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Crosstown Traffic

During the hectic second weekend of ACL Fest, the planets aligned and nudged the conversation from music to movies for a couple of hours down at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, a stone’s throw from Auditorium Shores. Read More | Comment »

4:15PM Mon. Oct. 20, Marjorie Baumgarten

One in a Crowd: Found Footage 3D

Being an indie-horror-comedy is hard. That's why so many filmmakers turn to crowdfunding. But Found Footage 3D may have an ace up its sleeve: Producer Kim Henkel is offering an unbelievable oddity from his own personal The Texas Chain Saw Massacre archives as a donor incentive. Read More | Comment »

12:41PM Fri. Oct. 17, Richard Whittaker

Jason Reitman (Not) Versus the Internet

Internet porn. Abusive online gaming forums. Prostitution websites. Bulletin boards for adulterers. Men, Women & Children, the latest from director Jason Reitman, has every sin the World Wide Web offers. But don’t call him a technophobe. He said, "I see the Internet as an inanimate concept that is a reflection of us.” Read More | Comment »

8:45AM Fri. Oct. 17, Richard Whittaker

Other Worlds Austin Announces Lineup

Clones, zombie hands, eternal nights, and a day's worth of shorts: New sci fi festival Other Worlds Austin has announced the complete lineup for its inaugural excursion. Read More | Comment »

1:33PM Thu. Oct. 16, Richard Whittaker

Pink Saris and Big Sticks

Clad in pink saris and wielding big sticks, a small group of women in rural North India has swelled into a national movement for women’s rights and social reform. Gulabi Gang (The Pink Gang) is a documentary about this homegrown vigilante women’s movement, and is screening in Austin on Wednesday. Read More | Comment »

4:45PM Tue. Oct. 14, Vijay Ganju

Other Worlds Austin Opens With The Well

Get ready for eco-horror: As the seemingly never-ending Texas drought continues to bake us, Other Worlds Austin has announced its opening night film as a dramatic reminder that the water wars are coming. Read More | Comment »

2:17PM Tue. Oct. 7, Richard Whittaker

Learning More ABCs

From amateur assassins to a teenage zygote, alphabetical horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2 was an education in morbidity at Fantastic Fest 2014. As the anthology is unleashed upon VOD today, three of the segment directors tell us about their miniaturized tales that witness madness. Read More | Comment »

5:55PM Thu. Oct. 2, Richard Whittaker

Eugenio del Bosque Departs Cine las Americas

The Cine las Americas International Film Festival announced today that Executive Director Eugenio del Bosque will be stepping down from his position on Oct. 17. Del Bosque has been in the position for six years; he first joined CLAIFF in 2002 as Program Director. Read More | Comment »

1:01PM Wed. Oct. 1, Kimberley Jones

AFF Snags Jon Stewart’s Rosewater

When The Daily Show with Jon Stewart announced earlier this month that the show would set up shop in Austin Oct. 27-30 for a midterm elections package called Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess, savvy cineastes took note of the fortuitous timing: Wasn't there a film fest going on then? And didn't Jon Stewart have a movie coming out? Read More | Comment »

12:11PM Tue. Sep. 30, Kimberley Jones

Fantastic Fest 2014: Simon Barrett Brings The Guest

It's day eight of Fantastic Fest, and Simon Barrett may be the only person who doesn't look like 10 miles of bad road. The writer of 80s-tinged horror-thriller The Guest wisely only arrived for the second half of the bacchanalia. He said, "Normally I'm in way worse shape by now." Read More | Comment »

8:00AM Sat. Sep. 27, Richard Whittaker

Fantastic Fest 2014: The Duke of Burgundy

If there's a lesson to be learned from The Duke of Burgundy, the latest exquisite puzzle picture by British director Peter Strickland, it's this: Being the dom in a sub-dom relationship is really tiring. Read More | Comment »

4:45PM Thu. Sep. 25, Richard Whittaker

Fantastic Fest 2014: How It Felt

Amy Everson is not a screen actress by first calling: But that did not stop her taking the Best Actress award in the Fantastic Fest Next wave category for her performance in Felt. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Wed. Sep. 24, Richard Whittaker

Fantastic Fest 2014: Kung Fu Elliot

Who the hell is Elliot "White Lightning" Scott? After two years of documenting the oddball low budget action hero and martial artist's life for Kung Fu Elliot, even the filmmakers are not sure. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Wed. Sep. 24, Richard Whittaker

Fantastic Fest 2014: It Follows

Wearing its influences on its sleeve, It Follows transcends its cinematic pastiche to create a film that is evocative and creepy, with unsettling imagery and frightening atmosphere. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Tue. Sep. 23, Josh Kupecki

Fantastic Fest Awards Announced

There are still a few days left in this 10th edition of Fantastic Fest, but the ballots, at least, have all been counted. Read More | Comment »

11:06AM Tue. Sep. 23, Kimberley Jones

Fantastic Fest 2014: Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

Average citizens may not recognize the title, but the monthly British comic book 2000AD has influenced the world in myriad ways. From film to music to the global pop-cult zeitgeist, 2000AD remains subversive and vital decades after its inception. Future Shock! is the unexpurgated story of one of the medium's most influential titles. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Mon. Sep. 22, Marc Savlov

Fantastic Fest 2014: The Tribe

Of all the hyperbolic phrases in the film critic’s toolkit, “a singular experience” is one that gets thrown around a bit too much, diluting the cinematic pool. But I can safely say, with unequivocal authority, that you have never experienced anything like Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s The Tribe. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Mon. Sep. 22, Josh Kupecki

Fantastic Fest 2014: Norway

When aging party monster Zano arrives in town on a late-night train, his buddy Jimmy is nowhere to be found. Word is that Zardoz discotheque is where the party is at, but when Zano arrives he's the only one on the dance floor: living or undead. That doesn't dissuade him though, because if he stops dancing, his heart will stop beating. Read More | Comment »

1:10PM Mon. Sep. 22, Dan Gentile

Lace Back Up for The Maze Runner

Pretty good reviews and even better audience word-of-mouth shot The Maze Runner to the top of the weekend box office. Distributor 20th Century Fox has announced the next book in Dashner’s franchise, The Scorch Trials, will get big-screen treatment, too, with a planned September 2015 release date. Read More | Comment »

11:51AM Mon. Sep. 22, Kimberley Jones

Fantastic Fest 2014: Joe Lynch Guns for Everly

Joe Lynch learned an important lesson at this year's Fantastic Fest. Never tell a Texan that samurais are better than cowboys. "I went, oh, this is a great debate in the wrong place. It's a little difficult to debate against cowboys in the lovely state of Texas." Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Mon. Sep. 22, Richard Whittaker

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