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Rory Ross talks acting in ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ role in upcoming ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ 

Rory Ross talks acting in ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ role in upcoming ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ 

January 28, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Jan. 25, 2022 flipbook. “The Book of Boba Fett,” the latest Disney+ series entry, seeks to expand the iconic world of “Star Wars,” seeing the...

Scream slashes back onto big screen with gross-out gore, genre commentary, deadly nostalgia

Scream slashes back onto big screen with gross-out gore, genre commentary, deadly nostalgia

January 21, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Jan. 18, 2022 flipbook. This review contains minor spoilers for “Scream” (2022).  Ghostface slashes back onto screens with the new “Scream”...

Cameron Monaghan talks thriller ‘Shattered,’ effective directing, working with stunt coordinators, appeal of specific roles

Cameron Monaghan talks thriller ‘Shattered,’ effective directing, working with stunt coordinators, appeal of specific roles

January 13, 2022
The Daily Texan speaks with star Cameron Monaghan about his time on new film "Shattered" and work as an actor. 
The Daily Texan talks to Cameron Monaghan about Shattered

The Daily Texan talks to Cameron Monaghan about ‘Shattered’

January 12, 2022

'Shameless' and 'Gotham' actor, Cameron Monaghan talks about the work that went into his new action heavy role.

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HAIM sisters talk starring in ‘Licorice Pizza,’ working with Paul Thomas Anderson

December 22, 2021
The Texan talks to the Haim sisters about working with Paul Thomas Anderson and balancing a successful music career with the production of a feature film.
Paul Thomas Anderson on the set of “Licorice Pizza.”

Paul Thomas Anderson talks ‘Licorice Pizza,’ pandemic-release strategy, music selection, desire to create

December 22, 2021
The Daily Texan attended a college roundtable with Paul Thomas Anderson in which he discussed several elements of his newest project, "Licorice Pizza."
Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck) and J.R. (Tye Sheridan) in “The Tender Bar.”

‘The Tender Bar’ stars Lily Rabe, Tye Sheridan talk directors, playing complex characters, George Clooney

December 21, 2021
The Daily Texan spoke with "The Tender Bar" stars Tye Sheridan and Lily Rabe about their work on the touching, coming-of-age story. 
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ celebrates web-slinger cinematic legacy

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ celebrates web-slinger cinematic legacy

December 16, 2021

*This review contains very minor spoilers* After months of endless teasers, leaks and spidey-mania, the newest adventure is finally here.  Tom Holland swings back onto the big screen with the latest...

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Director Adam McKay and advisor Dr. Amy Mainzer talk “Don’t Look Up,” working with Ariana Grande and a star-studded cast

December 10, 2021

“Don’t Look Up” brings Hollywood legends together for a comedic, yet dark take on the end of the world. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande and more, the new...

Guillermo del Toro delivers haunting noir thriller with stylistically superb ‘Nightmare Alley’

Guillermo del Toro delivers haunting noir thriller with stylistically superb ‘Nightmare Alley’

December 3, 2021

As if alleys weren’t scary enough already.  Auteur Guillermo del Toro returns to the big screen with his newest cinematic experience entitled “Nightmare Alley.” Much like the original 1947 noir...

‘House of Gucci’ shines with electric leading cast despite pacing issues

‘House of Gucci’ shines with electric leading cast despite pacing issues

November 21, 2021

“House of Gucci,” directed by Ridley Scott, chronicles the real-life story of the Gucci family and the infamous killing of Maurizio Gucci. Sporting an impressive cast featuring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver...

Actress Halle Berry talks directorial debut ‘Bruised,’ fight sequences, collaborating with directors

Actress Halle Berry talks directorial debut ‘Bruised,’ fight sequences, collaborating with directors

November 21, 2021

Legendary actress Halle Berry steps into the directing chair for Netflix’s “Bruised.” The film follows washed up mixed martial arts fighter Jackie Justice (Berry) as she fights for redemption in...

Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Podcast (Logan Kim) test out a proton pack in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ thrills with heartfelt nostalgia despite writing hiccups

November 16, 2021
Once “Afterlife” sacrifices itself to the lore and allure of the original “Ghostbusters” world, it finds its footing as a rewarding supernatural adventure for longtime fans.
‘Red Rocket’ director Sean Baker, stars Brittney Rodriguez, Bree Elrod talk being casted, improvising on set, NSYNC

‘Red Rocket’ director Sean Baker, stars Brittney Rodriguez, Bree Elrod talk being casted, improvising on set, NSYNC

November 12, 2021

Filmed here in the state of Texas, director Sean Baker’s newest film, “Red Rocket,” hits theaters this December. The small-town tale follows washed-up porn star Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) as he seeks...

