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Steve Davis

Steve Davis has written film reviews for The Austin Chronicle off and on since the early years of its publication. He holds a B.S. degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas, and a J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Edina and Patsy hit the big screen with mixed results

Film Review, Jul. 21, 2016

Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen and family go off the grid

Film Review, Jul. 21, 2016

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Doc doesn't quite capture the spirit of the brilliant iconoclast

Film Review, Jul. 14, 2016

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Zac Efron and Adam Devine are a bratty fraternity of two

Film Review, Jul. 7, 2016


Todd Solondz sets a pup in a world of humans who are all bark and more bite

Film Review, Jun. 30, 2016


A hairdresser finds his true self in a shabby Havana drag bar

Film Review, Jun. 16, 2016


An eye-popping, jaw-dropping doc about sext-happy ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner

Film Review, Jun. 2, 2016

Dark Horse

True horse saga beguiles with its simplicity and purity of heart

Film Review, May. 26, 2016

The Darkness

Supernatural horror film from the Blumhouse scare factory

Film Review, May. 19, 2016

The Meddler

A terrific vehicle for Susan Sarandon as a meddlesome mom

Film Review, May. 12, 2016

The Family Fang

Jason Bateman directs and co-stars in this dark comedy

Film Review, May. 5, 2016


A refreshingly silly, unabashed mix of humor, violence, and cuteness

Film Review, Apr. 28, 2016

Barbershop: The Next Cut

Cutting hair and cutting up

Film Review, Apr. 21, 2016

The Jungle Book

"Forget about your worries and your strife …"

Film Review, Apr. 14, 2016

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This unasked-for sequel goes down like an overdose of baklava

Film Review, Mar. 24, 2016

Hello, My Name Is Doris

Sally Field is spectacular in this gently lovesick and funny dramedy

Film Review, Mar. 16, 2016

Miracles From Heaven

This Christian-centric film wears its faith on its sleeve

Film Review, Mar. 16, 2016

Gods of Egypt

We already have a strong contender for the worst film of 2016

Film Review, Mar. 3, 2016

Triple 9

Grimy policier is an electrifying muddle with killer cast

Film Review, Feb. 25, 2016

Zoolander 2

Are Derek and Hansel still in fashion?

Film Review, Feb. 18, 2016

The Lady in the Van

Dame Maggie Smith is stunning in the role of the titular homeless lady

Film Review, Feb. 11, 2016

The 5th Wave

Chloë Grace Moretz battles Earth's fifth wave of alien attacks

Film Review, Jan. 28, 2016

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action

Form an opinion instead of guessing what will win this category

Film Review, Jan. 28, 2016

The Forest

Supernatural thriller is set in Japan's Aokigahara Forest

Film Review, Jan. 14, 2016

Steve Davis' Top 10 Films of 2015

Screens Feature, Dec. 31, 2015


Jennifer Lawrence rises above family dysfunction in this comic biopic

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2015

A Royal Night Out

Fictional romp about the Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth on V-E Day

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2015

The Letters

Mother Teresa biopic delivers no miracles

Film Review, Dec. 3, 2015


When looking homeward do we glance toward the past or the future?

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2015

Love the Coopers

A comedy gathering as dreary as your own family get-togethers

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2015

The Peanuts Movie

Happiness is a warm animated cartoon called The Peanuts Movie

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2015

Austin Film Festival: Memoria

Teens adrift in nihilism from the mind of James Franco

Screens Daily, Nov. 2, 2015 4:50 PM

Austin Film Festival: Coming Through the Rye

A Salinger-obsessed teen searches for his idol

Screens Daily, Nov. 1, 2015 12:40 PM

Austin Film Festival: Newcomer

A lean, mean thriller that delivers

Screens Daily, Oct. 31, 2015 12:45 PM

Jem and the Holograms

The Eighties animated series is resurrected as live action

Film Review, Oct. 29, 2015


The ever-popular YA novels spring to life with Jack Black

Film Review, Oct. 22, 2015

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks revisit the Cold War

Film Review, Oct. 15, 2015

The Final Girls

Smart homage to the cheesy campsite horror films of the Eighties

Film Review, Oct. 8, 2015

The Martian

Circumstances force Matt Damon to become a wily Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Film Review, Oct. 1, 2015

Mississippi Grind

Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds co-star as gambling buddies

Film Review, Oct. 1, 2015

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