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SXSW Film Review: Upgrade
Science fiction has long posited the idea of the ghost in the machine, Arthur C. Clarke's term for the consciousness in the computer, AI before AI was a thing. But what, asks cyberpunk action-thriller Upgrade, if it's the human mind that's the virtual specter?

9:54PM Mon. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Rush Hour
Watching director Luciana Kaplan’s documentary triptych on planetwide, perpetual gridlock is nearly as exhausting as finding oneself ensnarled in an actual traffic jam. Which is exactly the point of this calculatedly fly-on-the-windscreen film.

2:31PM Mon. Mar. 19, Marc Savlov Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: American Animals
"Audacious heist" is the most cliched adjective-noun combo in cinema, and often the most misused. It's not audacious when skilled criminals try to pull off a complex heist; that's just a day at the office. To have no clue what you're doing, and try it anyway, that's audacity.

2:00PM Mon. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Won’t You Be My Neighbor takes the guise of documentary – and of course, in many ways it is. Watching it, you learn all about Fred Rogers and his iconic show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

12:36PM Mon. Mar. 19, Katarina Brown Read More | Comment »

SXSW Panel Recap: Does Satire Still Matter? Eh, Sure
As a political satirist, what do you do when your president is a walking caricature whose remarks and behavior are so beyond insanity they resemble something closer to parody than real-life? What do you do when the news headlines could be mistaken for surrealist humor? What do you do when the jokes too easily write themselves?

11:43AM Mon. Mar. 19, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

SXSW Panel Recap: Dungeons & Dragons in the Writer's Room
Tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons have been used since the Seventies as an excuse to get together with friends and escape to another world far from the daily grind. But if your job involves making video games or cartoons, the line between work and playtime can get a little blurry.

3:59PM Sat. Mar. 17, Tucker Whatley Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Film Review: Eighth Grade
In Eighth Grade (the feature directorial debut of comedian and YouTube star Bo Burnham) Instagram is a character. Kayla obsessively flips through her phone while lying in her pitch-black room, voyeuristically watching other kids her age confidently display all the fun they’re having – it’s enough to give anyone some serious FOMO.

3:24PM Sat. Mar. 17, Jenny Nulf Read More | Comment »

SXSW TV Review: Krypton
New Syfy series Krypton takes us back in time not only before Superman's home planet was destroyed, but before his father was born. Following Seg-El (Superman's grandfather), it tells a grand scale story of an attempt to change history so that Superman (birth name Kal-El) is never born.

3:15PM Sat. Mar. 17, Moisés Chiullán Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Prospect
Four years ago, at this very festival, Chris Caldwell and Zeek Earl premiered a short film about a father-daughter prospecting duo on the edges of known space. Now the filmmakers return to SXSW with Prospect, a feature-length adaptation that takes their original concept to new heights.

2:45PM Sat. Mar. 17, Matthew Monagle Read More | Comment »

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