‘Eternals’ takes MCU to extraordinary heights with emotional, mesmerizing tale

‘Eternals’ takes MCU to extraordinary heights with emotional, mesmerizing tale

November 5, 2021

“Eternals” follows a group of centuries-old celestial beings dedicated to protecting Earth from a monstrous species called Deviants. Boasting a star-studded cast featuring Richard Madden (“Game of...

‘The Humans’ wows with emotionally raw, genre-bending ensemble piece

‘The Humans’ wows with emotionally raw, genre-bending ensemble piece

October 29, 2021
Karam has crafted an exquisite film experience with no better word to describe it than simply human.
The Humans’ director, writer Stephen Karam talks adapting play to screen, creating unsettling atmosphere, genre-bending

The Humans’ director, writer Stephen Karam talks adapting play to screen, creating unsettling atmosphere, genre-bending

October 28, 2021

While the Austin Film Festival wrapped up its final weekend, “The Humans” premiered at the Paramount Theater. The A24-distributed, play-to-film adaption follows a dysfunctional family as they congregate...

New haunt Bat City Scaregrounds brings EDM clowns, swamp creatures and space vampires to Texas

New haunt Bat City Scaregrounds brings EDM clowns, swamp creatures and space vampires to Texas

October 25, 2021
The Daily Texan took a treacherous trip to Texas’ newest fright, navigated three terrifying mazes and spoke with owner and UT professor Corey J. Trahan.
“Dune” bores with sluggish pacing, underused talent

“Dune” bores with sluggish pacing, underused talent

October 21, 2021

Directed by visionary Denis Villenuve, “Dune” is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel of the same name. Traveling to the dangerous planet Arrakis, a young man, Paul Atreides...

Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry and stars of Netflix’s “Night Teeth” talk vampire inspirations

Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry and stars of Netflix’s “Night Teeth” talk vampire inspirations

October 18, 2021

“Night Teeth,” now streaming on Netflix, is a brand-new action-packed vampire film starring Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Raul Castillo. The film follows a driver named Jay (Lendeborg...

Child stars of “Chucky” talk working with the killer doll, what drew them to the project

Child stars of “Chucky” talk working with the killer doll, what drew them to the project

October 11, 2021

“Hi I’m Chucky. Wanna Play?” Everyone’s favorite killer doll slices back onto screens worldwide with the brand new SyFy series “Chucky.” Brought to life by showrunner and original franchise...

‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ star Sydney Park talks working on new Netflix slasher movie

‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ star Sydney Park talks working on new Netflix slasher movie

October 6, 2021

“There’s Someone Inside Your House,” a brand new slasher film from director Patrick Brice and writer Henry Gayden, arrived on Netflix Oct. 6 after its initial premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest....

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Billie Eilish brings hits of past and present with mesmerizing stage presence

October 3, 2021

“BILLIE! BILLIE! BILLIE! BILLIE!”  Cheers rang out from the crowd as the lights dimmed in anticipation for Billie’s highly anticipated return to Austin City Limits. As if the repetition of the...

‘Slumber Party Massacre’ ghoulishly mashes scares with satire in effective re-imagining

‘Slumber Party Massacre’ ghoulishly mashes scares with satire in effective re-imagining

September 29, 2021

No better place for a slumber party than a remote cabin in the woods.  “Slumber Party Massacre,” a remake of the 1982 classic slasher of the same name, follows a group of teenage girls who head...

“V/H/S/94” Filmmakers talk inspiration for segments, creating the VHS aesthetic, and rat monsters

“V/H/S/94” Filmmakers talk inspiration for segments, creating the VHS aesthetic, and rat monsters

September 27, 2021

“V/H/S/94” is the newest entry in the long-running horror anthology series of eerie found-footage shorts from a variety of talented writers and directors. The latest installment follows a police squadron...

Mr. Big (Richard Brake) rewards Raquel (Kelly Murtagh) in “Bingo Hell.”

Director Gigi Saul Guerrero, writer Shane McKenzie talk ‘Bingo Hell,’ working with goop, directing larger-than-life horror characters

September 26, 2021

“Bingo Hell,” part of Amazon’s “Welcome to the Blumhouse” film series, premiered Sept. 24 at Austin’s Fantastic Fest. The goop-splattered film follows a group of elderly town residents who...

