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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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Take Me to the River

Memphis and Stax Records music artists from an earlier era mentor a younger generation in this ambient documentary.

Film Review, Sep. 25, 2014

My Old Lady

Israel Horovitz directs Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and Kristin Scott Thomas in this disappointing film adaptation of his play.

Film Review, Sep. 18, 2014

Venus in Fur

The play’s the thing in Roman Polanski's erotic screen version of the Tony Award-winner.

Film Review, Sep. 4, 2014

The Trip to Italy

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon continues their journeys as a couple of guys attached at the funny bone.

Film Review, Aug. 28, 2014

The Dog

Dog Day Afternoon is a film about a wildly true bank robbery; as conveyed by John Wojtowicz in this doc, the story gets even nuttier when told from the horse's mouth.

Film Review, Aug. 21, 2014

Septic Man

This Canadian horror film wades through a cesspool of human waste and challenges our gag reflexes.

Film Review, Aug. 14, 2014

And So It Goes

Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas are ill-served by director by Rob Reiner in this odd-couple romance.

Film Review, Jul. 24, 2014

Deliver Us From Evil

A police officer and a priest team battle supernatural forces in this horror thriller from the director of Sinister.

Film Review, Jul. 10, 2014


Austin filmmaker Kat Candler explores the sins of the father in this dark drama starring Aaron Paul.

Film Review, Jun. 26, 2014

Before You Know It

There's an aging LGBT community that is only getting bigger and older, and this documentary investigates that process – in ways both specific and universal.

Film Review, Jun. 19, 2014

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

This film is a loving valentine to an unsung hero of the entertainment industry who's had an astonishing career.

Film Review, Jun. 19, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

The sci-fi is a bit fuzzy – and the alien beasties are anything but – in this Tom Cruise action onslaught.

Film Review, Jun. 5, 2014

Palo Alto

Gia Coppola, the latest voice heard from in that ridiculously talented filmmaking family, makes an auspicious directing debut with this teen drama based on stories from a collection by James Franco.

Film Review, May. 29, 2014

Mom's Night Out

The moms take a girls' night out and leave the kids home with their hapless dads. Chaos reigns.

Film Review, May. 15, 2014

Mad for Tracy

Screens Feature, May. 15, 2014

Brick Mansions

In one of his last roles, Paul Walker stars in this American remake of Luc Besson's actioner District B13.

Film Review, May. 1, 2014

The Quiet Ones

The venerable Hammer Film studio gets into the found-footage horror genre.

Film Review, May. 1, 2014

Heaven Is for Real

Greg Kinnear plays a dad who believes his son's claim to have seen heaven.

Film Review, Apr. 24, 2014

Cuban Fury

Nick Frost is a schlubby guy who's gotta dance.

Film Review, Apr. 17, 2014

50 to 1

The Kentucky Derby-winning horse Mine That Bird sprints to glory in this equine biopic.

Film Review, Apr. 10, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted

This re-energized franchise has found its second wind: The Muppets' eighth movie proves that eight is not enough.

Film Review, Mar. 20, 2014

Need for Speed

Somewhat fast but seldom furious, this is an adrenaline junkie’s wet dream that stars Aaron Paul.

Film Review, Mar. 12, 2014

3 Days to Kill

Kevin Costner stars in this snappy but contrived mix of international espionage and paternal redemption.

Film Review, Feb. 27, 2014


The überviolent 1987 action film gets a pointless reboot.

Film Review, Feb. 13, 2014

The Lego Movie

Let's face it: We're putty in these things' hands.

Film Review, Feb. 6, 2014

The Invisible Woman

The woman who must remain invisible in this drama is Nelly Ternan, an actress who's not only the mistress of married Charles Dickens, but also 27 years his junior.

Film Review, Jan. 23, 2014

Steve Davis' Top 10

Screens Feature, Jan. 3, 2014

American Hustle

It's all about the hair, the performances, and the grift and graft in this unpredictable new offering from David O. Russell.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this story about how Walt Disney convinced the prickly author of Mary Poppins to sell her creation to Hollywood.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2013

Black Nativity

Kasi Lemmons’ adaptation of this Langston Hughes work is a muddled church-time reverie.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2013

12 Years a Slave

Brutal yet elegant, Steve McQueen's latest is a beautifully rendered punch to the gut about the most shameful chapter in American history.

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2013

I Am Divine

Harris Glenn Milstead, the actor better known as the 300-pound sex symbol named Divine who appeared in those early John Waters' movies, is remembered in this doc.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2013

Muscle Shoals

The Alabama town that birthed two music studios and inspired great recordings by Aretha, the Rolling Stones, and scores more is viewed in this laid-back documentary.

Film Review, Oct. 18, 2013

Blue Caprice

The acts of random violence in Blue Caprice tap into a collective fear of the unfathomable. Over a three-week period in October 2002, 10 people...

Film Review, Oct. 4, 2013

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

It's comestibles gone wild in this animated follow-up.

Film Review, Sep. 26, 2013

The Family

The family that slays together, stays together – even in witness protection.

Film Review, Sep. 20, 2013

Jayne Mansfield's Car

This Billy Bob Thornton vehicle hits the skids with its confessional monologues and confrontational encounters, even though Robert Duvall provides some redeeming moments.

Film Review, Sep. 13, 2013

I Declare War

A bunch of sixth-graders playing capture the flag in the park lays the groundwork for a disturbingly inventive film.

Film Review, Aug. 30, 2013


This techno-thriller starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman arrives inert.

Film Review, Aug. 23, 2013

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs invade Paris. (Must've heard Jerry Lewis is a god there.)

Film Review, Aug. 2, 2013

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