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THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON Review

Mark Craig’s The Last Man on the Moon is the story of Eugene “Gene” Cernan, an American astronaut, who, among other things, reached the fastest speed ever attained in a manned vehicle (24,791 MPH) with two of his fellow astronauts, and he was the last person to walk on the surface of the moon.

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A WOLF AT THE DOOR Review

Fernando Coimbra’s Brazilian thriller A Wolf at the Door begins as a kidnap story, with a couple reporting that their child was abducted from school.  From here the viewer is led to believe the film will then progress as a simple whodunit, with police tracking the kidnapper and attempting to rescue the child.  Coimbra boldly tosses this procedural structure aside however, and reveals the kidnapper within the first act.  Surprisingly, even after knowing who took the child, the film still manages to keep the viewer on their feet as they discover the reasoning behind the abduction.

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Gravitas Picks up Sneaker Doc SNEAKERHEADZ

Gravitas Ventures announced today that they have acquired David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge‘s documentary Sneakerheadz, which takes a look at the hobby/obsession/addiction of sneaker collecting. The doc was picked up after premiering at this year’s SXSW and will be released day and date

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SXSW 2015: MADE IN JAPAN Review

Music is universal. It crosses borders. It breaks through language barriers. It creates a sense of community. One can get a sense of just how popular a style of music is just by looking at English-speaking artists who are selling out venues in foreign countries where English isn’t even the native language. It doesn’t matter if they don’t understand the words because the people like the sound, and somehow they connect with it.

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SXSW 2015: A WOMAN LIKE ME Review

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a devastating discovery, one that ignites a flurry of thoughts, a multitude of questions and concerns or it could elicit the opposite response - total shock shutdown. Either way, it’s an exhausting and emotionally draining existence in most cases as the person needs to deal with a number of issues that tag-along with a cancer diagnosis - questions regarding treatment options, medication and their side effects, surgeries, tests, work restrictions and so on. Now imagine during that initial flood of worries and what-ifs the first bit of follow-up news you receive is that the cancer has metastasized and it’s incurable.

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SXSW 2015: Full List of Jury Award Winners

This year’s SXSW is just about wrapped up and with that the full list of award winners has been announced. Trey Edward ShultsKrisha won the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature, and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber‘s Peace Officer won the

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SXSW 2015: GOD BLESS THE CHILD Review

God Bless the Child, or “Babysitting Simulator 2015” as I like to call it, is a minimalistic, home-movie-style film that – while featuring a thread-bare plot – packs a surprisingly strong emotional punch within its final five minutes. Similar to Alexandre Rockwell’s recent Little Feet, the film acts as a candid exploration of youth, starring five real-life siblings left to their own devices.

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SXSW 2015: A SPACE PROGRAM Review

he emphasis in the title for A Space Program should be placed on the indefinite article. Despite the omnipresence of NASA branded materials, the outfit depicted in the film is definitely not “the” space program. It’s a fabricated collective staging a handmade journey to Mars. The environs of this space program are quite literally fabricated, built out of plywood, construction paper, and other materials. While the ambition and execution with the building and staging of the mission are immensely impressive, the movie that celebrates it doesn’t approach the same type of lo-fi grandeur.

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SXSW 2015: CREATIVE CONTROL Trailer

The first teaser trailer for Benjamin Dickinson‘s upcoming futuristic comedy Creative Control has been released ahead of its premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival. The film stars Dickinson as an advertising executive tasked with marketing Augmenta, a new type of augmented reality

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FAULTS Review

For some reason, I have always had an affinity with films revolving around cults. The psychology behind someone who can be brainwashed into following some self-appointed leader is a fascinating subject to explore. When you throw comedy into the mix it’s even better and such is the case with Riley Stearns’ Faults.  With a breakout performance of Leland Orser, this small, dialogue driven dark comedy provides insight into the manipulation of a cult, while providing some hilarious bits of humor.

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SXSW 2015: MADE IN JAPAN Trailer

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming documentary Made in Japan, which will be making its premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin. The film, directed by Josh Bishop and narrated by Elijah Wood, chronicles the life of Tomi Fujiyama, the first female

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SXSW 2015: WE ARE STILL HERE Trailer

Dark Sky Films has released a new trailer for the upcoming horror movie We Are Still Here, which is set to have its world premiere at this year’s SXSW in Austin next month. The film is written and directed by Ted Geoghegan, and

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SXSW 2015: DEATHGASM Trailer

One of the crazier looking films to screen during the midnighters programming at this year’s SXSW is Jason Lei Howden‘s Deathgasm, which looks to contain just the right amount of comedy and over the top gore. The film revolves around two friends who

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SXSW 2015: Midnighters Lineup Revealed

One of my favorite programs of SXSW has always been the midnighters lineup, and this year’s batch of genre flicks looks great as always, with highlights including Rodney Ascher‘s (Room 237) latest, The Nightmare, as well as Turbo Kid from the RKSS Collective.

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PREDESTINATION Review

Predestination is the latest adaptation from famed science fiction author Robert Heinlein who penned such classics as Starship Troopers and The Puppet Masters.  Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, this mind bending time travel film features some very unique concepts, however many of the twists are too easily predicted despite some genuinely crazy things taking place.  That being said, this does provide a very fresh spin on the quickly becoming overplayed time travel movie.

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THE MULE Review

In theory, a story about a man who is trying not to poop for a week doesn’t sound like enough material for a feature length film. Fortunately, Angus Sampson’s The Mule proves that theory wrong by presenting a funny and incredibly gripping crime story. Sampson and co-writer Leigh Whannell  (who also star in this film), have been firmly planted within the horror genre, however this release proves they can easily transition to any other type of film with ease.