Home  >  Movies & TV

Screen Shots

Taking aim at the best and worst of movies and television.

SXSW Day 3: 'Licks': The hard-knock life in California

Posted 7:08pm on Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013

The joy of any film festival is discovering something new and vital. That happened Sunday at the SXSW Film Festival with the screening of Licks, a coming-into-manhood story set on the rough streets of Oakland, Calif.

Director Jonathan Singer-Vine's tale of a young man coming back home after a two-year stint in prison doesn't go where it might be expected to go, either in where it takes its characters or even in its use of music (it's not wall-to-wall hip-hop). Though some of the acting is rough around the edges (it was the first film for most involved), it has a sense of place that feels authentic and lived in.

Too bad Singer-Vine couldn't really explain himself in the Q&A after the screening. There's definitely some raw talent there.

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Hey there. or join DFW.com. Your account. Log out.

Remember me