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SXSW 2017 – The Hero (2017)
Film Review

SXSW 2017 – The Hero (2017)

Iconic stars don’t die, they simply fade away until we only remember their defining roles. That certainly seems to be the case for forgotten western actor Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott), largely out of work and out of contact with his family. Except death is all too real for him, opening […]

SXSW 2017 – Hot Summer Nights (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Hot Summer Nights (2017)

Is it only during long summer months’ teenagers ever find maturity? The venerable institution of the coming-of-age drama would have it so, sending (usually) nervous boys off to become men. Hot Summer Nights promises something similar before dancing off into the distance to deliver a truly fantastic, genre-defying experience. On […]

SXSW 2017 – Gemini (2017)
Film Review

SXSW 2017 – Gemini (2017)

The hardest thing to do when filming in Los Angeles is to make the city come to life. It’s featured so regularly in backdrops it begins to feel stale very quickly. There’re no such problems in Gemini, though the life Aaron Katz breathes into LA is a million miles away […]

SXSW 2017 – Most Beautiful Island (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Most Beautiful Island (2017)

The world inhabited by Spanish émigré Luciana is not a comfortable one, though she’s crystal clear returning home is also not an option. After moving to New York to try and make something of her life, she’s left working a series of dead-end jobs that don’t offer enough money to […]

SXSW 2017 – Atomic Blonde (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Atomic Blonde (2017)

In a breathless opening sequence, an inappropriately dressed man dashes around the streets of Berlin only to get repeatedly run over and then shot by a KGB agent, all while “Blue Monday” roars out. Atomic Blonde is not out to cause any confusion: it starts the way it means to […]

SXSW 2017 – This Is Your Death (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – This Is Your Death (2017)

If the title of This Is Your Death sounds like a terrible reality show, that would be because it is. Giancarlo Esposito’s second feature as director attempts to satirise reality TV culture by having Josh Duhamel host a show in which people commit suicide for money. There’s slightly more nuance […]

SXSW 2017 – The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)
Film Review

SXSW 2017 – The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

The western has supposedly died a few times now, but it keeps managing to spring back to life. Director/writer Jared Moshe is part of a new wave of filmmakers finding something fresh to say in an old form. After playing in the genre in 2012 with Dead Man’s Burden, he’s […]

SXSW 2017 – Becoming Bond (2017)
Film Review

SXSW 2017 – Becoming Bond (2017)

Australian enigma George Lazenby is best known for what he didn’t do rather than what he did. His decision to turn down a multi-film Bond contract that would have made him a millionaire has long been mocked, when anyone remembers him at all. Becoming Bond places him back centre stage […]

SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)

Famously reclusive and sparing in his output, Terrence Malick used to be the mercurial auteur prototype. It helped that his small canon proved worthy of all the extravagant praise thrown its way. Then he suddenly stepped the productivity up; a move creating initial delight that has faded under the tedium […]

SXSW Film Festival 2017 Preview
Festivals

SXSW Film Festival 2017 Preview

The annual mid-March South by Southwest (better known as SXSW) shindig has just about everything going for it. Taking place in hip Austin, it’s perhaps best known as a musical festival, but the film portion has grown in importance as the years roll by, premiering exciting new releases from big […]