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Marc Savlov

TWITTER: @savlovauschron

Marc Savlov has been covering film, music, and pop culture for The Austin Chronicle since 1991. In 2009 he was named "Meanest Critic in America" by the Miller McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy (via aggregate film ratings derived from Metacritic et al). In 2011 he won "Best Film Critic" in the annual Austin Chronicle Best of Austin awards. Currently, he's prepping a non-fiction book and documentary about the punk rock scene in Thailand while attempting to learn Thai and master Adobe Final Cut Pro.

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In a Valley of Violence

Ti West takes a break from horror with this Ethan Hawke Western

Film Review, Oct. 20, 2016

Ouija: Origin of Evil

This horror sequel is vastly superior to its cheesy precursor

Film Review, Oct. 20, 2016


Austin-made doc re-creates the UT Tower massacre with stunningly powerful immediacy

Film Review, Oct. 20, 2016

Austin Film Festival Review: Chronesthesia

The time-travel romance you’ve been waiting for (or is it just déjà vu?)

Screens Daily, Oct. 18, 2016 12:15 PM

Austin Film Festival Review: Gimme Danger

A real cool time hanging in Iggy Pop’s fun house

Screens Daily, Oct. 17, 2016 1:15 PM

Austin Film Fest Review: Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse

Cali comedy duo blow up some seriously sweet and smart doomsday heart

Screens Daily, Oct. 15, 2016 5:50 PM


Holocaust courtroom drama parallels contemporary issues

Film Review, Oct. 13, 2016


A most dangerous game in the desert

Film Review, Oct. 13, 2016

Under the Shadow

A mother and her son are stuck in a war zone in this Iranian horror film

Film Review, Oct. 6, 2016


This astute Polish ghost movie is an instant genre classic

Film Review, Sep. 29, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton directs this film adaptation of the creepy kids' favorite

Film Review, Sep. 29, 2016

Fantastic Fest Review: The Lure

This all-singing, all-dancing Polish mermaid film has teeth

Screens Daily, Sep. 26, 2016 6:30 PM

Fantastic Fest Review: The Dwarves Must Be Crazy

Thai horror and comedy collide: butt-licking, bug-eating ensues

Screens Daily, Sep. 25, 2016 5:30 PM

Come What May

Period melodrama tells a story about German refugees in France in 1940

Film Review, Sep. 22, 2016

Starving the Beast

Doc exposes big money on campus

Film Review, Sep. 15, 2016

The Disappointments Room

Kate Beckinsale moves into a haunted house

Film Review, Sep. 15, 2016

Blair Witch

Stay out of the (noisy) woods

Film Review, Sep. 15, 2016

The Land

Teen skaters get caught up in the drug world

Film Review, Sep. 15, 2016


Oliver Stone tackles the famous whistleblower

Film Review, Sep. 15, 2016


Eastwood's film tells the story of the "miracle on the Hudson"

Film Review, Sep. 8, 2016

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Natalie Portman adapts Amos Oz's acclaimed memoir

Film Review, Sep. 1, 2016

Richard Linklater: dream is destiny

Doc on local filmmaker is a thoughtful portrait

Film Review, Aug. 25, 2016

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

The hunt for Adolf Eichmann

Film Review, Aug. 25, 2016

Phantom Boy

Hand-drawn animation is the hallmark of this animated French film

Film Review, Jul. 28, 2016

Ice Age: Collision Course

Latest entry of the series is overstuffed and meandering

Film Review, Jul. 21, 2016

Zero Days

Chilling cyber warfare doc explores the Stuxnet virus

Film Review, Jul. 21, 2016

Back From the Dead

Stephen Romano cheats the grim reaper to launch Eibon Press

Screens Feature, Jul. 14, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence

ID:R is probably everything you were expecting and less

Film Review, Jun. 30, 2016

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

The epic story of three kids inspired by Spielberg's adventure tale

Film Review, Jun. 16, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Green sewer-dwellers battle purple ooze. Big, dumb fun

Film Review, Jun. 9, 2016

The Conjuring 2

Semi-retired ghost hunters make a comeback in the second installment of James Wan's spooky series

Film Review, Jun. 9, 2016


No fun storming the castle in this lousy adaptation of the hit video game

Film Review, Jun. 9, 2016

Almost Holy

Doc chronicles one pastor's mission to keep Ukrainian kids off the street

Film Review, Jun. 2, 2016

Holy Hell

A cinematic chronicle of the Buddhafield cult and its participants

Film Review, May. 26, 2016

The Angry Birds Movie

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a game! It's a movie!

Film Review, May. 19, 2016

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Seth Rogen learns that girls just want to have fun

Film Review, May. 19, 2016

April and the Extraordinary World

Animated French steampunk fantasy is delightfully imaginative

Film Review, Apr. 7, 2016

Everybody Wants Some!!

Time moves on, but Richard Linklater's characters still walk and talk

Film Review, Mar. 31, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Overwrought take on DC Comics’ two most popular characters

Film Review, Mar. 24, 2016

Eye in the Sky

Helen Mirren is a British colonel engaged in modern drone warfare

Film Review, Mar. 24, 2016

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