Stateside at the Paramount
"...UK pop star Lily Allen brings glamor to Stubb’s Sunday. Stylish, outspoken, the 29-year-old singer remains a reliable hitmaker behind “The Fear,” “Hard Out Here,” and “F*** You.” Married to Sam Cooper, a builder and half brother of Tarka Cordell, Allen phoned in to say she’s “thrilled” to be back out on the road behind her third LP, May’s Sheezus...."
"...For Lily Tomlin, who appears at the Paramount Theatre on Friday, a trip to Austin is practically a homecoming. In the Eighties, she did an extended run of her first stage success and workshopped her second; bonded with Ann Richards and Liz Carpenter, both of whom shared her birthday; and even bought some land on the Pedernales...."
"...You might have read about Lily Pad Farm in the Farmers Market Report that appears here weekly...."
"...Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour, whose first feature was the 2014 Iranian vampire, spaghetti Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, comes on pretty strong, both as an artist and as a personality – in a good way. She has as clear a vision as you are likely to find among genre filmmakers today, and an idiosyncratic recall of the films that form her canon..."
"...A little over one year ago, photographer Lily Brooks moved to Austin for graduate school. August, as any Austinite will tell you, is the most unforgiving month here..."
"...They wore each other's clothes. But after reading Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America (Talk Miramax Books, $23.95), by Lily Burana, I know that I was wrong..."
"...Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey LilyAustin Playhouse at Highland Mall, 6001 Airport www.austinplayhouse.com Through Dec. 21 Running time: 2 hr...."
"...Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour. Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves, Yolonda Ross, Diego Luna and Giovanni Ribisi...."
"...Janet McTeer plays Dr. Lily Penleric, a doctor of musicology teaching at a turn-of-the-century East Coast institute..."
"...The spur in this examination of crime and punishment is an unseen sin in Connecticut: diffident teen Amanda (Cooke, an expert in dysfunctionality from Bates Motel), a horse, a darkened stable, a knife. After that, only Lily (The Witch's Taylor-Joy) will even be seen around Amanda, who plummeted in high school society from weird to pariah..."
"...But it’s gentler and more lyrical, with angular cinematography interwoven with surreal stop-motion sequences about the lives of discarded apple cores who find love together. Lily (Horsley) is a fast-food cashier smitten with Jarrod (Clement), a grandiose gaming geek bent on revenge against a bully from high school – so smitten that she meekly joins him for a week back home with his family..."
"...Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives) paints this world with a dark and gloomy palette and treats the characters with an ascetic touch, allowing them few expressions or interior insights. Set in 1905, The House of Mirth tells the story of two years in the life of Lily Bart (Anderson), a young socialite at the height of her charms who becomes caught in an inevitable downward spiral brought on by the fickle rewards of trying to play by society's rules..."
"...Directed by: Paul Weitz. Starring: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Sam Elliott, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Peña and Nat Wolff...."
"...Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour. Starring: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marno, Dominic Rains and Rome Shandanloo...."
"...The Double Life of Lilianeby Lily Tuck Atlantic Monthly Press, 256 pp., $26..."
"...Both tales aim to open up the private world of laotong or “sames” – girls who are bound together for eternity, as per Chinese custom. In the historical story, Snow Flower and Lily (played by Gianna Jun and Li Bingbing as adults) become laotong at the age of 7 when they both have their feet bound on the same day..."
"...Notably, the film has been theatrically released and available on DVD overseas, having been shot in 2006 and then abruptly orphaned stateside by home studio Paramount for reasons unknown. Academy Award-winner and former Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre ingenue Zellweger plays Emily Jenkins, a social worker assigned to the hellishly problematic case of 10-year-old Lily Sullivan (Ferland, of Terry Gilliam's Tideland)..."
"...Three things that are not surprising about a conversation with the brilliant actress Lily Tomlin -- One: She laughs. Ever since Tomlin registered on the national consciousness as a cast member of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, she has charmed audiences with her comedic gifts -- her playfulness, her exuberant physicality, her vocal flair..."
"...Barrie’s beloved characters by showing us how an orphaned Peter (Miller) first arrives in Neverland, befriends a pre-captaining Hook (Hedlund, wandering in from a Saturday-matinee Western), and battles the despotic pirate Blackbeard (Jackman), who’s seeking eternal life through the dwindling resource of fairy pixie dust. Trotting out old favorites without tracing any of the original’s magic, the film roll-calls Tinker Bell, Smee, a premonitory tick-tock, and Tiger Lily, who’s played by the bizarrely miscast Rooney Mara; even Disney, historically not exactly a progressive company, had the decency not to draw the Indian princess as white..."
