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Holiday Viewing: The Spirit of Christmas
It’s becoming a modern Christmas tradition: The inundation of holiday romances. Almost 30 movies were made for the Hallmark and Lifetime channel’s 2017 seasons alone. The epidemic worsened to a point that Netflix recently call out the 53 (unnamed) individuals who had watched A Christmas Prince – their entry to the holiday canon – every day for 18 days.

12:01AM Tue. Dec. 12, James Renovitch Read More | Comment »

Parish Sells for $376,000
The Parish’s much ballyhooed eBay auction ended this afternoon, netting $376,445. The winning bidder has not been disclosed.

3:25PM Mon. Dec. 11, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Some Say the World Will End … in Ice
With last Thursday’s potential ice storm looming, the City Council meeting had a hurry-up vibe that produced some postponements and truncated testimony. But Council managed to take another step toward appointing a city manager, postponed a reckoning with Dripping Springs wastewater, and extended Austin Pets Alive’s leasehold on lakeside property.

8:00AM Mon. Dec. 11, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Holiday Viewing: Doctor Who at Christmas
Eggnog. Sparkling lights. Boxes and bows under the tree. All fine and sprightly, but nothing says Christmas like a time-traveling alien. Yes, if Santa Claus can get around the world in one night, then Dr. Who can have a Christmas special every year.

12:01AM Mon. Dec. 11, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Holiday Viewing: The Best Man Holiday
How do you like your Christmas movie? Raunchy comedy, or wracking-sob melodrama? With The Best Man Holiday, you don’t have to choose.

12:01AM Sun. Dec. 10, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

Other Worlds Austin Review: Defective
Cinematic dystopias are a challenge. Either the characters seem bulletproof, so this future is not that imperfect: Or they are all clearly doomed that their preordained fate reduces the dramatic tension. Surveillance state thriller Defective gives at least the chance that the players may survive, even if the cost is absolute compliance.

8:00PM Sat. Dec. 9, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Tens of millions of people love Pinot Grigio. It's well-known, accessible, and tends to find itself towards the top of wine lists arranged by price.

8:05AM Sat. Dec. 9, Wes Marshall Read More | Comment »

Holiday Viewing: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
"The Coca Cola fairtyale is a hoax." When young Finnish boy Pietari Kontio (Onni Tommila) makes this stern announcement in Rare Exports, he's not saying "There's no such thing as Santa Claus." He knows better than that.

12:01AM Sat. Dec. 9, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

A Two-Horse Race
As anticipated, Thursday’s City Council meeting unveiled the two surviving candidates for Austin’s next city manager: Spencer Cronk, current Minneapolis city coordinator, and Howard Lazarus, current Ann Arbor city administrator (and former director of the Austin Public Works Department).

5:00PM Fri. Dec. 8, Michael King Read More | Comment »

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