Matt Kerwin

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Matt Kerwin - Critic

Matthew Kerwin is a professional writer and filmographer, along with being an amateur baseball player (inasmuch of the sense that he doesn't play baseball). Matt joined the CMR staff in 2013, evolving into a seasoned opinion giver. He has had the privilege of covering various festivals including Fantastic Fest, SXSW, and Sundance. Someday he hopes to own his own production company...maybe. In the meantime he resides in Houston, serving for a media planner at a marketing agency.

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Watch Colin Firth in New “Genius” Trailer

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage makes his feature film debut with Lionsgate and Roadside Attraction’s Genius, an account of ...
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SXSW Review: War on Everyone

Score: D+ Director: John Michael McDonagh Cast: Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Caleb Landry Jones Running Time: 98 Minutes ...
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SXSW Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Score: B+ Director: Taika Waititi Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata Running Time: 93 Minutes Rated: NR New ...
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SXSW Review: Demolition

Score: B- Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper Running Time: 100 Minutes Rated: R It has ...
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SXSW Review: The Dwarvenaut

Score: B+ Director: Josh Bishop Cast: Stefan Pokorny Running Time: 84 Minutes Rated: NR Josh Bishop is back at SXSW ...
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SXSW Review: Boone

Score: B Director: Christopher LaMarca Cast: Dana Kristal, Zachary Jasper Miller, Michael Moss Running Time: 75 Minutes Rated: NR With ...
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Andy Sandberg Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop in “Popstar” Red Band Trailer

Universal Pictures has just unleashed the very NSFW red band trailer for the hilariously titled Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ...
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Dory Finally Gets Her Own Poster

Pixar is going back to the vault as they return to the sea for this summer’s highly anticipated sequel Finding ...
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Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Score: C- Director: Glenn Fixarra, John Requa Cast: Tina Fey, Margo Robbie, Martin Freeman Running Time: 112 Minutes Rated: R ...
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“The Forest” Scares Its Way Onto Home Video

There is something happening deep in The Forest. Fortunately for viewers we get to experience everything from the comfort of ...
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Bruce Willis Blows Shit Up in “Precious Cargo” Trailer

Adrenaline junkies unite and behold the return of Bruce Willis and Zach Morris… I mean Mark Paul Gosselaar. The first ...
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“Pete’s Dragon” Gets Teaser Poster

Rejoice…everyone’s favorite imaginary dragon is back! Disney has released the first poster for Pete’s Dragon, a “reimagining” of the classic ...
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Review: Embrace of the Serpent

Score: B+ Director: Ciro Guerra Cast: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis Running Time: 123 Minutes Rated: NR “Science… never ...
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A24 Teases Futuristic Romance “Equals”

A24 has just released a teaser poster for their new film Equals, Drake Doremus’ futuristic love story starring Kristen Stewart ...
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Bourne Sequel Officially “Jason Bourne”

Everyone’s favorite rouge agent has crept out of the shadows and is making his way to theaters this summer! That’s ...
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Sundance Review: Manchester by the Sea

Score: A Director: Kenneth Lonergan Cast: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams Running Time: 135 Minutes Rated: NR ...
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Sundance Review: Captain Fantastic

Score: B- Director: Matt Ross Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Frank Langella, Trin Miller Running Time: 118 Minutes Rated: R ...
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Sundance Review: Under the Shadow

Score: B+ Director: Babak Anvari Cast: Narges Rashidi, Bobby Naderi, Avin Manshadi Running Time: 84 Minutes Rated: NR Set to ...
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Sundance Review: The Lure

Score: D+ Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska Cast: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Jakub Gierszal Running Time: 92 Minutes Rated: NR "Do you ...
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Sundance Review: Belgica

Score: D+ Director: Felix van Groeningen Cast: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Helen De Vos, Charlotte Vandermeersch Running Time: 127 Minutes ...
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Review: Room

Score:ADirector:Lenny AbrahamsonCast:Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H Macy, Jacob Tremblay, Sean BridgersRunning Time:118 MinutesRated:RLife goes by like a precious blink ...
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Review: Spotlight

Score:ADirector:Tom McCarthyCast:Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Brian d'Arcy JamesRunning Time:128 MinutesRated:RIn the same vein as Network and ...
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Review: Black Mass

Score:B+Director:Scott CooperCast:Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse PlemonsRunning Time:122 MinutesRated:RFall is upon us, and that means great news for ...
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Review: The Visit

Score:D+Director:M. Night ShyamalanCast:Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn HahnRunning Time:94 MinutesRated:PG-13M. Night Shyamalan is a overstaying his ...
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Review: Learning to Drive

Score:D+Director:Isabel CoixetCast:Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace GummerRunning Time:90 MinutesRated:RI'm all for puns and catchy metaphors, but it has to be ...
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Review: Shaun the Sheep

Score:A-Director:Mark Burton, Richard StarzakCast:Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid DjaliliRunning Time:85 MinutesRated:PGWhen I was a kid, I vividly remember waking up ...
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Review: Self/Less

