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Fusebox Festival: Rosalyn Nasky’s Potential
What the hell are these dancers doing with Mansfield Dam?
DAILY Arts  April 12, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But Potential, a multi-body dance performance created by Rosalyn Nasky for Fusebox Festival, does take place near that impressive monument of hydro-architectural engineering. Which is, we think, one hell of a cool idea for a venue...."

Houston Dynamo Unveil Potential Mascot Designs
DAILY Sports  February 7, 2007, by Mark Fagan
"...Now the real work begins, choosing a mascot. Students from the Houston Art Institute submitted their designs for potential Dynamo mascots, and the winner should be announced soon with the mascot hopefully making his debut by the start of the Dynamo's season on April 8..."

Potential Neuter to Austin’s No-Kill?
The rules dictating when city animal shelters should spay or neuter lost pets may be changing, and may have an effect on the future of no-kill shelters
News Story  November 17, 2016, by Nina Hernandez

DVD Watch: Potential-Gift Edition
'SNL,' 'Robin Hood,' 'Symbiopsychotaxiplasm,' and more
Screens Story  December 15, 2006

DVD Watch: Potential-Gift Edition
Screens Story  December 15, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez

DVD Watch: Potential-Gift Edition
Screens Story  December 15, 2006, by Ken Lieck

DVD Watch: Potential-Gift Edition
Screens Story  December 15, 2006, by Steve Uhler

DVD Watch: Potential-Gift Edition
Screens Story  December 15, 2006, by Nora Ankrum

DVD Watch: Potential-Gift Edition
Screens Story  December 15, 2006, by Shawn Badgley

DVD Watch: Potential-Gift Edition
'SNL,' 'Robin Hood,' 'Symbiopsychotaxiplasm,' and more
Screens Story  December 15, 2006, by Steve Uhler

Come One, Come All!
Here’s Your Early Tipsheet of the Folks Running for City Council
DAILY News  January 10, 2014, by Michael King
"...Over the last several weeks, we've been compiling a catalog of potential November candidates for Austin Mayor and City Council. Here's our current master list of the entire field -- as 2014 proceeds, watch this space for additions and emendations...."

Death Watch: Faith in Executions
Religious beliefs barred a potential juror from Christopher Young's trial. Did that cause his sentencing?
News Story  July 12, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Original story: Possible religious discrimination might grant a Texas death row inmate another trial. Christopher Young filed an application for relief with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on July 2 [see update below], arguing that the discrimination against a potential juror, based on her church affiliation, tainted his original trial...."

Brendan Gleeson stars in this darkly hilarious and deeply ruminative update on the passion play.
Film Review  August 15, 2014, by Josh Kupecki
"...That priest being long dead and gone, the vengeful man has decided that he will kill Father James instead, as targeting an innocent clergyman will have a bigger impact. Given a week to put his affairs in order before a rendezvous at the beach, it seems that Father James will spend that time ferreting out the potential murderer amid his flock of parishioners...."

Cutting on the Bias
Is Christopher Dunn APD's designated fall guy ... or a potential domino?
News Story  April 30, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...As the inquiry into Quintana's deadly interaction with Sanders got under way, the IA offices were under particular pressure. Although civil service law provides 180 days to investigate and take disciplinary action against officers involved in potential wrongdoing, Acevedo allowed IA just half that for the Sanders shooting – 90 days total to investigate and to transmit the findings through the chain of command and up to him for final review..."

Charlotte Gray
For a select portion of the population who like their pleasures guilty, melodrama can be a glorious thing: war, valor, intrigue, star-cross'd lovers, betrayal, bursting bodices, the like. But to...
Film Review  January 25, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...It's the difference between weighty and wan, between breast-beating and limp hand-wringing, between teeth-gnashing and mewing sighs. In the hands of the anemic Cate Blanchett and her accommodating director, Charlotte Gray is pap, a thin film that fails to capitalize on the juicy potential of Sebastian Faulks' source novel of the same name..."

