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Michael Agresta

Michael Agresta has written about tech, books, film, and TV for Slate, Atlantic, and Wall Street Journal nationally and for Texas Observer and Austin Monthly locally. He's been writing the Chronicle's "Help Desk" tech advice column since August 2014.

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Obamacare After the Mandate

Making the most of ACA enrollment for 2019

News Feature, Nov. 1, 2018

Charlene deGuzman Tackles Sex and Love Addiction in SXSW Film Unlovable

Love is sickness, not the cure in this anti-rom-com

Screens Feature, Mar. 8, 2018

Your Guide to the Most Intriguing Films of This Year’s Austin Asian American Film Festival

AAAFF looks cool AF

Screens Feature, Nov. 30, 2017

Obamacare Lives!

Navigating ACA open enrollment after the Trump-ocalypse

News Feature, Nov. 16, 2017

Person to Person

The New York ensemble subgenre gets some fresh air

Film Review, Aug. 10, 2017

The Transfiguration

A coming-of-age tale with a blood-sucking twist

Film Review, Apr. 27, 2017

SXSW Film Review: Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film

Local documentarian captures ephemeral beauty along the border

SXSW Daily, Mar. 11, 2017 11:40 PM

SXSW Film Review: Win It All

Joe Swanberg takes a shot at a feel-good movie about addiction

SXSW Daily, Mar. 11, 2017 11:30 PM

SXSW Film Review: Person to Person

Ensemble slice-of-life comedy searches for the soul of New York City

SXSW Daily, Mar. 11, 2017 10:45 AM

SXSW Film Review: The Transfiguration

Introspective vampire flick set in the projects thrills and troubles

SXSW Daily, Mar. 11, 2017 10:30 AM

SNL alum Noël Wells' Mr. Roosevelt

Indie comedy digs deep into Austin social mores

Screens Feature, Mar. 9, 2017

A Rape Survivor Story, Minus the Sensationalism

Stephanie Beatriz comes home to Texas with potent drama The Light of the Moon

Screens Feature, Mar. 9, 2017

Macon Blair Wins Sundance 2017

Grand Jury prize-winner tops the list of locals done good – and bad – at Park City

Screens Feature, Feb. 2, 2017

Highlights From the Austin Asian American Film Festival

Dark and stormy, with a side of stoner fun

Screens Feature, Nov. 3, 2016

SXSW Film Review: Operation Avalanche

Sixties Cold War caper is a tribute to Dr. Strangelove

Screens Daily, Mar. 15, 2016 7:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: Before the Sun Explodes

A weird and crazy night in West Hollywood

Screens Daily, Mar. 15, 2016 3:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: Keanu

Comedy duo screens work in progress

Screens Daily, Mar. 13, 2016 3:00 PM

SXSW Film Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Family-friendly comedy is quirky fun

Screens Daily, Mar. 12, 2016 5:30 PM

Our Emoji Habits

The future of online pictorial language

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2016

Kill the Trumpet Player

Don Cheadle does Miles Davis in freak-fusion biopic Miles Ahead

Screens Feature, Mar. 10, 2016

Cowboys and Indies

Texas Sundance roundup

Screens Feature, Feb. 4, 2016

Labors of Love (and Money)

Film production services melting pot Arts+Labor eyes a commercial expansion

Screens Feature, Oct. 22, 2015

Help Desk

A smartphone first-timer tries to keep her head above the deep waters of interconnectivity

Screens Column, Aug. 13, 2015

Help Desk

Is it phone addiction or just the modern way to consume information?

Screens Column, Jul. 30, 2015

Help Desk

Surviving Austin's rising cost of living with some help from the "sharing economy"

Screens Column, Jul. 9, 2015

Alfonso and Thomas and The Dying Girl

Former teenage Texas film buffs unite on homage-filled cancer comedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Screens Feature, Jun. 25, 2015

Help Desk

Need a few extra bucks? We look at the tech world's latest apps you can use to supplement your income.

Screens Column, Jun. 25, 2015

Help Desk

Tech-savvy ways to cut expenses

Screens Column, Jun. 11, 2015

Andrew Bujalski Pumps Up With Results

Microbudget auteur increases marketability with fitness fable

Screens Feature, May. 28, 2015

Help Desk

Is it possible to find friends on Tinder?

Screens Column, May. 21, 2015

Help Desk: Whistle-Blowing Without the Blowback

The ins and outs of leaking sensitive information

Screens Column, May. 7, 2015

Help Desk

Is asking your parents to unfriend an ex too much to ask?

Screens Column, Apr. 23, 2015

Help Desk

A drunken violation of digital privacy and how to minimize the damage

Screens Column, Mar. 26, 2015

SXSW Film Review: Dominguinhos

Brazilian music doc’s charm lies in its archival footage

SXSW Daily, Mar. 19, 2015 2:54 PM

SXSW Film Review: Funny Bunny

Indie about oddball trio treats trauma with furry tenderness

Screens Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 2:00 PM

VEEP Speaks

Guess which politico Julia Louis-Dreyfus calls “most sponge-worthy”

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 3:15 PM

SXSW Film Review: Son of the Congo

Can basketball star Serge Ibaka go home again?

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 8:38 AM

Help Desk

How to interact at SXSW Interactive

Screens Column, Mar. 12, 2015

The Showalter State

Mr. Irony tries sincerity with Hello, My Name Is Doris

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015

Help Desk

Should parents have to check their phones at all hours?

Screens Column, Mar. 5, 2015

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