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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.

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Marc Savlov's Top 10 List

Screens Feature, Dec. 31, 2014

Top 5 Soundtracks and Original Scores of 2014

Awesome Mix, No. 2: Tehran punk, Cave, and Carpenter

Screens Daily, Dec. 30, 2014 12:45 PM

Big Eyes

Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz play the Keane couple, the artists behind the craze of those ubiquitous portraits of wide-eyed waifs.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2014

The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg has one of his juiciest roles ever as a creative-writing professor by day and a compulsive gambler by night.

Film Review, Dec. 23, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Batten down the hatches! The plagues are here!

Film Review, Dec. 18, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The concluding chapter of Peter Jackson's Tolkien tales brings us full circle.

Film Review, Dec. 18, 2014

Uzumasa Limelight

The hero of this beguiling Japanese film is a kirare-yaku or “sliced actor” – a certain kind of Japanese actor/stuntman who always dies by sword in the shadows.

Film Review, Dec. 4, 2014

Bedtime Stories That Bite Back

Jennifer Kent discusses horror debut The Babadook

Screens Feature, Dec. 4, 2014

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

Touching documentary captures Campbell's final tour, which is made more poignant and brave because of the musician's worsening Alzheimer's.

Film Review, Nov. 20, 2014

Where Does It Hurt?

With The Inside Story, Scott Rice gets people talking about mental health

Screens Feature, Nov. 20, 2014


When Edward Snowden was in that hotel room in Hong Kong sharing his initial intel about NSA surveillance, Laura Poitras' was there with a camera to film his disclosures.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2014

Open Windows

Elijah Wood is the star of Nacho Vigalondo's nervy thriller about digital voyeurism.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2014

Why Don't You Play in Hell?

This Japanese mind-twister from Shion Sono screams with madness and mayhem.

Film Review, Nov. 6, 2014

Living and Dying on Asian Screens

Austin Asian American Film Festival is back

Screens Feature, Nov. 6, 2014

Islands in the Film Stream

Recent films from the Philippines unspool for the Austin Film Society's next Essential Cinema series

Screens Feature, Nov. 6, 2014


Hasbro's soothsaying board is the MacGuffin in this teen horror film.

Film Review, Oct. 30, 2014

Mess With the Genres, You'll Get the Horns

Alexandre Aja discusses his film adaptation of Joe Hill's novel

Screens Feature, Oct. 30, 2014

They Went to the Woods

Hide and Seek: The utopian rebellion will be improvised

Screens Feature, Oct. 30, 2014

Austin Film Festival: 61 Bullets

The Kingfish, the doctor, and the doubters

Screens Daily, Oct. 29, 2014 9:00 AM

Austin Film Festival: One Eyed Girl

Psychology and psychopathy from the land down under

Screens Daily, Oct. 28, 2014 9:00 AM

RIP Corey Mitchell

Housecore Horror Festival co-founder dies during load-out

Screens Daily, Oct. 27, 2014 8:10 PM

Austin Film Festival: Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West

Cats and dogs living together

Screens Daily, Oct. 27, 2014 10:30 AM

The Blue Room

Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this Hitchcockian story of l'amour four.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2014


This found-footage horror film shot in Austin finds a Bigfoot chased from its home by the Bastrop fires.

Film Review, Oct. 23, 2014

Brush With Danger

The obvious martial arts skills of the brother and sister filmmakers, Ken and Livi Zheng, don't compensate for this film's wooden drama.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2014


Brad Pitt commands a Sherman tank in the waning days of World War II, and teaches his men the simple algorithm of war: Kill or be killed.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2014

The Overnighters

The fracking boom in Williston, N.D., has created hard times in the land of plenty as shown in this devastating doc.

Film Review, Oct. 16, 2014


The doll from hell is back.

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2014

Dracula Untold

Prince Vlad fights off the Turks with with a little old-school vampirism.

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2014

Kill the Messenger

Jeremy Renner stars in this crusading-journalist story that recounts the downfall of real-life San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb.

Film Review, Oct. 9, 2014

Gone Girl

When a lady vanishes, David Fincher holds the moral compass.

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2014

20,000 Days on Earth

This documentary (for which Nick Cave receives a script credit), gets inside the artist's notoriously fussy creative process.

Film Review, Oct. 2, 2014

The Boxtrolls

The third time isn't the charm for this animated film from the studio that gave us the magical Coraline and ParaNorman.

Film Review, Sep. 25, 2014

The Guest

With their follow-up to You're Next, filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett prove the new kings of indie horror movies.

Film Review, Sep. 25, 2014

He Is the Walrus

Justin Long's take on Tusk

Screens Feature, Sep. 25, 2014

Fantastic Fest 2014: Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

Marvel? DC? Pshaw! 2000AD is the law

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2014 4:20 PM

Fantastic Fest 2014: I Am a Knife With Legs

This low-budget masterwork is a bizarre comedy manifesto

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2014 10:10 AM

Fantastic Fest 2014: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

Hollywood studios are the real monsters in this warts and all doc

Screens Daily, Sep. 22, 2014 9:50 AM

Fantastic Fest 2014: Whispers Behind the Wall

Let’s lynch the landlady

Screens Daily, Sep. 21, 2014 12:40 PM

Fantastic Fest 2014: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

From the bamboo grove to the moon

Screens Daily, Sep. 21, 2014 10:49 AM

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