Some Say the World Will End … in Ice
City Council dodges the ice storm, and much of its agenda
DAILY News  December 11, 2017, by Michael King
"...With last Thursday’s potential ice storm looming, the City Council meeting had a hurry-up vibe that produced some postponements and truncated testimony. But Council managed to take another step toward appointing a city manager, postponed a reckoning with Dripping Springs wastewater, and extended Austin Pets Alive’s leasehold on lakeside property...."

Property Tax Angst Starts Early
Council ponders ‘surplus,’ raising exemption – and anti-tax backlash
DAILY News  March 17, 2014, by Michael King
"...Thursday’s City Council agenda includes consideration of increasing the property tax exemption for homeowners aged 65 or older, or disabled – currently $51,000 and unchanged since 1986. And a potential move to consider spending some of a $14.2 million budget surplus is gathering backlash from anti-taxers...."

The Common Law
My potential landlord says she has never used a lease in the past and doesn't want to use one with me. Is that OK?
Columns  August 22, 2003, by Luke Ellis
"...My potential landlord says she has never used a lease in the past and doesn't want to use one with me. Is that OK?..."

Media Clips
After working out some of its kinks, Austin's all-news cable channel, News 8, earns a high "C" for constant availability, lengthy news segments, and decent-quality programming.
News Column  January 21, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...The potential is certainly there. Time Warner officials promised that, because it is both a service to existing subscribers and an incentive to lure new ones, News 8 doesn't have to be advertiser-driven -- most of its financing comes from Time Warner's other revenues..."

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program B
Horror and hope in America's underdog communities
Film Review  February 9, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...If the hope in "Heroin(e)" is for potential redemption, then "Knife Skills" is the dream fulfilled. Edwins Leadership & Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, is part of the wave of restaurants and catering schools that look to former prison inmates for staff..."

Winter Weather Emergency Update
Who's open, who's closed for the cold snap in Austin
DAILY News  January 15, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Winter is headed back to Austin with a vengeance tonight, with freezing conditions and the potential for snow (depending which forecast you look at) into Wednesday. We'll be keeping you up to date on closures, resources, and information...."

Austin Playhouse’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
In its rush to be fun, the show fails to tap all the potential of this rom-com sequel to Pride and Prejudice
Arts Review  December 14, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...It helps that the source material is public domain. It also helps that the original story is at once complete and so ripe for sequel potential..."

A woman confronts an older ex-lover with devastating results
Film Review  November 3, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...We first see her on the dance floor at a nightclub, where she engages in grotesquely anonymous rough sex in the bathroom, a foreshadowing of more treacherous liaisons to come. Wearing a preternaturally calm, sometimes dazed expression throughout, Mara brilliantly embodies both helpless victim and potential powder keg..."

Friend Request
A curse follows a woman on social media

Film Review  September 29, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...As these things go, the ultimate showdown takes place in an abandoned warehouse with swarming black wasps and stupid jump scares, which is par for the course in a slap-dash October low-budget stinker that, of course, sets things up for a potential sequel. Do yourself a favor and unsubscribe...."

Tulip Fever
Intrigue blossoms in 17th century Amsterdam
Film Review  September 8, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...“Indifferent” is the watch word of Tulip Fever. Despite the pulpy potential – the story, from Deborah Moggach’s novel of the same name, twines Amsterdam’s hysteria over the rare tulip trade with a married woman’s affair with her portrait artist – director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (who won the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love) can’t find a pulse, let alone set the heart racing...."

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Al Gore reminds us (once again) that climate change is real
Film Review  August 11, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Al Gore is indefatigable, though, a male Cassandra for our dire times. In this sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 documentary, a noticeably aged but thoroughly unbowed Gore continues his career trajectory as potential savior of the planet, although by this time he’s trained some 10,000 regular people (or wingnut activists, depending on your party affiliation) to accomplish what he alone cannot..."

