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Mars Needs Moms
Based on a children's book by Berkely Breathed, this animated film looks good but lacks emotion.
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Film Review  March 11, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Peter Pan stole Wendy from her British bedroom because he needed someone to sew pockets onto trousers for his Lost Boys and read bedtime stories to them, although Peter, no doubt, also had some unstated needs for nurturance and mothering. Martians, apparently, need mothers, too, but in the animated Mars Needs Moms, the aliens require something other than A+ skills in stitchery and storytelling..."

John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
When John Carpenter was on Late Night With Conan O'Brien the other night, promoting his new film, the host turned to him and asked what Ghosts of Mars was about....
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Film Review  August 24, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Ice Cube, Clea Duvall, Pam Grier, Jason Staham, Natasha Henstridge and Lobo Sebastian. When John Carpenter was on Late Night With Conan O'Brien the other night, promoting his new film, the host turned to him and asked what Ghosts of Mars was about..."

Mission to Mars
I lost Brian De Palma around the time he stopped using Pino Donaggio as his chief source of film scores. To be fair, De Palma used the Italian maestro for...
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Film Review  March 10, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Since then, with more mainstream fare such as Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, and the muddled Mission: Impossible, De Palma has reached out to embrace a larger audience and seemingly sacrificed those traits that drew us to him in the first place: his singular vision, his clinical stylistics, and the palpable sense of dread that his best films engender. It comes as little surprise, then, that Mission to Mars falls prey to an overwhelming sense of a man trying to please everyone all the time..."

Mars Attacks!
Burton's sci-fi spoof gleefully recounts the unspeakable horror that takes place when Martians attack the planet Earth.
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Film Review  December 13, 1996, by Alison Macor
"...It's official. Tim Burton's latest holiday release Mars Attacks! wins the award for Film with the Largest Cast..."

Making Curiosity a Reality With 'Waking Mars'
Mars Mania helps a locally developed game
DAILY Screens  August 22, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...First there was the much maligned (unjustly in my opinion) John Carter, set on a Mars populated by cast members of The Wire and Friday Night Lights. Then the Total Recall remake doesn't even make the trek..."

SXSW: Mars Experience VR
You're not going to Mars. But you can have the next best thing.
DAILY SXSW  March 16, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...Today’s five-person panel of engineers, analysts, and designers working on the Mars 2030 virtual reality experience has some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: You’re not going to Mars..."

Bruno Mars & His Hooligans
Hawaiian heartthrob serenades the Frank Erwin Center
DAILY Music  August 15, 2013, by Nina Hernandez
"...Every single twist of Bruno Mars’ hips was greeted by whoops. And there was plenty of hip-shaking to be had Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center...."

Veronica Mars
Although this isn't a reinvention of the wheel, the beloved TV show gets a spirited spin in this feature.
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Film Review  March 14, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Marshmallow nation, you may now exhale: Rob Thomas did ya right...."

'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter Ends With a Bang
Movie project raised $5.7 million in one month
DAILY Screens  April 13, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Earth to Mars! Or, rather, we should say, "Mars to Earth!"..."

Kickstarting a 'Veronica Mars' Movie [UPDATED]
It doesn't really need your help, but !!!! anyway
DAILY Screens  March 13, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...That's right, everyone's favorite whipsmart and sassy student, Veronica Mars, is looking to make the leap to the big screen...."

To 'Mars,' With Love
Reinventing the romantic comedy, to infinity and beyond
Screens Story  March 12, 2010, by Belinda Acosta
"...When it came time to name his production company, Swerve Pictures, Austin filmmaker Geoff Marslett turned to his favorite philosopher, Titus Lucretius Carus. "Swerve" has a contemporary ring, as does Marslett himself..."

SXSW Interactive: The Journey to Mars
NASA lays out the steps before a trip to the red planet
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...The SXSW Interactive panel, Next for NASA: The Journey to Mars, was at capacity, which charmed panelist and astronaut Victor Glover. “It’s beautiful outside,” said Glover..."