Score:C-Director:Tarsem SinghCast:Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Victor GarberRunning Time:116.00Rated:PG-13There are few directors who have had such polarizing careers. Ed ...
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Review: Far From The Madding Crowd

Score:B+Director:Thomas VinterbergCast:Carrie Mulligan, Matthias Schoeaerts, Michael Sheen, and Tom SturridgeRunning Time:119 MinutesRated:PG-13For those of you disappointed time and time again ...
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Review: The Gunman

Score:D+Director:Pierre MorelCast:Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba Running Time:115 MinutesRated:RThere are films that come around every couple of years that ...
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Sundance Review: Pervert Park

Score:BDirector:Frida Barkfors, Lasse BarkforsCast:VariousRunning Time:75.00Rated:NRFrida and Lasse Barkfor's documentary Pervert Park gives us insight on the vicious cycle that is ...
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Sundance Review: Don Verdean

Score:C+Director:Jared HessCast:Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Danny McBride, Will Forte, Amy RyanRunning Time:90 MinutesRated:NRFrom the creative minds that brought us films ...
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Sundance Review: The End of the Tour

Score:BDirector:James PonsoldtCast:Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna ChlumskyRunning Time:106 MinutesRated:NRDavid Foster Wallace, the mathematics he was infatuated with, was similar to ...
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Sundance Review: James White

Score:ADirector:Josh MondCast:Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie LeighRunning Time:86 MinutesRated:NRJosh Mond, producer of the Sundance favorite, Martha Marcy May ...
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Sundance Review: Aloft

Score:C-Director:Claudia LlosaCast:Cillian Murphy, Jennifer Connelly, Melanie LaurentRunning Time:112 MinutesRated:RFamilies that stick together soar to great heights, unfortunately for Claudia Llosa's ...
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Sundance Review: Beaver Trilogy Part IV

Score:C-Director:Brad BesserCast:Bill Hader, Trent Harris, Dick GriffithsRunning Time:84 MinutesRated:NRSalt Lake City, Utah in the 1970s can be a wild ride ...
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Sundance Review: Entertainment

Score:A-Director:Rick AlversonCast:Tye Sheridan, John C Reilly, Gregg TurkingtonRunning Time:110 MinutesRated:NR"Though I'd rather hear you cheer, when I delve into Shakespeare, ...
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Review: Dumb and Dumber To

Score:C+Director:Bobby Farrelly, Peter FarrellyCast:Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Kathleen TurnerRunning Time:110 MinutesRated:PG-13MOCK-YEA-ING-YEA! Lloyd and Harry are back with Dumb ...
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Review: The Better Angels

Score:ADirector:A.J. EdwardsCast:Jason Clarke, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger, Wes BentleyRunning Time:95.00Rated:PGWhat shapes a boy into a man? What makes someone truly ...
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Review: Whiplash

Score:BDirector:Damien ChazelleCast:Miles Teller, J.K. SimmonsRunning Time:105.00Rated:NRFirst things first, this ain't Mr. Holland's Opus. No, no, this film is more grandiose ...
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Review: Nightcrawler

Score:BDirector:Dan GilroyCast:Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxon, Riz AhmedRunning Time:117 MinutesRated:RWelcome to the dark side of the media ratings race, ...
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Review: Gone Girl

Score:B+Director:David FincherCast:Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler PerryRunning Time:149 MinutesRated:RThe master of thrillers is back"¦ For those who ...
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Review: The Drop

Score:B-Director:Michael R. RoskamCast:Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Matthias SchoenaertsRunning Time:106 MinutesRated:RI always wanted to be a bartender. They know ...
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Review: I Origins

Score:B+Director:Mike CahillCast:Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Steven YeunRunning Time:113 MinutesRated:RThis movie, with its originality and unique storyline, is inspiration ...
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Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Score:C+Director:Michael BayCast:Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, T.J. Miller, Bingbing LiRunning Time:165 MinutesRated:PG-13Well ladies and gentlemen, Michael Bay ...
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SXSW Review: That Guy Dick Miller

Score:C+Director:Elijah DrennerCast:Dick Miller, Lainie MillerRunning Time:91 MinutesRated:NRGet to know Dick Miller. This documentary had me in stitches. That Guy Dick ...
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SXSW Review: Chef

Score:B-Director:Jon FavreauCast:Jon Favreau, Emjay Anthony, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett JohanssonRunning Time:114 MinutesRated:RJon Favreau goes back to his indie ...
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SXSW Review: Predestination

Score:ADirector:Michael Spierig, Peter SpierigCast:Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah TaylorRunning Time:96 MinutesRated:RThe Spierig Brothers third film, Predestination is the trippiest time ...
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SXSW Review: The Internet’s Own Boy

Score:BDirector:Brian KnappenbergerCast:Aaron SwartzRunning Time:105.00Rated:NRThis is the David and Goliath story of Aaron Swartz vs. the U.S. Government. Brian Knappenberger brings ...
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SXSW Review: Patrick’s Day