A Canadian folk artist falls for a fishmonger
Film Review  July 14, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Everett Lewis was an uncouth and miserly misogynist who hit Maud and considered her value to be beneath that of a dog. The two lived in poverty without heat or electricity, although Everett soon saw the income potential of Maud’s art..."

The Journey
Settling peace in Northern Ireland?
Film Review  July 7, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...The Journey is all talk (with occasional flashbacks to news footage of the carnage) but never, ever talky. Every utterance, every raised eyebrow is freighted with the potential for disaster or deliverance..."

A mother/daughter vacation from hell
Film Review  May 12, 2017, by Steve Davis
"...Hawn’s last (and underrated) screen performance 15 years ago as the aging party girl in The Banger Sisters arguably ranked as her best, while Schumer’s provocative television sketch comedy program continues to be as good as anything produced by Lily Tomlin, Dave Chappelle, and the like. Snatched fails to tap into the full potential of either of these funny ladies by shoehorning them into this unbecoming genre flick..."

The Founder
Michael Keaton supersizes McDonald's
Film Review  January 27, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...Kind-eyed Mac (Lynch) welcomes Kroc into the kitchen to show off the marvel of assembly-line efficiency his shrewder brother Dick (Offerman) has engineered. Convinced of the restaurant’s franchise potential, Kroc wins the reluctant brothers over with a rousing pitch: “Do it for your country..."

Hidden Figures
True story of NASA's black women mathematicians
Film Review  January 6, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe portray the three women at the core of the story, and each actress creates a captivating character. As the math prodigy Katherine Johnson, Henson plays both nerdy and feisty; Monáe is Mary Jackson, whose ambitions are stymied by her race, sex, and beauty; and Spencer is the computers’ supervisor Dorothy Vaughan, who creates her own path to advancement by realizing the potential of the new IBM mainframe and making herself indispensable by learning on her own how to master it..."

Council Preview: Wildhorses, Salamanders, Elephants
Only 51 items on today's agenda – but plenty of potential land mines
News Story  September 1, 2016, by Michael King
"...Today's regular meeting (Sept. 1) might look like a respite – only 51 items on the agenda – but it includes plenty of potential land mines for another marathon..."

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Edina and Patsy hit the big screen with mixed results
Film Review  July 22, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...But the movie is so big and bloated that something crucial feels missing. The dead air in service of the slight narrative seeps out like a slowly deflating party balloon, draining the film of the potential for more rowdy humor from these wickedly funny ladies...."

Crimson Peak
Guillermo del Toro goes Gothic, but falls short
Film Review  October 16, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Wasikowska is Edith Cushing, widowed heiress in Buffalo, N.Y., with literary aspirations in the Mary Shelley vein. Early on, she meets and is smitten with one of her industrialist father’s potential clients, the English baronet Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston), who’s arrived in Buffalo seeking funding for a engineering project in his native Cumberland..."

Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos
First animated Mexican movie to receive wide release in the States
Film Review  September 4, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Viewed entirely on the exceptional virtues of its CGI animation (flashbacks occur via traditional, hand-drawn animation) and its occasionally raunchy humor, Un Gallo con Mucho Huevos is a small gem of a film. But its trivialization of cockfighting will surely be a rightful stumbling block for many potential audience members...."

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Napoleon Solo and and Illya Kuryakin don't transition well to the present
Film Review  August 14, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...Arriving in theatres with all the momentum of a stifled fart, Guy Ritchie’s reboot of a 50-year-old TV show that follows the adventures of an American spy and his Russian counterpart is yet another Hail Mary effort on the part of a studio (in this case, Warner Bros.) to throw some money at an existing property in hopes of securing a solid return on investment, and, more pointedly, a potential new franchise. Clinical (and cynical) dissection? Perhaps, but when the film unveiled is an artless checklist of outdated spy tropes coupled with two lead actors who seem incapable of rising above being mere mannequins harnessed to a relentless machine of clockwork-timed set-pieces, it becomes pretty easy to spot the accountants behind this (Iron) curtain (sorry!)...."

