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X-Men: Days of Future Past
Diverting but rarely riveting, this latest offering from the Marvel Universe kicks the can down the road some more.
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Film Review  May 23, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Director Bryan Singer, reclaiming the film franchise he launched in 2000, means to establish from the first reel that Days of Future Past is not messing around. Via voiceover, Professor X (Stewart) explains the catastrophic present, in which killing machines called Sentinels have wiped out most of the world’s mutant population and many of their human defenders, too..."

The Core
How much you enjoy The Core is going to be based on how much you enjoy reading either Popular Science or Weird Tales. Amiel’s film fuses the two magazines’ demographics...
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Film Review  March 28, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...government at the ready, Brazleton, who’s luckily spent the last two decades decamped in the California desert designing a burrowing machine just in case somebody might need to go to the center of the Earth in a hurry, finesses his craft into being, and the group heads way, way south to jump-start the planet via nuclear weapons. In one of the film’s more willfully goofball moments (and there are many), the federal government brings in a teenage hacker (Qualls of The New Guy) to "hack the planet" and make sure that nobody in the world knows the severity of what’s happening..."

World Cup Cocktails
A drink for each of the 32 teams in the tournament
DAILY Food  June 8, 2018, by R.T. Frank
"...We toast our victories, and commiserate our defeats … like the U.S. not making the World Cup..."

Best Music of 2013 (So Far)
Geezerville rounds up the class of 2013
DAILY Music  July 10, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...17) Terry Allen, “Hold on to the House,” Bottom of the World..."

Experience the C.H.A.R.M.?
Marketing the "live music capital of the world"
Music Story  September 6, 1996, by Andy Langer
"...On the city's letterhead and bumper stickers, Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World." But what if we were merely charming instead? When word leaked out this past March that city planners were considering changing Austin's official slogan to "Experience the C.H.A.R.M. [Culture, Heritage, Arts, Recreation, and Music] of Austin," local clubowners, musicians, and industry leaders sat up and took notice..."

Framing the Border
Photography of the Region Between Mexico and the U.S.
Arts Story  May 1, 1998, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...Certainly these photographs are an ideological choice of Byron's. First, the choice to do the photographs in this part of the world is itself a statement..."

Girl on the Bridge
Girl on the Bridge is a film about luck and love and hurling weighted, razor-sharp knives at sexy, waifish women with big round eyes. It's so French it doesn't even...
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Film Review  October 13, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Before we're 15 minutes into the film, she's eyed half a dozen prospective partners. Like the world-weary Gabor, her psychic baggage requires a special Pullman car to carry it; unlike him, she's still, ostensibly, a child..."

The San Marcos Music Scene Runs Deep
ACL Fest hip-hop headliners Brockhampton might just be the tip of the iceberg from our neighbors south on I-35
Music Story  August 2, 2018, by Jeremy Steinberger
"..."Austin is the live music capital of the world, but San Marcos is starting to be its younger cousin," says Clark, adding that Texas State's population now exceeds that of UNT. "A lot of that is coming from our program."..."

Figure in the Frame
The exhibit Arnold Newman: Masterclass gives us all a lesson in the power of the photographic portrait
Arts Story  March 15, 2013, by Katherine Catmull
"...Flukinger notes that Newman also "did his homework" on subjects. Thus, on the one hand, the avant-garde 12-tone composer Pierre Boulez is framed by sharp lines and angles; while on the other, trees are reflected in the sliding glass door of Ansel Adams' home, and in Adams' eyeglasses, so that he merges with the natural world..."

Series 7: The Contenders
Forgive me for stating the obvious: American culture is in the grip of reality TV. Furthermore, every armchair sociologist in the land has an opinion, entertainment forecast, or theory as...
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Film Review  May 11, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In fact, it is a rather cynical expression of our culture's willingness to submit to the every beck and call of this kind of programming. In its opening seconds, Series 7 drops us into the episodic world of The Contenders, the movie's fictive reality TV program, which is now in its seventh season -- or Series 7..."

Price of Glory
Less talk, more fisticuffs, por favor. The sweet science falls prey to yet another boxing debacle, this one on the screen as opposed to in the ring. For Avila's debut...
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Film Review  March 31, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Older Sonny (Seda) has the talent, as does middle kid Jimmy (Collins), but it's the smallish Johnny (Hernandez) who sticks by his father's fightin' side through thick and thin. As the years fly by, Arturo attempts to groom his boys for the world of professional prize fighting and encounters all manner of problems, from Sonny's decision to get married and perhaps settle down to Jimmy's rebellious attitude and drug use..."

