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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ stars Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry talk acting with monsters, character inspirations, returning to theaters

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ stars Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry talk acting with monsters, character inspirations, returning to theaters

March 31, 2021

The time has come for iconic monsters Godzilla and King Kong to face off yet again on the big screen. Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Godzilla vs. Kong” is in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max...

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What to check out if you’re going to SXSW

March 23, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 10 print edition.   The Daily Texan’s team of South by Southwest Online reporters have created a list of must-sees for students...

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‘Clerk’ documentary director Malcolm Ingram talks interviewing Stan Lee, being friends with Kevin Smith

March 20, 2021

“Clerk,” which premiered at South by Southwest 2021, is a documentary revolving around the life of iconic filmmaker, actor, public speaker and comic book fan Kevin Smith. The film features...

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‘Sound of Violence’ director Alex Noyer and star James Jagger talk fake blood, killer instruments

March 20, 2021

Editor’s Note: There are minor spoilers in this interview “Sound of Violence” is a new horror film that premiered at South by Southwest in the Midnighters category. The film follows...

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‘Sound of Violence’ wows with twisted horrors, stunning visuals

March 19, 2021

This mixtape is killer.   “Sound of Violence” is a horror film that premiered at South by Southwest in the Midnighters category. The film follows a young adult named Alexis who is pursuing...

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‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’ TV terror, throwback mystery

March 19, 2021

Finding the remote won’t save you now Inspired by the real-life (and unsolved) broadcast interruptions that struck Chicago in the late 1980s, horror film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion”...

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‘The Feast’ serves up a foreboding, twisted experience

March 18, 2021

All dinner parties could use a severed leg to spice up the evening.  “The Feast” is a horror film featured in the South by Southwest 2021 Midnighters category. The film, set in the...

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Q&A: ‘Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched’ film team talks folk horror, editing, documentary production

March 18, 2021

“Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched,” a new documentary that premiered at South by Southwest 2021 on Wednesday, focuses on the evolution and history of the folk horror subgenre. The film features...

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Q&A: ‘Jakob’s Wife’ director talks working with Barbara Crampton, rat actors, practical effects

March 17, 2021

Once again, Barbara Crampton is covered in blood.  Horror legends Crampton and Larry Fessenden unite in “Jakob’s Wife,” a new film directed by Travis Stevens (“Girl on the...

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‘Gaia’ plays with intriguing concepts but lacks in narrative

March 17, 2021

Definitely not Fun-Guy.  “Gaia” is another installment in South by Southwest 2021’s Midnighters collection. The film follows a park ranger who stumbles upon a father and son living...

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‘Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry’ presents intimate, emotional portrait of young fame

February 26, 2021

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” is an Apple TV+ original documentary centered around the 19-year-old singing sensation Billie Eilish. Spanning multiple tours, music video...

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UT Alum horror film ‘The Dark and the Wicked’ brings terrifying visuals, ominous story

February 23, 2021

Director Bryan Bertino dips his toes back into the horror genre with Shudder’s upcoming film “The Dark and the Wicked.”  The UT alumnus, best known for directing horror classic...

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UT alumna Brea Grant talks acting in horror film “After Midnight”

February 22, 2021

From minor guest roles on iconic shows “Friday Night Lights” and “Dexter,” to writing and starring in her own horror film “Lucky,” UT alumna Brea Grant is paving her...

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Actors Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Dominique Fishback talk ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ genre work, acting

February 10, 2021

“Judas and the Black Messiah” hits HBO Max and theaters this Friday. The film follows the powerful and relevant true story following Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), his...

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“Judas and the Black Messiah” tells emotional, relevant story via superb cast

February 8, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. In a moving character study that explores an important point in America’s racial history, Daniel...

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‘The Blazing World’ producer Brinton Bryan talks quarantine filmmaking, working with Carlson Young

January 29, 2021

“The Blazing World” is a new feature film produced by Brinton Bryan that follows a young woman who accidentally finds herself in a twisted alternate dimension. The film, created on location...

