Matt Patches
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WRITTEN BY Matt Patches

SXSW Review: Surrogate Valentine Captures The Singer/Songwriter Vibe

If you're going to make a movie about the real life problems of a budding musician, it may not be a bad idea to cast an actual musician in the part. Real life singer/songwriter Goh Nakamura co-wrote, starred in and wrote music for Dave Boyle's third feature, Surrogate Valentine.

SXSW Review: Kill List Is Full Of Scares And Jaw-Dropping Surprises

British director Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace) unearths true fear in his latest, Kill List, a film that could be classified as "horror" but looks and feels nothing like its contemporaries. The movie puts jump scares or silly, over-the-top violence aside in favor of an engrossing mystery that sucks you in.

SXSW Review: Audience Award-Winner Weekend Is a Refreshing, Realistic Romance

Weekend feels edgy with its presentation of the subject matter, but it's not -- and that's a compliment. It's an unpretentious film about love and it evens out the playing field from the saturated market of straight couple romances that flood multiplexes

SXSW Review: Mel Gibson's The Beaver Asks A Lot Of Its Audience

Actress Jodie Foster's third directorial effort is an engaging, tonally sporadic, occasionally overwrought and impressive little flick. The script is a risky work of art, the kind that rarely escapes the black hole of a Hollywood executives waste paper basket, let alone sees the green light of day.

SXSW Review: The Key Man Never Unlocks Any Excitement

The Key Man, from first-time director Peter Himmelstein, assembles a top-notch cast of Hugo Weaving, Brian Cox, Jack Davenport and Judy Greer and drops them in a '70s crime drama with a brainer-than-norm throughline. Amazingly, the film is completely void of life.

SXSW Review: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Reveals A Darker Side Of The Funnyman

A behind-the-scenes look at Conan O'Brien's cross-country live tour may sounds like a hidden present under the Christmas tree for the late night renegade's devout fans. "Conan: Raw and Uncut?" Few propositions sound funnier. And it is.

SXSW Review: Bridesmaids Is A Raunchy, Romantic And Refreshing Must-See

Those wondering if Kristin Wiig would be capable of jumping to leading lady from a comic chameleon on Saturday Night Live and hilarious supporting actress in movies like MacGruber and Paul, have no fear. Wiig's performance in Bridesmaids is a tour-de-force of comedic stylings.

SXSW Review: Attack The Block Could Be The Best Action Movie Of The Year

The midnight screening is a sacred ritual of South by Southwest. The festival is known for sniffing out movies with a strong visual flair and a penchant for cinematic geekery. British comedian/writer Joe Cornish's debut feature Attack the Block couldn't fit more perfectly into that mold.

Sundance Interview: Pariah Director Dee Rees Discusses Her Powerful Debut

I had a chance to talk to her about the evolution of the film, the autobiographical elements of the story and discovering an amazing new talent in star Adepero Oduye

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