Remember the Titans
While the rest of the world has its collective eyeballs on the big games down under, Disney has seen fit to offer viewers stateside some sporting rah-rahs of their own...
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Film Review  September 29, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Kate Bosworth, Craig Kirkwood, Kip Pardue, Hayden Panettiere, Nicole Ari Parker, Ethan Suplee, Ryan Hurst, Wood Harris, Donald Faison, Will Patton and Denzel Washington. While the rest of the world has its collective eyeballs on the big games down under, Disney has seen fit to offer viewers stateside some sporting rah-rahs of their own in the form of this woefully simplistic football-as-metaphor-for-racial-unity flick..."

The Last Picture Show
Untimely Death of the Texas Union Film Program
News Story  January 23, 1998, by Walter Cole
"..."We have a history in the United States of not understanding the rest of the planet," says Chair of the Department of Radio-TV-Film John Downing. "It is imperative for students on this campus to understand the rest of the world..."

SXSW Film Review: The Ceremony
A lush, articulate lens on dominatrix Catherine Robbe-Grillet
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2015, by Andy Campbell
"...The Ceremony is a jewel-box of a film – lush and articulate in its evocation of the world and relationships of French author and dominatrix Catherine Robbe-Grillet. It purrs and thrums...."

Cinema Club Deconstructs 'The Royal Tenenbaums'
Matt Zoller Seitz hosts at the Alamo Ritz
DAILY Screens  November 6, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Unpacking a Wes Anderson movie is like digging through the world's most twee luggage set...."

The Houston Astros and 'Resurrection'
Bullock screens story of J.R. Richard
DAILY Screens  June 12, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Richard Story, a 2005 film by director Greg Carter that's screening as part of the Made in Texas Film Series at the Bullock Museum in partnership with the Austin Film Festival. Check out his wild journey from the top to rock-bottom and back again, and join the rest of the world in wondering if the 2013 Astros can make as impressive a comeback...."

What's New on the Social Web
Keeping up in the world of Tumblr and Reddit and Facebook and more
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...This is the world that the social Web is building in 2013: Rather than conferring legitimacy onto sites like Tumblr and Reddit, powerful entities – from AMA participant Bill Gates to the Tumblr-using Obama campaign – are turning to those outlets, on their own terms, in order to be legitimized. Who's the Boss?..."

Waterloo Records Recycles the 'Chronicle'
The Chronicle, not able to pull it together offensively, loses to Waterloo in the end, 12-8
DAILY Sports  July 25, 2008, by Kristine Tofte
"...OTR Austin Powell ended the inning with a great catch for the third out. We are all so glad he is back from the dreadful world of all things unsoftball, and back with a vengeance...."

The Lone Ranger
The legend of Jerry Lynn Williams
Music Story  January 27, 2006, by Bill Bentley
"...Watching him play, it was obvious he was off in his own world, one ruled by the absolute definition of soul, where one's inner life is expressed entirely by music. Naturally, it was the only advertised Jerry Williams show in Los Angeles for the rest of the Eighties..."

The Naked Gym Ape
Stuart Prestidge wades into the exotic jungle of the Corporate Gym and surveys its creatures.
Features Story  January 28, 2000, by Stuart Prestidge
"...Like so many people around the world, I have fallen for the tantalizing neon promises of the Corporate Gym. I was assured that health, happiness, and muscles the size of small countries could all be obtained in the fun, sweat-ridden, and over-packed environment to which I would have the privilege of belonging for only $18 a month...."

One in a Crowd: Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove
Kickstarter appeal of new film about Austin legend
DAILY Screens  July 25, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...This isn't just about getting the film out there around the world. This is about getting Sahm into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and that's why there's a petition accompanying the fundraiser..."

Doing Sports the Craig Way
Mike Butts profiles sports stats man and voice of the Texas Longhorns, broadcaster Craig Way, of KVET's Sports Day and Fox Sports Southwest's High School Extra Live.
Features Story  November 19, 1999, by Mike Butts
"...The small studio now contains six men. The on-air conversation, prompted by male callers, poses the burning questions of the day: How good are the New York Yankees, who have just won the World Series, and how bad is Texas A&M football coach R.C..."

Turns Out the Winners Do Write History: Late 'Chronicle' Comeback Stuns BookPeople, Clinches Series
DAILY Sports  August 13, 2007, by Shawn Badgley
"...Louis Cardinals and the release of the new Okkervil River album alongside word of the I'm Not There soundtrack. And while life would indeed go on for the Chroniclers as well as the world around them – please, God, let it – the People of Book were not nearly as fortunate: They were ritually beheaded according to the ancient Maya rules of competition adapted and agreed upon for this Unofficial Shadow League of Local Businesses showcase..."

Page Two: Frogs Were the Second Plague
The Time of the Toad, and a time to dance
Columns  March 30, 2017, by Louis Black
"...Terror is real and threatening, cursing the darkness necessary. There are so many cancers eating us from inside – immigrants, the media, teachers, Democrats, liberals, minorities – while outside much of the world is deadly and threatening, ready to tear us apart and drink our blood...."

