Suzanne Collins famously stumbled on her inspiration for "The Hunger Games" trilogy while channel surfing between newscasts of war zones and reality competition shows. In the case of "I Am Not a…
In his 2010 memoir, "Decoded," Jay Z defined the central subject of hip-hop in three words: "why I'm dope." A simplification, to be sure, but one that holds true from rap's humblest origins, when MCs…
Very long, very brooding, often exhilarating and sometimes scattered.
A finely measured, handsomely crafted debut that should attract admirers on the festival circuit.
James Lavelle has enjoyed, or perhaps endured, a music career that bears no exact parallels elsewhere in the business. And yet, as told by the often scattered, sometimes exhausting yet ultimately…
Sophie Goodhart's "My Blind Brother" takes an ostensibly dark premise and turns it into a featherweight frolic as winningly unambitious as its central couple played by Nick Kroll and Jenny Slate.
If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then writer-director Anne Hamilton's "American Fable" registers as an eloquently constructed valentine to Guillermo del Toro, whose "Pan's…
Walking a fine line between charming lark and smirking goof, Ti West's "In a Valley of Violence" is a Western homage that has its heart in the genre, but not so much in the story.
The SXSW film festival kicks off on Friday with a strong lineup that once again proves the Austin gathering as a formidable player for big and small movies. As if assembled from the ingredients of…
Everything is truly bigger in Texas, including the 30th birthday celebration for the Austin Film Society, which finishes its year-long pearl anniversary at this year's Texas Film Awards. The…
After announcing this year's lineup, SXSW's film head Janet Pierson noted that the lineup conformed to a characterization that had long been attributed to the fest. "We've been told we program the…