"...Directed by: David Leveaux. Starring: Lily James, Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer, Janet McTeer, Ben Daniels, Mark Dexter and Eddie Marsan...."
"...Directed by: Kelly Reichardt. Starring: Laura Dern, James Le Gros, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone, Jared Harris, Rene Auberjonois and Sara Rodier...."
"...There's a timeless, otherworldly image in director Ana Lily Amirpour's mesmeric feature debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It haunts you, to the bone..."
"...The TempestRain Lily Farm, 914 Shady www.presentcompanytheatre.com Through Nov. 1 Running time: 2 hr., 10 min...."
"...Directed by: Todd Holland. Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Natasha Lyonne, Gregory Smith, Lily Tomlin, Stephen Root, Doris Belack, Carl Michael Lindner, Elaine Stritch, Tom Poston, Zakes Mokae and David Ogden Stiers..."
"...Directed by: John Bailey. Starring: Lily Tomlin..."
"...Death Wish takes the original’s generalized obsession with urban moral and physical decay and makes the subject specific to Chicago. However, instead of Chi-Raq and its racial implications we witness a lily-white Windy City where crime has just blown in..."
"...Matt Damon is well-cast as Gardner Lodge, an Everyman whose lily-white veneer hides a murderous pathology. Gardner’s wife Rose (Moore) is confined to a wheelchair as the result of a car accident, but her twin sister Maggie (also played by Moore) has come to live with the couple to help run the household and look after the Lodges’ son Nicky (Jupe, a real find)..."
"...There are missteps. The material is so innately powerful – and so potently portrayed, especially by Watts and newcomer Tom Holland as the resourceful eldest son Thomas – that it needles when Bayona gilds the lily with forehead-slapping missed connections and heart strings overplucked (see: usual cinematic embellishments)..."
"...His mother, Grammy award-winning gospel singer Cynthia Clawson, went into labor with him in a studio in Nashville, while his father, Ragan Courtney, a Baptist preacher, penned several of her hits. Raised on lovin’ spoonfuls of the Byrds and Beach Boys, Will, along with real-life sibling Lily, formed the aptly titled country-folk collective Brothers & Sisters as a reflection and extension of their roots..."
"...Despite the presence of three acting powerhouses – Fonda, Huffman, and Lohan – this movie about three generations of "difficult" women never rings true. It's a dramedy whose blend of melodrama and humor is awkward and incongruous, leaping between the two modes like a fat frog jumping lily pads..."
"...In need of a lesson, Darrin heads home to his aunt’s funeral in Montecarlo, Georgia, where the town busybody (Richardson) keeps everyone in line, and a sign at the train station promises "taxi and chicken." A wacky wrinkle in Aunt Sally’s will requires Darrin to direct the local Baptist church choir, and comic hijinks ensue en route to the Big Competition: an American Idol-esque tryout montage, a drunk redneck organist named Scooter, and Rue McClanahan, who gets one good line. Concomitantly, Darrin falls for Lily (Knowles), a sultry single mom..."
"...A parody of martial arts chopsocky flicks that apparently took the slow boat over, this might have been funny 10 or 15 years back, but these days it's just insipid and unrelentingly boring. Stealing a page from Woody Allen's What's Up Tiger Lily?, Oedekerk has eased his way back into the director's chair by – heh, heh – buying a previously shot Mandarin kung-fu film (1977's Tiger and Crane Fist) and digitally inserting himself and a host of (generally well done) CGI critters and characters inside the original picture..."
"...Singer also frames these performances and interviews with archival footage of such trailblazing comediennes as Gracie Allen, Fanny Brice, Mae West, Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball, among others, as a historical reference point to reflect the evolution of women in comedy: from the objectified, passive pie-in-the-face, soaked-with-a-seltzer-bottle-status of decades past to the bolder, more outspoken, less self-deprecatory stance of the present. Yet, it is in the historical perspective that Singer's film hits a weak point, for she fails to recognize (perhaps out of ignorance or the inaccessibility of archival material) the historical significance of such comediennes as Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts (who were probably the first successful female comedy team) from the Hal Roach farces of the 1930s, Imogene Coca, Joan Rivers and Totie Fields (both of whom, along with Phyllis Diller, established themselves as stand-up comics on The Ed Sullivan Show during the 1960s) as well as Lily Tomlin's hilarious gender-bending routines from the 1970s..."
