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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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Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson is the blank alien who prowls for earthmen in this spare and disorienting genre smash-up.

Film Review, Apr. 17, 2014

Oculus

A dark force lurks in the looking glass in this paranormal outing that's a notch above, but barely.

Film Review, Apr. 10, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

One of the better offerings from Marvel’s growing multimedia omniverse, this film gives fans plenty to chew on.

Film Review, Apr. 3, 2014

Nymphomaniac: Volume 2

Second verse, not as good as the first.

Film Review, Apr. 3, 2014

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

Lars von Trier's latest provocation is more meditation than outright flagellation.

Film Review, Mar. 27, 2014

Cheap Thrills

This grisly, dark comedy is last year's winner of Fantastic Fest's Midnighters Audience Award.

Film Review, Mar. 20, 2014

Tim's Vermeer

Vermeer must have painted by using a camera obscura and Tim Jenison spends four years proving the method in this fascinating documentary by Penn & Teller.

Film Review, Mar. 20, 2014

'The Dance of Reality'

Screens Feature, Mar. 14, 2014

'Wetlands'

Screens Feature, Mar. 14, 2014

SXSW Film Review: 'Among the Living'

'Stand by Me' and then die by me

SXSW Daily, Mar. 13, 2014 4:12 PM

SXSW Film Review: 'The Dance of Reality'

The fantastical director's first foray in 23 years is a family affair

SXSW Daily, Mar. 12, 2014 11:43 AM

Get Caught in a Webb

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2014

Steadman as He Goes

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2014

Steadman as He Goes

Ralph Steadman Skypes in to SXSW

SXSW Daily, Mar. 10, 2014 4:37 PM

SXSW Film Review: 'Pulp'

No William Shatner here, mind you

SXSW Daily, Mar. 10, 2014 12:45 PM

Get Caught in a Webb

Highlights from Marc Webb's keynote address

SXSW Daily, Mar. 9, 2014 3:06 PM

SXSW Film Review: 'Wetlands'

German import gives new, improved meaning to 'pain in the ass'

SXSW Daily, Mar. 8, 2014 1:46 PM

300: Rise of an Empire

Better than the first movie, this sequel is a more deserving Aegean “epic.”

Film Review, Mar. 6, 2014

Grand Piano

Elijah Wood and John Cusack play cat and mouse in this concert-stage suspense dazzler.

Film Review, Mar. 6, 2014

About a Boy

On Aaron Swartz, the NSA, and the complicated story of digital reality

Screens Feature, Mar. 6, 2014

Stalingrad

3-D Russian film about the bloody Battle of Stalingrad.

Film Review, Feb. 27, 2014

The Wind Rises

The swan song of master animator Hayao Miyazaki appeals to the head and heart.

Film Review, Feb. 27, 2014

Pompeii

A gladiator slave must rescue his secret love before Vesuvius erupts.

Film Review, Feb. 27, 2014

Vampire Academy

This month's flavor in the teen vampire continuum.

Film Review, Feb. 13, 2014

Visitors

The Koyaanisqatsi director is back with his latest stream-of-vision meditation.

Film Review, Feb. 13, 2014

Winter's Tale

Neither Colin Farrell's charms nor Will Smith as the Devil can rescue this soggy valentine.

Film Review, Feb. 13, 2014

A Field in England

The most enticingly original film to come out of the UK this year is told in crisp, trippy, black and white.

Film Review, Feb. 6, 2014

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action

Short films come in nice packages.

Film Review, Feb. 6, 2014

I, Frankenstein

Aaron Eckhart stars as a modern-day Frankenstein, who faces off against supernatural creatures in this film based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux.

Film Review, Jan. 30, 2014

Devil's Due

She's having an unholy baby - but isn't that every pregnant woman's fear? The only new ingredient in this horror setup is the found-footage element.

Film Review, Jan. 23, 2014

Wrong Cops

French musician-filmmaker-writer-editor Quentin Dupieux (Rubber) returns with more lo-fi absurdism.

Film Review, Jan. 16, 2014

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

The franchise is back and this time the paranormal forces are targeting Latino victims.

Film Review, Jan. 9, 2014

Marc Savlov's Top 10

Screens Feature, Jan. 3, 2014

Pledge Your Allegiance

Austin Film Society lets two iconic filmmakers square off in its new series

Screens Feature, Dec. 27, 2013

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Ron Burgundy is back – and the legend continues, at least in his own mind.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2013

Grudge Match

This boxing riff stars Stallone and De Niro, but it's hardly the stuff of Rocky vs. the Raging Bull.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Superior in nearly all ways to its predecessor, this second film in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a welcome surprise.

Film Review, Dec. 12, 2013

Narco Cultura

This documentary about the Mexican drug wars and their relationship to populist narcocorrido music becomes a fascinating study of the cultural cycle of violence.

Film Review, Dec. 5, 2013

The Punk Singer

Kathleen Hanna, the ultra-charismatic co-founder of the third-wave feminist riot grrrl movement and full-on DIY icon is the subject of this documentary.

Film Review, Dec. 5, 2013

The Book Thief

This print bestseller about a girl's coming of age amid the horrors of Nazi Germany is swaddled in maudlin melodrama in this film adaptation.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2013

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