‘AMERICAN ANIMALS’ director Bart Layton bites into true heist story with panache

June 7th, 2018 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor Heist movies promise their characters the ultimate shortcut to the American dream. They tell us if you put in a hard day’s work, you could be set for life. But then again, this is Hollywood talking. Reality is a different story. Reality is you forgetting to disarm the security system, forgetting to dust off your fingerprints from the vault or forgetting that personal item that gives your identity away. It’s those messy ...

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Dark night of the soul: ‘FIRST REFORMED’ wrestles with minister’s waning faith, growing anxiety

May 31st, 2018 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor Filmmaker Paul Schrader began his career in movies as a film critic in the late ’60s, writing for the Los Angeles Free Press and later for Cinema Magazine. It wasn’t too long after that when he was penning screenplays of his own (notable achievements such as Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL) and later directing movies (including AMERICAN GIGOLO and AUTO FOCUS). “I was becoming this Travis Bickle kid ...

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‘6 BALLOONS’ floats sincere ideas about addiction

April 7th, 2018 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, Reviews, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor AUSTIN — Chances are you know someone who has or is still struggling with substance abuse. It's not a pretty picture, and it can be overwhelming from all angles. To spend your weekend watching a Netflix movie about substance abuse may not seem ideal, but it's a rewarding journey, especially with two well-known comedy actors who are exercising their dramatic strengths like they never have before. 6 BALLOONS premiered at ...

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