SXSW

‘Krisha’ Review: A Fantastic and Disorienting Psychological Family Drama

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by Erin Whitney March 16, 2016 @ 2:22 PM
A24
From the moment the titular Krisha appears on screen in Trey Edward Shults’ feature film debut, a current of unhinged anxiety is released. As menacing strings prickle over the soundtrack, the opening shot zooms in on Krisha’s face as she stares transfixed into the camera, her lips tight, chin quivering and eyebrows raised in a vulnerable, yet almost antagonistic manner. It’s an image that quickly establishes the blunt emotionalism of ‘Krisha,’ a film that grips the audience at the throat and keeps squeezing tighter and tighter.

Seth Rogen’s Animated ‘Sausage Party’ to Premiere at SXSW

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by Mike Sampson March 1, 2016 @ 12:12 PM
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Seth Rogen was already planning on attending SXSW to premiere to first episodes of his upcoming AMC series Preacher, starring Dominic Cooper. Now Rogen has decided if he’s going to be at SXSW anyway, he might as well bring one of his upcoming films with him. The actor-director will premiere a “work in progress” print of his first animated film, Sausage Party, with a cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd and more.

2016 SXSW Film Lineup Includes New Ethan Hawke, Adam Scott, Keegan-Michael Key Movies

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by Erin Whitney February 2, 2016 @ 2:33 PM
Paramount Pictures
Wipe your slates clean from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and get ready for the next big one of the year: the South By Southwest Film Festival. The fest previously announced Richard Linklater’s latest ‘Everybody Wants Some’ as the opening night film, plus the premieres of Judd Apatow’s ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,’ Jeff Nichols’ ‘Midnight Special’ and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s AMC series ‘Preacher,’ among a few other titles. But now we have the full 2016 lineup.

SXSW Film to Premiere ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,’ Seth Rogen’s ‘Preacher’

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by Erin Whitney January 7, 2016 @ 2:41 PM
SXSW
So far, the 2016 South By Southwest Film festival has a good amount of sci-fi, a little bit of nostalgia and even the Boogyman. After previously announcing the opening night film as Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, the fest has unveiled six more film and television titles debuting in Austin this March.

‘Trainwreck’ Review: Amy Schumer’s Movie Debut is Nearly Flawless

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by Britt Hayes June 29, 2015 @ 8:00 AM
Universal
Amy Schumer has built a sizable fan base thanks to her Comedy Central series, which showcases her specific brand of honest and often subversive sense of humor. There’s no denying her intense relatability — and it’s that quality that serves her well in her debut film, Trainwreck. Written and produced by Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, the film centers on a fictional version of Schumer. We’ll never know how fictional this Amy is (and we shouldn’t), which makes her cinematic alter ego all the more appealing.

‘Spy’ Review: An Empowering but Uneven Female Spy Spoof

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by Matt Singer June 3, 2015 @ 7:35 AM
20th Century Fox
Paul Feig’s The Heat took a genre that has traditionally belonged to men — the buddy cop movie — and gave it a female twist. Feig’s new movie, Spy, does much the same thing, this time for spy films, a world that has long been by, about, and for dudes and their power fantasies. Spy explicitly subverts the genre’s typical gender dynamics by casting Melissa McCarthy as a lowly, desk-bound CIA analyst named Susan Cooper, who has spent her entire career in the shadow of a glamorous James Bond-esque spy (Jude Law) and then finally gets her opportunity to step into the spotlight and become a full-fledged field agent.

‘Get Hard’ Review: Two Hilarious Actors, One Bad Movie

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by Britt Hayes March 27, 2015 @ 7:00 AM
Warner Bros.
Individually, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are undeniably hilarious guys. Bringing two major comedic forces together on the big screen just makes sense on both a commercial and entertainment level. Unfortunately, Get Hard largely squanders the talents of Ferrell and Hart on an outdated premise with tired jokes, delivering what essentially amounts to one overlong joke about the terrors of prison rape.