The Ride
Not reviewed at press time. Produced by World Wide Pictures, the motion picture arm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, The Ride promises inspirational entertainment. When a legendary rodeo star...
Film Review  February 27, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Not reviewed at press time. Produced by World Wide Pictures, the motion picture arm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, The Ride promises inspirational entertainment..."

The Brothers Grimsby
Sacha Baron Cohen's spy comedy goes awry

Film Review  March 18, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...It’s only been four years since Sacha Baron Cohen’s last starring role in The Dictator, but it feels like ages. Baron Cohen’s subversive brand of immersive, in-your-face guerrilla comedy has found its tragicomic equal in – who’d’a thunk it? – the real world..."

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water
The lovable gang from the animated TV show leaves Bikini Bottom to come ashore.
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Film Review  February 13, 2015, by William Goss
"...In a computer-generated sea of carefully obscured traumas and tidy life lessons, one sentient sponge dares not to take animated matters so seriously. Arriving a full decade after its big-screen predecessor, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water returns to the hand-drawn depths of Bikini Bottom and maintains the anarchic charms of both that film and the Nickelodeon series that introduced the world to the wide-eyed, high-pitched likes of SpongeBob SquarePants...."

The Sense of an Ending
A man's past comes back to haunt him in the form of a letter
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Film Review  March 24, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...When a certified letter is delivered to septuagenarian Tony (Broadbent), something – Tony’s absentmindedness, life’s constant stream of distractions – keeps preventing Tony from opening it. We see the letter get stuffed into a jacket pocket and shoved to the bottom of a pile, building suspense while letting the viewer get to know Tony’s small world – a pregnant daughter (Dockery), an affectionately exasperated ex-wife (Walter) – before his equilibrium is rattled once he finally opens the letter...."

The Joseph Stack Manifesto
Reprint of pilot's suicide note
DAILY News  February 18, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken..."

Born on the Fourth of July
Explosions in the Sky are blowing up. (Sorry, we resisted the pun as long as we could.)
Music Story  October 24, 2003, by Michael Chamy
"...The string of coincidences surrounding the band, its artwork, and the destruction of the World Trade Center was surreal, and they came back to haunt them on the band's first European tour that December. James, the group's bassist, was detained at the Amsterdam airport, told he was a threat to security..."

Shaun the Sheep Movie
The latest from Aardman Animations is one baaaaaadass movie
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Film Review  August 7, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...Awwwww. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world?..."

The AggreGAYtor: October 30
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  October 30, 2014, by David Estlund
"...Texans show their true colors, Daryl talks back, and lesbian bars around the world disappear, as your AggreGAYtor casts aspersions on certain asparagus...."

Sipping From the Spigot, Vol. 2
The second Great Boxed-Wine Challenge, plus a very important lesson
Food Story  November 18, 2011, by Wes Marshall
"...Thanks also to the tasting panel judges for their time and expertise. As I looked around at the brain power, I felt a sense of pride in what has happened in Texas' wine world over the last decade..."

Valentino: The Last Emperor
The fashion designer Valentino is the subject of this intimate portrait.
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Film Review  April 24, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It is Giammetti’s command of the design house’s business operation which allows Valentino to create, unfettered by practical details. Valentino’s seamless world of haute couture does not mesh well with a world governed ever-increasingly by the bottom line..."

The Top 10 Censored Stories of 2000
The news stories that didn't make the mainstream press in 2000
News Story  April 20, 2001, by Karynn M. Fish, Tate Hausman, Don Hazen and Tamara Straus
"...So without further ado, the Top 10 Censored Stories of 2000 are ...1. World Bank and Multinational Companies Seek to Privatize Water Awards to: Jim Shultz, In These Times and This; Maude Barlow, International Forum on Globalization; Vandana Shiva, Canadian Dimension; Daniel Zoll and Pratap Chatterjee, San Francisco Bay Guardian The authors of this year's first-place award all started with the same premise: that global water consumption is doubling every 20 years and that by 2025 the demand for fresh water is expected to rise to 56% more than the amount currently available...."

The Entertainment Economy
As the Austin film, music, and gaming scenes become a "cluster," civic leaders are looking for industrial-strength creativity
News Story  March 14, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Where the Jobs Are The "creative class" and its work may constitute more than half the local economy, but the three big sectors of the local entertainment world are only a fraction of that, and not a very well-defined one. The music industry is responsible, according to economist Jon Hockenyos of economic consulting group Texas Perspectives, for 11,200 jobs in Austin and about $616 million in direct, indirect, and induced economic activity..."

