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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
A soldier returns home in Ang Lee's war movie
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Film Review  November 23, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Ang Lee. Starring: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Arturo Castro, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Makenzie Leigh and Kristen Stewart...."

Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham
A Depression-era biopic about the formative years of the influential Christian evangelist Billy Graham.
Film Review  October 10, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Robby Benson. Starring: Armie Hammer, Martin Landau, Lindsay Wagner, Kristoffer Polaha, Jennifer O'Neill and Josh Turner..."

Billy Shakes, Superstar
Arts Story  April 22, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...Think of the William Shakespeare you saw when you were first introduced to him. Probably it was the Will of the familiar Martin Droeshout engraving, from the first collection of the Bard's plays in 1623..."

Rebel Music
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Music Story  May 5, 1995
"...But Medeski, Martin & Wood, a New York-bred keyboards, drums, and bass trio, will have none of that. Consider their itinerary of Austin appearances: Last year, they played the Continental Club; this week, they appear tonight (Thursday 4) at Emo's and on Friday (5) at the White Rabbit..."

Kiss Me, Stupid
The smutty humor of this Billy Wilder farce got it in trouble with critics, the Catholic Legion of Decency, and other self-appointed American censors at the time of its Christmas...
Film Review  July 8, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Billy Wilder. Starring: Kim Novak, Dean Martin, Felicia Farr, Cliff Osmond and Ray Walston..."

Mr. Saturday Night
The character of Buddy Young, Jr. has been percolating through Billy Crystal's act for a number of years now. This fictional comic, a master of one-liners and insult humor, has...
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Film Review  September 25, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Every time you're about to write Buddy off as a obnoxious pig, he has some kind of touching moment that reminds you that “pigs” are people, too. Whereas someone like Martin Scorsese can give us a fascinating portrait of a hateful, self-defeating “almost was” in something like his monumental Raging Bull, what we have in Mr..."

Seven Psychopaths
A knockout cast of oddball actors seize the reins in Martin McDonagh's smart comedy about dumb people doing really awful things.
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Film Review  October 12, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Martin McDonagh. Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Pitt, Harry Dean Stanton, Kevin Corrigan and Long Nguyen...."

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Martin Lawrence revisits his FBI undercover alter-ego, Big Momma.

Film Review  February 25, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: John Whitesell. Starring: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T..."

Something Wilder
AFS Essential Cinema: Censors, Drop Your Scissors! Billy Wilder's Later Comedies
Screens Story  August 28, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...(Wilder's weakness as a filmmaker was that many of his films seemed just a tad too long.) With Kiss Me, Stupid, however, Wilder found popular sentiment – and the Catholic Church and Hollywood censors, too – turning against him. The comedy went too far in flouting its sexual indiscretions with its story of a couple of would-be songwriters in Climax, Nev., who try to sell one of their tunes to the popular entertainer Dino (played by Dean Martin, in a self-referential send-up of his image)..."

How To Eat Fried Worms
This kids movie, which was filmed in Austin, is not as wormy as it sounds.
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Film Review  August 25, 2006, by Toddy Burton
"...Directed by: Bob Dolman. Starring: Luke Benward, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Adam Hicks, Clint Howard, Ty Panitz, James Rebhorn, Thomas Cavanagh, Kimberly Williams and Andrea Martin..."

Taking Woodstock
The director of Brokeback Mountain looks for peace and love in another decade and finds it at the legendary festival through the story of one key participant.
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Film Review  August 28, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Ang Lee. Starring: Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Groff, Eugene Levy, Liev Schreiber, Emile Hirsch, Mamie Gummer, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dan Fogler, Paul Dano and Kelli Garner..."

Page Two: A Personal Journey, Part 1
Smelling the jasmine with Vince Martin and Fred Neil
Columns  May 18, 2007, by Louis Black
"...– Vince Martin, "Jasmine (If the Jasmine Don't Get You ... the Bay Breeze Will)"..."

Jazz Sides
Music Story  October 16, 1998
"...MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD..."

Reggie Jackson to Speak at the Dell
DAILY Sports  January 15, 2008, by Mark Fagan
"...Younger fans may know Jackson from ESPN's excellent The Bronx Is Burning miniseries which aired in 2007 and depicted the tumultuous relationship between Jackson and Yankees' manager Billy Martin. The miniseries was based on Jonathan Mahler's book Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning..."

Welcome to Hazleweird
Lee Hazlewood
DAILY Music  December 14, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...She weighs 142 pounds… on each side.” (“Save Your Vote for Clarence Mudd”) “Elf Dilly has a three-legged chicken by the name of Maxine.” (“I Might Break Even”) 1965’s Friday’s Child (“…is a little ugly”), which new reissue liners from Patti Smith power source and pop historian Lenny Kaye tag as a “more traditional singer-songwriter album,” incorporates Hazlewood’s NSVIP mockery into a Roger Miller template. Dean Martin quaff “Houston,” for instance, does for the Bay City was Marty Robbins’ “El Paso” did for Curt Kirkwood..."

ACL Music Fest Friday Picks
The blurbing of ACL 2009
Music Story  September 25, 2009
"...While Mishka's clearly a Marley disciple, 2008's Above the Bones is all Kaya and no Confrontation. – Thomas Fawcett Medeski, Martin & Wood..."

Tug Life
Ben Powell's Barge takes a trip along the Mississippi
DAILY SXSW  March 14, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...The soundtrack follows suit: The very present thrum of 6,000 horsepower underpins Austin sound designer Will Patterson’s fluid, rolling tone poems, further enhanced by the muscular cred of percussionist Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood) and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, with the occasional pickle bucket and Phillip Glassy signifier thrown in for good documentary measure...."

Medeski Martin & Wood
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Music Story  September 17, 2004, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...Medeski Martin & WoodEnd of the World Party (Just in Case) (Blue Note) There's a razor-thin line between a groove and a rut. And to be quite honest, for a while it was looking as if these pioneering jazz funk jammers had slipped irrevocably into a creative quagmire..."

Record Reviews
Music Review  May 8, 1998
"...Over 20 years of discipline, practice, and devotion to making music for the head and heart are enough; now he wants to forget all he's learned and play instinctually - find a backbeat, a groove, and let's be honest, an audience. So he called Medeski, Martin, and Wood..."

SXSW Record Reviews
Music Review  March 20, 1998
"...Oren Bloedow has made his name playing bass with downtown Manhattan jazz mavericks like Wayne Horvitz and the Lounge Lizards, but he's got pop aspirations, too; on The Luckiest Boy in the World, Bloedow straps on the six-string as he and his pals Martin, Medeski, and Wood light out for off-kilter singer-songwriter territories. "In the Clinch" starts things off in an oddly fragmentary manner: John Medeski begins with some stop-time piano, Billy Martin kicks in some martial drumming, Bloedow's voice leaps from the baritone range into a fragile falsetto like Jeff Buckley barely back from the dead, and then, just as he starts picking at his guitar, the song fades out..."

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