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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 2 of 6

Margin Call

A high-powered cast drives this fictional depiction of what might have occurred in a top investment firm in the hours leading up to its collapse.

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2011

The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp stars in this adaptation of one of Hunter S. Thompson's earliest novels, which is set in Puerto Rico in 1960 and soaked in booze

Film Review, Oct. 28, 2011

Magic Carpet Ride

Johnny Depp brings his passion project to the Austin Film Festival

Screens Feature, Oct. 27, 2011

AFF: 'Strings'

Locally-lensed relationship drama ramps up the sense of brooding

Screens Daily, Oct. 25, 2011 7:36 AM

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

The original material was shot by a Swedish TV crew but just now assembled into this documentary that has both vision and perspective.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2011


Sam Shepard stars in this film which imagines what might have happened if Butch Cassidy had survived and lived on in Bolivia.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3

Turns out that the third time is the charm: This one delivers the jolts with subtlety and brio.

Film Review, Oct. 21, 2011

A Slice of Weird and Wonderful

Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson

Screens Feature, Oct. 20, 2011

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served With Edged Weaponry

'Some Guy Who Kills People'

Screens Feature, Oct. 20, 2011

Eye on the Underground

Avant-garde pioneer Jack Smith

Screens Feature, Oct. 20, 2011

Emily Hagins So Does Not Suck!

Emily Hagins secures distro deal with MPI Media

Screens Daily, Oct. 19, 2011 2:09 PM

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

The most famous restaurant in the world is profiled in this documentary.

Film Review, Oct. 14, 2011

Fireflies in the Garden

This long-delayed drama about family dysfunction stars Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Julia Roberts.

Film Review, Oct. 14, 2011

The Thing

Functioning as a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing, this film answers questions even though there's little mystery.

Film Review, Oct. 14, 2011

The Hedgehog

Eleven-year-old Paloma moves from girlish self-destruction to engagement with the world without ever leaving the confines of her French apartment building.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2011

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

This follow-up movie sucks ass … literally.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2011

Machine Gun Preacher

Gerard Butler and Michael Shannon star in this drama about a reformed bruiser and drug addict who now rescues children from the conflict in Sudan.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2011

Dream House

Despite an impressive cast and director, Dream House is a confounding mess.

Film Review, Oct. 7, 2011

Reviving 'The Dead'

Fantastic Fest 2010 zombie horror returns this weekend

Screens Daily, Oct. 6, 2011 11:40 PM

The Dead

The sun-drenched locales of Ghana and Burkina Faso provide the backdrops for this original zombie apocalypse.

Film Review, Oct. 6, 2011

Amazing Journey

Six from Britain's bad-boy directors

Screens Feature, Oct. 6, 2011

The Interrupters

The Hoop Dreams filmmaker, Steve James, has a new documentary about a group working to halt crime in Chicago.

Film Review, Sep. 30, 2011

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

This is the rare horror comedy that near-perfectly balances its blend of grue, guffaws, and gag reflexes.

Film Review, Sep. 30, 2011

FF2011: 'Haunters'

S. Korea's 'Haunters' reviewed

Screens Daily, Sep. 29, 2011 8:37 AM

FF2011: 'The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)'

'Human Centipede II' reviewed

Screens Daily, Sep. 25, 2011 12:05 PM

FF2011: 'Calibre 9' Director Jean-Christian Tassy Goes Ballistic

An interview with Jean-Christian of 'Calibre 9'

Screens Daily, Sep. 24, 2011 8:58 AM

FF2011: Elijah Wood Challenges Dominic Monaghan!

Elijah Wood may be in trouble here. Or not.

Screens Daily, Sep. 23, 2011 7:27 AM

Straw Dogs

Rod Lurie remakes Sam Peckinpah's 1971 bloodbath-classic about a home invasion and tapping into man's inner rage monster.

Film Review, Sep. 23, 2011

FF2011: Getting Fisted By 'Knuckle'

An interview with 'Knuckle' director Ian Palmer

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2011 12:52 PM

Rick Baker: Monster Maker

An American Werewolf in London

Screens Feature, Sep. 22, 2011

Teaching You the Fear


Screens Feature, Sep. 22, 2011

This Is Your Mind on Black Rainbows

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Screens Feature, Sep. 22, 2011


Danish actor Paprika Steen's turn as a fresh-from-rehab alcoholic is a tour de force performance.

Film Review, Sep. 16, 2011


This Iranian film about two girls who begin a secret relationship is as much a political statement as it is a love story.

Film Review, Sep. 16, 2011

The Last Circus

Two generations of circus clowns, set against the bloody backdrop of Franco's Spain.

Film Review, Sep. 16, 2011

Magic Trip

This doc about Ken Kesey's famed bus goes all over the place but never seems to end up anywhere all that revelatory.

Film Review, Sep. 16, 2011

Social Distortion

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

Music Feature, Sep. 15, 2011

Butthole Surfers Meet John Hawkes in Super-8

John Hawkes' B'Hole Surfers movie

Screens Daily, Sep. 11, 2011 7:23 PM


In this rousing film, a compassionate Buddhist philosophy underpins what might have been just another Hong Kong period piece about power-mad warlords and their blood-spattered brinkmanship.

Film Review, Sep. 9, 2011


Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast remind us to be very afraid.

Film Review, Sep. 9, 2011

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