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The Family That Films Together: Robert, Racer, and Rebel Rodriguez on Hypnotic
Robert Rodriguez made his reputation as an enfant terrible of '90s indie cinema. But as he sits on the sound stage at Troublemaker, the studio he built in East Austin, with two of his filmmaker sons, it's clear that he's now the pater familias of Austin moviemaking.

10:37AM Sat. May 13, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Chasing the Story of Chop & Steele
Documentarians have a complex relationship with story. They may know whose story they’re telling, but that’s about it. Austin-based filmmaker Ben Steinbauer knows that conundrum well. “I’m always attracted to stories that are unfolding,” he said, “and it’s really hard to predict when they’re gonna end or how they’re gonna end.”

5:31PM Wed. May 10, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Storming the Citadel With the Russo Brothers
Joe Russo knows what makes a good espionage thriller. First off? "The mystery. It's how the onion gets pulled apart as the story unfolds." And the second part? "Characters. You have to care about the characters. They have to be hiding things that are compelling, and they have to be interacting with each other in compelling ways."

2:01PM Fri. May 5, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

The Chronicle Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hey, true believers, are you ready for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? This being the 32nd movie in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's kinda hard to remember exactly what happened when, and to who, in this ever-expanding and interconnected storyline.

2:00PM Fri. May 5, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Outlander Star Caitriona Balfe, Andor Creator Tony Gilroy Join ATX TV Festival Lineup
Between the streaming wars, a looming writers’ strike, whatever the hell we’re calling post-peak television’s Sisyphean glut of content you’ll never be able to cram in your mouth fast enough… There’s just, like, a lot going on with TV these days. Perfect fodder for a state of the union conversation, no?

10:00AM Thu. Apr. 27, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

Killing Nazis the Finnish Way: Jalmari Helander on Hyperviolent Action-Comedy Sisu
In Jalmari Helander's office, there are two film posters. One is for Rare Exports, his unexpected international breakout success about evil Christmas elves in Lapland. The other is for Rambo: First Blood Part 2. "It's my favorite," he grins.

4:45PM Tue. Apr. 25, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Adrianne Palicki, Your Newest Disney Princess in Quasi
Well, somebody paid attention. Austin's own Adrianne Palicki is finally a Disney princess. "Every child's dream," the Friday Night Lights star sighed. OK, so she's a Disney princess in the most roundabout, disgusting stonertastic way possible, courtesy of the guys behind Super Troopers. But that still counts.

8:00AM Fri. Apr. 21, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Indie Meme Review: Goldfish
The latest in the expanding library of adult coming-of-age movies, Pushan Kripalani’s Goldfish treads territory likely familiar to fans of the subgenre – but despite the old saying, this sophomore directorial effort proves that familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt.

3:15PM Thu. Apr. 20, Jasmine Lane Read More | Comment »

Indie Meme Review: Leila's Brothers
In Iranian family drama Leila's Brothers, 40-year-old Leila (Taraneh Alidoosti) has spent her life working a miserable job at the employment office – one of the many ways she cares for her old, sick parents with whom she lives.

2:45PM Thu. Apr. 20, Katie Karp Read More | Comment »

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