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SXSW Film review: ‘The Art of Organized Noize’

9:47 am Mar. 16, 2016

Organized Noize created the dirty south sound from the dungeon in Southwest Atlanta, and since the early 1990s, rap, hip-hop, soul, rhythm and blues and American popular music in general has been forever changed.

The trio

SXSW Film review: ‘Hardcore Henry’

9:56 am Mar. 15, 2016

“Hardcore Henry” is a front-row type of film. It should be seen and experienced in a theater.

However, no matter where you sit or how you see it, you will still be Henry, or at least

SXSW Film review: ‘Kill Me Please’

11:28 am Mar. 14, 2016

“Kill Me Please” is gorgeous.

It’s a slow-burn teenage slasher flick, where most of the action takes place off-screen, creating an electric tension throughout.

Bia, the protagonist, is a 15-year-old girl living in Barra da Tijuca, in the

SXSW Film review: ‘In a Valley of Violence’

12:49 pm Mar. 13, 2016

Of everything on my schedule this year, Ti West’s classic spaghetti-style western, “In a Valley of Violence,” was something I was seriously looking forward to, and West doesn’t dissappoint.

“In a Valley of Violence” is just

SXSW Film review: ‘The Greasy Strangler’

5:23 pm Mar. 12, 2016

What do grease, stuntcocks, disco, pink and sex have in common? Well, they all figure heavily in “The Greasy Strangler.”

I have never quite experienced a film like this. Not since “Eraserhead” have I been so

SXSW Film 2016: ‘Sing Street’ review

11:32 am Mar. 12, 2016

“Sing Street” is a feel-good New Wave/pop coming-of-age love story.

Conor (Ferdia-Walsh Pino) dreams big and after transferring to a more rough- and-tumble school where a bully lurks at every corner and black shoes are required.

SXSW Film review: ‘The Visit’ ponders alien contact

10:53 am Mar. 17, 2015

What would we do if an extraterrestrial lifeform did land on Earth? There’s no precedent, so how would we greet it, welcoming or skeptically, with an olive branch or might?

In director/screenwriter Michael Madsen’s  documentary “The