That’s a wrap for 2016 SAFILM Fest

By Christina Acosta of La Prensa De San Antonio

The 2016 SAFilm Fest reeled in a full week of good, bad and questionable movies from all around Texas, the United States and Europe.

Although over 100 films were screening at the Tobin Center and the Pearl Stable, there were three memorable films that La Prensa would like for you to keep in mind.

The questionable: “29 Light Years”

Rating: 3/5 stars

Director Erik Mauck drives into the story of Adam (Brett Tribe) who is about to turn 30 and still works as a pizza delivery man. The job has kept him on his feet since high school; however, he’s never really thought outside the pizza box to study, travel or even consider a serious relationship. As his stagnant status gets a hold of him, he must decide what the next step is.

The quality of the film may have been low-budget, but the story successfully delivers the message to keep going through life without reservations. Tribe painted a picture that being an adult is not easy, but that it was time to get his act together and decide if he should take affirmative action or stay in the same place he has been in for more than 10 years.

The bad: “Short Wave”

Rating: 2/5 stars

The sci-fi/horror film takes you on a psychological journey after Isabel (Juanita Ringeling) and Josh Harris (Cristobal Tapia Montt) lose their child. Two years later, the couple relocates to a secluded research facility where Josh and his research partner, Thomas, are on a mission to find a cryptic shortwave radio signal.

However, the first person to catch the wave is Isabel, who is caught dangerously hallucinating of past memories and staring at a dangerous creature. Once both men find out, they must decide whether they should pursue the sinister wave before Isabel goes static.

Although it was classified as a horror movie, all one will find is too much emotion and friction between the couple. Going back into the past for half of the movie, and using indie rock to describe the love story between Isabel and Josh keeps the movie at a static rate.

The good: “Hell or High Water”

4.5/5 stars

After their mother died, brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) come together to become bank robbers to save their family land before it goes through foreclosure. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they run into foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges), who is looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement.

As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers, with nothing to live for except family, collide.

There are always two sides of the story, leaving many audience members torn about which side to take. Foster’s character was the one to look out for as he robbed banks without any reservations or even talking to a dangerous Comanche Indian.

He was not only the enemy, but he was also the life of the party that you were rooting for to permanently escape from the police. Ultimately, “Hell or High Water” was the eye-catching movie of the festival that kept you on your toes waiting for what was going to happen next.

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