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Fantastic Fest capsule review: Cub

Another terrifying Fantastic Fest entry from Belgium, “Cub” is the feature debut from director Jonas Govaerts.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: Jacky in the Kingdom of Women

My favorite thing about the Fantastic Fest schedule each year is the diversity. While the festival attracts some of the biggest genre fans in the world, there is a limit to how much depravity one person can handle on any given day.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: V/H/S VIRAL

Though it makes zero sense as a “found footage” movie (here, “found footage” just means shot-on-video handheld style and annoying editing more than finding the footage as a plot point), this is a decent horror anthology hampered by the contraints of its chosen "format.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: The Treatment

Already a box office hit in its native Belgium, this riveting thriller from director Hans Herbots should pick up distribution stateside, although it could be a tough sell.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: The Tribe

The Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League was so blown away by “The Tribe” after he saw it at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, he had to figure out how to buy the distribution rights.

Fantastic Fest capsule: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

In 1976, a low-budget horror film called “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” fictionalized an actual murder spree by a man simply known as the Phantom Killer that occurred in Texarkana.

Fantastic Fest cap: I Am Here

Before our screening started, festival programmer Brian Kelley mentioned that he “couldn't imagine the fest without this film.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: THE BABADOOK

In this tightly told fairy tale from Australian first-timer Jennifer Kent, Amelia has had a rough go of it.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: FORCE MAJEURE

Speaking in very broad terms (one respects the fact that one can empathize with those not like him or herself), there are three types of laughs that one might hear at the often amazing Swedish movie “Force Majeure.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: JOHN WICK

What is up with harm to cute animals this film season? First, an adorable puppy, wounded by abuse, is used as a plot device in “The Drop.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

In the excellent new documentary “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films,” there is a really great description of Cannon Films, the legendary low budget movie studio.

Fantastic Fest capsule review: ABCs OF DEATH 2

If you were at Fantastic Fest last year, you know the drill with this one. A bunch of directors get a letter of the alphabet and create a short film based on that letter ("F for Fart," for icky example, from the first film).

Fantastic Fest capsule review: HARDKOR DISKO

In this striking, not-quite-as-smart-as-it-thinks, often-Kubrick-esque feature debut from Polish music video director Krzysztof Skonieczny, we see a somewhat expressionless young man wandering around an abandoned theme park, pulling the fallen, metal dinosaurs around the weeds.

Fantastic Fest review: Tusk

What a piece of work is walrus. How noble in moustache, how infinite in teeth. In form and moving how noble and dignified!

AFF announces lineup; 'Imitation Game' and others set

The Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle “The Imitation Game,” which took home the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, will top the marquee screenings at this year’s Austin Film Festival, organizers have announced.

The Act of Killing

"The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer picks up a MacArthur "genius" grant

Austin-born Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the Oscar-nominated, Drafthouse Films-distributed documentary "The Act of Killing," has won a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a MacArthur "genius" grant.

AFS to host special 'Blow-Up' screening

The Austin Film Societywill host a special screening of director Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 classic, "Blow-Up," at 7:30 p.

Bullock's IMAX to show 'Jerusalem,' starting Friday

The Bullock Texas State History Museum will be opening the IMAX National Georgraphic film "Jerusalem" on Friday.

Fantastic Fest announces final titles Fantastic Fest has released the final lineup for its 10th anniversary, with world premieres of David Yarovesky’s “The Hive,” as well as screenings of “Horns,” “The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” “It Follows,” “Everly” and “Open Windows.

Tuesday morning movie roundup

The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival officially kicks off Wednesday with the documentary "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine.

Witness one of Matthew McConaughey’s epic new ads for Lincoln

Starring Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle as McConaughey and also a bull. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn of "Drive" fame.

'Big Spoon' starts filming in Austin

Filming of the independent feature “The Begin Spoon” began Wednesday in Austin and will continue through Sept.

AFS names grant recipients

The Austin Film Society has announced this year’s grant recipients, with $10,000 awards to two narrative features and two documentaries.

Drafthouse acquires 'Amira & Sam'

Austin-based Drafthouse Films said Thursday that it has acquired the U.S. distribution right to Sean Mullin’s romantic comedy, “Amira & Sam.

Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy writes and edits stories about movies, books and the arts for the Austin American-Statesman.

Joe Gross

Joe Gross writes about books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications.


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