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Monday, August 7, 2017

San Antonio Film Festival Review: Brian Kohne’s Maui-set ‘Kuleana’ by Kurt Gardner

  Kuleana, written and directed by Brian Kohne, is unquestionably the work of a filmmaker who deeply loves the culture and people of  Hawaii. And anyone

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Monday, July 17, 2017

“War for the Planet of the Apes” — Clichéd Snorefest by Kurt Gardner

WARNING: SPOILERS WITHIN FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO – MERCIFULLY – HAVEN’T SEEN THIS MOVIE YET. Yes, I know I’ll probably be in the minority

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Voices from the Fringe: Ross John Gosla, Writer/Performer of ‘Desert Warrior’ by Kurt Gardner

In Desert Warrior, Fringe newbie Ross John Gosla tells a deeply personal story about his involvement in the controversial short film Innocence of Muslims and

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Hollywood Fringe 2017 Reviews: World Premiere Comedies ‘Uncle Henry’ and ‘Zombie Clown Trump’ by Kurt Gardner

Uncle Henry: Dead, Burned and Remembered Written, Produced and Directed by Mark McCracken and Brandon Gibson. World Premiere Reviewed Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Hollywood

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Hollywood Fringe 2017 Theater Reviews: ‘The New Bad Boys of Magic’ and ‘Airplane Live!’ by Kurt Gardner

The New Bad Boys of Magic Directed by Jonathan Hymen World Premiere Reviewed June 9, 2017, at Hollywood Fringe Cleverly weaving prestidigitation into a comedic storyline,

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Hollywood Fringe 2017 Theater Reviews: ‘Robot Monster: The Musical’ and ‘Slashed! the Musical’ by Kurt Gardner

Robot Monster the Musical Directed by Derek Long Music, Lyrics and Book Adaptation by Rich Silverman World Premiere Reviewed June 10, 2017, at the Hollywood

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Hollywood Fringe 2017 Theater Reviews: ‘Definition of Man’ and ‘Apathy Killed the Cat’ by Kurt Gardner

Definition of Man Created by Nikki Muller and Jason Rosario World Premiere Reviewed June 11, 2017, at the Hollywood Fringe Challenging, insightful, and artistically striking, Definition

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Kat Primeau, Producer/Performer, ‘Turbulence!’ by Kurt Gardner

The show’s producer/performer, Kat Primeau talks about this year’s Fringe World Premiere musical comedy ‘Turbulence!’ Making its triumphant return after last year’s acclaimed

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: Ryan Lisman, Writer/Director of ‘Apathy Killed the Cat’ by Kurt Gardner

    Ryan Lisman, writer/director of ‘Apathy Killed the Cat’ talks about his new play, making its world premiere at the Fringe.   Making its world

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Voices from Hollywood Fringe 2017: exclusive interview with the creator of ‘Zombie Clown Trump’ by Kurt Gardner

Making its premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival next month is the provocatively titled Zombie Clown Trump: An Apocalyptic Musical, and it’s already raising hackles

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

T2 Trainspotting – Interview with Danny Boyle by Kurt Gardner

This year’s SXSW secret screening, held on Sunday, March 12 at the Alamo Ritz, was T2 Trainspotting, the long-awaited sequel to director Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Filmmaker Interview: Gillian Armstrong, Director of ‘Women He’s Undressed’ by Kurt Gardner

In a career spanning more than 40 years, director Gillian Armstrong has gifted the world of cinema with some marvelous period pieces (My Brilliant Career, Little

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Monday, August 8, 2016

San Antonio Film Festival Interview: Robert L. Camina, Director of Upstairs Inferno by Kurt Gardner

The San Antonio Film Festival, held July 25-31 at the Tobin Center, brought a wealth of fine films and talented filmmakers to town. Among the many

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

‘Kill All Politicians’ and ‘Washed in the Blood’ at the Hollywood Fringe by Kurt Gardner

  Tom Yungerberg’s dark comedy and Joshua Crone’s sobering drama made impressive debuts at the Fringe.   Kill All Politicians Written and Directed by Thomas Yungerberg

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hollywood Fringe Comedy Reviews: ‘NILBOG: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Troll II’ and ‘The Wheel of Invention’ by Kurt Gardner

