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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.

132 articles in 2015   •   page 3 of 4

Monkey Kingdom

Disneynature doc profiles Sri Lanka's famed Temple Troop of toque macaques

Film Review, Apr. 23, 2015


Social media strikes back in this grisly teen horror

Film Review, Apr. 23, 2015

The Water Diviner

Russell Crowe stars in and directs this historical drama

Film Review, Apr. 23, 2015

An Honest Liar

Bio-doc about world-famous magician James "The Amazing" Randi

Film Review, Apr. 16, 2015

Filmmaking Sin Fronteras

In its 18th annual edition, Cine Las Americas presents an eclectic mix

Screens Feature, Apr. 16, 2015


The director of The Saratov Approach is back with another true Mormon epic

Film Review, Apr. 9, 2015

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

The “world’s first Iranian feminist vampire spaghetti western” is a spooky doozy

Film Review, Apr. 9, 2015

Don Hertzfeldt's Digital Divide

Awards-sweeping "World of Tomorrow" is Don Hertzfeldt's first digital film

Screens Feature, Apr. 9, 2015

Furious 7

Furiouser and furiouser

Film Review, Apr. 2, 2015

The Hunting Ground

Doc exposes rape culture on the university campus

Film Review, Apr. 2, 2015

Not Fade Away

The evolution of the Blue Starlite Urban Drive-in

Screens Feature, Apr. 2, 2015

Get Hard

Send this one directly to comedy jail

Film Review, Mar. 26, 2015

The Zellners' Beautiful Dreamer

The Zellner brothers mine urban legend in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Screens Feature, Mar. 26, 2015

SXSW Live Shot: Twista

The once and future fastest rapper

Music Daily, Mar. 22, 2015 1:25 PM

SXSW Live Shot: Victim Mentality

Korea Night II: The Revenge of Glam Metal

SXSW Daily, Mar. 21, 2015 11:57 AM

SXSW Live Shot: Mantar

Hamburg duo splinter intricate sludgecore

Music Daily, Mar. 20, 2015 12:20 PM

SXSW Film Review: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

The late Nirvana rocker up close and personal. Bring a hankie.

Screens Daily, Mar. 20, 2015 11:45 AM

SXSW Film Review: They Will Have to Kill Us First

Malian musicians face long odds with high hopes and dope beats

SXSW Daily, Mar. 19, 2015 3:40 PM

SXSW Live Shot: Carl Barat & the Jackals

One half of the Libertines rises from the ashes

Music Daily, Mar. 19, 2015 12:15 PM

SXSW Film Review: The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead

A “sensibly” chaotic love song to the original Britpunk pioneers

SXSW Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 9:07 PM

SXSW Live Shot: Dry the River

Non-show from dire East London gang

Music Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 11:25 AM

Red Army

Doc presents the Russian team members' views of their stunning defeat by the U.S. during the 1980 Olympics

Film Review, Mar. 18, 2015

A Conversation With Guillermo del Toro and Ryan Gosling

Screens Feature, Mar. 18, 2015

SXSW Interactive: Bruce Sterling Closing Talk

The Internet of Things is here, Makers blew it, and you should go to Turin

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 8:54 PM

SXSW Film Review: 7 Chinese Brothers

Schwartzman rules as a paragon of booze, Arrow, and love

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 10:25 AM

SXSW Film Review: Breaking a Monster

Kids today, with their million-dollar recording contracts...

SXSW Daily, Mar. 15, 2015 3:16 PM

SXSW Film: Ryan Gosling and Guillermo Del Toro Recap

A visionary talks with a first-time director you might have heard of

SXSW Daily, Mar. 14, 2015 10:50 PM

SXSW Film Review: Excess Flesh

Body image horrors mirror a horrifying and hallucinatory L.A.

SXSW Daily, Mar. 14, 2015 9:22 PM


A kinetic chase movie uses the Troubles of Northern Ireland as its setting

Film Review, Mar. 12, 2015

ISIS and Radical Twitter

Should we be worried about extremists' hacking skills?

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015

Bruce Sterling on Social Media Jihads

How good are terrorists' Twitter game?

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015

Uncle John

Hitchcockian suspense runs sidelong an office romance

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015

Nina Forever

When the three-way includes his dead ex

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Richard Gere joins in the fun at this revived hotel for seniors.

Film Review, Mar. 5, 2015

Sfanthor Lowers the Drawbridge

Castle in the air finally lands

Screens Feature, Mar. 5, 2015

Jad Abumrad Detours to the Paramount

Radiolab creator previews Austin audio walking tour

Arts Daily, Mar. 3, 2015 4:00 PM


This Oscar nominee for best Foreign Language film exudes existential Russian angst in cinematic form.

Film Review, Feb. 26, 2015

What We Do in the Shadows

Cleverly executed, this vampire spoof by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, is a lot of fun.

Film Review, Feb. 26, 2015

In for the Long Haul

Scott Frank speaks about how to sustain a career in screenwriting

Screens Feature, Feb. 26, 2015

McFarland, USA

Despite heavy sports-underdog cliches, this film with Kevin Costner as the coach of an all-Latino high school track team taps into a lot of modern realities.

Film Review, Feb. 19, 2015

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