Where Hope Grows
A sinner finds redemption with the help of a a young man with Down syndrome
Film Review  May 15, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...The two develop a relationship, wherein Produce’s love of life, fruits and vegetables, and the tenets of Christianity melt the stone that was once the heart and soul of Calvin. Eventually, Calvin trades in the bottle for Jesus (and AA), and with the help of potential future soulmate Amy (Burns), it appears that things are looking up...."

While We're Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts suffer a midlife funk in Noah Baumbach's latest
Film Review  April 10, 2015, by William Goss
"...Josh has blown the better part of a decade trying to finish his current nonfiction endeavor, a six-hour opus vaguely about “power in America,” while trapped under the shadow of Cornelia’s much-lauded father-in-law, Leslie (Grodin, always a welcome presence). To Josh, the newfound hipster couple’s appropriation of everything that his generation had previously disposed is endearing; when Jamie tries to rev Josh up using Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” Josh points out, “I remember when this song was just considered bad.” As friends their own age (Dizzia and former Beastie Boy Horovitz) find themselves consumed by domestic responsibilities, Josh and Cornelia are eager to fill that social void with walking, talking reminders of their own waning potential...."

Project Almanac
Teens discover plans for a time machine within found footage, but things go awry when they begin to construct it.
Film Review  February 6, 2015, by William Goss
"...He and his pals name-drop pop culture’s most well-known time-travel touchstones throughout, yet fail to heed other movies’ consistent warnings against altering the course of history. As the mood dampens and the pace quickens, the strain on established logic grows heavier and it’s hard to not feel like Almanac’s earlier freewheeling potential has deflated on its way towards an inevitable conclusion...."

The Loft
Five married men share a penthouse loft in which an unidentified woman turns up dead.
Film Review  February 6, 2015, by William Goss
"...The director made an impression with 2003’s The Memory of a Killer, but it’s little wonder why this version – shot in 2011 and since shuffled among distributors – has sat on the proverbial shelf for so long. Despite a premise loaded with potential for temptation and tension, this slickly shot shout-fest gets bogged down in flashbacks, alibis, motives, double-crosses, drugs, druggings, political blackmail, childhood trauma, femmes fatales, homoerotic innuendo, and more red herrings than a bag of Swedish Fish...."

Johnny Depp fails to unleash his inner Peter Sellers in this globetrotting spy comedy.
Film Review  January 30, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...The plot jets Mortdecai between London, Moscow, and Los Angeles on the trail of a missing Goya painting, and there’s enough potential there to imagine a more fizzily sophisticated something in the hands of a wittier filmmaker (Soderbergh, the Coens, Tony Gilroy). But Eric Aronson’s script is a clunker – no movie needs this many mustache jokes – and it curiously is untouched (at least, according to the credits) by director David Koepp, a sought-after screenwriter of blockbuster entertainments for Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Robert Zemeckis, among others..."

2015 Academy Award-Nominated Live-Action Short Films
This live-action group is unified by a general desire to tug at the heartstrings.
Film Review  January 30, 2015, by William Goss
"...“Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)” is a more pointedly political contribution, spending the better part of its running time dryly observing rural Tibetans being photographed against a variety of exotic backdrops before delivering a somber punchline. Israel’s “Aya” similarly overstays its welcome, taking a slight meet-cute premise full of lovely potential (a married woman impulsively adopts the role of airport chauffeur for a Jerusalem-bound stranger) and stretching it out to an almost interminable 40 minutes...."

In a rare dramatic role, Jennifer Aniston plays a woman grappling with chronic pain, painkiller addiction, and personal tragedy.
Film Review  January 23, 2015, by William Goss
"...Nina’s ghost marks the lone fantastical embellishment in Patrick Tobin’s screenplay, settling instead into a series of supposedly grounded yet evidently contrived encounters and setbacks. It doesn’t take long to learn the cause of Claire’s immediate physical pain, but Tobin and director Daniel Barnz (Beastly, Won’t Back Down) play coy with the source of her deeper emotional wound, turning a potentially resonant exploration of loss into a hollow game of hide-the-trauma...."

