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Blood and Snow

Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published 110 years ago, doing something new with vampires in any storytelling medium has gotten to be extremely difficult. The...

Mild Salsa

Hector Lavoe is considered one of the greatest artists of Latin music. With Willie Colon, he practically invented salsa music. Despite good performances, direction,...

I’ll Be Watching You

The end of 2008 is proving to be a busy time for Anthony Vasiliadis. The 27-year-old's short film Technophiliac played at last month's Lone...

Same Old Steps

It’s August, which means that Hollywood has finished putting out its big summer blockbusters and is giving us toaster leavings such as Step Up...

Terrorist in Training

Is Phillip Noyce one of the world’s most important filmmakers? Five years ago we all would have laughed at the suggestion, yet now here...

WWJCD?

Austin native Julie Powell went to New York in her early 20s to pursue an acting career, but in 2002 she found herself at...

KP Duty

Unlike most of the local filmmakers I profile, John Venable is someone I've known for a long time. That's because he's a film critic...
Jeremy Renner urgently follows another lead in Kill the Messenger.

Webb of Truths

Through the first half of Kill the Messenger, I found myself thinking that this journalism drama would have blown me away if I’d seen...

Family Coup

Four years ago Zhang Yimou made the most expensive film in Chinese history, Hero, with an estimated budget of $30 million. His latest epic, Curse...

High School Movie

The filmmakers in Samsung’s Fresh Films contest not only haven’t been to film school, they haven’t finished high school. The electronics firm sponsors an...