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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.

208 articles in 2011   •   page 1 of 6

The Darkest Hour

Five young people lead the advance against an alien attack in Moscow.

Film Review, Dec. 30, 2011

Scroobius Depp Kills People

Brithopper Scroobius Pip takes on Johnny Depp

Screens Daily, Dec. 27, 2011 6:47 PM

The Artist

It's a silent, black-and-white film for the 21st century, full of coy delights.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin

Steven Spielberg brings Hergé's comic books to animated life.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2011

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Rooney Mara completely nails the role of Lisbeth Salander, and director David Fincher is no slouch either in this perhaps unnecessary remake of the Swedish thriller.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2011

Tonight: The Dark Side of 'The Muppets'

'It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie' at Blue Starlite Drive-In

Screens Daily, Dec. 22, 2011 2:21 PM

Full-Gore Press

Mind the viscera: Austin's horror filmmaking scene is exploding

Screens Feature, Dec. 22, 2011

There Ain't No Sanity Clause: Nasty Videos for Your Inner Naughty Child

Counter-programming Christmas with bad cheer and body counts

Screens Daily, Dec. 19, 2011 2:25 PM

Film Fundraiser: 'Postmodern Undead' at The Mohawk

Dolls from the Crypt for Lindsey Alloway's vampire flick

Screens Daily, Dec. 16, 2011 10:09 AM

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Robert Downey Jr. inhabits the role of Sherlock Holmes to a near-molecular level in this rushing whoosh of a follow-up to 2009's blockbuster.

Film Review, Dec. 16, 2011

Inseparable – The Memoirs of an American and the Story of Chinese Punk Rock

Rock & roll books from Austin to Beijing

Music Feature, Dec. 15, 2011

Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation

David A. Ensminger

Music Feature, Dec. 15, 2011

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

This fourth entry in the Tom Cruise film franchise is the best of the bunch; it's wacky and keen to please.

Film Review, Dec. 15, 2011

Sex Addiction and the City

Steve McQueen on Shame's New York state of mind

Screens Feature, Dec. 15, 2011

This Porn Has Wheels

Rolling with the Bike Smut Film Fest

Screens Feature, Dec. 15, 2011

Oswalt, Reitman: Shut the F#!k Up Already!

Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman ape Alamo PSA

Screens Daily, Dec. 14, 2011 1:26 PM


Fight Club meets the Hatfields and McCoys in this documentary about the bare-knuckle bruisers of Ireland.

Film Review, Dec. 9, 2011

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

This mad, muzzle-flash burst of ultraviolence from Brazil earned the director a shot at helming Hollywood's RoboCop reboot.

Film Review, Dec. 9, 2011

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

We're tickled silly by this documentary.

Film Review, Dec. 2, 2011

Drafthouse Films Gets Cannonized

Drafthouse Films acquires Cannon Films documentary

Screens Daily, Dec. 1, 2011 11:15 AM

Arthur Christmas

The folks at Aardman Animation, who gave us Wallace & Gromit, seve up an instant – and funny – holiday classic.

Film Review, Nov. 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Eli Roth!

Trailer for his fictional (but not for long) film

Screens Daily, Nov. 24, 2011 1:24 PM

The Muppets

This Muppet reboot is an absolute delight and puts an end to the great Muppet diaspora.

Film Review, Nov. 23, 2011

The Art and the Arduousness

Daniel Kliewer's hypnotic moving paintings

Screens Feature, Nov. 23, 2011

Going Back for 'Seconds'

Cinema Club and Wiley Wiggins revive a Sixties thriller

Screens Feature, Nov. 23, 2011

Into the Abyss

In his latest documentary, Werner Herzog tackles the subject of the death penalty in Texas.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2011

Jack and Jill

Two Adam Sandlers for the price of one? And Al Pacino?! It's still not worth it.

Film Review, Nov. 18, 2011

The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodóvar, Spain's maestro of madness and desire, reunites with Antonio Banderas for this dark and frazzled tale of l'amour fou.

Film Review, Nov. 11, 2011

Danzig Legacy

Music Review, Nov. 10, 2011

The Damned

Music Review, Nov. 10, 2011

Beautiful Bitter

The heartachey animation of Don Hertzfeldt

Screens Feature, Nov. 10, 2011

Working the Kink Out

Smut City wants to cinematically sex up your November

Screens Feature, Nov. 10, 2011

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

The notorious life of Serge Gainsbourg is whimsically re-created onscreen.

Film Review, Nov. 4, 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene

A psychological thriller that's stripped of the usual Hollywood trappings, this film maintains a sense of oppressive threat throughout.

Film Review, Nov. 4, 2011

Saturday Interview

8:45pm, Black stage

Music Feature, Nov. 3, 2011

"When There's No More Room In Hell..."

Mondo Dawn of the Dead Halloween

Screens Daily, Oct. 31, 2011 9:23 AM

Bedside Manner: The October Country

By the pricking of our thumbs, some books wicked this way come

Books Daily, Oct. 31, 2011 8:15 AM

Bite Me

Graham Reynolds performs score for 'Nosferatu'

Screens Daily, Oct. 28, 2011 9:34 AM

All's Faire in Love

Christina Ricci stars in this strained romantic comedy set in the world of renaissance festivals.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2011


Normally a maker of big, explosive movies, Roland Emmerich directs this conspiracy-minded potboiler which questions the veracity of Shakespeare's authorship.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2011

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