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: 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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Review: ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND, Charting The Familiar With Uncommon Insight

Young and willful, Ana Maria Soto loses jobs as easily as she live-tweets her favorite telenovela. It just comes naturally to the 24-year-old woman, who still lives at home with her middle-class parents and makes grand statements about her principles... More »
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Review: MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, Awkward And Thoroughly Intriguing

Note to filmmakers: If you capture the legendary Alejandro Jodorowsky in conversation with another filmmaker and he turns to the camera to ask you a question, be sure to lead with that. Wisely, that's what first-time filmmaker Liv Corfixen does... More »
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Review: WATCHERS OF THE SKY, How To Fight Genocide

Raphael. Ben. Samantha. Luis. Emmanuel. All are ordinary names for ordinary people who have one thing in common: an extraordinary desire to stop genocide. As explored in Edet Belzberg's documentary Watchers of the Sky, all five individuals recognized that a... More »
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Review: ALL THE WILDERNESS Digs Deep Into the Emotional Psyche of a Young Man

Once I was a teenager. Granted, that's been many years ago. But it's amazing how quickly long-submerged feelings bubble to the surface when given the right poke in the psyche. The poker, in this case, is wielded by writer/director Michael... More »
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SXSW 2015: Exclusive TWINSTERS Festival Poster Debut

Heading toward its world premiere at SXSW next month, Twinsters tells the story of twins who were separated shortly after birth and adopted by different families. We are pleased to present the exclusive debut of the festival poster for the... More »
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Latin Beat: ASU MARE 2, Will Lightning Strike Again In Peru?

Is box-office success a blessing or a curse? Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who is based in Peru, addresses that question in regard to the brand-new trailer for Asu Mare, the follow up to the 2013 smash hit. Critics are sharpening their... More »
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Now Streaming: BOSCH, When Minor Keys Strike Major Chords

Harry Bosch is a collision waiting to happen. As essayed by Titus Welliver in the first 10 episodes of Bosch, a new series that debuted in its entirety on Amazon.com over the weekend, the titular character is a Los Angeles... More »
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Review: WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD Races Away From Doomsday

Wildly apocalyptic with dollops of silliness, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead proves to be a splendidly gritty affair, a tale that feels like it's being told from the back of a jeep as it races away from doomsday on a... More »
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SXSW 2015: WE ARE STILL HERE Teaser Demands Obedience To Horror House

I've lived in apartments for most of my adult life, but I grew up in a house, so I appreciate the allure of owning your own home. But why oh why would you stay in a house with a troubled,... More »
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SXSW 2015: DEATHGASM Trailer Teases Heavy Metal, Blood, And More Blood

Do you like heavy metal? Do you like blood? If the answer to both is "yes," have I got a trailer for you! Deathgasm will have its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month as part of the... More »
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SXSW 2015: CROW HAND!!! New Bloody Still And Short, Sweet Teaser

O joy! Brian Lonano's latest short Crow Hand!!! has been selected for the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and to celebrate, we are pleased to showcase a new bloody still and a new, equally bloody teaser. SXSW kicks off its film... More »
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Review: BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN Makes An Earnest, Sincere Entreaty

It's one thing to glance at a headline about a terrible tragedy. It's quite another to witness actions over a period of months that eventually lead to a horrifying disaster. Inspired by a true story, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain,... More »
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Review: WE ARE THE GIANT, Revolution In The Face Of Fear

You say you want a revolution. But are you willing to remain peaceful in the face of violence? Are you willing to die for your beliefs? Muhannan was a happy young man, according to the documentary We Are the Giant,... More »
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Hey, New York City! Win Tickets To WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD, An Awesome Aussie Apocalypse

As a former resident of New York City, I feel your pain, and I have some relief. (It's called Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, and it's from Australia, and it's mighty enjoyable, and we have had tickets to give away,... More »
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Review: ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND Exerts A Gravitational Pull

It's always the quiet ones. In Enter the Dangerous Mind, Jim (Jake Hoffman) is a quiet, unassuming, hesitant, and incredibly shy young man. He escapes into music, whaling blasts of noise and harsh beats that he shapes into accompaniment for... More »
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Latin Beat: Ambulante Doc Fest Kicks Off; Watch Chilling Trailers For Peru's POSEIDAS And DESAPARECER

Our newest Latin Beat column features contributions from Eric Ortiz Garcia in Mexico and Ernesto Zelaya Minano in Peru. First, Eric tells us about the Ambulante documentary festival and presents his top five picks. Next, Ernesto shares news about two chilling... More »
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New AMIRA AND SAM Trailer Sparkles, Plus Military Date Night Offer

In a new trailer for Amira and Sam, Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi sparkle as a very unexpected romantic couple. Here's the official synopsis: Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira and Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin,... More »
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Dallas Gets Its Own South Asian Film Festival

Texas is not just for cowboys anymore. The first Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF) is coming next month. Described as the "first-ever festival of South Asian independent cinema in North Texas," the event will be held at... More »
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Review: AMIRA AND SAM, A Rare, Smart And Funny Love Story

A man and a woman meet cute. Opposites attract. Hostility melts and attraction grows. New York City. While all these standard romantic-comedy elements are present in Amira and Sam, they share time and space with the specter of the war... More »
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