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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    SXSW '12 Review: At Its Best, Harmless 'Hunky Dory' Is Just That

    It’s the summer of 1976, and between a conservative school administration and an unrelenting drought, things are beyond dry for Wales’ scrappier teens. It’s little wonder that they flock to the more permissive Miss Mae (Minnie Driver) and her glam-rock interpretation of Shakespeare...

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    SXSW Day Two: 'The Imposter,' Seimetz Talks 'Sun Don't Shine,' 'Hunky Dory' (Video)

    I started another rainy day at SXSW with Sundance holdover "The Imposter," which luckily I had not read too much about. The less you know going in the better on this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction doc, which leads you through the filmmakers' own discovery process, which they call a "slightly bewilde...

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    SXSW '12 Review: Celebrity, Notoriety & Living In Public As 'Frankie Go Boom'

    "Frankie Go Boom" opens with a home video from a long-ago washed-out suburban childhood, as Bruce tricks his brother Frankie into a pitfall prank that's both caught on tape and a trap for the two of them; flashing forward to adulthood -- or something like it -- Frankie (Charlie Hunnam)...

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    SXSW Review Capsule: 'God Bless America'

    Whether the film is really about kindness, violence, revenge or just highlighting mediocrity, "God Bless America" is finding a welcome home in Austin.

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    SXSW '12 Review: "The Last Fall" Delivers An Earnest Look At Life After Football

    Matthew Cherry’s directorial debut effort The Last Fall is one that we have followed from its inception on this site via our S&A Filmmaker’s Diary.  It’s almost surreal that almost a year later the film is screening at SXSW Film Festival!

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Sinister' Starring Ethan Hawke Is A Satisfying Old-School Horror, But Lacks Resonance

    As a horror movie that’s incredibly effective and yet evaporates pretty quickly once it’s over, Scott Derrickson’s “Sinister” defines the difference between "scary" and "haunting." Truthfully it’s a balance of a lot of things – ghost stor...

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    SXSW 2012 Review - "In Our Nature" (Strong Performances & Camera Work, But Ultimately Too Familiar)

    Not a lot I was particularly moved by here; and, to be frank, my sole reason for seeing the film was due to Gabrielle Union's (though mostly supporting) presence in it, so I'll make this one short and sweet.

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    SXSW '12 Review: Director Jay Chandrasekhar's Tentative Sincerity Steps Undermined In Uneven, Sophomoric 'Babymakers'

    If you thought that “Knocked Up” was too mature a take on impending fatherhood, then “Babymakers” just might be the movie for you. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, it follows the comical misadventures of a husband who is reluctant to discover whether or not his sperm is “...

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    SXSW '12 Review: Todd Rohal's Third Feature 'Nature Calls' Is A Dull, Droning Wrong Number

    Curiously squandering an immensely talented cast, Todd Rohal's "Nature Calls," written when the writer-director lived in Austin, had more humor and humanity and life in its 10-minute post-screening talk here at SXSW than it showed in its previous 98-minute running time. Starring Patton...

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    Texas Hall of Fame and SXSW Opening Day, from 'Rio Bravo' to 'Cabin in the Woods'

    I flew into Austin Thursday on Southwest and sat in the first row right next to Angie Dickinson, who was accepting a Texas Hall of Fame award that night for the cast and crew of Howard Hawks' 1959 western "Rio Bravo."

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