Two amusing comedies — one based on a terrible movie, the other set in a strange, retro amusement park — make solid debuts at this

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Friday, June 17, 2016

‘Still Got It’ and ‘All the Best Killers are Librarians’ at the Hollywood Fringe Festival by Kurt Gardner

A seriocomic solo performance and a delightfully off-kilter action comedy are among the shows premiering at this year’s Fringe.   Still Got It Written and

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dystopian Musicals ‘Thug Tunnel’ and ‘The Toxic Avenger Musical’ at the Fringe by Kurt Gardner

Denizens of an underground civilization and a famous mutant hero are the stars of two musicals making their Fringe debuts this year. Thug Tunnel

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Spoofing Shakespeare with ‘MacDeth!’ and ‘Titus Andronicus Jr.’ at the Fringe by Kurt Gardner

Sendups of two Shakespeare classics make their world premieres at this year’s Hollywood Fringe. MacDeth! Written and Directed by Ryan J-W Smith Fringe Premiere Fringe award-winner

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Theater Interview (San Antonio): Roberto Prestigiacomo, Director of “14” coming to AtticRep by Kurt Gardner

  AtticRep‘s Producing Artistic Director talks about the company’s ambitious new production, set to make its world premiere in June. San Antonio’s AtticRep

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Monday, May 23, 2016

World Premiere of Keith Maitland’s ‘Tower’ at SXSW by Kurt Gardner

Making its debut this past March at SXSW — the annual movie and music festival held in Austin Texas  — Keith Maitland’s powerful documentary takes a unique

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Monday, April 25, 2016

‘Sacrifice’ starring Radha Mitchell by Kurt Gardner

An attractively lensed story begins promisingly in Wicker Man territory but disappointingly devolves into a routine mystery. New York obstetrician Tora Hamilton (Radha

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Smart Studios Story – at SXSW by Kurt Gardner

Even though the doors of Smart Studios closed in 2010, its legend continues to reverberate throughout the music industry. Founded in 1983 by Butch Vig and

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

San Antonio Cinefestival Review: ‘Los Punks: We Are All We Have’ by Kurt Gardner

Nearly 40 years after Penelope Spheeris’ groundbreaking 1980 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization chronicled the lives of Los Angeles punks, filmmaker Angela Boatwright takes her

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Monday, February 15, 2016

“The Amish Project” by Jessica Dickey at the AtticRep by Kurt Gardner

Jessica Dickey’s shattering solo piece comes to San Antonio’s AtticRep in the capable hands of director David Connelly and star Sarah Gise. Originally presented to

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

“Jesus Christ Superstar” by Webber and Rice, San Antonio by Kurt Gardner

Director Rick Sanchez’s experimental staging of the classic rock opera contains more hits than misses, thanks to some solid performances. Jesus Christ Superstar, easily the most

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Friday, February 12, 2016

“Rock of Ages” at the Woodlawn Theatre by Kurt Gardner

The Woodlawn kicks off its 2016 season with a rocking, rollicking production of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Anyone who saw the lackluster film version of Rock

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” Starring Leonardo DiCaprio by Kurt Gardner

Iñárritu’s dark western is a stunningly photographed but ultimately empty exercise in style.   In The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio goes for broke playing Hugh Glass,

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

San Antonio’s Deer Vibes – “The Nature of…” Full-Length Album Debut by Kurt Gardner

Saturday, December 12th was quite a celebration at the Empire Theatre in San Antonio. The occasion was the release of The Nature of… which is

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Monday, December 7, 2015

“A Christmas Carol” at the Playhouse, San Antonio by Kurt Gardner

Since its original publication in 1843, Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol has been adapted many times for film, stage and television, in both musical and

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“Peter Pan” at the Woodlawn Theatre, San Antonio by Kurt Gardner

Magic is literally in the air at the Woodlawn this holiday season with its terrific production of the beloved Broadway musical. The most well-known musical version

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Friday, November 13, 2015

“Pinocchio” created by Teatro del Drago – San Antonio theater review by Kurt Gardner

The centuries-old tradition of the traveling show is brought to life in a charming production at San Antonio’s AtticRep. Taking a break from its regular fare of well-staged narrative drama…

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