SXSW Film Review: ‘The Highwaymen’

Arriving more than a half-century after Arthur Penn’s violent folk-ballad “Bonnie and Clyde” tapped into the zeitgeist and caught lightning in a bottle by portraying the Depression-era gangster couple in a manner that recast them as anti-establishment rebels, “The Highwaymen” aims to set the record straight … [Read More...]

Film Review: ‘Duke’

If you can envision “Let’s Be Cops” reconstituted as a noirish psychodrama, you may be adequately prepared for “Duke,” an uneven but arresting indie thriller about two siblings who are driven to heroic extremes by childhood traumas. Co-directed by twin brothers James and Anthony Gaudioso, who also appear … [Read More...]

Film Review: ‘Indivisible’

Real-life characters face tests of faith in a war zone and on the home front in “Indivisible,” an intelligent drama based on the experiences of decorated Army Chaplain Darren Turner, who was deployed to Iraq in 2007 not long after seminary and basic training, and his wife Heather, who … [Read More...]

Film Review: ‘Savage Dog’

Martin Tillman, the burly bruiser played by British action star Scott Adkins in “Savage Dog,” most assuredly is a man on a mission. But it’s not always clear precisely what that mission is in writer-director Jesse V. Johnson’s ultra-violent revenge melodrama set in 1959 Indochina. … [Read More...]

Film Review: ‘Misfortune’

“Misfortune” is what it is, a small-budget neo-noir so generic that one half-expects to see a bar code rather than closing credits at the end. Chief among its few distinguishing characteristics: Seth Johnson’s evocative cinematography during nighttime scenes in desert locales near Tucson, Nick Mancuso’… [Read More...]

SXSW Film Review: ‘Lucky’

Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in “Lucky,” an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything that’s important. Scripters Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja wrote their screenplay (a scenario that … [Read More...]