Score:A-Director:Terry McMahonCast:Moe Dunford, Kerry Fox, Philip Jackson, Catherine WalkerRunning Time:102 MinutesRated:NRThis film is a gentle prayer. Patrick's Day is the ...
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Review: Neighbors

Score:B+Director:Nicholas StollerCast:Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave FrancoRunning Time:96 MinutesRated:RNicholas Stoller's Neighbors has putthe frat movie back on the ...
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Review: Brick Mansions

Score:FDirector:Camille DelamarreCast:Paul Walker, David Belle, RZARunning Time:90 MinutesRated:PG-13Parkour! Parkour! No, this isn't that endearing episode of The Office; this is ...
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Review: Sabotage

Score:D+Director:David AyerCast:Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh HollowayRunning Time:109 MinutesRated:RWhelp folks, not even the Beastie Boys could ...
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Sundance Review: Young Ones

Score:C+Director:Jake PaltrowCast:Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPheeRunning Time:100.00Rated:NRA futuristic Western hasn't been this fun since Wild Wild West. Jake Paltrow's ...
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Sundance Review: White Shadow

Score:ADirector:Noaz DesheCast:Hamisi Bazili, Salum AbdallahRunning Time:117.00Rated:NRNever have I felt so claustrophobic watching a film while hanging on the edge of ...
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Sundance Review: We Are the Giant

Score:ADirector:Greg BarkerCast:VariousRunning Time:90 MinutesRated:NRWe Are the Giant is part of the peaceful revolution uprising that is taking place in the ...
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Sundance Review: Boyhood

Score:A+Director:Richard LinklaterCast:Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar ColtraneRunning Time:164 MinutesRated:NRTalk about a film that captures the slices of life that we ...
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Sundance Review: Ivory Tower

Score:DDirector:Andrew RossiCast:VariousRunning Time:108 MinutesRated:NRWhat is the value of an education? Most parents tell their children that you can't put a ...
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Sundance Review: What We Do in the Shadows

Score:ADirector:Jemaine Clement, Taika WaititiCast:Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Rhys DarbyRunning Time:87 MinutesRated:NRFollowing in the same vein as Best in ...
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Sundance Review: Lock Charmer

Score:C-Director:Natalia SmirnoffCast:Esteban Lamothe, Yosiria Huaripata, Erica RivasRunning Time:77.00Rated:NRFrom the director of Puzzles, Natalia Smirnoff brings another quirky tight knit story ...
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Sundance Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

Score:BDirector:Jim JarmuschCast:Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Anton Yelchin, Mia WasikowskaRunning Time:123 MinutesRated:RWhen one thinks of the poster boy for independent film, ...
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Sundance Review: A Most Wanted Man

Score:ADirector:Anton CorbijnCast:Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachael McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem DafoeRunning Time:121 MinutesRated:NRAnton Corbijn, the director of Control and The American ...
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Sundance Review: God’s Pocket

Score:CDirector:John SlatteryCast:Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, John TurturroRunning Time:88.00Rated:NROne of the more highly anticipated films at Sundance, God's ...
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Sundance Review: Dinosaur 13

Score:B+Director:Todd Douglas MillerCast:VariousRunning Time:105 MinutesRated:NRDirected by Todd Douglas Miller, Dinosaur 13 documents the extraordinary discovery of what some consider the ...
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Sundance Review: Frank

Score:BDirector:Lenny AbrahamsonCast:Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Michael FassbenderRunning Time:95 MinutesRated:NRSoronprfbs, say that five times fast. If Devo and Genesis ...
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Sundance Review: Camp X- Ray

Score:B+Director:Peter SattlerCast:Kristen Stewart,Yousuf Azami, Tara HoltRunning Time:117 MinutesRated:NRCamp X-Ray is a gripping story about a new army recruit by the ...
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Sundance Review: Infinitely Polar Bear

Score:C+Director:Maya ForbesCast:Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Keir DulleaRunning Time:90.00Rated:NR Look out Michael Keaton, there is a more dysfunctional Mr. Mom in ...
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Review: Narco Cultura

Score:B-Director:Shaul SchwarzCast:VariousRunning Time:103 MinutesRated:RWelcome to Juárez, Mexico, the most dangerous place in North America, the epicenter of Narco Cultura, a ...
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Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Score:B+Director:Jean Marc-ValleeCast:Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer GarnerRunning Time:117 MinutesRated:RMatthew McConaughey's performance in Dallas Buyers Club is like a prayer. Much ...
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Review: Diana

Score:D+Director:Oliver HirschbiegelCast:Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Juliet Stevenson, Charles EdwardsRunning Time:113.00Rated:PG-13Diana and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad ...
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Review: Free Birds

Score:D+Director:Jimmy HaywardCast:Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, George Takei, Amy PoehlerRunning Time:91 MinutesRated:PGFree Birds fails to carve up a winning recipe for ...
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Review: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Score:BDirector:Jeff TremaineCast:Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Spike JonzeRunning Time:92 MinutesRated:REveryone's foul-mouthed, female-crazed grandpa is back. Johnny Knoxville's most endearing character, Irving ...
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