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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Film Review: The Tarantino-esque ‘American Night’ Doesn’t Quite Get There by Kurt Gardner

This Quentin Tarantino wannabe looks great but is an ultimately vacuous stumble down familiar roads.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:12PM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Film Review: The Autobiographical ‘Wild About Harry’ by Kurt Gardner

In this true memory piece set in Cape Cod in 1973, a teenager comes to grips with her father's sexuality.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:33PM
Friday, November 12, 2021

Exclusive Interview: Indie Filmmaker Onur Tukel by Kurt Gardner

Tukel talks about his most recently released film, 'That Cold Dead Look In Your Eyes.'

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 03:24PM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Hollywood Fringe Capsule Reviews by Kurt Gardner

Come to the Hollywood Fringe! Fun shows this weekend.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:03AM
Monday, August 23, 2021

Outfest Film Review: Cold War Love Story ‘Firebird’ by Kurt Gardner

This poignant story of forbidden love is set against the backdrop of the Cold War.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:36AM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Theater Review: ‘The Panza Monologues’ by Teatro Audaz by Kurt Gardner

The show comes back to San Antonio where it all began to close out Teatro Audaz's 2020-21 season.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:42PM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Outfest Film Review: ‘Gemmel & Tim’ by Kurt Gardner

The stories of two men who lost their lives at the hand of a West Hollywood political activist are told in this absorbing documentary.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 01:24PM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Film Review: Creepy-Crawly ‘The Nest’ by Kurt Gardner

James Suttles’ fun, slow-burning thriller mixes genres to good effect.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:03PM
Friday, July 9, 2021

Film Review: the Macabre ‘Rock, Paper and Scissors’ by Kurt Gardner

This Argentian thriller recalls 'Misery' and 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane,' but with its own nasty twist.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:06PM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Film Review: Koen Mortier’s ‘Un Ange’ by Kurt Gardner

Koen Mortier's film is a fictionalized, artistically surreal story about the life of a real Tour De France racer in his final hours.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:03PM
Friday, June 25, 2021

Film review: ‘No Ordinary Love’ by Kurt Gardner

Writer/director Chyna Robinson's feature debut is a powerful indictment of spousal abuse.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:36PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Film Review: ‘Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation’ by Kurt Gardner

Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland merges the stories of two of the twentieth century's most eccentric and talented writers in this fascinating documentary.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 03:24PM
Friday, May 21, 2021

Film Review: ‘Enfant Terrible’ — The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Fassbinder by Kurt Gardner

Perhaps not as well-regarded by today’s generation as he was during his 1970s heyday, the late director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was an important — if galvanizing — figure in German ci…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 10:03PM
Monday, March 29, 2021

SXSW Film Review: The Jubilant ‘We Are the Thousand’ by Kurt Gardner

Anita Rivaroli's exuberant documentary about passion in music made its North American debut at SXSW Online 2021.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:03PM
Friday, March 26, 2021

SXSW Film Review: Udo Kier in ‘Swan Song’ by Kurt Gardner

The legendary cult actor makes the most of a role as a small-town hairdresser tending to a client one final time.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 03:06PM
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

SXSW Film Review: The Creepy ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’ by Kurt Gardner

A video geek goes in search of the "Night Pirate," a man who hacked into television broadcasts and may hold the clue to his wife's mysterious disappearance.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:24PM
Sunday, March 7, 2021

Theater Review: ‘Empanada’ by Anel Flores by Kurt Gardner

Satya Chávez is terrific as Paloma, a young lesbiana coming to terms with her own sexuality.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:48PM
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Review: ‘Frida Vice-Versa’ from Teatro Audaz by Kurt Gardner

The life of the acclaimed artist Frida Kahlo is related by the marvelous Victoria Gutierrez in this assured one-hander.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:12PM
Friday, February 19, 2021

Film Review: Steve Zahn Gets Dramatic in ‘Cowboys’ by Kurt Gardner

The new film by Anna Kerrigan tackles the subject of gender identity in a unique way.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:06PM
Saturday, January 30, 2021

A Conversation with Five San Antonio Actors by Kurt Gardner

Five actors express their thoughts about surviving creatively during the pandemic.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:36PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Film review: the intriguing ‘Go/Don’t Go’ by Kurt Gardner

An intriguingly surreal film from a feature debut director.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:06PM
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Profile: Ray Buffer, an LA Actor Working in the Time of COVID by Kurt Gardner

Ray Buffer is a Southern California actor, singer and jack-of-all-trades performer in Los Angeles whose career has taken him to the stage, on television, in film and even theme parks. Althou…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:48PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Streaming Theater Review: “Fully Committed’ at the Public by Kurt Gardner

Fully Committed is a 1999 one-act comedy written by Becky Mode that depicts the trials and tribulations of a receptionist working the phones at a fashionable New Y0rk eatery during the holid…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:54PM
Friday, December 4, 2020

SAFILM 2020 Online Festival Concludes Next Week by Kurt Gardner

 MINI-FEST STREAMING ONLINE DEC 9-13 SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival wraps the 2020 (pandemic) season of online mini-fests with…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:06PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Film review: Russian torture porn ‘Sleepless Beauty’ by Kurt Gardner

Although Sleepless Beauty can be considered to rest firmly in the “torture porn” category, it’s not as excruciating or gory as the Saw films. As such, it falls between two posts. A …

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:12PM
Friday, November 6, 2020

Theater review: ‘Squeamish’ streaming from the Public Theater of San Antonio by Kurt Gardner

Aaron Mark's riveting play streams from the Public Theater of San Antonio in a riveting production starring Ginger Gamble Martel.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:12PM
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Interview: Indie Filmmaker Michael Cuenca by Kurt Gardner

The indie Los Angeles DIV filmmaker talks about his latest endeavor.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:06PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Film Review: Michael Cuenca’s ‘I’ll Be Around’ by Kurt Gardner

This sprawling and colorful indie film chronicles the lives of dozens of 30-somethings as they attend a post-punk festival.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:54PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

This Month’s Screenings of the Virtual San Antonio Film Festival Start Today by Kurt Gardner

The festival continues to celebrate its 26th anniversary virtually and features live streaming Q&As.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:18PM
Friday, September 11, 2020

Streaming theater review: ‘Buyer and Cellar’ at the Public Theater of San Antonio by Kurt Gardner

Jonathan Tolins’ acclaimed solo comedy works fine as a streaming show, broadcast from the Russell Hill Rogers Theater’s stage.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:32PM
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Giallo — the Distinctly Italian Genre by Kurt Gardner

Let's go! Retro review of the giallo genre.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:54AM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre