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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.

223 articles in 2009   •   page 1 of 6

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin, Simon, and Theodore have good reason to squeak: Girl chipmunks enter the picture.

Film Review, Dec. 25, 2009

Sherlock Holmes

This movie reinvents the chilly, brainiac sleuth as a tortured genius and occasional backroom brawler, and Robert Downey Jr. almost makes the character work.

Film Review, Dec. 25, 2009

A Decade Under the Influence

The 'Chronicle' movie critics take a look back at what the Aughts wrought

Screens Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

Forgotten Films Find a Home

Tim League talks about the newly formed American Genre Film Archive

Screens Feature, Dec. 25, 2009


James Cameron's opus is thrilling, lovely, sad, and explosive in all the right ways.

Film Review, Dec. 18, 2009

The End of Poverty?

This documentary argues against economic globalization and corporate imperialism.

Film Review, Dec. 18, 2009

Three Guys, a Girl, and a Dog Named Friday

Austin film collective Jollyville Pictures on its ingredients for success

Screens Feature, Dec. 18, 2009

Feed an Artist, Nourish the World

Austin School of Film underground and avant-garde shorts

Screens Feature, Dec. 18, 2009

Can You Dig It?!

Mondo Tees Warriors merch, perfect for stocking stuffing

Screens Daily, Dec. 16, 2009 10:12 AM


An armored truck robbery of $42 million is an inside job in this action film starring Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, and Jean Reno.

Film Review, Dec. 11, 2009

Spike & Mike's New Generation Animation

For a change, instead of gross-out shorts, Spike & Mike have simply gathered the best and funniest animated shorts they could find.

Film Review, Dec. 11, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

Disney's 49th animated feature film is set in Jazz Age New Orleans and stars a black cast of characters.

Film Review, Dec. 11, 2009

The Big Seedy

Werner Herzog talks about his eccentric tour de farce, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Screens Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

Picture Book

To see or not to see

Music Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk From Dead Kennedys to Green Day

There's a whole Gilman Street between the DKs and Green Day

Music Review, Dec. 4, 2009

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

This long-awaited follow-up to Troy Duffy's violent, pulpy cult original is dead on arrival.

Film Review, Dec. 4, 2009

Head of the Class

Spike & Mike sets aside its sick and twisted ways (for now) with New Generation Animation

Screens Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Ninja Assassin

No amount of fighting sticks and throwing stars can elevate this silly tale or its Korean pop-lite star Rain.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2009

The Road

Cormac McCarthy's bleak, end-of-days novel survives the transition to the screen with remarkable veracity.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2009

Planet 51

In a switcheroo, animated aliens fear the human in their midst.

Film Review, Nov. 20, 2009


Lars von Trier lives to affront again. Chaos, indeed, reigns.

Film Review, Nov. 20, 2009

7 Seconds

Music Review, Nov. 13, 2009


Music Review, Nov. 13, 2009


Big. Dumb. Fun.

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2009

Flame & Citron

In this Danish film, two men track down and kill Nazi collaborators in the waning days of the German occupation.

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2009

The Box

Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly goes for full-fledged suspense in this studio thriller.

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2009

Community Building

Ed Radtke's Speed of Life opens the 2009 Austin Asian American Film Festival

Screens Feature, Nov. 13, 2009


Music Feature, Nov. 6, 2009

The Fourth Kind

This pseudo-mockumentary starring Milla Jovovich echoes both The Blair Witch Project and The X-Files.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2009

The Damned United

The Damned United is much more than a soccer movie; it's practically Shakespearean in its depiction of the tragedy of Brian Clough, manager of the Leeds United Football Club for only 44 days.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2009

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

Martial artist Tony Jaa directs himself in this follow-up film that still delivers the moves but lacks a coherent story.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2009

Bucking Categorization

Character actor Sam Rockwell slips into a new guise in the goofy comedy Gentlemen Broncos

Screens Feature, Nov. 6, 2009

The House of the Devil

This retro horror film is the freakiest and most unnerving shocker in theatres this season.

Film Review, Oct. 30, 2009

Saw VI

Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood. Promises, promises.

Film Review, Oct. 30, 2009

Earth Days

Directed with a flawless eye and judicious craft, this documentary is an informative and nonpolemic look at the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Film Review, Oct. 30, 2009


One boy's induction into horror

Screens Feature, Oct. 30, 2009

Austin Film Festival: 'Happy Ending'

AFF Film Review

Screens Daily, Oct. 25, 2009 4:46 PM

Austin Film Festival: 'Simmons On Vinyl'

AFF film review

Screens Daily, Oct. 23, 2009 4:23 PM

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Unlike Twilight, the other vampire series based on young adult novels, Cirque du Freak isn't afraid to laugh at itself or the conventions of the genre.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2009

The Stepfather

Watch out for those "family values" guys who sweep Mom off her feet and move into your house. They may not be who they seem.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2009

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