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‘The Little Things’ spins up entertaining murder mystery with iconic cast

January 28, 2021

The Joker, Mr. Robot and Alonzo from “Training Day” unite for an unsettling crime investigation premiering in theaters and on HBO Max starting Friday.  “The Little Things”...

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Here is some new content to watch over winter break

December 2, 2020

The year 2020 has certainly been a weird one for the movie industry. As studios move away from theatrical distribution, many are looking toward various streaming platforms to debut their next big hit....

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ brings familiar, refreshing gameplay to franchise

November 16, 2020

Black Ops is back.  “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” is the newest installment in Activision’s long-running first person shooter series. This time around, “Call of Duty”...

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‘Mortal’ takes grounded approach to superhero-esque origin story

November 5, 2020

In the spirit of Amazon’s “The Boys” and James Gunn’s “Brightburn,” “Mortal” is here to make you rethink your superhero fantasies.  “Mortal”...

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A creeptastic guide to ensuring your 2020 Halloween is ‘un-boo-lievable’

November 3, 2020

The scariest day of the year isn’t far off, and The Daily Texan is here to help you celebrate. Move your eyes to the rest of this guide to figure out how to send chills down your spine.  The...

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Volume 2 of Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ reboot offers mixed bag of mystery

October 21, 2020

Just in time for the spookiest day of the year, Netflix has dropped Volume 2 of their “Unsolved Mysteries” reboot. This installment features another six chilling cold cases ranging from the...

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‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ delivers half-baked family thrills

October 19, 2020

Maybe babysitters should just stick to babysitting.  “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” is a film adaptation of the young adult novel series of the same name. Author Joe...

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Fantastic Fest 2020: Director of ‘The Stylist’ Jill Gervagizian talks horror influences and pre-production

October 5, 2020

After succeeding as a short on the festival circuit in 2015, Jill Gervargizian’s “The Stylist” has been adapted into a feature film. The stylish slasher premiered at 2020’s Celebration...

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Fantastic Fest 2020: ‘The Stylist’ presents gruesome character study

September 28, 2020

Dandruff is the least of these characters’ hair worries.  “The Stylist” is a new horror film from writer-director Jill Gervargizian, based on a 2016 short film of  the same...

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Fantastic Fest 2020: ‘Teddy’ brings visual feast to werewolf genre

September 28, 2020

This werewolf film is a visual feast.  Kicking off Fantastic Fest’s virtual 2020 celebration, “Teddy” brings werewolves back onto the big screen. The French film, written and...

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‘Antebellum’ fails to leave mark on horror

September 21, 2020

“Antebellum” is a new horror film from directing duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The story follows a successful Black businesswoman named Veronica (Janelle Monáe) who suddenly...

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Netflix’s ‘The Devil All the Time’ presents dark, twisted character study

September 18, 2020

Editor’s note: This review discusses religious and gruesome imagery as well as suicide. If you or somebody you know are at risk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour...

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‘Get Duked!’ director talks horror, music video influences

August 31, 2020

After a 2019 premiere at South by Southwest, “Get Duked!” (formerly “Boyz in the Wood”) landed on Amazon Prime on Friday. The wild, genre-defying film follows a group of boys who...

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Coming-of-age film ‘Chemical Hearts’ explores love with delicacy, stars Lili Reinhart

August 22, 2020

While high school life is often romanticized in modern media, Amazon Studios’ newest film embraces the dark reality that lies between the lockers. “Chemical Hearts,” based on the novel...

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‘Chemical Hearts’ stars Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, director Richard Tanne discuss new Amazon Prime film

August 22, 2020

Director and writer Richard Tanne’s “Chemical Hearts” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. The coming-of-age story, based on the novel “Our Chemical Hearts” by Krystal...

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‘She Dies Tomorrow’ explores unknown with tragic beauty

August 6, 2020

With this new foreboding flick, director Amy Seimetz shines a light on the fragility of life and certainty of death. “She Dies Tomorrow” follows a group of people who encounter a mysterious...