The Dog
Dog Day Afternoon is a film about a wildly true bank robbery; as conveyed by John Wojtowicz in this doc, the story gets even nuttier when told from the horse's mouth.
Film Review  August 22, 2014, by Steve Davis
"...Throughout, it’s evident that the “Dog,” an unflattering nickname presumably based upon the 1975 film and Wojtowicz’s insatiable sexual appetite (but not as explicitly descriptive as “Littlejohn Basso,” the sobriquet the self-proclaimed horndog happily explains as referring to his Italian heritage and dick size) loves the idea of a captive audience (meaning you). Eventually, his sometimes comic, often pitiable need to feed a hungry ego gets in the way of the documentary’s full potential..."

Sex Tape
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel have escapades while trying to retrieve their sexcapade.
Film Review  July 25, 2014, by Josh Kupecki
"...A Google search for “mom sold blog for big bucks” proved inconclusive). So, of course she gives an iPad to her potential new boss, Hank (played by Rob Lowe, whose joke-casting will likely go over the heads of anyone born after 1990) because it has her blog on it, or some awesome slideshow of her children, maybe..."

Particle Fever
In this documentary, six scientists seek the mysteries of the universe through the launch of the Large Hadron Collider.
Film Review  April 11, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In this documentary, six scientists seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe while providing viewers a front-row seat to the launch of the Large Hadron Collider. They are trying to re-create the conditions that existed moments after the Big Bang, as well as find the Higgs boson, which has the potential to explain the origin of all matter...."

Prince Avalanche
Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch co-star in David Gordon Green's pleasing backcounty dramady, whose tone is heightened by its setting in burned-out Bastrop, Texas.
Film Review  August 16, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Filming in the burnt-out woodlands of Bastrop, Texas (devastated by the wildfires of 2011), proves to have been an inspired choice. The charred setting provides a haunting backdrop, and Green (who is based in nearby Austin) shows great acumen for recognizing the atmospheric potential of this unsettling natural disaster, as well as setting the film in the pre-electronic era of 1987 instead of the present day..."

World War Z
This bio-disaster movie with zombies and Brad Pitt is smart and ambitious, even if it doesn't break the mold.
Film Review  June 21, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...For all the PG-13 bedlam, World War Z seems less about the easy potential for worldwide annihilation than the valorization of the individual family as the core unit that interlocks our universe (witness the film’s concluding freeze frame for evidence). When an epidemiologist remarks that Mother Nature is a serial killer, it seems clear who the real enemy is – and it may require matricide to win the day...."

The Sapphires
Exuberant but fairly formulaic, this Australian film is a backstage story about an all-girl singing group from the outback in the Sixties.
Film Review  April 12, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Along the way to their transformation into the Sapphires, a little bit of social commentary is inserted through the backstory of one light-skinned member’s victimization by Australia’s forced adoption policy, in which children were taken from their families by the government and placed in white boarding schools. Mostly, however, The Sapphires sidesteps political issues and is instead a joyous celebration of music’s potential for emotional uplift...."

Fun Size
Broad-stroked but often funny, this is a teen tale of a Halloween night that doesn't go according to plan.
Film Review  October 26, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...The one-size-fits-all mentality – wherein mom’s raw grief is shoehorned into the same space as Albert’s flaming dog-poo antics – dulls the intriguing jagged edges built into the premise and burbling in the actors: Young Nicoll, for instance, wears existential weariness and barely corked rage as easily as he does his Spidey costume. Imagine Little Miss Sunshine’s dark materials (and superior craftsmanship) diluted with a Hannah Montana-like sunny silliness – which is to say: sometimes funny, often broad-stroked, ever sweet, and landing shy of its potential..."

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