving.  Billy talks up Vegas as if he’s boss there.  The reality is that he’s not living the glamorous life that he tells people.  Unlike his old classmates, he’s still…

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SXSW 2018: Las Sandinistas

Las Sandinistas gives voice to the women who broke barriers during the 1979 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. A lot of credit goes to director Jenny Murray for telling their stories.  What she ultimately does is tell a story that hasn’t been told before.  Dora Maria Téllez was a 22-year-old medical student when she helped pave the way for their first victory in a major city.  It’s possible that these stories might very well be lost to history…

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SXSW 2018: Fast Color: A Post-Black Panther World

With a captivating performance from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Fast Color is a female-led superhero thriller that touches on the supernatural in a post-Black Panther world. Fast Color is the second feature film to be directed by Julia Hart.   At the core of it, the film is about a family of strong women who have the ability to create things and see the colors while doing so.  Unfortunately for Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), she was never able to see…

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SXSW 2018: Summer ’03: Joey King Is A Star

With a fresh voice from writer-director Becca Gleason in her feature directorial debut, actress Joey King carries Summer ’03 from start to finish with one of the best performances to date in 2018. When her grandmother, Dotty Winkle (June Squibb), passed away, it’s Jamie Winkle (Joey King) who is left with the biggest burden of all.  Not only did her grandmother expose some pretty huge secrets, she tells Jamie that one of her biggest regrets–and hopes…

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SXSW 2018: Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes

While Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes has many fun moments, there’s some sadness in knowing that The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, is no longer living. It’s through the documentary that comedian Dick Cavett pays tribute to his friend through footage shown from The Dick Cavett Show.  The film, of course, is grounded through the archival footage but also features new interview footage of Cavett, who says he “can get very sentimental” in talking…

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SXSW 2018: They Live Here, Now

When it comes to the hot-button immigration debate, They Live Here, Now is such a timely documentary-fiction hybrid. What director Jason Outenreath did in the lead up to making this film was get to know the residents of Casa Marianella.  The emergency homeless shelter in East Austin, Texas, is run by volunteers.  In getting to know the residents of the shelter, Outenreath tells their story but he also hired actress Regina Casillas to play Nayeli.  Even though Nayeli was…

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SXSW 2018: The New Romantic

The post-college fears are as real as ever in Carly Stone’s feature directorial debut, The New Romantic. How far would somebody go if it means taking home a journalism award that comes with a nice cash prize to boot?  This is the task at hand for college senior Blake Conway (Jessica Barden).  She’s writing for the school newspaper but with her being a hopeless romantic, the interest in her columns just isn’t what it used…

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SXSW 2018: Chi-Town

Chi-Town follows the career of Chicago-born basketball player Keifer Sykes through both high school and college with the hope of landing a spot in the NBA. Even though every basketball player will say that it’s not about the NBA, it’s bound to be in there when reading between the lines.  For Sykes, he wanted to use his basketball career as a way of getting a degree and get as far as he can.  Sykes has…

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