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‘Relic’ cast, director talk horror, female representation

July 10, 2020

The new horror film “Relic” from director Natalie Erika James is now playing at drive-in theaters across the country. The film stars Bella Heathcote and Emily Mortimer as a mother-daughter...

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‘Relic’ portrays familial terror with honesty, grace

July 9, 2020

The suffering of a loved one becomes sinister in this terrifying genre offering.  “Relic” is a chilling horror film from director Natalie Erika James. The twisted tale follows a mother...

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The fate of summer 2020’s film slate

May 9, 2020

Hot Film Fan Summer will never be the same.  When COVID-19 forced movie theaters to shut down worldwide, studios quickly adjusted theatrical release dates for upcoming films. The Daily Texan has...

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UT senior gets surprise visit from Steven Spielberg on John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’

May 6, 2020

With days left before his virtual graduation, an aspiring UT screenwriter received personal advice from a Hollywood legend.  After the Twitter account for John Krasinski’s (“The Office,”...

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ shines with strong narrative despite hiding harsher reality

May 5, 2020

Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood” seeks to reinterpret the harsh reality of 1940s Dreamland.  Part of a multipicture deal, “Hollywood” is a Ryan Murphy-Netflix collaboration....

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Upcoming films, shows starring your favorite ‘Star Wars’ actors

May 4, 2020

As the final entry in “Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” came to a close last winter with “The Rise of Skywalker,” the franchise’s greatest stars are seeking out new opportunities...

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UT alum talks newest short film on HBO, advice during quarantine

April 20, 2020

UT alumnus Eman Esfandi is usually in front of the camera, but after taking a spin in the director’s chair, his work is now streaming on HBO.  Eman Esfandi directed a short film called “Pepito”...

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RTF students’ thesis film productions disrupted by COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Daniel Hurtado de Mendoza was supposed...

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4 shows to watch on new streaming app Quibi

April 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story mentions suicide. If you or somebody you know are at resk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour support at 1-800-273-8255. As attention...

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From the Forty Acres to the big screen: UT alumni movies to watch in quarantine

March 31, 2020

Looking for more movies to add to your ever-expanding watch list? The Texan has compiled a list of films featuring UT alumni that are available to stream from the comfort of your home. “Time Trap”...

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‘Blow the Man Down’ deep dives into thrilling small-town mystery

March 21, 2020

Gone Fishing … forever. “Blow The Man Down” is a new Amazon original film, written and directed by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole. The unsettling thriller follows two sisters as they...

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7 films to watch while quarantined

March 20, 2020

With countless hours of TV time seemingly in everyone’s future, the Texan has put together a list of must-watch films that embrace the spirit of being quarantined, each in a unique way. The Shining  In...

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Q&A: Lynn Chen on how SXSW cancellation impacts her film ‘I Will Make You Mine’

March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. “I Will Make You Mine”...

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Silent ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream’ speaks volumes

March 10, 2020

Young ambitions fly sky high in this colorful Netflix experience. “Sitara: Let Girls Dream” is an animated short film written and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy alongside Pakistan-based...

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‘The Invisible Man’ reinvents classic tale of terror

March 2, 2020

Universal Classic Monsters is back from the grave yet again, this time with horror powerhouse Blumhouse behind the wheel.  “The Invisible Man,” directed by Leigh Whannell (“Upgrade”),...

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‘I Am Not Okay with This’ sprinkles coming-of age-drama with telepathic powers

February 28, 2020

Sophia Lillis is once again drenched in blood, but this time a killer clown is the least of her problems.  “I Am Not Okay With This” is a new Netflix series from director Jonathan Entwistle...

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‘Brahms: The Boy II’ offers generic, enjoyable slice of PG-13 horror

February 24, 2020

"Annabelle” is officially canceled.  “Brahms: The Boy II” is the sequel to 2016’s “The Boy.” The film follows a new family that moves into the guest house...

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‘Wendy’ excels in magical coming of age tale

February 17, 2020

The island of eternal youth is returning to the silver screen in the visionary tale “Wendy.”  “Wendy” is a retelling of the classic “Peter Pan” story through...