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Leah Churner

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Pilot Light

Previously doomed shows finally air at ATX TV Fest

Screens Feature, Jun. 6, 2013

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's

This doc about the storied department store stays relentlessly on-message.

Film Review, May. 24, 2013

At Any Price

This family drama puts a human face on corporate agribusiness.

Film Review, May. 17, 2013

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Twelve convicted felons

Screens Feature, May. 16, 2013

The Angels' Share

Scottish social-realist director Ken Loach is back with a new movie about young delinquents and a whisky-distillery heist.

Film Review, May. 3, 2013

No Place on Earth

A spelunker in the Ukraine turns amateur sleeuth as he tries to make sense of the remnants he finds in a cave: They were left by Jews who hid there from the Nazis.

Film Review, May. 3, 2013


This mawkish, preachy picture about technophobia has already dated itself.

Film Review, Apr. 26, 2013


Ron Morales’ hostage thriller is a fluorescent-lit tour of the city’s seedy underbelly.

Film Review, Apr. 25, 2013

Scary Movie 5

This parodic auto-mash-up of Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, The Evil Dead, and more is even worse than you think.

Film Review, Apr. 19, 2013

You Gotta Have the Mettle

Legendary Texas doc 'Hands on a Hard Body' keeps on truckin'

Screens Feature, Apr. 18, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

A melodrama, multigenerational epic, heist film, and motorcycle-fetish movie are all rolled into one in this Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper headliner.

Film Review, Apr. 11, 2013

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Bob Byington's filmed-in-Austin, indie comedy takes place over decades as a guy wanders through life with (scene-stealing) coaching from his best friend, played by Nick Offerman.

Film Review, Apr. 5, 2013


Quentin Dupieux, the director of Rubber, is back with another film brimming with encounters with the bizarre and surreal.

Film Review, Mar. 29, 2013

The Call

Halle Berry plays a 911 phone operator who takes a call in which everything's on the line.

Film Review, Mar. 22, 2013

Like Someone in Love

The latest film from Iranian filmmaking legend Abbas Kiarostami is set in Japan and looks at some characters playing out approximations of love.

Film Review, Mar. 15, 2013

West of Memphis

Eighteen years of wrongful imprisonment and four documentaries still don't put to rest the trials of the West Memphis Three.

Film Review, Mar. 15, 2013


Daily Reviews and Interviews

Screens Feature, Mar. 13, 2013

Greedy Lying Bastards

The greedy lying bastards are those responsible for destroying our planet's climate, and this documentary is naming names.

Film Review, Mar. 8, 2013

Traveling Road Show

Archivist Rick Prelinger debuts an interactive ode to America in moving pictures

Screens Feature, Mar. 7, 2013

John Dies at the End

Together, Bubba Ho-Tep director Don Coscarelli and editor David Wong created this horror-comedy jumble that's customed-tooled for the midnight hour.

Film Review, Feb. 22, 2013

Angst Is Their Co-Pilot

'Only the Young' charts the agony and ecstasy of a certain age

Screens Feature, Feb. 21, 2013

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action

Childhood, aging, and geographic diversity are common themes in these dramas from around the world.

Film Review, Feb. 8, 2013

Stand Up Guys

The film stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin as a trio of petty crooks who reunite postretirement to settle some old scores and rediscover the meaning of friendship.

Film Review, Feb. 1, 2013

Broken City

Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe mix it up in this mystery thriller directed by Allen Hughes.

Film Review, Jan. 18, 2013

Parental Guidance

The actors deserve credit for the professionalism they bring to this family comedy stinker.

Film Review, Dec. 28, 2012

In Our Nature

Writer/director Brian Savelson’s feature debut is a study in fine gradations of resentment in the great outdoors.

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2012

Bad Kids Go to Hell

This Texas-made high school comedy that's based on a comic book mixes elements of The Breakfast Club with Scoobie Doo with uneven results.

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2012

The Comedy

Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric renown) plays a rich, cynical hipster who uses New York City as his playground.

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2012

Rise of the Guardians

Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman team together like Cartoon All-Stars in this animated picture.

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2012

AFF2012: ‘See the Dirt’

Locals produce prize-winning short doc about a vintage vacuum fan

Screens Daily, Oct. 24, 2012 9:35 PM

AFF2012: A Conversation With Paul Feig

'Freaks and Geeks' creator looks back

Screens Daily, Oct. 22, 2012 11:40 AM

AFF2012: Case Study: 'It’s a Disaster'

Todd Berger says some - but not too much! – about his doomsday rom-com

Screens Daily, Oct. 21, 2012 5:25 PM

Seeing Is Believing

'The Rep' charts the slow death of cinema-going

Screens Feature, Oct. 18, 2012

So Much Specialness

David Byrne's cult classic 'True Stories' captured a lost Texas and a prescient picture of today

Screens Feature, Oct. 4, 2012

The Tangible Pleasures of Cinema

The Sprocket Society gets hands on with film

Screens Feature, Aug. 9, 2012

Pilot Program

The first-ever ATX Television Festival celebrates cult, classic, and cutting-edge TV

Screens Feature, May. 31, 2012

The Cable Guy: Paul Scheer

We get in 'League' with Paul Scheer

Screens Feature, May. 31, 2012

Not Coming to a Network Near You

Q&A with ATX panelist & 'NTSF:SD:SUV' star Paul Scheer

Screens Daily, May. 29, 2012 12:55 PM

Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin

A look at the unsung filmmaker, whose collaborators included Jerry Lewis, Jayne Mansfield, and Porky Pig

Screens Review, May. 24, 2012

Whit and Witticism

Nineties auteur Whit Stillman returns with 'Damsels in Distress'

Screens Feature, Apr. 26, 2012

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