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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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The Meg

This giant shark tale simply lacks bite

Film Review, Aug. 9, 2018

The Way of the Iron Dragon

Action film festival gets really hands-on

Screens Feature, Aug. 9, 2018

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Neil Gaiman's short story gets an inessential musical makeover.

Film Review, May. 31, 2018

Gary Kent Is One of the Last of the Dangerous Men

New documentary Love and Other Stunts catches the daredevil legend in action

Screens Feature, May. 31, 2018

First Reformed

Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke burn in the divine for this meditation on faith.

Film Review, May. 24, 2018

Chronicle Recommends: War Movies

Movie picks for Memorial Day

Screens Feature, May. 24, 2018

The House of Tomorrow

Punk coming-of-age tale is a little too sweet for its own good.

Film Review, May. 17, 2018

Lights, Camera, Camping!

Alamo heads to the great outdoors for Sleepaway Camp

Screens Daily, May. 11, 2018 1:00 PM


Bloody vengeance fit for the #MeToo era.

Film Review, May. 10, 2018

Super Troopers 2

Vermont's finest return, and this time they're Canadian.

Film Review, Apr. 26, 2018

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Cultural icon Grace Jones, caught raw and wondrous.

Film Review, Apr. 26, 2018

Lean on Pete

Equine tale is a lot deeper than the cheesy subject suggests.

Film Review, Apr. 19, 2018

Blumhouse's Truth or Dare

Truth or dare? We say pass on this demonic schlock.

Film Review, Apr. 12, 2018


Europe's great sentimentalist explores the mysteries of separation.

Film Review, Apr. 12, 2018


Noir murder mystery for the selfie generation.

Film Review, Apr. 5, 2018


Russia's middle class eviscerates itself.

Film Review, Mar. 29, 2018

Tomb Raider

Lara Croft is back again!

Film Review, Mar. 22, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising

Robots vs. monsters sequel is pure scrap.

Film Review, Mar. 22, 2018

SXSW Film Review: Rush Hour

The time we lose in traffic, on a global scale

SXSW Daily, Mar. 19, 2018 2:31 PM

SXSW Film Review: Lean on Pete

Growing up fast as a race horse in this gritty but moving drama

Screens Daily, Mar. 12, 2018 8:52 AM

SXSW Midnighters Go Into the Woods With The Ranger

Jenn Wexler pits punks against nature

Screens Feature, Mar. 8, 2018

Noel Gallagher’s Moody Wonderwall

Oasis bandleader began his week in Austin

Music Daily, Mar. 7, 2018 1:30 PM

The Road Movie

The ultimate POV rush with Russian dash-cam compilation

Film Review, Feb. 22, 2018

Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter's amiable bunny gets a CGI makeover.

Film Review, Feb. 15, 2018


Helen Mirren fights off ghosts with construction tools.

Film Review, Feb. 8, 2018

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation

Cartoon creations from Kobe to Goldilocks

Film Review, Feb. 8, 2018

Bomb City Retells the Tensions Behind the Killing of a Texas Punk

Brian Deneke’s life and death story comes to local screens

Screens Feature, Feb. 8, 2018

Mom and Dad

Nic Cage goes crazy/crazier in this kid-killing black comedy

Film Review, Jan. 25, 2018

Proud Mary

Taraji P. Henson picks up her guns but shoots blanks as an assassin with a conscience

Film Review, Jan. 18, 2018

Paddington 2

Everyone's favorite polite bear returns with marmalade sandwiches for all in a thrilling birthday present hunt

Film Review, Jan. 11, 2018

Insidious: The Last Key

Ghostly goings-on continue in franchise's fourth part

Film Review, Jan. 11, 2018

Marc Savlov’s Top 10 Films of 2017

Screens Feature, Dec. 28, 2017

All the Money in the World

Christopher Plummer mesmerizes as the greediest man alive

Film Review, Dec. 21, 2017

Just Getting Started

Grumpy old men on the golf course

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2017


A beloved children's book gets a mediocre screen adaptation

Film Review, Dec. 14, 2017

The Shape of Water

An unconventional love story from one of the best fabulists

Film Review, Dec. 7, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Film Fan

From up on the screen to under the tree

Screens Feature, Dec. 7, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Pop-Culture Collectors

Alternative gifts for the Game of Thrones and Stranger Things fan in your life

Screens Feature, Dec. 7, 2017

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington is a lawyer who goes rogue

Film Review, Nov. 30, 2017

Don Hertzfeldt and His “World of Tomorrow”

Austin animator screens his acclaimed shorts

Screens Daily, Nov. 27, 2017 9:00 PM

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