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Fantastic Fest Catches Taika Waititi's JoJo Rabbit
The fifteenth annual Fantastic Fest – the Alamo Drafthouse's celebration of cinema unique and strange – has hopped up and dropped its first wave of films, with the headline news that JoJo Rabbit, the latest from Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, will be this year's opening night title.

11:00AM Tue. Jul. 30, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Crime Month: Tarantino's Alternate History, Where Women Don't Get to Talk a Whole Lot
If you’re one of the many moviegoers who vaulted Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood this weekend to the biggest box office opening in writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s career, you probably went home and spent some time on the internet trying to parse fact from fiction.

10:00AM Tue. Jul. 30, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 5
Since July Is Crime Month at the Chronicle, the ruffians and reprobates at this rag want to be sure you find as much trouble as possible before August shows up like a nosy cop asking all the wrong questions. So each week, we’ll fill you in on films, readings, book clubs, and more where crime does pay – for a while, anyway.

1:50PM Mon. Jul. 29, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Contrast Review: So Pretty
Four roommates, in a small New York apartment, are crowded around the kitchen table. They visit with friends, lovers, and one’s mother. Voices intersect and viewers can make out bits of dialogue, but the substance of the interactions falls away.

11:00AM Mon. Jul. 22, Nick Yeager Read More | Comment »

Contrast Review: Obscuro Barroco
There is a moment in Obscuro Barroco in which narrator and star Luana Muniz looks out at Rio De Janeiro and says: “Without this city I can’t live.” She describes it as a mutant, always transforming, and goes on: “It is my own figure, my own metamorphosis.”

9:00AM Mon. Jul. 22, Nick Yeager Read More | Comment »

Contrast Review: The Whisper of the Jaguar
It starts with the sounds of a river. Macaws call and leaves ripple along the water. This is the beginning of The Whisper of the Jaguar, a feature from Brazil screened as the first in Contrast Film Festival’s matinee series “Brazil in Focus.”

4:40PM Sat. Jul. 20, Nick Yeager Read More | Comment »

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Selfie-Conscious on the Snapchat Series Two Sides
Gone are the days of packing up your ex’s belongings in a box to the left. Now, all you have to do is unfollow, mute, and block. Two Sides questions which is harder. “Breakups and heartache are universal,” said show creator, writer, and director Hannah Lehmann, “and this series offers a look into what a breakup looks like for teenagers today.”

10:44AM Fri. Jul. 19, Katelyn Landry Read More | Comment »

Lulu Wang Introduces Us to The Farewell
American cinema has a habit of conflating a film where the bulk of the dialogue is not English with "foreign cinema." But when it comes to The Farewell, even though it was shot in China, with a Chinese and Chinese American cast, and much of the script is in Mandarin, writer/director Lulu Wang is clear about one thing: this is an American film.

12:01AM Fri. Jul. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

aGLIFF 2019 Announces Full Lineup, Including Trixie Mattel Documentary
Break out your best red carpet attire! aGLIFF – the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival – has announced its full lineup for 2019, and they're top-and-tailing it with titles requiring a little effort: get spiffy for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in Gay Chorus Deep South, and glam up for Trixie Mattel – Moving Parts.

1:00PM Wed. Jul. 17, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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AISD's "School Changes" Process Places Equity Front and Center “Historically, this is a very racist city, and unfortunately, this school district is a part of that system"

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