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Review: ‘The Polka King’ breezes by on the strength of its cast
January 18, 2018
Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski, a famous polka musician, lived a life that only embodied the vibrant and bouncy aspects of his music. Hardly a wholesome figure, Lewan’s hunger for stardom was matched only by his corruption.
'XOXO' falls short of its cinematic ambitions
August 30, 2016
“Peace, Love, Unity and Respect,” four tenants of electronic dance music culture, remain underdeveloped in Christopher Louie’s feature-length homage to EDM.
Opportunities for women in cinema remain limited
May 3, 2016
Behind the scenes of nearly every big blockbuster movie is a cast and crew made up almost entirely of men.
'The Huntsman: Winter’s War' is visually gorgeous, structurally weak
April 21, 2016
Once upon a time, “Snow White and the Huntsman” enraptured viewers with its beauty and bravado. Its follow-up, both a prequel and sequel to the 2012 hit, does just the same, with far less focus on constructing an enchanting narrative.
'Green Room' excels as a heart-pounding thriller
April 20, 2016
Jeremy Saulnier’s latest directorial effort, “Green Room,” explores the relationship between white supremacy and violence in the present day, utilizing its implications to sustain a tense narrative that delivers some of the year’s best thrills.
Filmmakers split over new movie screening service
April 8, 2016
Spoiler alert — the movie industry is in danger.
'I Saw the Light' fails to honor the late Hank Williams
April 1, 2016
For much of the 20th century, traces of country singer Hank Williams appeared in the melodies of his musical successors. Despite this legacy, in “I Saw the Light,” writer and director Marc Abraham fails to recognize the impact of his career shoving it into the background of his ultimately underdeveloped film.
'Krisha' excels as a poignant family drama
March 25, 2016
According to Maya Angelou, “the ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Former UT student Trey Edward Shults’s second directorial work, “Krisha,” puts this assertion to the test, using experimentalism and raw emotion to counter her optimistic claim.
Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Saturday, March 19
March 19, 2016
Follow along for coverage of day nine of SXSW 2016 from Daily Texan reporters, photographers and videographers
Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Friday, March 18
March 18, 2016
Follow along for coverage of day eight of SXSW 2016 from Daily Texan reporters, photographers and videographers!
SXSW: Don Cheadle discusses career, inspirations, “Miles Ahead”
March 16, 2016
On Tuesday, actor Don Cheadle sat down with film critic David Edelstein to discuss his career, figures that inspired him and his transition into the role of director for his upcoming film “Miles Ahead,” at South By Southwest.
Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Wednesday, March 16
March 16, 2016
Follow along for coverage of day six of SXSW 2016 from Daily Texan reporters, photographers and videographers!
Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Tuesday, March 15
March 15, 2016
Follow along for coverage of day five of SXSW 2016 from Daily Texan reporters, photographers and videographers!
SXSW: “The Waiting” crafts unique teen thriller narrative
March 14, 2016
A conventional teen thriller immerses audiences in a plight to escape an imposing threat. In “The Waiting,” this story is replaced by a narrative that is unique to the genre, turning the protagonists into the imposing threat worth escaping.
Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Monday, March 14
March 14, 2016
Follow along for coverage of day four of SXSW 2016 from Daily Texan reporters, photographers and videographers!
Four must-see foreign films at SXSW
March 11, 2016
Every year, South By Southwest showcases hundreds of narratives, documentaries and experimental works. In an effort to expand diversity this year, the festival includes a substantial number of films from foreign countries, going so far as to create a SXGlobal category under which a select number premiere.
'Knight of Cups' prioritizes experimentalism over storytelling
March 8, 2016
There are few filmmakers as intrepid and introspective as award-winning director Terrence Malick.
Q&A: Film producers discuss Terrence Malick’s 'Knight of Cups'
March 7, 2016
This month, Terrence Malick’s latest film, “Knight of Cups,” will receive nationwide distribution and mark his first release since 2012.
'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' is Tina Fey at her finest
March 4, 2016
For years, Tina Fey’s wit has doubled as comedy and commentary on pressing social issues. Her latest film, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” takes this comedy and commentary to the front lines, satirizing femininity, ambition and personal combat.
'Sword of Destiny' prioritizes style over substance
February 29, 2016
A seamless blend of style and substance saturated Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in 2000. The film’s sequel, “Sword of Destiny,” simmers in visual ambition alone, never developing enough of a plot to save it from cinematic weakness.
Live Blog: #Oscars2016
February 28, 2016
Follow along as members of the Daily Texan's Life & Arts department live-tweet this year's Oscars!
Triple 9 suffers due to its narrative weakness, despite all-star cast
February 23, 2016
The mark of a great crime drama is its ability to persist in the minds of moviegoers. “Triple 9,” in this respect, falls short of greatness.
‘Where to Invade Next’ offers comedic look at American politics
February 15, 2016
The progressive politics that have defined documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s career are back and bolder than ever.
Three great romances you (probably) haven’t seen
February 12, 2016
Every year, the approach of Valentine’s Day beckons last-minute decisions about the perfect date. For our “dinner and a movie” lovebirds, The Daily Texan suggests three great romances on Netflix that you probably haven’t seen.
Females, minorities underrepresented in films
February 8, 2016
After decades of limited on-screen opportunities, Hollywood’s leading ladies have risen from gloved housewives to gun-slinging heroines.
Five films that discuss diversity in America
February 3, 2016
While the issue of diversity in Hollywood has only taken precedence relatively recently, the presence of diversity on screen has long been overshadowed by films featuring white actors.