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Robert Faires



Robert Faires is Arts Editor for The Austin Chronicle, where he's been covering the local arts scene for more than 30 years. In 2011, American Theatre Magazine named him to a list of 12 of the nation's most influential theatre critics. He's also been active in local theatre since 1980, having worked on more than 75 theatrical productions across the city as an actor, director, and writer.

17 articles in 1993

Bad Behavior

The purebred will win your admiration, but it's usually the mutt who captures your heart. No one will mistake this scruffy, ambling comedy from British...

Film Review, Nov. 12, 1993

Fatal Instinct

Director Reiner (All of Me, Sibling Rivalry) takes -- ahem -- a stab at parodying those wacky ice-pick thrillers of the Nineties and barely breaks...

Film Review, Nov. 5, 1993

The Good Son

Like Stepfather, like Son. Well, sort of. In the latest chapter of his “Hey! There's a Psycho in the Family” series, director Ruben (The Stepfather,...

Film Review, Oct. 1, 1993

The Music of Chance

Chance abounds in this intriguing adaptation of Paul Auster's novel, and there's a chance you may like one half and not like the other. Filmmaker...

Film Review, Sep. 17, 1993

Boxing Helena

Writer/director Lynch -- yes, she's the daughter of Twin Peaks guru David Lynch and it shows -- has generated much notoriety for her debut feature's...

Film Review, Sep. 10, 1993

Son of the Pink Panther

Never one to let Peter Sellers rest in peace while he could extract another simoleon from the cash cow that is the “Pink Panther” series,...

Film Review, Sep. 3, 1993

American Heart

Under Seattle's sorrowful skies, an ex-con struggles to build a clean life with a 14-year-old son in tow. Their life is one of rent-by-the-week flophouses,...

Film Review, Aug. 13, 1993

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Brooks targets his jokes more toward images of masculinity than Sherwood Forest denizens.

Film Review, Aug. 6, 1993

House of Cards

Ways of speaking without words, waysof seeing beyond what we typically perceive. This is what writer-director Michael Lessac explores in this fable, the story of...

Film Review, Jul. 30, 1993

So I Married an Axe Murderer

Remember when Mike Myers was funny? This film features one of his best performances as a poet who reluctantly marries, then fears that his bride (a meat butcher) is a bluebeard.

Film Review, Jul. 30, 1993

Poetic Justice

Subtitled “A Street Romance,” writer-director Singleton's sophomore effort touches the heart more when it's on the street than when it's making romance. In setting up...

Film Review, Jul. 23, 1993

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

This monumental effort by filmmaker Bae Yong-Kyun -- four years in the making, with the Korean artist acting as producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and editor...

Film Review, Jul. 9, 1993

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

There's so much to life. So much uncertainty, so much we can't control. And everybody -- the punk teen, the elderly couple, the bag lady,...

Film Review, May. 21, 1993

Bound by Honor

“No Baptist sermon, eh?” So crack the young heroes of this saga of Chicano brotherhood whenever they feel they're being lectured. And as often as...

Film Review, May. 7, 1993

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

This animated Batman is from the same folks behind the TV cartoon series, and is a diverting take on the Caped Crusader.

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Mrs. Doubtfire

In order to spend more time with his kids, a divorced dad dons drag and plays nanny.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Branagh, as the film's director and star – captures Shakespeare's captivating comic romance at the peak of flavor.

Film Review

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