Mars
When Mars landed on South Congress, citizens of the 78704 didn't flee in horror from the invaders
Food Review  October 19, 2007, by Barbara Chisholm
"...Mars1400 S. Congress, 472-3901 www.marsaustin.com Sunday-Monday, 11am-10pm; Tuesday-Wednesday, 11am-10:30pm; Thursday-Saturday, 11am-11pm..."

'Veronica Mars' 101
Screens Story  January 13, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...You can live in the wreckage and pretend it's still the mansion you remember. Or you can crawl from the rubble and slowly rebuild." – Veronica Mars, pilot episode..."

The Good Eye: Killer Outfits: The Laura Mars Years
Blow-Up vs. The Eyes of Laura Mars: The female gaze of male gaze is way more compelling
Columns  November 6, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...In the intervening years, my go-to film on the seductive danger of photography was Eyes of Laura Mars, a 1978 film often called an "American giallo" after the campy Italian slashers it resembles. Faye Dunaway plays Laura Mars, a world-famous fashion photographer who, for vaguely psychic reasons, begins seeing crimes as they happen through the eyes of the murderer committing them..."

Clips From 'Mars'
Screens Story  January 13, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Since you likely won't gain admission to the Alamo Drafthouse's Veronica Marsathon, for which Thomas personally compiled a clip show, I decided to do one myself. What follows is a totally subjective "best of" list of Mars-isms and scenes from the series' first campaign..."

'Veronica Mars' Trailer!
Squeeeee!
DAILY Screens  January 3, 2014, by James Renovitch
"...We've never hidden our love – nay, obsession – with Veronica Mars. The new trailer for the upcoming Kickstarted movie doesn't miss a beat...."

Mars Attacks!
Again? Hell, we thought Curiosity killed those cats.
DAILY Books  October 2, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But you, reader, you know what "Mars Attacks!" means. You're likely to recall the Tim Burton spectacle of cinematic overreaching in which, for instance, the U.S..."

Who's on Mars
Tenth Doctor David Tennant's long goodbye ramps up this weekend on BBC America
DAILY Screens  December 18, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...The two-parter marks the last of the stand-alone specials that have been airing since the show stopped airing as a regular series. In fact, America gets a crack at penultimate special The Waters of Mars, this Saturday; it airs at 8pm on BBC America...."

SXSW Film Review: 'Veronica Mars'
Cult TV show transitions to film with all its charms intact
DAILY SXSW  March 8, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Marshmallow nation, you may now exhale: Rob Thomas did ya right...."

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Pennebaker's documentary captures the final concert of the Ziggy Stardust tour at the Hammersmith Odeon outside London on July 3, 1973.
Film Review  December 10, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Pennebaker. Remixed and restored in conjunction with a 30th anniversary re-release of David Bowie's monumental album in the history of rock, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, D.A..."

Mars Needs Shock Jocks?
News Story  March 31, 2016, by Michael King
"...Navarro and his political action committee – Save Our Ears – is leading a petition campaign either to recall the entire radio station or send it into space. "They might need a Rush Limbaugh-driven, crazed right-wing radio station on Mars," said Navarro..."

SXSW Film: 'Veronica Mars'
March 8, 2014. 14 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  March 9, 2014
"...Cast and crew, including Percy Daggs III ("Wallace"), attended the packed-house world premiere of Veronica Mars Saturday afternoon at the historic Paramount Theatre...."

The Comforts of 'Veronica Mars'
Show creator and cast discuss bringing the heroine to the big screen
DAILY Screens  October 27, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...Any Veronica Mars panel without the show’s star, Kristen Bell, feels sub par, but creator Rob Thomas and actor Chris Lowell gave fans enough scoop to keep interests piqued...."

Missing True Art of Mars Volta
Postmarks  October 2, 2006
"...Dear Editor, I was shocked when I read Darcie Stevens' review of the new Mars Volta album [“Texas Platters,” Music, Sept. 29]..."

