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Girls Town
“This ain't no 90210,” quips Patti (Taylor), a high school senior in writer-director Jim McKay's provocative and edgy feature film debut Girls Town. And is she ever right. Far from...
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Film Review  September 13, 1996, by Alison Macor
"...Directed by: Jim McKay. Starring: Lili Taylor, Bruklin Harris, Anna Grace, Aunjanue Ellis, Ramya Pratt, Asia Minor and John Ventimiglia..."

Golden Door
Despite the hardships depicted, Golden Door is a sweet film that plays witness to the immigrant birth pangs of modern America.
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Film Review  June 22, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Director Crialese, who helmed the fine, sun-drenched Respiro awhile back, here forgoes the light in favor of rolling fog banks, endless expanses of chilly Atlantic chop, and the unpalatable realities of turn-of-the-century immigration – in this case that of the Mancuso family, who trade their burros and one ramshackle goat in return for passage to America, where money grows on trees and rivers of milk flow throughout the land. (Crialese has fun with his immigrant family's outsized expectations: Characters are seen swimming, literally, in a milky sea, and silver dollars fall from the trees onto one daydreaming fellow.) Led by their determined patriarch Salvatore (Amato), the family – including sons Pietro (Pucillo), a deaf-mute, and his more strapping sibling, Angelo (Casisa); feisty, nihilistic grandmother Fortunata (the excellent Quattrocchi); and a pair of village girls (who add awfully little to the storyline) – the Mancuso clan leaves its unspecified village of origin in Italy to make the hellish Atlantic crossing before ending up at Ellis Island where, illiterate, bewildered, and unable to speak a word of English, they're poked, prodded, and left standing somewhere between an uncertain future and possible deportation..."

The Wedding Date
Inexplicable Fantasy Romances for the Harried Modern Gal 101 is a more fitting title for this shameless mediocrity.
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Film Review  February 4, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Inexplicable Fantasy Romances for the Harried Modern Gal 101 is a more fitting title for this shameless mediocrity, although you'd likely lose no points for comparing it to kissing cousin Pretty Woman, which operated in the same fantastical universe where prostitutes and gigolos arrive without medical documentation but baring blazingly white choppers and butts to die for. Where is this miraculous parallel universe, anyway, and why hasn't Stan Lee capitalized on it yet? Will & Grace's Messing plays Kat Ellis, who, in the film's exceedingly quick set-up, scours the NYC positions-wanted advertisements for a male escort to accompany her to her sister's wedding in England, with the aim of making her ex-boyfriend jealous enough to take her back..."

Graphic Diversity
This year's Staple! expo spotlights women in comics, and local creator E.K. Weaver explains why
Arts Story  March 5, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...This year, it's all about the ladies. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre will host over 150 exhibitors and a female-focused guest list including Babs Tarr (Batgirl), Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time), Jess Fink (We Can Fix It), and Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen of Lumberjanes..."

The Gospel According to Jones
(Or five observations from the Moody Theater last night)
DAILY Music  October 7, 2011, by Doug Freeman
"...5: Houston singer-songwriter Robert Ellis opened the evening and was quite impressive. He just released his debut for New West Records this year, Photographs, and he’s certainly worth catching should you have a chance...."

Looking More Closely When Others Look Away
On directors examining structure, storytelling, and how pictures can move us
Screens Story  March 9, 2007, by Nora Ankrum
"...Woolf hoped with this film to get away from the traditional dry, "grownup" narrator, especially given that his subject didn't necessarily lend itself to a whole lot of excitement. So he partnered with recent East Coast college grads Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis to narrate a firsthand account of moving to the Midwest, growing an acre of corn, and following that corn after harvest...."

SXSW Adds Speakers, Films
Buzz Aldrin, Kesha, Cory Booker, Cecile Richards, and more
DAILY SXSW  February 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...• Social Impact: musician Kesha; Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards; Texas Competes managing director Jessica Shortall; Tumblr CEO David Karp; Refinery29 chief content officer Amy Emmerich; Tinder founder Sean Rad; GLAAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis; GLAAD Transgender Media Program director Nick Adams; and Transparent producer Zackary Drucker...."

Playback: Brian Beattie's Wizard of Oz
A peak inside indie Austin's new illustrated CD musical
Music Column  January 10, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Musicmakers staff and remaining inventory will merge with deep South Lamar instrument headquarters Strait Music, Austin's oldest music shop and where Baldry worked for 15 years before opening Musicmakers. His renowned instrument techs, including guitar wizardress Lauren Ellis, have already set up shop at Strait, where Guitar Center's extended warranty repairs will now be sourced...."

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Related Readings
Books Story  December 1, 2000, by Clay Smith
"...by Joseph J. Ellis..."

SXSW Music Announces First Band Cull
Some 10% of total acts showcasing March 11-16
DAILY Music  October 16, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Nationally, SXSW invites Chaos in Tejas heroes the Men, recent (Tom) Petty Fest stunner Jessica Lea Mayfield, New Orleans bounce braggart Vockah Redu, Houston rapper Killa Kyleon and country man Robert Ellis, California bluegrass trio the Devil Makes Three, and Angelo Moore & the Brand New Step, the new project from Fishbone saxophonist Angelo Moore, among others...."

