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Marc Savlov

TWITTER: @savlovauschron

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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Cold Pursuit

Liam Neeson is Mr. Plow ... with a vengeance

Film Review, Feb. 14, 2019

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary

Tales of love and hate dominate these Oscar hopefuls

Film Review, Feb. 7, 2019

They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson's extraordinary World War I documentary finds humanity in a hellish war

Film Review, Jan. 31, 2019

Zack Carlson Cracks the Vault on Terror Tuesdays at the Drafthouse

Wild and weird movie expert on the underground horror phenom

Screens Daily, Jan. 29, 2019 9:18 PM

Terror Tuesday Continues to Be the Alamo’s Bloody Beating Heart

Horror series send shivers up the aisles

Screens Feature, Jan. 24, 2019


M. Night Shyamalan's meta-comic trilogy crashes into Earth with a dull splat

Film Review, Jan. 17, 2019

Second Act

Lean In meets The Secret of My Success in workplace rom-com

Film Review, Jan. 3, 2019

Holmes & Watson

The Step Brothers bros get literary

Film Review, Dec. 27, 2018

Marc Savlov’s Top 10 Films of 2018

Screens Feature, Dec. 27, 2018


Transformers spin-off is (checks notes) wait ... good?

Film Review, Dec. 20, 2018

The True Story of the Somewhat Lost Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger star in this largely forgotten sequel

Screens Feature, Dec. 20, 2018

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

Behind the scenes as the Studio Ghibli mastermind returns to film

Film Review, Dec. 13, 2018


Delightful anime explores growing up from a kid's viewpoint

Film Review, Nov. 29, 2018

Boy Erased

Joel Edgerton goes to gay conversion therapy's heart of darkness

Film Review, Nov. 8, 2018


Battle rap comedy takes no prisoners

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2018

Viper Club

Susan Sarandon and the murky world of paying kidnappers

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2018

Austin Film Festival Review: Jules of Light and Dark

Defeat, desire, and dreams deep in the heart of Texas

Screens Daily, Oct. 28, 2018 2:41 PM

Johnny English Strikes Again

Time to revoke this agent's license

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2018

The Oath

Promise you'll see this hilarious and timely political satire

Film Review, Oct. 18, 2018

The Hate U Give

Astounding adaptation of YA novel critiques race in modern America

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2018

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Slappy returns in this perfectly timed sequel

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2018

Cult Film Hero Don Coscarelli Turns a Page

Phantasm director discusses his new memoir

Screens Daily, Oct. 2, 2018 10:29 AM

Night School

Kevin Hart goes back to school. Sadly, not comedy school.

Film Review, Sep. 27, 2018

Life Itself

Maudlin multigenerational drama thinks it's profound (spoiler: it's not)

Film Review, Sep. 20, 2018


Nicolas Cage is stunning in this hallucinogenic revenger

Film Review, Sep. 13, 2018

Operation Finale

Nazi hunting history may be accurate, but lacks tension or gravity

Film Review, Aug. 30, 2018


Innovative thriller keeps the tension on the small screen

Film Review, Aug. 30, 2018

Skate Kitchen

Hybrid narrative/doc gets to the heart of NYC skater life

Film Review, Aug. 16, 2018

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

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