Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA

Peter began contributing to the site in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in New York for more than a decade and currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association. He is on Twitter.

Review: GET HARD, Two Men, Two Races, One Joke

Less a movie than a set-up for a haggard series of intended comedy blackouts, the new film Get Hard relies far too heavily on the well-established screen personas of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart to be successful on its own... More »
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Review: DANNY COLLINS, Al Pacino As Rock Star In Regret

When was the last time Al Pacino appeared uncomfortable or nervous on screen? Early in Danny Collins, an unabashedly mawkish trifle from writer/director Dan Fogelman, Pacino strides onto the stage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and belts out... More »
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SXSW 2015: All Our Coverage + Top Picks

The 2015 edition of South By Southwest has concluded, and though we may have a few last gasps that will appear in the next day or two, we are happy to celebrate by recounting the reviews and interviews we've published,... More »
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Ringo Lam's WILD CITY Teaser: Watch It And Believe

It's Ringo Lam, baby, and that means Wild City is on its way, and it looks like a good ride is a-coming, at least according to this teaser.The film is now in post-production, according to Variety. It's the first to... More »
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Latin Beat: Watch LA ACADEMIA, LA HERENCIA Trailers, Plus Picks From Muestra Internacional de Cine

In this edition of our bi-weekly Latin Beat, we hear from our correspondent Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who lives in Peru. He tells us about two new movies: La Academia, an upcoming sports drama, and La Herencia, a comedy. Next, we... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: T-REX, Portrait Of A Boxer As A Young Woman

"It was just something I liked to do," explains Claressa Shields, aka T-Rex. What she likes to do is box, which sets her apart from her high school classmates in Flint, Michigan (better known to documentary film devotees as the... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: UNCLE JOHN Spins Mystery, Murder, And Romance Into A Tantalizing Web

Beginning in medias res, Uncle John spins a delicate web of intrigue and mystery. The titular character (John Ashton) is introduced as he's (probably) up to no good, a suspicion that is quickly confirmed for the audience but not for... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: ONE AND TWO Adds Up To Something Almost Magical

Isolation can be a killer. For the children who are the heart and soul of One and Two, that's especially so, given that they have been raised in isolation, surrounded by a giant wall. Eva (Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men) and... More »
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Exclusive Photos: THE UNBIDDEN Promises Supernatural Thrills

To celebrate the completion of principal photography on Quentin Lee's supernatural thriller The Unbidden, we have a gorgeously dark set of new, exclusive stills to share. The film follows "four best friends who get together for a spirit-settling seance the... More »
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SXSW 2015: George Miller Introduces THE ROAD WARRIOR And Previews MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Seeing George Miller walk out on stage to introduce The Road Warrior made all my pains go away. A medical doctor turned filmmaker, Miller may not have magical healing powers, but his movies have the capacity to make audiences forget... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: WE ARE STILL HERE, A Refreshing Yet Disturbing Thriller

The quiet before the storm is unsettling. It's a beautiful winter day in 1979. Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Andrew Sensenig) are driving to their new life in a new home in New England. Paul drives, calmly, while Anne emotes,... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: THE INVITATION Asks Pensive Questions

Before dinner, there is foreboding. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are traveling on a winding, hilly road in Los Angeles, on their way to a dinner party, and distracted, when something happens that is quite upsetting for both... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: MOONWALKERS, Low Ambition Helps A Loony Comedy

What if you wanted to fake a moon landing in 1969, and could get Stanley Kubrick to do it? The idea is so silly that it lends itself easily to comedy, and Moonwalkers milks it furiously, spinning into a very... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: UNFRIENDED May Spell The End Of Social Media

Yikes. "HEY u guyz!!!" "Whazzz happening?!" "Nothing much." "O yuck!" "Hey, I think there's a mean and NASTY serial killer in the video chat room with us." "Get outta here!!!!!!!" "No, I'm serious!" "I am TOO, DUDE!" The above quotations... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: THE ECSTASY OF WILKO JOHNSON, How To Live When You're Going To Die

This movie may have saved my life. Let me explain. Not too long ago, Wilko Johnson was told he would die. The musician, a co-founder of pioneering British pub-rock band Dr. Feelgood, received a diagnosis of inoperable, terminal pancreatic cancer.... More »
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SXSW 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 12 Must-See Picks

Austin, Texas will become the center of the U.S. independent film world tomorrow, as the 2015 edition of South By Southwest will kick off with multiple screenings at a variety of venues in the hilly college town. This year, our TwitchFilm... More »
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Exclusive Clip: MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA Introduces A Delightful Family To France

What exquisite timing! And what a delightful clip! Moomins on the Riviera will enjoy its US premiere at the New York International Children's Film Festival in New York on Saturday, March 14. That will be "60 years after [Tove] Jansson's... More »
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Now Streaming: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, Do Sit-Coms Dream Of Binge-Watching?

Situation comedies have been a mainstay of broadcast networks in the U.S. since the early 1950s, so it makes perfect sense that streaming services would want to feature such tried-and-true fare in their own programming schemes, such as Unbreakable Kimmy... More »
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Review: HOUSE OF CARDS, Season 3 Seeks To Consolidate Its Power

Binge-watching the third season of a show is like spending the weekend in bed with an old friend: even if you know what to expect, you still hope for a few fireworks. Note: spoilers for the first two seasons of... More »
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Review: OUT OF THE DARK, Strong And Persuasive Suspense In South America

Attention, white people: Why do you keep going where you're not wanted? At first blush, Out of the Dark falls easily into the category of horror films in which white people -- usually Americans -- trespass into unknown territories, leading... More »
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