At the Water's Edge
In the midst of World War II, three trust-fund brats go searching for Nessie and find romance
Arts Story  June 11, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...Ellis, colorblind, and Hank, flat-footed, are unable to serve their country in the raging Second World War; Ellis' wife Maddie, dripping in diamonds and Champagne, must maintain her impeccably beautiful image of happy social butterfly despite the recent diagnosis of a nervous ailment and a darkened family history. The trio's inevitable fall from grace (and financial means) spurs a dangerous cross-Atlantic journey of salvation: They hope that traveling to the Scottish Highlands in search of the Loch Ness monster will ensure redemption for Ellis and his estranged father (whose own failed Nessie hunt brought ridicule to the family name)..."

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners
DAILY Screens  January 30, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...Those local Sundance Film Festival favorites you've been reading about – including Kat Candler's Hellion (starring the one and only Aaron Paul) and a trip through pitcher Dock Ellis' career in No No: A Dockumentary – will make their way to town as part of the Festival Favorites category. Joining them in that category are Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, by the Zellner Brothers; Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer; Drafthouse Films' The Dog; and, of course, Richard Linklater's much-anticipated Boyhood...."

Wednesday Picks & Sleepers
Wednesday night SXSW blurbs
Music Story  March 14, 2014
"...11pm, Elephant Room A preeminent member of Austin's jazz scene, native son and tenor saxist Elias Haslanger has performed with a remarkably diverse group that includes Ellis Marsalis, Asleep at the Wheel, and Alejandro Escovedo. His free Monday night residency at the Continental Club Gallery led to the highly lauded Church on Monday CD..."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...Fri. 16, Auditorium Shores, 7pm Second LP in two years for super indie Merge, Pile drove indie rock straight in a turnbuckle with the theatrical élan of front duo Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen..."

Austin Music Awards’ Message of Love
35th annual local prom sets a new standard
DAILY Music  March 13, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...Hard act to follow, but the Latin funk fusion of Brownout and Grupo Fantasma together closed out the night with a punch to the sternum. Introduced by hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, the combined forces brought on A Giant Dog and Sweet Spirit frontwoman Sabrina Ellis for a glam-punk explosion..."

Texas Book Festival 2016: The Full List
TBF hosts Don DeLillo, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, 277 more
DAILY Arts  September 15, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Lincoln Rufi Thorpe, Dear Fang, With Love Jennifer Close, The Hopefuls Carl Hiaasen, Razor Girl Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter Chris Kelly, The Pink Bus Maximilian Uriarte, The White Donkey Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone Maria Semple, Today Will Be Different Allison Amend, Enchanted Islands Lydia Millet, Sweet Lamb of Heaven Odie Lindsey, We Come to Our Senses Reavis Wortham, Dark Places James Haley, The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates J. Todd Scott, The Far Empty Emma Cline, The Girls Teddy Wayne, Loner Dominic Smith, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos Molly Prentiss, Tuesday Nights in 1980 Virginia Reeves, Work Like Any Other Don DeLillo, Zero K Steve Toltz, Quicksand Cara Black, Murder on the Quai Minerva Koenig, South of Nowhere Jesse Donaldson, The More They Disappear Pamela Erens, Eleven Hours Jon Land, Strong Cold Dead Bill Wittliff, The Devil's Sinkhole Benjamin Rybeck, The Sadness Drew Nellins Smith, Arcade Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow Helen Ellis, American Housewife Ottessa Moshfegh, O..."

Clouds of Sils Maria
Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz mix wonderfully in this drama
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Film Review  May 1, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Binoche performs brilliantly, shifting imperceptibly between the two dimensions, and Stewart is every inch her equal as she lends the perspective of youthful insouciance and serves as a faithful but authentic counterbalance to Maria’s self-absorption. (Stewart earned a well-deserved César, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, for her performance.) The introduction of Jo-Ann Ellis (Moretz), a wild-child actress selected for the ingenue role, lends a whole other level to the refractions taking place in the film...."

Lege Lines: The Score
Grading the Lege on women's health, drug policy, and criminal justice
News Story  May 31, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...There were high-profile successes – notably with passage of the Michael Morton Act (SB 1611, by Sens. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock), which codifies open-file discovery in criminal matters and is named for Morton, who wrongfully spent nearly 25 years in prison for murder, partly because of withheld evidence..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  March 9, 2001, by Erica C. Barnett
"...The ACLU is also pushing legislation to require police departments to include misconduct among the factors considered in granting promotions, make departments keep records on racial profiling, and close other "loopholes that let bad cops stay on the force" -- all measures, Wilkison says, that would "weaken civil service and strip away the protections and rights of civil service officers." Officers with the Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas police departments, as well as the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, disagree; they stood at a press conference with Will Harrell, executive director of the Texas ACLU, and state legislators Senfronia Thompson and Rodney Ellis, in support of an anti-racial profiling bill filed this week..."

Welcome to the Machine
2014-15 Austin Music Industry Awards results
Music Story  March 12, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...5) Lauren Ellis..."

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