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The Bounceback, co-written by Dallas’ own Steven Walters, is a pretty good Judd Apatow-style foul-mouthed rom-com, and its one of the highlights today at the Dallas IFF.

Sunday, April 7 at the Dallas International Film Festival

To read more reviews of films playing at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival, check out our festival preview and yesterday’s updates. Here are the new reviews:

The Brass Teapot (repeats 10:15 p.m. April 7, Magnolia 5)

Rating: Worth a Shot

A lightly funny dark comedy about a young couple who come into possession of a magical teapot that provides them cash whenever they hurt themselves or others. We’re supposed to believe they’re good people who get seduced to the dark side, but they seem like pretty useless, awful people from the start. — Jason Heid

 

Shorts 2 (repeats 5 p.m. April 7, Angelika 7)

Rating: Worth a Shot

More of a mixed bag, quality-wise, than the Shorts 1 program. Of the six films, three are comedies and three are dramas. A couple are trying way too hard. One, an Australian effort about a woman who loses her daughter in a parking garage (with tragic consequences) is outstanding. — Jason Heid

 

The Bounceback (repeats 7:15 p.m. April 7, Angelika 4)

Rating: Go See It

This Austin-set film, co-written by Dallas’ own Steven Walters, is a pretty good Judd Apatow-style foul-mouthed rom-com. It comes on a little strong with its extra-strength raunch, but it’s also a rarity in its genre: I honestly didn’t know which couple, if any, was going to end up together at film’s end. — Jason Heid

 

Kilimanjaro (repeats 4 p.m. April 8, Magnolia 5)

Rating: Go See It

After Doug and Clare break up, Doug sets his mind to escaping his humdrum existence by planning a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately, life throws up some obstacles in his way. This thoughtful film is about the difficulties we face in deciding just which of life’s mountains we ought to be climbing. — Jason Heid

Other highlights today:

Also today, the Nasher Sculpture Center hosts panel discussions on film funding and adapting comic books and graphic novels to the screen. For more on those, go here.

The Latino Showcase takes place at the Angelika Film Center from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For a review of Clandestine Childhood, go here. For a complete list of films, go here

As part of the Deep Ellum Sounds program, after the screening of Gimme the Power, Mexican rock group MOLOTOV and others will perform a DJ set at Club Dada.

And here are the films showing today that will have filmmakers in attendance:

Beyond All Boundaries: 4:15 p.m. Angelika 4

Shorts 2: 5 p.m. Angelika 7

Gimme the Power: 5:30 p.m. Magnolia 5

The Bounceback: 7:15 p.m. Angelika 4

Wings of Life: 7: 30 p.m. Magnolia 4