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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba is spellbinding in this biopic that reveres the man but slights the movement.

Marjorie Baumgarten, 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.

Steve Davis, Review, Dec. 19, 2013

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

This story of a milquetoast with a wild imagination stars Ben Stiller and is as pretty as it is busy. Opens 12/25.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Dec. 19, 2013

Walking With Dinosaurs

This visually ambitious animated film looks promising until its corny plot gets going.

Louis Black, Review, Dec. 19, 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese's latest take on the American hoodlum is a relentlessly wild ride.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 19, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Superior in nearly all ways to its predecessor, this second film in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a welcome surprise.

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 12, 2013

Out of the Furnace

The writer/director of Crazy Heart returns with an all-star cast for his sophomore effort, which takes place amid the rusted-out lives of America's steel belt.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 12, 2013

Go for Sisters

John Sayles' new film, which stars Edward James Olmos and LisaGay Hamilton, is the indie film icon's best work in years.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Dec. 5, 2013

The Broken Circle Breakdown

A powerful romantic adventure drives the heart of this Belgian melodrama about family and bluegrass music.

Louis Black, Review, Dec. 5, 2013

Narco Cultura

This documentary about the Mexican drug wars and their relationship to populist narcocorrido music becomes a fascinating study of the cultural cycle of violence.

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 5, 2013

The Punk Singer

Kathleen Hanna, the ultra-charismatic co-founder of the third-wave feminist riot grrrl movement and full-on DIY icon is the subject of this documentary.

Marc Savlov, Review, Dec. 5, 2013


This animated film mines Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales for material, discards the most brutish bits, and applies a heavy Disney top gloss.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Nov. 27, 2013


This Jason Statham actioner is mostly predictable, but throws a few curveballs and ends up being surprisingly entertaining.

Louis Black, Review, Nov. 27, 2013


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

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 27, 2013


Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this drama about the search for a woman's son who was taken from her when he was a toddler.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 27, 2013


Woody is a man of few words who might not be all there, but Bruce Dern is all there and that's more than good enough for us.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Nov. 27, 2013

Black Nativity

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

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 27, 2013

The Book Thief

This print bestseller about a girl's coming of age amid the horrors of Nazi Germany is swaddled in maudlin melodrama in this film adaptation.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 27, 2013

The Christmas Candle

This inspirational film is as picturesque and beautiful as a holiday card but equally two-dimensional.

Louis Black, Review, Nov. 22, 2013

Delivery Man

Vince Vaughn stars in this remake of a sweet Canadian film about a prolific sperm donor whose contributions catch up with him 20 years later.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 22, 2013


The simplification and beatification of Diana, Princess of Wales, is perpetuated in this movie.

Louis Black, Review, Nov. 22, 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.

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 22, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Second verse, much the same as the first: The Games may have changed but Katniss Everdeen is still our favorite pawn.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Nov. 21, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey gives a searing performance in this true-life story set in the early years of the AIDS epidemic.

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 15, 2013

The Best Man Holiday

Fourteen years after the first film, this sequel finds our likable characters experiencing the pitfalls and promise of middle age.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Nov. 15, 2013

The Armstrong Lie

What's a filmmaker to do with all the footage shot during Lance Armstrong's inspirational bicycling comeback in 2009 but reshape it into a documentary about a sports hero who couldn't stop lying?

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 8, 2013

Thor: The Dark World

The Marvel cinematic universe opens its gates once again, and The Dark World does not disappoint.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Nov. 8, 2013

All Is Lost

In this near-wordless film, Robert Redford is compulsively watchable as a man trying to save himself from his sinking ship.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Nov. 7, 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.

Steve Davis, Review, Nov. 1, 2013

About Time

Love Actually maestro wants to make you cry with this romantic dramedy.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Nov. 1, 2013

Angels Sing

This sugarcoated Christmas tale is an Austin-born and -bred affair.

Amy Smith, Review, Nov. 1, 2013

Blue Is the Warmest Color

This three-hour-long French film has been much hyped for its graphic sexual content, but it's the less explicit stuff that makes it worth a watch.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Nov. 1, 2013

Last Vegas

Did the Social Security set finally get their The Hangover?

Marjorie Baumgarten, Review, Nov. 1, 2013

Man of Tai Chi

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

Marc Savlov, Review, Nov. 1, 2013

Ender's Game

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

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 31, 2013

Free Birds

Animated film about the Turkey Liberation Front and the first Thanksgiving is ideologically cute, but unremarkable.

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 31, 2013

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Johnny Knoxville unleashes jackassery on unsuspecting bystanders while dressed as 86-year-old Irving Zisman and accompanied by his equally brazen 8-year-old grandson.

Marjorie Baumgarten, 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.

Marc Savlov, Review, Oct. 25, 2013

I'm in Love With a Church Girl

The title says it all.

Kimberley Jones, Review, Oct. 25, 2013

The Fifth Estate

It's the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks before they became household names.

Louis Black, Review, Oct. 25, 2013

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