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Marc Savlov

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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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Heckerling updates Jane Austen's Emma to Beverly Hills.

Film Review, Jul. 21, 1995

The Indian in the Cupboard

The excellent animation and sly wit make this an above-average kids' fantasy .

Film Review, Jul. 20, 1995

Judge Dredd

Set in a distant, post-apocalyptic future, this feature debut from director Cannon does a surprisingly adequate job of capturing both the look and feel of...

Film Review, Jul. 7, 1995

Apollo 13

Howard's take on the ill-fated 1970 moon shot is filled with the almost unassailable heroics of the U.S. space program and the genuine urgency of history.

Film Review, Jun. 30, 1995

Mamma Roma

In this early Pasolini film marked by the director's sumptuous neo-realism, Magnani plays a middle-aged prostitute who retires from the trade to become a full-time mother to her 16-year-old son.

Film Review, Jun. 23, 1995

Burnt by the Sun

Set against the backdrop of the Russian countryside under Stalin's rule, this Oscar-winner for best foreign film is a brilliant, Chekhovian meditation on trust, love,...

Film Review, Jun. 22, 1995

Batman Forever

Batman forever… and ever… and -- yawn -- ever. This third installment in what, previously, was a deliciously gothic take on the Dark Knight drags...

Film Review, Jun. 15, 1995

Tales From the Hood

A deft, well-directed horror anthology film from the makers of last year's hilarious Fear of a Black Hat. Cundieff weaves together a quartet of eerie...

Film Review, Jun. 2, 1995

Johnny Mnemonic

William Gibson wrote this screenplay from his short story about the perils of cyberspace in the 21st century.

Film Review, Jun. 2, 1995

Die Hard With a Vengeance

Continuing the unlikely adventures of beleaguered NYPD cop John McClane (Willis), this third installment unfortunately forsakes much of the occasionally clever, somewhat wry dialogue and...

Film Review, May. 19, 1995

Crimson Tide

Submarines hold a near-mythic place in the pantheon of Great American Male Film Fantasies, and this juggernaut of a movie plays right into these childlike...

Film Review, May. 12, 1995

These Children That You Spit On

Dancing With the Clubkids

Music Feature, May. 5, 1995

DJ Herb and Alien Records

Music Feature, May. 5, 1995

Sashay, Shanté

Music Feature, May. 5, 1995


After years of floating around Hollywood, the story of the Black Panther Party has finally made it to the screen, and though some critics have...

Film Review, May. 5, 1995

Destiny Turns On the Radio

Very strange stuff indeed. Baran's Sundance-nurtured “mystical love story” is a bizarre cross-pollination of genres that puts one in mind of Alex Cox's early work...

Film Review, May. 5, 1995

Village of the Damned

Carpenter's updating of the classic 1960 chiller is mediocre at best, and at times plummets into unintentional humor. It's arguably the weakest horror film he's...

Film Review, Apr. 27, 1995


An audacious, compelling film that examines the lives of two diametrically opposed yet fundamentally similar Catholic priests in modern Liverpool. Young Father Greg (electrifyingly played...

Film Review, Apr. 21, 1995

Kiss of Death

Kiss of Death is a solid piece of pulp drama that, nevertheless, feels as fleeting as its hackneyed title. Very loosely based on a 1947...

Film Review, Apr. 21, 1995

Jury Duty

The less said about this, the better. The bane of high-brow comedians everywhere stars in yet another tired, unfunny, sophomoric vehicle playing basically the same...

Film Review, Apr. 14, 1995

Bad Boys

Coming from the notorious Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer production team behind everything from Beverly Hills Cop to the Tom Cruise vehicle Days of Thunder, Bad Boys...

Film Review, Apr. 7, 1995

"The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb"

Like a cross between the Brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer, and David Lynch, Tom Thumb is a dark, eerie retelling of the familiar tale of the...

Film Review, Apr. 7, 1995

"Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life"

Like a cross between the Brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer, and David Lynch, Tom Thumb is a dark, eerie retelling of the familiar tale of the...

Film Review, Apr. 7, 1995

Tank Girl

A movie that combines Busby Berkeley chorus lines with killer mutant kangaroos and the wildest female action hero this side of La Femme Nikita.

Film Review, Mar. 31, 1995

Dolores Claiborne

It's been quite a good year for the Stephen King Film Franchise, what with Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption and now this intelligent -- if...

Film Review, Mar. 31, 1995

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

Taking up where the original Candyman left off, this stylish, atmospheric spook story manages to do its predecessor one better and ends up as that...

Film Review, Mar. 24, 1995


This second feature from director Brett Leonard is a definite improvement over his first. The man who brought us last year's The Lawnmower Man (which,...

Film Review, Mar. 10, 1995

The Mangler

Adapted from the short story by Stephen “Bad Film Adaptations of My Work Only Make Me Stronger” King, this pointless exercise in tweaking the suits...

Film Review, Mar. 10, 1995


John Boyz (LeGros) is a guy with problems. At 28, he's drifting aimlessly through life, his nights reduced to catnaps in an ongoing battle with...

Film Review, Mar. 3, 1995

The Walking Dead

Hyped as the “first film to accurately portray the plight of African-American soldiers in Vietnam,” The Walking Dead instead comes across as a straight-ahead, cookie-cutter...

Film Review, Mar. 3, 1995

Just Cause

Connery is Paul Armstrong, a Harvard law professor noted for his enthusiastic opposition to the death penalty. When he receives information about a young black...

Film Review, Feb. 24, 1995

Teenage Catgirls in Heat

This Troma film was made right here in Austin and tells the lurid story of cats that metamorphose into nubile women and "rub up against things" and cause havoc.

Film Review, Feb. 17, 1995

Mr. Payback

“The world's first interactive movie” is either a giant leap forward for video-game enthusiasts or a large step backward for film purists. More likely, it...

Film Review, Feb. 17, 1995

The Quick and the Dead

There is, regrettably, precious little that is quick about Sam Raimi's newest film. It drags on interminably, laying out ritualized gunfight after ritualized gunfight, while...

Film Review, Feb. 10, 1995

Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits

An engrossing 93-minute documentary on filmmaker Francois Truffaut, one of France's most popular contributions to the world of film thus far, Toubiana (quasi-editor of Les...

Film Review, Feb. 10, 1995

Death and the Maiden

Adapted from the stage play by Ariel Dorfman, this spare, hideously intense film is Polanski's version of a cinematic roller coaster: up, down, sideways, it...

Film Review, Feb. 3, 1995

Highlander III: The Final Dimension

Lambert returns in this third and supposedly final installment in the Highlander trilogy. This time out, the Immortal Connor MacLeod (Lambert) runs afoul of the...

Film Review, Feb. 3, 1995

The Bride With White Hair II

Finally, a Hong Kong sequel that lives up to its precursor's premise (sort of). The titular bride of the first film, Lian (Lin) has gone...

Film Review, Jan. 27, 1995

Murder in the First

Unsalvageable and inadvertently silly, Murder in the First purports to be “inspired by a true story,” which is apparently industry slang these days for “the...

Film Review, Jan. 20, 1995


Ty Cobb was the greatest baseball player ever. Let's get that over with. Ron Shelton's film tries mighty hard to be the final word on...

Film Review, Jan. 13, 1995

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