Ray Bradbury Has Gone to Mars
Iconic author of 'Fahrenheit 451' dead at 91
DAILY Books  June 6, 2012, by Marc Savlov


Black's Grammatical Illiteracy Mars His Points
Postmarks  July 11, 2009


No 'Perhaps' About It, Poor Journalism Mars Parkour Article
Postmarks  February 6, 2009


Joe Strummer Was From Mars
The Future Is Unwritten, on DVD
DAILY Music  July 23, 2008, by Jim Caligiuri


Aelita: Queen of Mars
Austin quintet, the Invincible Czars, debut a new score for this Soviet science-fiction propaganda film chock-full of Constructivist set design.
Film Review  February 25, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten


From Austin to Neptune
Creator Rob Thomas on the rise of his career-making cult favorite, 'Veronica Mars'
Screens Story  January 13, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Try as one might, it's difficult to find anyone able or willing to talk smack about Thomas – unless you include Thomas himself. His Web site is an unabashed autobiography this side of confessional (baby pictures are included) outlining what might be called his quirky path to becoming the creator of one of television's hottest cult dramas, Veronica Mars (UPN)..."

Out of This World
Despite a Strange Phenomenon, Mars Still Sparkles
Food Story  February 7, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Mars Restaurant & Bar..."

S'more! S'more! S'more!
A dark and stormy day couldn't keep Veronica's Marshmallows away
DAILY SXSW  March 9, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...There were audible gasps when Rob Thomas revealed the motivation behind his character Veronica Mars – then followed by a group "Awwwwww," mostly from the women in attendance at the world premiere of the movie sequel to the beloved TV show cut short in its prime...."

John Carter
Old-school "Gosh, wow!" sense-of-wonder filmmaking is in short supply these days, but now John Carter has arrived to fill the void.
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Film Review  March 9, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Lost yet? So was I, but Stanton, who not only directed but also co-wrote (with Michael Chabon, no less) this wild and woolly adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1911 pulp adventure series John Carter of Mars, keeps things far less confusing on the screen than they come across when synopsized. Suffice it to say, we are on Mars with the titular John Carter (Friday Night Lights’ Kitsch), a former cavalry hero of the Confederacy who is spending his post-Civil War life searching for gold in the Arizona territories..."

The Space Between Us
There is life on Mars
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Film Review  February 3, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) is a procreative mistake. He was born on Mars to a mother who was the ship’s captain and only female on a mission to Mars, where NASA, along with Nathaniel Shepherd (Oldman), a rich visionary investor (think cross between Richard Branson and Elon Musk, but played by an actor who chews more scenery than an army of goats), have established a Martian outpost called East Texas..."

The 'Lot' of the Working-Class NFL Fan
Q&A with Jonny Mars, 'America's Parking Lot' docmaker
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2012, by Mark Fagan
"...Around the world, state-of-the-art sporting arenas are being built, replacing treasured stadiums and displacing working-class fans who can no longer afford ticket prices. Austin filmmaker Jonny Mars documents that painful shift in America's Parking Lot...."

Mission Accomplished
After more than a decade, Mars' adventurous menu might not be as challenging as it once was, but it's still one of the best in town
Food Story  October 15, 2004, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Mars Restaurant & Bar1610 San Antonio St., 472-3901..."

'Small Stories That Feel Huge'
'Veronica Mars' creator Rob Thomas shares his youthful energy
Arts Story  September 27, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...I nod absently. I'm watching scenes from the new Veronica Mars movie, squinting at the screen over Rob's shoulder to catch the precise moment when Veronica and Logan see each other for the first time after nearly a decade..."

The Martian
Circumstances force Matt Damon to become a wily Robinson Crusoe on Mars
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Film Review  October 2, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...The geek is the hero and not the sidekick in the consistently entertaining The Martian, the perfect summer popcorn movie but for its release in the fall film season. True to Andy Weir’s bestselling sci-fi novel upon which it’s based (the book’s devotees salivate at its mere mention), the film’s protagonist astronaut, Mark Watney, is the imagined offspring of Robinson Crusoe and Angus MacGyver, a can-do optimist who must rely on his scientific wits to stay alive after being left stranded on Mars during an aborted NASA mission, mistakenly presumed dead by his fellow crew members..."

