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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.

205 articles in 2010   •   page 1 of 6

Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times

Modern, indeed

Screens Review, Dec. 31, 2010

The King's Speech

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter act up a royal storm in this movie about King George VI of Great Britain overcoming his speech impediment.

Film Review, Dec. 24, 2010

Horror for the Holidays

Dusk to dawn with Silent Night, Deadly Night

Screens Feature, Dec. 24, 2010

Your Totally Badass Sunday

Filmmaker Bob Ray returns to Austin after his 'Total Badass Tour'

Screens Daily, Dec. 19, 2010 2:19 PM

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The third coming of C.S. Lewis' Narnia fantasy/allegory series has arrived.

Film Review, Dec. 17, 2010

I Love You Phillip Morris

Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star in this tale of Texas con man Steven Russell, which walks an unsteady line between outright farce and redemptive gay love story.

Film Review, Dec. 17, 2010

Tron: Legacy

After touting this reboot for the past year, Disney has finally unleashed this immersive spectacle about man and machine.

Film Review, Dec. 17, 2010

There's a New Uncle in Town

Harry Knowles wants to reinvent Famous Monsters of Filmland for the digital generation

Screens Feature, Dec. 17, 2010

The Warrior's Way

An Asian assassin seeks refuge in a small town in the American Badlands where ninjas and cowboys duke it out.

Film Review, Dec. 10, 2010

Bumpy Ride

Is Carnival Magic the weirdest movie ever made for kids?

Screens Feature, Dec. 10, 2010

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Quite the opposite of treacly holiday fare, this European import features one very bad Santa.

Film Review, Dec. 9, 2010

A Film Unfinished

This fascinating documentary uses recently uncovered footage to piece together and decipher the ulterior meaning of a Nazi propaganda film recorded in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943.

Film Review, Dec. 3, 2010

Celebrate Texas Independents

A new touring program sends small films far and wide throughout the state

Screens Feature, Dec. 3, 2010

In Print

Remembering Uncle Forry and his 'Legendary Ackermansion'

Screens Feature, Dec. 3, 2010

Mondo del Toro!

Mondo T's debuts Director's Series with Guillermo del Toro

Screens Daily, Dec. 1, 2010 6:55 PM

Bedside Manner: Mogwai's Travel Reading

What Savlov's dog is napping on these days

Books Daily, Nov. 30, 2010 3:34 PM


Dwayne Johnson is an ex-con out to avenge his brother's death and Billy Bob Thornton is the junkie cop on his tail.

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2010

Target Markets

The season's DVD box sets hit the spot

Screens Feature, Nov. 26, 2010


Denzel Washington stops a runaway train loaded with toxic cargo.

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The third book of Stieg Larsson's addictive Swedish trilogy is now onscreen.

Film Review, Nov. 19, 2010

The Devil's in the Details

Andrew Bujalksi and Cinema Club screen an overlooked John Huston gem

Screens Feature, Nov. 19, 2010

127 Hours

An unrelenting tour de force thanks to Simon Beaufoy's clever script, Danny Boyle's inspired direction, and James Franco's amazing performance, 127 Hours is primarily an unforgettable examination of the human spirit under extreme duress.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2010

Cool It

Based on the book by Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg, this documentary approaches the problems caused by global warming without panic.

Film Review, Nov. 12, 2010

Bad Religion

Music Feature, Nov. 5, 2010

Saw 3D

This seventh film in the horror series promises to be the last.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2010

Fair Game

The performances of Sean Penn and Naomi Watts make this film rendition of the Valerie Plame affair a study in acting.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2010

Red Hill

Genuine passion for the Western genre is displayed in this Australian take on High Noon that stars True Blood's Ryan Kwanten.

Film Review, Nov. 5, 2010

God Save the Screen

Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly spent seven years hunting Mohawks for their mad, mammoth compendium, Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film

Screens Feature, Nov. 5, 2010

Go Big or Go Home

Drafthouse Films gets into the distribution game with Four Lions

Screens Feature, Nov. 5, 2010

Chris Morris Talks Terrorist Comedy

UK hit Four Lions touches down in Austin

Screens Daily, Nov. 4, 2010 4:23 AM

Happy Birthday to The Ritz

Austin's historic Sixth St. theater is 81 years young.

Screens Daily, Nov. 3, 2010 12:49 PM

Paranormal Activity 2

Although this follow-up is considerably spookier than the original, there are only so many gotcha moments that can transpire without feeling wholly contrived.

Film Review, Oct. 29, 2010

Space Invaders on a Shoestring Budget

Monsters is the best monster movie of the millennium (so far)

Screens Feature, Oct. 29, 2010


How classic horror movies made misfits out of these rockers

Screens Feature, Oct. 29, 2010

Apocalypse 'Monsters,' Redux

Director Gareth Edwards interview, part two

Screens Daily, Oct. 28, 2010 1:05 PM

AFF: 'Modern Imbecile's Planet World'

Austin Film Festival 'Planet World' preview.

Screens Daily, Oct. 23, 2010 9:11 AM

AFF: 'Re-Cut'

AFF preview of 'Re-Cut'

Screens Daily, Oct. 22, 2010 9:17 AM

Jackass 3D

Now with even more stupefying stunts and added dimensions.

Film Review, Oct. 22, 2010

That Fighting Spirit

'Raging Boll'

Screens Feature, Oct. 22, 2010

Quick-Change Artist

Edward Norton does another character about-face in the gritty drama Stone

Screens Feature, Oct. 22, 2010

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