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Top movie picks of 2016
January 17, 2017
Three Life & Arts writers present their picks for the top movies of 2016.
Clichés, weak writing burden hopeful indie drama “A Winter Rose”
December 5, 2016
What if the struggles in your past prepared you for a better future? This hopeful message propels writer-director Riz Story’s indie drama “A Winter Rose.” Unfortunately, the film’s hopeful intentions and solid performances fail to overcome forced melodrama, amateur direction and a heavy-handed soundtrack.
“Allied” tells immersive, thrilling wartime love story
November 29, 2016
Polar opposites compose many great stories, and love and war are two of the most timeless.
“Bleed for This” tells conventional but uplifting comeback story
November 18, 2016
“You know what scares me about giving up? It’s easy.”
Exquisite sci-fi drama “Arrival” will blow your mind
November 11, 2016
Decoding language is a dynamic exchange. The linguist poses a question, gets a response, then interprets it based on what came before.
“Loving” achieves excellence in understatement
November 4, 2016
Director Jeff Nichols chronicles Richard and Mildred’s interracial marriage and the legal battle to overthrow the legislation that banned it in a rousing drama amplified by its understatement.
“Hacksaw Ridge” marks a rousing, visceral comeback for Mel Gibson
November 4, 2016
In every war there are two battles: the outer battle between armies and the inner battle of morals.
Obnoxiously understated 'Certain Women' forgets to tell a story
October 26, 2016
There’s a place for minimalism, a time for subtlety and a moment for silence. But rarely has a film so blatantly overused all three that it forgot to tell a story.
Four noteworthy films highlight LGBT narratives
October 21, 2016
Long before Hilary Swank and Jared Leto won Oscars for honest, powerful portrayals of LGBT characters, many films misrepresented and ignored members of the LGBT community.
Conventional “Jack Reacher” sequel overcomes predictability with thrills
October 21, 2016
Some movies are meant for a Friday night with a bucket of popcorn, not Sunday night at the Oscars.
Jeff Nichols talks screenwriting, calling Austin home
October 18, 2016
Austin-based writer-director Jeff Nichols has delivered one critically successful film after another, from thrillers like “Take Shelter” to the coming-of-age drama “Mud” and science fiction movie “Midnight Special.”
“The Girl on the Train” squanders source’s potential with lack of creativity
October 7, 2016
“We are tied forever now, the three of us,” laments Rachel (Emily Blunt) at the end of “The Girl on the Train.” “Bound forever by the story we share.”
Bleak, thrilling “Deepwater Horizon” honors real-life heroes
September 30, 2016
Peter Berg opens “Deepwater Horizon” a mile beneath the sea, where mounting oil pressure threatens to rupture the rig’s base. Berg only builds the cinematic pressure from there.
Q&A: Flight Facilities discuss international audiences, their rise to fame
September 29, 2016
After their breakout 2010 hit “Crave You,” Sydney-based duo Flight Facilities quickly rose to prominence as one of Australia’s most popular electronic dance acts.
Flawed but fun, “Seven” remake is magnificent time
September 23, 2016
The Seven have checkered pasts, little to lose and even less fear of a death they think is imminent.
Austin on camera: An Industry on the Rise
September 9, 2016
When Austin’s main airport was moved from Mueller to Bergstrom in 1999, an expanse of empty aircraft hangars was left behind. In them, Austin-based film director Richard Linklater envisioned the future of the city’s film industry.