She Will’ director Charlotte Colbert, stars Malcolm McDowell, Alice Krige talk creating dream sequences, selecting projects and exploring humanity through acting

‘She Will’ director Charlotte Colbert, stars Malcolm McDowell, Alice Krige talk creating dream sequences, selecting projects and exploring humanity through acting

September 26, 2021

“She Will,” an official selection of 2021’s Fantastic Fest, follows a woman and her caretaker as they travel to a remote locale in the woods of Scotland, only to realize there might be an ominous...

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‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ fuses iconic slasher madness with coming-of-age vulnerability

September 25, 2021

Five words no one wants to hear. “There’s Someone Inside Your House,” brings an exciting dose of modern horror slasher fun and starts streaming on Netflix Oct. 6. Directed by Patrick Brice (“Creep”)...

Greg Nicotero talks ‘Creepshow’ season 3, ‘The Walking Dead’ differences, directing episodes

Greg Nicotero talks ‘Creepshow’ season 3, ‘The Walking Dead’ differences, directing episodes

September 22, 2021

Shudder’s “Creepshow” returns for a third season of terrifying tales. Based on the classic 1982 horror film of the same name, the anthology series presents two twisted stories per episode, involving...

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“American Horror Story” star Ryan Kiera Armstrong talks eating baby feet, working with Finn Wittrock, mastering the violin

September 21, 2021
The Daily Texan spoke with Double Feature’s Ryan Kiera Armstrong about her experience working on the blood-soaked series. 
‘Midnight Mass’ tells beautifully dark tale among haunting island

‘Midnight Mass’ tells beautifully dark tale among haunting island

September 19, 2021

“Midnight Mass,” the newest horror experience from acclaimed director Mike Flanagan (“Doctor Sleep,” “Gerald’s Game,” “The Haunting of Hill House”), follows an isolated island community...

First 5 episodes of ‘Doom Patrol’ season 3 brings horror elements, creepy DC characters and musical numbers

First 5 episodes of ‘Doom Patrol’ season 3 brings horror elements, creepy DC characters and musical numbers

September 19, 2021

HBO Max’s “Doom Patrol” returns after the harrowing cliffhanger of season 2 which left the Patrol coated in deadly candle wax. Picking up directly after, season 3 throws the heroes through a slew...

Christian and Justin Long talk new film ‘Lady of the Manor,’ filmmaking advice, creating an effective comedy

Christian and Justin Long talk new film ‘Lady of the Manor,’ filmmaking advice, creating an effective comedy

September 15, 2021

“Lady of the Manor,” a brand new comedy written and directed by sibling duo Christian and Justin Long, premieres Sept. 17 in select theaters and video on-demand services. The film stars Melanie Lynskey...

‘Lady of the Manor’ brings lighthearted comedy with supernatural antics

‘Lady of the Manor’ brings lighthearted comedy with supernatural antics

September 15, 2021

Unfortunately, job listings do not notify you of ghosts in the workplace.  “Lady of the Manor,” a brand new supernatural comedy written and directed by siblings Christian and Justin Long, follows...

‘Shang-Chi’ brings exciting action, fantasy elements to MCU

‘Shang-Chi’ brings exciting action, fantasy elements to MCU

September 13, 2021

Ring ring ring … A new Marvel movie is calling.  “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” the newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, follows the journey of Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), a...

James Wan’s ‘Malignant’ dishes out bonkers horror nightmare

James Wan’s ‘Malignant’ dishes out bonkers horror nightmare

September 12, 2021

Master of horror James Wan slices back into the genre scene with an original, terrifying tale.  “Malignant,” premiering in theaters and on HBO Max, follows Madison, a young woman  ambushed by...

Billie Eilish’s A Love Letter to Los Angeles elevates sophomore album with beautiful visuals, orchestral renditions

Billie Eilish’s A Love Letter to Los Angeles elevates sophomore album with beautiful visuals, orchestral renditions

September 5, 2021

Billie Eilish brings the concert to the sofa with her new video concert experience “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” on Disney+.   The singer, alongside an orchestra and choir,...

Victoria Justice infuses energy in Netflix’s ‘Afterlife of the Party’

Victoria Justice infuses energy in Netflix’s ‘Afterlife of the Party’

September 1, 2021

“Party Till We Die” takes on a whole new meaning in this Netflix original.  Victoria Justice stars in the new Netflix original Afterlife of the Party. The young adult comedy follows 25-year-old...

