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Marc Savlov

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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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Heaven's Prisoners

I like Alec Baldwin. Really I do. So, it hurts me every time he appears in messy, scattershot films like this one. I'm thinking about...

Film Review, May. 24, 1996

Twister

A daredevil storm chaser gets the tornado he's always longed to see.

Film Review, May. 10, 1996

Stalingrad

Set in the waning months of 1942, Stalingrad follows with nightmarish accuracy the German Sixth Army's disastrous attempt to take the Russian port city of...

Film Review, May. 9, 1996

Barb Wire

It's 2017, and the United States is deep into its second civil war. The treacherous, fascistic Congressional Directorate (the militias were right!) is winning its...

Film Review, May. 3, 1996

The Craft

Teen witches made high school a dark and brooding place long before vampires took over as the kings of teen cool.

Film Review, May. 2, 1996

Mulholland Falls

From the New Zealand director of the powerful Once Were Warriors comes this Nineties noir take on the brutal world of 1950s-era Los Angeles. Nolte...

Film Review, Apr. 26, 1996

I Can't Sleep

I Can't Sleep is an eerie, edgy slice of contemporary French life, seen as though through a cracked window. A protegé of both Wim Wenders...

Film Review, Apr. 26, 1996

Institute Benjamenta

The first full-length film from the twin masters of the sublime and bizarre is also their first to utilize, to any great degree, human actors....

Film Review, Apr. 19, 1996

The Young Poisoner's Handbook

Loosely based on the real-life misadventures of Great Britain's notorious Graham Young, Benjamin Ross' feature debut is a clever, wry, and thoroughly creepy take on...

Film Review, Apr. 19, 1996

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

Canadian comedy troupe hits the big screen with this movie about the humorous side effects of a new drug.

Film Review, Apr. 12, 1996

Sgt. Bilko

Austin Chronicle film editor Marge Baumgarten commented the other day that Phil Silvers' Sgt. Bilko was her first introduction to the fact that not all...

Film Review, Apr. 5, 1996

Diabolique

Yet another mediocre remake of a brilliant French film. The original, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot in 1955, is a taut nail-biter that takes its cues...

Film Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Girl 6

A beautiful mess. Lee's take on the phone-sex industry opens with a shot of Girl 6 (Randle), an aspiring actress, as she reads a monologue...

Film Review, Mar. 29, 1996

The Element of Crime

The Element of Crime, von Trier's first feature-length film (originally released in 1984), is proof-positive that the Danish director has been at the same game...

Film Review, Mar. 29, 1996

Fargo

The Coen brothers return to their Blood Simple roots with this bizarre, dialect-strewn tale of a kidnapping gone very wrong that's filled with the their trademark graveyard wit and unique camera angles.

Film Review, Mar. 22, 1996

Hellraiser: Bloodline

This fourth and, presumably, final entry into the ever-deteriorating Hellraiser series is by far the worst of the lot: a jumbled, unsatisfying, and ultimately boring...

Film Review, Mar. 13, 1996

If Lucy Fell

Reality Bites redux. Well, not really, but it is hard to not draw comparisons when all the big laughs come every time Ben Stiller's onscreen....

Film Review, Mar. 8, 1996

Down Periscope

The Wackiest Ship in the Army meets Operation Petticoat at McHale's house. For canasta. Major League director (and, believe it or not, the man who...

Film Review, Mar. 8, 1996

Heavy Metal

With music by Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Devo, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, and Stevie Nicks, this animated anthology is a heady mix of sci-fi, sex, and early Eighties hard rock.

Film Review, Mar. 7, 1996

Mary Reilly

A gothic little slip of a film, beautiful to behold but with less substance than the shadowy tendrils of fog that blanket nearly every scene....

Film Review, Mar. 1, 1996

Unforgettable

Hideaway meets Quincy at Sid's house. Unforgettable is a disappointing fourth outing for director Dahl, whose previous efforts include the brilliant Red Rock West and...

Film Review, Feb. 23, 1996

City Hall

Hardly the nail-biting suspense thriller the ad campaign has played it up to be, City Hall is instead a thoughtful meditation on the workings of...

Film Review, Feb. 16, 1996

The Kingdom

Originally created for Danish television, this four-and-a-half hour epic from von Trier (Zentropa) is a sumptuous feast of the sublime and the bizarre, both darkly...

Film Review, Jan. 19, 1996

From Dusk Till Dawn

Vampires, whiskey, sex, and Hayek's famous snake dancing color this film.

Film Review, Jan. 18, 1996

Four Rooms

What must have seemed like a positively brilliant idea at the time -- a quartet of short films by four of American cinema's most promising...

Film Review, Jan. 5, 1996

Twelve Monkeys

Gilliam cloaks a startlingly effective rumination on the nature of sanity and madness in the shroud of a sci-fi thriller.

Film Review, Jan. 4, 1996

White Man's Burden

From the Lawrence Bender production company A Band Apart (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Fresh)comes this seemingly ingenious film that tackles race relations head on, and...

Film Review, Dec. 8, 1995

The Silence of Neto

Guatemala's first real film produced by the country's fledgling movie industry is an odd blend of the fantastic and the all-too-real that, although critically praised...

Film Review, Nov. 10, 1995

Black Bomber

Set in a futuristic Belgrade of 1999, this action/adventure/comedy takes its name from the title character (Bjelogrlic), a hip urban deejay who, along with his...

Film Review, Nov. 3, 1995

Powder

Halfway through this visually arresting, controversy-embroiled film, I found myself thinking that perhaps this might have been similar to what might have resulted if Rod...

Film Review, Nov. 3, 1995

Blue in the Face

Shot in under a week and utilizing much of the cast from his previous film Smoke, this slapdash ensemble piece is a sort of quasi-sequel...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 1995

Vampire in Brooklyn

Horror comedies are a schizophrenic lot: More often then not, they go overboard in one direction while falling flat in the other. John Landis' American...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 1995

Never Talk to Strangers

Never Talk to Strangers is a Brian DePalma film without the benefit of Brian DePalma. Coming from the ridiculously talented founder of the Royal Shakespeare...

Film Review, Oct. 27, 1995

Jade

Sometimes I dream of being screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, writing brilliantly mediocre, pointless, go-nowhere scripts that command $4 million-plus points and duping the movie-going public into...

Film Review, Oct. 20, 1995

City Unplugged

A co-produced Finnish/Estonian/American heist film, City Unplugged may owe a passing tip of the hat to previous caper films like Joseph Sargent's The Taking of...

Film Review, Oct. 13, 1995

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

The less said about this sixth entry in the Halloween series, the better. I'll cheerfully admit to being an insatiable genre fan, but this is...

Film Review, Oct. 6, 1995

Nadja

From the director of the bizarre cult hit Twister comes this genuinely affecting comedy-horror film that updates the Dracula lineage to present-day New York City....

Film Review, Sep. 29, 1995

Seven

A serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi is hunted by two New York City detectives in this hellish take on Nineties film noir.

Film Review, Sep. 28, 1995

Hackers

Horny teenagers in goofy clothes avert eco-disaster and triumph over the government.

Film Review, Sep. 21, 1995

Clockers

From the novel by Richard Price (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Spike Lee) comes Lee's first real look at urban drug dealing and the...

Film Review, Sep. 15, 1995

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