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Review: ‘The Polka King’ breezes by on the strength of its cast

January 19, 2018

Polka music is often perceived as vibrant, bouncy and wholesome. Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski, a famous polka musician, lived a life that only embodied the vibrant and bouncy aspects of his music....

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‘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. His directorial debut, “XOXO,”...

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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. According to a study conducted by Martha M. Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the...

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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ is visually gorgeous, structurally weak

April 22, 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...

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‘Green Room’ excels as a heart-pounding thriller

April 21, 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...

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Filmmakers split over new movie screening service

April 8, 2016

Spoiler alert — the movie industry is in danger. Movie exhibition has served as an outlet for filmmakers to screen their work to the general public. Though its 100-year history has been problematic,...

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‘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...

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‘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...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Saturday, March 19

March 19, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (9:30 p.m.): During Flatstock 53 inside the Austin Convention Center this afternoon, The Daily Texan spoke to screenprinter Gary McGarvey...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Friday, March 18

March 18, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (10:20 p.m.): “Hush” is an exciting thriller from writer and director Mike Flanagan. Starring a deaf heroine who is stalked...

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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...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Wednesday, March 16

March 16, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (12 a.m.): Check out our recap of the MTV Woodies, which included performances by The Chainsmokers, A$AP Ferg, BØRNS,...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Tuesday, March 15

March 15, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (8:30 p.m.): Kodak celebrated the launch of their new app, KODAK MOMENTS, this week with the Memory Observatory in the Austin Convention...

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SXSW: “The Waiting” crafts unique teen thriller narrative

March 15, 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...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Monday, March 14

March 14, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Update...

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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...

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‘Knight of Cups’ prioritizes experimentalism over storytelling

March 9, 2016

There are few filmmakers as intrepid and introspective as award-winning director Terrence Malick. His latest film, “Knight of Cups,” serves as a visual experience that transcends space and...

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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. Despite its 2016 release date, the film spent...

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‘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,...

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‘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...

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Live Blog: #Oscars2016

February 29, 2016

Wondering who we're picking for the major categories? Scroll down and check out our infographic to find out. Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/l-a-oscars-2016 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Infographic...

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Triple 9 suffers due to its narrative weakness, despite all-star cast

February 24, 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. In this feature written by UT alumnus Matt Cook,...

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‘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. In his latest documentary, “Where to Invade Next,”...

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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...

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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. However, despite rising representation, equality on screen...

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Five films that discuss diversity in America

February 4, 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. With this lack of...