2021’s ‘Candyman’ disappoints with confusing storyline, lack of scares

2021’s ‘Candyman’ disappoints with confusing storyline, lack of scares

August 29, 2021

Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Ca- Director Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman” finally hit theaters Aug. 27 after being delayed from June 2020. Taking place 29 years after the original “Candyman”...

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“The Night House” chills visually but lacks strong narrative

August 24, 2021

Try finding the bathroom in the dark at this house ... “The Night House,” the latest horror film from director and writer David Bruckner (Netflix’s “The Ritual,” upcoming “Hellraiser”...

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“He’s All That” stars Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan talk getting the part, Addison’s acting debut, and creating on-screen chemistry

August 23, 2021

From your TikTok FYP to your Netflix screen, Addison Rae takes Hollywood by storm.  Netflix’s “He’s All That,” a reimagining of the classic film “She’s All That,” follows high school...

‘American Horror Stories’ actress Vanessa Estelle Williams talks ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ influence, work in the horror genre, warning Billie Lourd about summoning dark forces

‘American Horror Stories’ actress Vanessa Estelle Williams talks ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ influence, work in the horror genre, warning Billie Lourd about summoning dark forces

August 10, 2021

Newborn babies can be a real nightmare. “American Horror Stories” presents a new terrifying story each week set in the world of “American Horror Story,” featuring familiar and new cast members...

Nico Greetham talks “American Horror Stories,” filming his death scene, researching influencers, and deadly pillow fights

Nico Greetham talks “American Horror Stories,” filming his death scene, researching influencers, and deadly pillow fights

August 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the August 2 flipbook. Santa comes for naughty influencers in the newest installment of Hulu’s horror anthology. “American Horror Stories”...

The Suicide Squad” pulls out all the stops with unhinged action sequences, extreme gore, and iconic characters

“The Suicide Squad” pulls out all the stops with unhinged action sequences, extreme gore, and iconic characters

July 29, 2021

A shark, rat whisperer and polka-dot man walk into a bar … “The Suicide Squad” has finally blasted back onto the big screen with James Gunn’s highly anticipated soft reboot of the 2016 hit....

“American Horror Story” star Naomi Grossman talks playing Pepper, spin-off series and working with prosthetics

“American Horror Story” star Naomi Grossman talks playing Pepper, spin-off series and working with prosthetics

July 25, 2021

Drive-Ins are coming back with a vengeance on the newest episode of “American Horror Stories.” HULU series “American Horror Stories” presents a new terrifying story each week set in the world...

Sierra McCormick talks role in ‘American Horror Stories,’ working in horror genre

Sierra McCormick talks role in ‘American Horror Stories,’ working in horror genre

July 18, 2021

The Murder House is opening its doors again. “American Horror Stories” is a brand new spinoff of the iconic anthology series “American Horror Story.” The new show, premiering exclusively on...

Lin Manuel Miranda, ‘In the Heights’ cast talk differences from show, set memories, dance boot camp

Lin Manuel Miranda, ‘In the Heights’ cast talk differences from show, set memories, dance boot camp

May 27, 2021

A film adaptation of Broadway’s “In the Heights” is finally hitting theaters and HBO Max in early June. The award-winning story follows Usnavi, a young bodega owner in Washington Heights, while he...

‘Spiral’ director Darren Lynn Bousman talks designing traps, ‘Leprechaun’ hopes, puppets

‘Spiral’ director Darren Lynn Bousman talks designing traps, ‘Leprechaun’ hopes, puppets

May 14, 2021

The newest installment in the iconic horror series “Saw” has arrived with “Spiral: From the Book of Saw.” The new film follows Detective “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) as he scrambles to track down...

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‘The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness’ presents chilling narrative through journalist lens

May 5, 2021

“The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness” is a brand new Netflix docuseries chronicling the infamous Son of Sam killings that occurred in New York City during the 1970s. Throughout the four-episode...

‘Mortal Kombat’ film entertains with excessive action but struggles narratively

‘Mortal Kombat’ film entertains with excessive action but struggles narratively

April 25, 2021
While the new “Mortal Kombat” film, based on the popular video games series, features effective action sequences and character moments, the overall narrative and presentation leaves much more to be desired.
Production crew of Apple TV+ series ‘Servant’ talks working with M. Night Shyamalan, collaboration

Production crew of Apple TV+ series ‘Servant’ talks working with M. Night Shyamalan, collaboration

April 11, 2021

The Apple TV+ series is back for more thrilling chills. “Servant” is an Apple TV+ original series currently in its second season on the streaming service. The suspenseful show, led by showrunner...

‘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 3, 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 19, 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 16, 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 7, 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...