Martian Child
Only in Hollywood can a movie about alien children be boring, although the terrific performances of John Cusack and Bobby Coleman help redeem this predictable mush.
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Film Review  November 2, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...Even if the kid isn’t really an alien (no spoilers), there’s still opportunity galore for the wild and the weird. In the hands of director Meyjes, a movie about a boy convinced he’s from Mars becomes Little Orphan Annie..."

SXSW Film Review: A Space Program
An artful trip to Mars; h/t Ed Wood, Méliès, the Eames, Mother Ann Lee
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2015, by Andy Campbell
"...Rarely does a filmmaker openly admit to being a propagandist. But such is the case of Van Neistat, who, working in collaboration with artist Tom Sachs, sent two women to Mars and filmed the whole thing..."

Film Flam
On marshmallows, V.C.'s in Vegas, and a Weird sad signoff
DAILY Screens  December 4, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...SXSW V2V 2.0 a go, Veronica Mars movie gets a release date, Lars Nilsen hangs up his Something Weird Wednesday hat, and more news lighting up Screens big and small...."

ACL Live Shot: Phoenix
Phoenix has come a l-o-n-g way since ACL 2009
DAILY Music  October 7, 2013, by Abby Johnston
"...Four years ago, Thomas Mars’ face had the look of genuine disbelief as he surveyed the afternoon crowd at ACL Fest’s AMD stage. He gathered himself, jumped off of the platform, and sprinted through the barriers separating the crowds, peppering the audience with high fives..."

Species II
Mars needs women! (Or, at the very least, a better method of conception.) This bracingly inane sequel to 1995's surprise hit Species operates on the classic more-is-better conceit, this time...
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Film Review  April 17, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, Mykelti Williamson, George Dzundza, James Cromwell, Myriam Cyr and Justin Lazard. Mars needs women! (Or, at the very least, a better method of conception.) This bracingly inane sequel to 1995's surprise hit Species operates on the classic more-is-better conceit, this time featuring more stillborn dialogue, more preposterous plotting, and loads more gore (courtesy of Steve Johnson, who can still make a pregnant woman's distended belly explode like nobody's business)..."

Band Aid
A couple works out their problems through song
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Film Review  June 23, 2017, by Danielle White
"...Where the film really falters is late in the narrative when Ben’s mother (Essman) presents a preachy, binary Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus-type speech that oversimplifies the conflict and offers a hurried, half-ass solution. (To be fair, it’s pretty self-aware in that the characters acknowledge its inherent exclusionary faults.) Nevertheless, the segment distracts from the fresh and quirky method Anna and Ben have already developed for dealing with their problems..."

Rio 2
The animated blue macaw family takes a trip back to the Amazon.
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Film Review  April 18, 2014, by Louis Black
"...They immediately head from their home in Rio to deep in the Amazon basin, where they find a whole flock of blue macaws that turn out to be Jewel’s long-lost family. Jewel, meeting both her father (Garcia) and an old love (Mars), is delighted to be with them in the jungle, while the kids immediately adjust to the ways of the wild..."

Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson is the blank alien who prowls for earthmen in this spare and disorienting genre smash-up.
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Film Review  April 18, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...But back to the naked and the dead: Johansson is an emotional blank as an alien on the prowl for earthmen, although Mars Needs Women this isn’t. In fact, the film never fully acknowledges that her impassively eroticized, nameless character is strictly out-of-this-world (other than in the obvious, male-gaze way) at all..."

News/Print
Terrible awards and exciting new projects
DAILY Books  July 17, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...An Austinite wins a Bulwer-Lytton Award, and Veronica Mars goes literary...."

My SXSW
By Charlie Mars
Music Story  March 16, 2012
"...Charlie Mars' Friday Showcase: Central Presbyterian Church, 9:30pm..."

You Again
A high school loser who reinvents herself as a successful adult regresses when she returns home in this comedy starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, and Betty White.
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Film Review  September 24, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Victor Garber, Betty White, James Wolk and Kristin Chenoweth. Bell is an appealingly tart, wheels-always-turning kind of actress, and someday (fingers crossed) she’ll find a film role that suits her as well as her star turn as a snappy peewee private eye on TV’s Veronica Mars did..."

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