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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.

137 articles in 2007   •   page 1 of 4

The Orphanage

Although Guillermo Del Toro is the producer, this new Spanish horror film is derivative and not on par with Del Toro's spooky childhood stories.

Film Review, Dec. 28, 2007

Oasis

Lord Don't Slow Me Down

Music Review, Dec. 21, 2007

P.S. I Love You

Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank needs to call her agent before getting involved in any more romantic codswallop like this.

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2007

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

This adventure fantasy about a boy's involvement with a mysterious animal is also a period story about childhood anxieties.

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2007

Two Towers, Six Years, and 16 Millimeters

The remarkable journey – and uncertain toll – of Steve Bilich's 'Native New Yorker'

Screens Feature, Dec. 21, 2007

The Perfect Holiday

In this lightweight yuletide fluffery, a young girl turns to a shopping-mall Santa to find a husband for her divorced mother.

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2007

Alvin and the Chipmunks

What's it all about, Alvin? This by-the-numbers attempt at a chipmunk revival is not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2007

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

One of the most compelling documentary portraits of a musician yet made, Julien Temple's film about the former Clash musician acknowledges the legend while uncovering the truth.

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2007

Awake

The phenomenon of "anesthetic awareness," in which the patient is fully conscious yet physically paralyzed during surgery, is grist for this psychological thriller.

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2007

Two Guys Walk Into a Bar

Lou Perryman and Sonny Carl Davis drink, dish

Screens Feature, Nov. 30, 2007

Hitman

Like the video game that inspired this film, Hitman is a brain-dead pleasure bomb.

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2007

August Rush

August Rush is a rather prosaic, oddly anxious, contemporary take on Oliver Twist, with Robin Williams – in nasty-man twee mode – thrown in for bad measure.

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2007

'No Country' for Squash Fruit

Promoting No Country for Old Men, resident Alamo mad professor Edwin Wise whipped up a hand-held, pneumatic cow-killer that drove a steel bolt through strawberry-and-banana-filled pumpkin "heads"

Screens Feature, Nov. 23, 2007

P2

Horror overtakes a woman on level P2 of a parking garage, and the film's suspense plays on our collective unease with being alone, at night, surrounded by concrete and rebar.

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2007

Beowulf

The irony inherent in using 21st century motion-control technology to tell a tale approximately 1,400 years old is just one of many bizarrely entertaining aspects of Beowulf.

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2007

The District!

This animated Hungarian feature is equal parts South Park and Magyar-inflected hip-hop, and an altogether smart, urban riff on Romeo and Juliet.

Film Review, Nov. 16, 2007

Angry Samoans

Music Review, Nov. 9, 2007

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Both a crime thriller and family tragedy, this stunner from octogenarian Sidney Lumet stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as brothers whose blood runs cold.

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2007

Control

Control, Anton Corbijn's narrative portrait of Joy Division's suicidal singer, Ian Curtis, is easily one of the finest films ever made about the collision of music, madness, and the human heart.

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2007

Jam on Wry

Primus' Les Claypool rocks the mock-doc in his directorial feature film debut, Electric Apricot

Screens Feature, Nov. 9, 2007

MC Chris

Music Feature, Nov. 2, 2007

Confessions of a Superhero

What does Superman do when he's not posing for snapshots with tourists in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre? This documentary about Hollywood's ultimate poseurs tells all. SXSW Film Presents

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2007

Saw IV

Jigsaw died in Saw III but here we get to witness his autopsy, stem to stern, thus giving him not only the last laugh, but Being and Nothingness, as well.

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2007

American Gangster

A sizzling cast and their director do a crackerjack job of nailing the look and feel of New York City's bad old days of internal corruption and outer rot.

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2007

Re-Re-Re-Re-Reopening Night

The Ritz: Talkie theatre, cowboy hangout, playhouse, comedy and punk club, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Screens Feature, Nov. 2, 2007

Bella

This two-person character study features lovely performances that are models of restraint in what otherwise might have been a soppy melodrama.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2007

30 Days of Night

This film's high-concept stroke of genius lies not with its vampire clan but with the setting: a tiny Alaskan hamlet where nightfall indeed lasts all month.

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2007

Randy and the Mob

This Southern-fried comedy, directed by and starring Ray McKinnon, is a flat-footed take on the suburban Southern gentleman in disrepair.

Film Review, Oct. 19, 2007

Lust, Caution

The NC-17-rated passion in Ang Lee's movie is at distinct odds with the chilly film that surrounds its lovers.

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2007

Vanaja

Unlike the Bollywood films most mainstream audiences expect from India, Vanaja operates on a far more realistic level, with the added bonus of a melodramatic story that's a real heartbreaker.

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2007

Broken

Heather Graham is an L.A. transplant whose dreams of a music career become soiled by her relationship with her junkie boyfriend, played by Jeremy Sisto.

Film Review, Oct. 12, 2007

"On the Doll(s)"

Screens Daily, Oct. 11, 2007 9:54 PM

"On the Doll" DJ set from the Crystal Method for AFF

Screens Daily, Oct. 11, 2007 8:45 PM

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

This fantasy film, adapted from Susan Cooper's series of novels, is utterly devoid of anything but bombastically simplistic notions.

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2007

The Heartbreak Kid

Ben Stiller stars in this smart and winning remake of a 1972 Neil Simon-penned comedy about a man who falls in love with another woman on his honeymoon.

Film Review, Oct. 5, 2007

December Boys

In his first film role post-Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe plays an orphan in Australia who's pals with a bunch of other boys born in December.

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2007

The Nines

Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy, and Hope Davis star in three discrete but thematically linked short films in this feature-film-directing debut from screenwriter John August.

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2007

Resident Evil: Extinction

Milla Jovovich continues to fight zombies and the apocalypse.

Film Review, Sep. 28, 2007

Good Luck Chuck

Pitched somewhere between Farrelly brothers-lite and some oddball National Lampoon outing, this comedy is as familiar as it is charming, which isn't to say it's a good film.

Film Review, Sep. 21, 2007

In the Shadow of the Moon

This documentary is a cheery restorative that recalls hazy memories of America's finest, boldest hour, when we went to the moon, again and again.

Film Review, Sep. 21, 2007

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