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WATCH: Marvel releases 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer after online leak

Fanboys and fangirls rejoice: Marvel Entertainment released its "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer Wednesday after a low-resolution version leaked online. http://twitter.com/Marvel/status/525093857772318720 Marvel had originally planned to release the official trailer Oct. 28, according to The Verge. >> Read more trending stories The film, which stars James Spader as Ultron, hits theaters on May ...

Tim League on keeping film (actual film) around

Alamo Drafthouse CEO/Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League recently wrote a piece for film industry website Deadline Hollywood (deadline.com) about Christopher Nolan’s controversial decision to release “Interstellar” (starring Austin spirit animal Matthew McConaughey) two days early to theaters that can still show 35mm and 70mm film.Given that most theaters have gone ...

You wouldn’t like ‘John Wick’ when he’s angry

Man, what is up with harm to cute animals this year? First, an adorable puppy, wounded by abuse, is used as a plot device in “The Drop.”Then in the brutal, post-Hong Kong actioner “John Wick,” well, let’s just say the dog in “The Drop” got off easy.Our Mr. Wick (Keanu ...

Film listings, Oct. 24- Oct. 30

OPENING FRIDAY“Birdman”Grade: A, reviewed page 33“The Blue Room”Grade: B+, reviewed page 39“Dear White People”Grade: B, reviewed page 35“Exists”Grade: C, reviewed page 38“The Green Prince”Grade: B+, reviewed page 36“Harmontown”For a review, go to Austin360.com“John Wick”Grade: B-, reviewed page 34NOT REVIEWED“23 Blast.” PG-13. 98 min. When a high school football star is ...

‘Harmontown’ is for hardcore fans of Dan Harmon

“Harmontown” is a warts-and-more-warts look at Dan Harmon of “Community” TV fame, a comic writer who goes on a nationwide podcast tour to connect with self-avowed socially awkward folks like himself. Harmon, an acquired taste, freely admits in this road-show documentary that he’s difficult and self-destructive — traits that are ...

‘Green Prince’ documents case of real-life espionage

Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas founder/leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, spied on Hamas for Israel for 10 years As readers of spy fiction know, every secret agent has a handler, the person to whom the undercover operative reports. We’ve read about it in novels by Graham Greene and John le ...

Stock characters yell stock lines in ‘Exists’

It comes as no surprise that some of the folks who made “The Blair Witch Project,” the definitive found-footage horror film, do a solid job with “Exists,” a found-footage bigfoot thriller. But in the decade and a half since the much-imitated “Blair Witch,” cellphone cameras and the nearly as ubiquitous ...

Amalric mixes eroticism, mystery in ‘Blue Room’

There are two blue rooms in the spellbinding new feature by actor-director Mathieu Amalric: the provincial hotel room where a couple conducts an adulterous affair, and the courtroom where they later stand trial for murder. Just who they’re accused of killing is only gradually revealed in this taut mystery. What ...

Tyler James Williams, center, plays a gay black student on a fictional Ivy League campus who doesn’t feels that he fits any of the standard campus groups in “Dear White People.”

‘Dear White People’ offers smart satire

“Satire is the weapon of reason” is the punch line to writer-director Justin Simien’s flip and hip satire “Dear White People.” Here’s a race-based/race-baiting comedy that tackles issues of identity and sensitivity head on, a debut film that brashly borrows from a few early Spike Lee movies and updates them ...

Denzel Washington (center) won an Oscar for his performance in the war drama “Glory.”

Zwick takes a singular path in Hollywood, focuses on human condition

Lights, camera, think! On Saturday, Edward Zwick, the thoughtful, discerning director of “Glory,” “Courage Under Fire,” “Blood Diamond” and “Defiance” will accept the Austin Film Festival’s coveted Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. But Zwick, also the sage executive producer of the groundbreaking ABC relationship series “thirtysomething,” “My So-Called Life” and ...

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner will speak and get an award at the conference during this year’s Austin Film Festival.

Highlights from the Austin Film Festival conference events

The Austin Film Festival’s Screenwriters Conference, which continues through Sunday, will host more than 175 panels, roundtables, pitch sessions and workshops, with such notable guests as Richard LaGravanese (“The Fisher King”), Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”), Tom Schulman (“Dead Poets Society”) and Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”). One of the most popular events ...

Gwar is among the bands playing the Housecore Horror Film Festival this weekend.

Haunted Housecore: Philip Anselmo’s vulgar display of horror

For a guy who rose to fame barking heavy metal threats, Philip Anselmo is a stone-mellow dude. Drawling in a groggy croak on the phone from his New Orleans home, the former Pantera and current Down singer is discussing the inspiration behind his second annual Housecore Horror Film Festival running ...

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones star in “The Homesman,” one of the featured films at this year’s Austin Film Festival.

Austin Film Festival offers early peeks at Oscar hopefuls

The Austin Film Festival and Conference, which kicked off Thursday and continues through Oct. 30, features more than 180 films — both shorts and features — and several Oscar hopefuls this year. It also includes retrospective screenings, multiple panels on screenwriting, an awards ceremony and conversations with some of the ...

‘Birdman’ soars

Riggan Thompson has hit a bit of an existential rough patch.He’s a Hollywood has-been, a former box-office draw most famous for his role as the superhero Birdman. But those days are long gone.Now he’s sitting cross-legged in a dank Broadway dressing room, in his underwear, a Birdman poster on the ...

Body found believed to be missing actress Misty Upham

A body found near a river in Washington state  is believed to be that of missing actress Misty Upham, according to police. The actress is known her roles in “August: Osage County,” “Frozen River" and "Django Unchained." The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a ...

Livi Zheng and Ken Zheng star in “Brush With Danger.” Credit: Sun and Moon Films

Lots of folks kickbox in ‘Brush With Danger’

“Oh, thank God! Asians!” the red-haired woman whose purse is being stolen cries out, relieved, in “Brush With Danger.” She has spotted Alice (Livi Zheng) and Ken (Ken Zheng), whom she just assumes to be martial arts experts and, as cinematic luck would have it, they are.One of the many ...

Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Chalke star in AFF-staged script reading

The comedy “Flarsky” by Dan Sterling is this year’s Austin Film Festival staged script reading. Currently the cast for the reading includes Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Chalke and Jason Ritter.Sterling started as a staff writer on the first season of “South Park” and went on to become a writer/producer on “King ...

Film listings, Oct. 17- Oct. 23

OPENING FRIDAY“Art and Craft”Grade: B, reviewed page 44“The Best of Me”Grade: D, reviewed page 43“The Book of Life”Grade: A-, reviewed page 39“Fury”Grade: B-, reviewed page 38“Men, Women & Children”Grade: C, reviewed page 45“St. Vincent”Grade: C, reviewed page 40“The Overnighters”Grade: B+, reviewed page 41NOT REVIEWED“Housebound”: A delinquent young woman is told ...

‘Fury’ rages but never smolders

War is always hell. But the end of a war is an especially dangerous and exhausting circle of it.The five-man crew of the “Fury,” the titular tank in writer-director David Ayer’s World War II drama, is stuck in this bloody circle.Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) and his boys are ...

‘Overnighters’ takes compelling look at migrant workers in oil fields

“The Overnighters” is an onion of a movie. Composed of multiple layers — more than one of which might bring tears to your eyes — this shape-shifting documentary begins as one thing and ends as quite another. Straddling both is Jay Reinke, a Lutheran pastor whose small town in North ...

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