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7 items from 2017


Film Review: ‘Infinity Baby’

12 April 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are filmmakers who could stand to lighten up a little, and others you wish would bulk up, their work being so insubstantial it threatens to blow away in a strong breeze. Austin-based Bob Byington has spent a decade now directing quirky indie comedies whose offbeat concepts and air of slacker snark almost invariably promise more than they end up delivering. Though not as utterly no-there-there as his last feature, “7 Chinese Brothers,” the new “Infinity Baby” (this time scripted by Onur Tukel rather than the director) follows the same pattern of starting out with a few good ideas, then ending before any of them have been properly developed, leaving both the vague satirical gist and wayward narrative dissipating before we’ve gotten a handle on either.

This absurdist doodle has some bright performance moments from name actors, as well as a few other positive attributes. But as another in-joke whose »

- Dennis Harvey

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'Infinity Baby': Film Review | SXSW 2017

18 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"My brother said his life meant nothing until he had his baby," says the young woman onscreen. So despite having little interest in kids herself, the woman signed up to care for an Infinity Baby — a biological byproduct of stem-cell testing that will never grow up, will never cry and only needs one feeding/diaper change a week. So goes the conceit of Bob Byington's odd skewering of commitment-phobia, which turns Onur Tukel's screenplay into a film very much in line with his own writer/director output. Funny but as undercooked as its namesake infants, the sketchy picture will play well to »

- John DeFore

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These SXSW 2017 Movies

18 March 2017 7:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Most Beautiful Island

A short, stressful, and utterly spellbinding debut that transforms the immigrant experience into the stuff of an early Polanski psychodrama, “Most Beautiful Island” was a worthy winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature, and might prove to be a breakthrough moment for a major new talent: Spanish actress Ana Asensio not only wrote, directed, and produced this fraught metropolitan thriller, she also appears in just about every frame.

It would be criminal to reveal too much about what happens to her character, a Manhattan immigrant who’s struggling to make a life for herself in the big city and in for the longest night of her life, but it’s thrilling to watch the anxiety of neo-realism as it slowly bleeds into something that resembles the suspense of the orgy sequence from “Eyes Wide Shut.” Creating a lucid sense of reality only so »

- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland and Steve Greene

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SXSW 2017: 10 Talents Poised to Break Out At This Year’s Festival

10 March 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s SXSW Film Festival is currently raging in Austin, Texas, complete with a packed slate that should keep festival attendees pretty happy in between bouts of chowing down breakfast tacos and basking in the good ol’ Texas sunshine. As ever, the festival features a strong lineup of both fresh premieres and festival favorites, new and returning stars, and plenty of opportunities for talent to break out on the festival stage.

From filmmakers to actors (and, sometimes, both at the same time), familiar faces looking to try a new craft to total newbies, this year’s festival has plenty of stars on the rise to look out for (ouch, so bright).

Read More: SXSW 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

Who’s going to break out in a big way at this year’s festival? We’ve got some ideas.

Ansel Elgort, actor, “Baby Driver

If you »

- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland and Steve Greene

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SXSW 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

8 March 2017 7:24 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Brace yourself. The annual multi-pronged South By Southwest Conferences and Festivals — SXSW, of course — is hitting Austin, Texas later this week for days and days of fresh film offerings (and music and interactive stuff, too, but we can only do so much here). With it comes the promise of a brand new season of festival-going, along with a slew of films to get excited about finally checking out (and, because it’s Austin, lots of tasty barbecue to enjoy).

From SXSW regulars like Bob Byington and Joe Swanberg to rising stars like Nanfu Wang and Laura Terruso to marquee names like Terrence Malick and Edgar Wright — and just about everything in between — this year’s SXSW Film Festival is offering up its most robust slate yet. We’ve picked out a baker’s dozen of worthy new features to add to your SXSW schedule.

Check out 13 new films from this »

- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland and Steve Greene

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SXSW 2017 Announcement Features New Flicks from Katz, Wright, Malick & More

31 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

SXSW is coming up quick! The fest runs March 10-18 and the good folks in Austin announced the bulk of their lineup today. There are still a few of the program's 125 films to be announced, but what we now know includes world premieres from such heavyweights as Evan Katz (his film Small Crimes is pictured above), Edgar Wright, Terrence Malick, Joe Swanberg, Frank Oz, Jeff Malmberg, Josh Greenbaum, Mark Webber, Mike Ott, Bob Byington, Noël Wells, Jonathan Levine, and Judd Apatow. Whoosh. Color us excited. Here's the full lineup and ther eis much more on the SXSW site. Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,407 narrative feature submissions in 2017. A Bad Idea...

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SXSW 2017 Lineup: Drug-Addicted Lovers and Barbecue Lead Surprises and Hidden Gems

31 January 2017 1:31 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Sundance behind us, the next major American festival is waiting in the wings. The SXSW Film Festival lineup has landed, and there’s a lot to dig through.

Read More: SXSW 2017 Episodic Lineup to Include ‘Dear White People,’ ‘American Gods

Unlike Sundance, which attracts a lot of industry attention around a handful of high-profile titles, SXSW is more about discovery. As usual, there are a lot of compelling possibilities in the program, from the newcomers in its competition sections through the more peculiar and surprising offerings in the Visions section. IndieWire got a few tips from SXSW Film director Janet Pierson and extracted these promising possibilities.

Small Stories, Big Steps

The festival’s narrative feature competition is often the place where filmmakers on their first or second feature get a sudden boost. It was there that Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture” and Destin Cretton’s “Short Term 12” both took off. »

- Eric Kohn

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