"...Her best songs have usually transcended this because her voice hints of desperation and passion. 9 to 5 was a cartoon, a farcical take, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as fellow working stiffs..."
"...Starring: Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany, Tristan Wilds and Nate Parker. The film starts off promisingly with the voiceover narration of 14-year-old Lily Owens (Fanning): "I killed my mother when I was 4 years old..."
"...But he seems upset. After a dejected request to turn off cell phones, he says, "Danny and Lily would like to say a few words." Beckoning you to follow him, he leaves the theatre...."
"...When Stephanie Scherzer bought her little slice of the Eastside about 15 years ago, it was full of litter, overgrown with poison ivy, and had a few homeless camps on-site. Now Scherzer's urban farm, Rain Lily, is punctuated with the clucks of chickens and blooms with peach blossoms, olive branches, and plump heirloom tomatoes..."
"...Rain Lily Farm914 Shady, 386-7633 www.rainlilydesign.com/pages/farm..."
"...A box fan propped in the hallway struggles to circulate air as the Austin sextet bursts into "I Don't Rely," from the band's new sophomore album, Fortunately. With their backs to the doorway, Will and Lily Courtney pitch their harmonies toward the chorus, wisps of the latter's blond hair flirting with the breeze..."
"...Luckily, we have a reporter who's been a resident of that world for almost two years and who jumped at the chance to bridge the SL/RL gap in the name of cutting-edge (or something) journalism. Thus it was that the Chronicle's in-world correspondent, Memory Harker, met with SNOOPYbrown Zamboni (Paffendorf), Valtoid Pixie (Williamson), and Jade Lily (Morris) in the top-floor lounge of the Electric Sheep Co.'s skyscraper headquarters, on a winter's evening with a virtual wind blowing gently through the pixelated trees, in order to capture this (judiciously edited for coherence and space) transcript...."
"...In the middle of the house is a living room with piano, and at one end is an office where Hickman's husband Lance is collecting phone messages while his wife consults the calendar about a gig. Baby Iolana is in the midst of her mid-day nap at the other end of the house, where daughter Lily's room is located, a showpiece of small murals painted by Sara and her friends..."
"...This prosperous businessman has seen great turmoil surface in his life of late -- the death of his only son in what looks to have been a suicide, his abrupt firing from the job he has held for almost 40 years, a debilitating heart attack -- and he has had to struggle to retain his composure. But he has just been dealt another devastating blow, a revelation of disloyalty by his wife Lily Dale, and it has taken the fight out of him..."
"...collective:unconscious Directors: collective:unconscious (Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein), Screenwriters: Jamal Batts, Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Mariama Diallo, Lauren Wolkstein, Concept by: Dan Schoenbrun Five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers adapt each other's dreams for the screen. This is going to get strange… Cast: Frank Mosley, Will Blomker, Lily Baldwin, Tonya Pinkins, Daniel Ryan, Ryan Cassata, Sanda Weigl, MJ Frank, Samuel John Damon, Jamal Batts (World Premiere)..."
"...In the Texas supernatural drama The Sideways Light, the threat of life beyond the veil seems far less terrifying than dealing with the strains of family life. Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher) is Lily, a twentysomething who has become the guardian and watchdog over her senile mother Ruth (Annalee Jefferies, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Hellion)...."
"...Burl and Lily, widowed and divorced, respectively, find comfort in the stability of their new marriage. That stability does not extend to the child each brought to the marriage..."
"...Family comes first, though. That's the way it was when it was just Hickman and daughter Lily, and it's that way now with her, Lily, husband Lance Schriner, and their daughter, Iolana..."
"...The six brothers and two sisters that make up the core of the band are more kindred than even the name implies. Will and Lily Courtney were reared by music; mother Cynthia Clawson is a revered contemporary gospel singer, who with father, preacher, and songwriter Ragan Courtney released last year's Brothers & Sisters' eponymous debut on their Calla Lily Records..."
"...Lily has had a bad day. As part of her exercise, someone has written an evaluation of her progress here, and the evaluation is too good, she says...."
"...The spur is an unseen crime: diffident rich kid Amanda (Olivia Cooke, Bates Motel), a horse, a darkened stable, a knife. After that, only Lily (The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy) will even be seen around Amanda, who has jumped in high school society from weird to pariah..."