The Marble Falls
The demise of one small town's one-screen theatre comes down to cold logic in a big business. James McWilliams reports.
Screens Story  August 1, 2003, by James McWilliams
"...That's multi as in "multiplex" or, more specifically, the Driftwood Theatre 8, which opened in Marble Falls last June. This harsh lesson in the Hobbesian ways of the world hasn't been lost on the locals..."

Going With the Flow
The LCRA Connection
News Story  September 4, 1998, by Mike Clark-Madison
"..."In the end, the vision and the reality are intact; that we can have an Austin-style natural creekway and still have the development we want and need," says Lorenz. "While we'll have to tolerate up to a 25-year flood event, it's not the end of the world and the sky is not falling." By "natural," Lorenz means not a nature trail per se, but a "soft edge" between people and creek, as opposed to the "choked-off concrete ditch" suggested by the Trias renderings...."

Crying in the Chapel
The Texas Hill Country features an unexpected wonder: The Most Holy Theotokos of New Sarov sheds tears of myrrh at Christ of the Hills Monastery in Blanco
Features Story  June 22, 2001, by Devin Greaney
"...A crying object can easily be faked, according to world-renowned skeptic James Randi of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Randi, who made his name as a professional magician, has for many years been in the business of debunking claims of the paranormal, psychics, faith healers, and religious miracles..."

The Year in Politics
The Top Ten Political Stories of 1997
News Story  January 9, 1998
"...Two days later, the board fired Augustine. Environmentalists and urban planners agree that a viable mass transit system through light rail would keep Austin one of the world's truly great cities and relieve our dangerously overcrowded highways..."

The AggreGAYtor: April 9
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  April 9, 2014, by David Estlund


SXSW Panel: Keep the Internet International, Not Internal
Combating nations' "race to the bottom" of the web
DAILY SXSW  March 10, 2018, by Tucker Whatley
"...In the halcyon days of the early internet, users envisioned a future in which information would freely cross borders, uniting nations and spreading ideas about human rights across the globe. But recent government interference on the web has made this ideal, open world seem increasingly out of reach...."

Nik Wallenda: Life on the Wire
In which we send an aerialist to talk to a stuntman. Whoa.
DAILY Arts  May 19, 2011, by Raven Hinojosa
"...AC: What does Giovanni (Zoppe of the Zoppe Family Circus and Nik’s uncle,) think of where you’re taking it? He’s doing interesting things, but his vision is different in the exact opposite direction. He’s recreating the old world feel..."

The Next Next
Jasper Fforde reveals the secrets behind the new Thursday Next adventure, narrative gymnastics, and the job of writing
Books Story  August 3, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...And we meet not only an older, more maternal Thursday but a grittier, more violent Thursday and a softer, more holistic Thursday. The latter pair are versions of the heroine as she appears in novels published in Thursday's world, which means that when the "real" Thursday leaps into Bookworld, where all literary characters live, she can meet her fictional selves..."

Ruling the Roost
Austin Preeminent Concert Promoter Ponders Retirement
Music Story  June 1, 2001, by Andy Langer
"..."My hippies couldn't work with Willie's hippies. Tim pulled off what I consider to be one of the world's greatest public relations miracles..."

Letters to the Editor: Classic Cuts
35 years of "keeping it weird"
Features Story  September 1, 2016, by Danielle White
"...Please consider this your final notification. If you wish to reconsider payment of your incurred debt, you may contact me on this machine under the slug "zontar." I'm afraid that at this point I can accept nothing but a cashier's check issued by the World Bank and forwarded to me at light speed no later than this evening...."

How Nice to Be Under the Sea
Kristin Hogan's plushy show drops you into an octopus' garden
DAILY Arts  May 27, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...“Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved sea creatures,” she says. “But my earliest memory is the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride at Disney World − especially where the Nautilus goes through where all the squid are..."

Alamo Drafthouse Gets OK to Screen The Interview
Remember when Kim Jong-un threatened to nuke Austin? He'll be mad now.
DAILY Screens  December 23, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ten days ago, there was a secret advance screening of a studio comedy in Austin. Then the world came to a screeching halt, and The Interview was shelved..."

King of King Cake
Tried the rest? Now try the best.
DAILY Food  February 12, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Bold, I know, but there's a lot to be said for making something with your own two hands. And in a world with dozens (if not hundreds) of options for store-bought baked goods, I'll always stand by the homemade version...."

Eight Wheels, Two Toe Stops: The Flat Track Top 10
Calling fouls and handing out points on the Roller Derby year
DAILY Sports  January 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...As the founding mothers of modern derby, the Texas Rollergirls, enter their tenth year, it's amazing and a little scary to think how much the world has changed. The expansion, both national and international, shows no sign of slowing..."

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