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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.

46 articles in 2013   •   page 1 of 2

Pledge Your Allegiance

Austin Film Society lets two iconic filmmakers square off in its new series

Screens Feature, Dec. 27, 2013

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Ron Burgundy is back – and the legend continues, at least in his own mind.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2013

Grudge Match

This boxing riff stars Stallone and De Niro, but it's hardly the stuff of Rocky vs. the Raging Bull.

Film Review, Dec. 19, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Superior in nearly all ways to its predecessor, this second film in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a welcome surprise.

Film Review, Dec. 12, 2013

Narco Cultura

This documentary about the Mexican drug wars and their relationship to populist narcocorrido music becomes a fascinating study of the cultural cycle of violence.

Film Review, Dec. 5, 2013

The Punk Singer

Kathleen Hanna, the ultra-charismatic co-founder of the third-wave feminist riot grrrl movement and full-on DIY icon is the subject of this documentary.

Film Review, Dec. 5, 2013

The Book Thief

This print bestseller about a girl's coming of age amid the horrors of Nazi Germany is swaddled in maudlin melodrama in this film adaptation.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2013


Spike Lee maintains the shuddery, visceral punch of the South Korean original, but something gets lost in translation.

Film Review, Nov. 27, 2013

Kill Your Darlings

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsburg in this sweet and sour story about the loves and collegiate years of some of the Beat writers.

Film Review, Nov. 22, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Cro-Mags

Reformed NYC hardcores resume the ‘Quarrel’

Music Daily, Nov. 11, 2013 10:30 AM

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Dessa

Darling Minneapolis MC owns early Sunday

Music Daily, Nov. 11, 2013 10:15 AM

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: M.I.A.

Sri Lankan MC, activist, and provocateur brings the banga

Music Daily, Nov. 10, 2013 11:19 AM

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: The Impossibles

Beatlemania nearly drowns out local ska-pop reunion

Music Daily, Nov. 9, 2013 8:53 AM

Man of Tai Chi

Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut sizzles with mandible-cracking action, political intrigue, and electrifying martial physicality.

Film Review, Nov. 1, 2013

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card's supposedly unfilmable militaristic sci-fi novel makes the leap to screen.

Film Review, Oct. 31, 2013

The Counselor

Cormac McCarthy pens his first screenplay, and Ridley Scott directs the tasty cast.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2013

Shepard & Dark

The turbulent but creative connection between theatre legend Sam Shepard and writer and collector Johnny Dark is explored in this documentary. The film also features the work of a couple of Austin film mavericks: editor Sandra Adair and musician Graham Reynolds.

Film Review, Oct. 25, 2013

In the Thicket of It

Prolific Texan author Joe R. Lansdale is back with a hellish and hilarious new novel

Books Feature, Oct. 24, 2013

The Summit

One of mountaineering's worst disasters remains a deadly mystery despite this documentary's attempt to learn more.

Film Review, Oct. 18, 2013

Escape From Tomorrow

Shot guerrilla-style at Disneyland and Disney World, this surreal drama about a man's mental disintegration at "the happiest place on Earth" lands a spitball in the Mouse's eye.

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2013

Machete Kills

Robert Rodriguez once again unleashes manic, over-the-top mayhem.

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2013

We Are What We Are

This effectively creepy horror story gives new meaning to the family film.

Film Review, Oct. 11, 2013

Bad Milo!

In this gross but smart comedy from Jacob Vaughan, a man's stress grows into a monster that explodes from his rectum.

Film Review, Oct. 4, 2013


Sandra Bullock is lost in space – alone with the beauty, terror, and the laws of gravity.

Film Review, Oct. 3, 2013

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Less a doc than a lyrical presentation of the cult actor and surprising song man.

Film Review, Sep. 27, 2013


Jake Gyllenhaal is a detective working a troubling case, and Hugh Jackman's wound-up father of the victim is just one of his problems.

Film Review, Sep. 27, 2013

Isolation, Death, Romance, Death, Repeat

'Love Eternal' is anything but a minor threat

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2013 10:48 PM

J'accuse! In Korean!

'Confession of Murder' is guilty … of being pretty kickass

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2013 4:43 PM

Burn, Witch, Burn

The Pope still loathes Ken Russell's 'The Devils,' and with good reason

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2013 2:25 PM

Devil Times Five-ish

'A Field in England' might remind you of a field in Bastrop

Screens Daily, Sep. 21, 2013 8:26 PM

Insidious: Chapter 2

All the same gang's back for this follow-up to the hit spooker.

Film Review, Sep. 20, 2013


In this third outing, the science-fiction antihero played by Vin Diesel is stranded on an inhospitable planet.

Film Review, Sep. 13, 2013

Spark: A Burning Man Story

This doc's not for burning.

Film Review, Sep. 13, 2013

Has Fantastic Fest Gone Too Hog-Wild?

Helicopter Hog Hunt has some fans worried

Screens Daily, Sep. 9, 2013 10:20 AM

Closed Circuit

Paranoia strikes deep in this Brit courtroom suspenser.

Film Review, Aug. 30, 2013


Ashton Kutcher plays Apple visionary Steve Jobs in this unrevealing biopic.

Film Review, Aug. 23, 2013

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

A hardscrabble, heartbreaking, love-and-death affair is gorgeously captured in David Lowery's Texas feature.

Film Review, Aug. 22, 2013

You're Next

What begins on a familiar slasher/home-invasion note quickly escalates into a hellishly suspenseful, take-zero-prisoners affair.

Film Review, Aug. 22, 2013

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are back for more bloody and profane to bust more supervillain heads.

Film Review, Aug. 16, 2013


In the year 2154, the rabble live on the garbage dump of Earth while the elite live in the perfect Elysium in the sky; Matt Damon is a mad Max who breaks on through.

Film Review, Aug. 9, 2013

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