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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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The Blue Room

Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this Hitchcockian story of l'amour four.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2014


This found-footage horror film shot in Austin finds a Bigfoot chased from its home by the Bastrop fires.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2014

Brush With Danger

The obvious martial arts skills of the brother and sister filmmakers, Ken and Livi Zheng, don't compensate for this film's wooden drama.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2014


Brad Pitt commands a Sherman tank in the waning days of World War II, and teaches his men the simple algorithm of war: Kill or be killed.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2014

The Overnighters

The fracking boom in Williston, N.D., has created hard times in the land of plenty as shown in this devastating doc.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2014


The doll from hell is back.

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2014

Dracula Untold

Prince Vlad fights off the Turks with with a little old-school vampirism.

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2014

Kill the Messenger

Jeremy Renner stars in this crusading-journalist story that recounts the downfall of real-life San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb.

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2014

Gone Girl

When a lady vanishes, David Fincher holds the moral compass.

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2014

20,000 Days on Earth

This documentary (for which Nick Cave receives a script credit), gets inside the artist's notoriously fussy creative process.

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2014

The Boxtrolls

The third time isn't the charm for this animated film from the studio that gave us the magical Coraline and ParaNorman.

Film Review, Sep. 25, 2014

The Guest

With their follow-up to You're Next, filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett prove the new kings of indie horror movies.

Film Review, Sep. 25, 2014

He Is the Walrus

Justin Long's take on Tusk

Screens Feature, Sep. 25, 2014

Fantastic Fest 2014: Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

Marvel? DC? Pshaw! 2000AD is the law

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2014 4:20 PM

Fantastic Fest 2014: I Am a Knife With Legs

This low-budget masterwork is a bizarre comedy manifesto

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2014 10:10 AM

Fantastic Fest 2014: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

Hollywood studios are the real monsters in this warts and all doc

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2014 9:50 AM

Fantastic Fest 2014: Whispers Behind the Wall

Let’s lynch the landlady

Screens Daily, Sep. 21, 2014 12:40 PM

Fantastic Fest 2014: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

From the bamboo grove to the moon

Screens Daily, Sep. 21, 2014 10:49 AM

Fantastic Fest 2014: The World of Kanako

Kids on the skids and one mad dad

Screens Daily, Sep. 20, 2014 10:56 AM

Fantastic Fest 2014: When Animals Dream

There’s something hairy in Denmark

Screens Daily, Sep. 19, 2014 7:49 PM

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson has taken to shooting at bad guys again in this slow-burning Matthew Scudder mystery.

Film Review, Sep. 18, 2014

Fantastic Fest

Bringing people together by slicing things apart

Screens Feature, Sep. 18, 2014

Fantastic Fest: Ten Years, Ten Unforgettable Moments

Screens Feature, Sep. 18, 2014

The Drop

Based on a Dennis Lehane story, this disappointing crime drama costars James Gandolfini in his last role.

Film Review, Sep. 11, 2014

Love Is Strange

Heartfelt, seriocomic romance about two longtime partners who wed after 40 years, then discover all is not bliss.

Film Review, Sep. 11, 2014


This story about a damaged, young woman mired in the mundanities of boarding-school life is utterly bloodless.

Film Review, Sep. 4, 2014

The Dance of Reality

Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first feature in 23 years is a labor of mad, passionate love

Film Review, Jun. 5, 2014

Jodorowsky's Dune

What's tantalizing but never was? This Fantastic Fest award-winner talks with the famed surrealist and others about their plans for this aborted project.

Film Review, May. 8, 2014

Explosions in the Sky Debuts in Bangkok

Thailand’s capital is not a cold dead place

Music Daily, May. 6, 2014 11:30 AM

Tilda Swinton and Jim Jarmusch Go Together Like Cream

The actress dishes on ‘Only Lovers Left Alive'

Screens Daily, Apr. 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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


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


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

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