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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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Spike Lee maintains the shuddery, visceral punch of the South Korean original, but something gets lost in translation.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2013

Kill Your Darlings

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsburg in this sweet and sour story about the loves and collegiate years of some of the Beat writers.

Film Review, Nov. 22, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Cro-Mags

Reformed NYC hardcores resume the ‘Quarrel’

Music Daily, Nov. 11, 2013 10:30 AM

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Dessa

Darling Minneapolis MC owns early Sunday

Music Daily, Nov. 11, 2013 10:15 AM

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: M.I.A.

Sri Lankan MC, activist, and provocateur brings the banga

Music Daily, Nov. 10, 2013 11:19 AM

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: The Impossibles

Beatlemania nearly drowns out local ska-pop reunion

Music Daily, Nov. 9, 2013 8:53 AM

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card's supposedly unfilmable militaristic sci-fi novel makes the leap to screen.

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2013

Man of Tai Chi

Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut sizzles with mandible-cracking action, political intrigue, and electrifying martial physicality.

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2013

The Counselor

Cormac McCarthy pens his first screenplay, and Ridley Scott directs the tasty cast.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2013

Shepard & Dark

The turbulent but creative connection between theatre legend Sam Shepard and writer and collector Johnny Dark is explored in this documentary. The film also features the work of a couple of Austin film mavericks: editor Sandra Adair and musician Graham Reynolds.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2013

In the Thicket of It

Books Feature, Oct. 24, 2013

The Summit

One of mountaineering's worst disasters remains a deadly mystery despite this documentary's attempt to learn more.

Film Review, Oct. 18, 2013

Escape From Tomorrow

Shot guerrilla-style at Disneyland and Disney World, this surreal drama about a man's mental disintegration at "the happiest place on Earth" lands a spitball in the Mouse's eye.

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2013

Machete Kills

Robert Rodriguez once again unleashes manic, over-the-top mayhem.

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2013

We Are What We Are

This effectively creepy horror story gives new meaning to the family film.

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2013


Sandra Bullock is lost in space – alone with the beauty, terror, and the laws of gravity.

Film Review, Oct. 4, 2013

Bad Milo!

In this gross but smart comedy from Jacob Vaughan, a man's stress grows into a monster that explodes from his rectum.

Film Review, Oct. 4, 2013


Jake Gyllenhaal is a detective working a troubling case, and Hugh Jackman's wound-up father of the victim is just one of his problems.

Film Review, Sep. 27, 2013

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Less a doc than a lyrical presentation of the cult actor and surprising song man.

Film Review, Sep. 27, 2013

Isolation, Death, Romance, Death, Repeat

'Love Eternal' is anything but a minor threat

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2013 10:48 PM

J'accuse! In Korean!

'Confession of Murder' is guilty … of being pretty kickass

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2013 4:43 PM

Burn, Witch, Burn

The Pope still loathes Ken Russell's 'The Devils,' and with good reason

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2013 2:25 PM

Devil Times Five-ish

'A Field in England' might remind you of a field in Bastrop

Screens Daily, Sep. 21, 2013 8:26 PM

Insidious: Chapter 2

All the same gang's back for this follow-up to the hit spooker.

Film Review, Sep. 20, 2013


In this third outing, the science-fiction antihero played by Vin Diesel is stranded on an inhospitable planet.

Film Review, Sep. 13, 2013

Spark: A Burning Man Story

This doc's not for burning.

Film Review, Sep. 13, 2013

Has Fantastic Fest Gone Too Hog-Wild?

Helicopter Hog Hunt has some fans worried

Screens Daily, Sep. 9, 2013 10:20 AM

Closed Circuit

Paranoia strikes deep in this Brit courtroom suspenser.

Film Review, Aug. 30, 2013

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

A hardscrabble, heartbreaking, love-and-death affair is gorgeously captured in David Lowery's Texas feature.

Film Review, Aug. 23, 2013


Ashton Kutcher plays Apple visionary Steve Jobs in this unrevealing biopic.

Film Review, Aug. 23, 2013

You're Next

What begins on a familiar slasher/home-invasion note, quickly escalates into a hellishly suspenseful, take-zero-prisoners affair.

Film Review, Aug. 23, 2013

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are back for more bloody and profane to bust more supervillain heads.

Film Review, Aug. 16, 2013


In the year 2154, the rabble live on the garbage dump of Earth while the elite live in the perfect Elysium in the sky; Matt Damon is a mad Max who breaks on through.

Film Review, Aug. 9, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Poseiden's son and his pals reunite to retrieve the Golden Fleece, but only the film's special effects grabbed our attention.

Film Review, Aug. 8, 2013


Orcas exploited in the name of entertainment and free enterprise is bad business in the view of this doc.

Film Review, Aug. 2, 2013

Cockneys vs. Zombies

This bloody good zom-com stands out from the crowd of zombies recently invading our screens.

Film Review, Aug. 2, 2013

The Lords of Salem

With his fifth horror feature, writer/director Rob Zombie proves he's a unique visionary in a repetitive cinematic genre.

Film Review, Apr. 19, 2013

The Man With the Iron Fists

Wu-Tang Clan firebrand RZA branches out into directing a martial arts film.

Film Review, Nov. 9, 2012

Everything Went Black: Hello, I Must Be Going ...

Black sabbatical!

Screens Daily, Nov. 7, 2012 4:41 PM

Wreck-It Ralph

Candyland meets Tron by way of Nintendo's Donkey Kong, a sweet splash of treacly Disneyana, a dollop of Pixar's Cars, and a gooey series of...

Film Review, Nov. 2, 2012

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