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Joe Friar

Joe Friar is a member of the Critics Choice Association (Los Angeles) and the HFCS - Houston Film Critics Society. A lifelong fan of cinema, he co-founded the Victoria Film Society, Frels Fright Fest, and is a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. His reviews can be heard on Hit Radio 104.7 KVIC and read in The Victoria Advocate newspaper. He is a fan of Foreign Films, Independent Cinema, and Horror movies and he enjoys letting readers and listeners know about small films that might slip through the cracks unnoticed.







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The Liam Neeson action film has become synonymous with the Clint Eastwood Western. It doesn’t matter what character the actors are playing; you know what to expect when you buy that movie ticket. Director Robert Lorenz who worked with Eastwood on several films including “Million Dollar Baby”… Read more

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“Half Brothers” could be dubbed “Planes, Games and Automobiles” as the road trip buddy movie from director Luke Greenfield (“Let’s Be Cops”), pairs odd couple Renato (Luis Gerardo Méndez), a successful aviation executive from Mexico, with his newly discovered sibling, American free spirit As… Read more

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Seven years after making their debut, everyone’s favorite cave family returns in an all-new adventure that reinforces the theme of “family.” DreamWorks Animation — the studio responsible for the “Madagascar” and “How to Train Your Dragon” franchises — once again delivers a dazzling prehistor… Read more

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When you think of Rockport, Texas, what comes to mind? Fishing? Whooping cranes? Perhaps the plethora of art galleries? Well for the last 13 years, the small coastal city has been home to the Rockport Film Festival which draws movie lovers and filmmakers from around the country to celebrate … Read more

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The 2020 Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival has come and gone. This year’s event featured a slew of quality films, but it lacked the pizzazz that usually accompanies the fest —attendees would mingle with filmmakers, spirits and good food was had by all, and roaming from one venue to an… Read more

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This Halloween you get an extra hour to stay up late and watch scary movies as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Clocks go back one hour so that extra hour of sleep will come in handy if you choose to curl up with a few horror films after hours. Read more

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