Review: ‘The Rescue’

The indication of a remarkable documentary is that its emotional impact isn't diminished by knowing how the harrowing episode played out in real life. In fact, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin's latest documentary about survival and hope where there seems to be none should be held as the finest example of catering depth and... Continue Reading →

Blumhouse Kicks Off the Halloween Season With a Horror Quartet

It just wouldn't be October without a Blumhouse film or one of those gory compilation efforts. Yes, we were given the ludicrous Malignant last month and Criterion channel subscribers can dip into classic Universal horror, but for my money it's really Halloween season now and time to sweep in the autumn chills. Luckily, there are... Continue Reading →

2021 Dallas VideoFest Presents DocuFest: ‘Everything Is A-Ok’, ‘Lily Topples the World’ and ‘American Gadfly’

As usual, the weekend fare at Dallas VideoFest turns to more regionally inspired filmmaking. In addition to several short films, the biggest draw will most likely be the late night affair of Everything Is A-OK. It's hard to mess up a documentary like Everything Is A-OK. Directed by Justin Powers over the course of several... Continue Reading →

2021 Dallas VideoFest Presents Docufest: ‘Fireboys’, ‘Socks on Fire’ and ‘Pieces of Us’

Outside of the regionally focused films that always play a large part in the festival, this year's final edition of Dallas VideoFest feels especially prescient. Our world is reeling from a variety of conflicts both personal and political, where the human body is in open confrontation between science and ill-conceived administrative power and inner rage... Continue Reading →

Review: I’m Your Man

The exploration of artificial intelligence and its oncoming headlong collision with humanity has been a perennial favorite of the movies for decades now. Add Maria Schrader's I'm Your Man to the list. More sweet than profound and more concerned with asking small questions about the compatibility of woman-and-machine than intelligent design or hostile takeover, the... Continue Reading →

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