SXSW Interview: ‘WILD ROSE’ director Tom Harper and star Jessie Buckley on the power of a musical drama

March 17th, 2019 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor AUSTIN – After the firestorm of success that was A STAR IS BORN, dramas about music have been sprouting up more and more it seems. The Scottish film WILD ROSE, about a young and talented musician from Glasgow (the riveting Jessie Buckley) who chases her dreams of becoming a Nashville country singer, had its regional premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival this week. The film is beautifully tender and has an energy ...


SXSW Review: ‘VILLAINS’ – Bill Skarsgard and Maika Monroe star in this zippy home invasion comedy

March 17th, 2019 | Film Festivals, Movie Review, Reviews, SXSW, Uncategorized | 0 Comment

James C. Clay // Film Critic VILLAINS Not rated, 88 minutes.Director: Dan Berk , Robert OlsenCast: Bill Skarsgård , Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, Kyra Sedgwick Before you read any further, VILLAINS is a darkly comic blast. This home invasion thriller has some twists and turns, but its predictability doesn’t get in the way of the comedy, the performances and the filmmaking craft of directing duo Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (BODY) are ...


SXSW Review: ‘PET SEMATARY’ captures essence of Stephen King’s novel while also making it its own animal of terror

March 17th, 2019 | Film Festivals, Movie Review, Reviews, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor PET SEMATARY (2019) Rated R, 101 minutes.Director(s): Kevin Kölsch and Dennis WidmyerCast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, John Lithgow, Hugo Lavoie, Obssa Ahmed, Alyssa Brooke Levine and Sonia Maria Chirila Return of the living deadAUSTIN – Like any film adaptation of an acclaimed novel, people are going to have their guard up and a red pen ready in hand. There’s no pleasing everyone, especially ...