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Panic Room
Fight Club. Se7en. The Game. Say what you will of David Fincher's films – too violent, too loud, too flashy, too convoluted – but like a toothy rottweiler with its...
Film Review  March 29, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...Say what you will of David Fincher's films – too violent, too loud, too flashy, too convoluted – but like a toothy rottweiler with its eyes fixed firmly below the belt, David Fincher's films get you by the ball sac and don't let go. Coming off of Fight Club, a cultural zeitgeist that closed out the last century, Fincher has delivered another attention-getter in Panic Room, a chilly, squirmy suspense thriller, a self-proclaimed “popcorn” flick..."

Escape Room
Six actors in search of an exit
Film Review  January 11, 2019, by Matthew Monagle
"...So how will horror fans receive Escape Room, a film that promises little but packs a surprisingly effective punch? Zoey (Russell) is a college student with a head for puzzles and an empty social calendar. When she receives a cryptic invitation to participate in a new escape room, she finds herself among an odd assortment of teammates..."

The Disappointments Room
Kate Beckinsale moves into a haunted house
Film Review  September 16, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...You’ve seen this movie before, many times, in various iterations with woefully diminishing returns, scare-wise, and so let’s just say The Disappointments Room is aptly titled. I’d like to think in an alternate universe, it’s the attic in Bleak House where master of horror and humanity Guillermo del Toro closets away his cinematic phantasms, notions that didn’t … quite … work..."

Emma Donoghue's screen adaptation of her bestseller is a knockout
Film Review  November 6, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...One of the most absorbing, thrilling, and emotionally anguishing yet restorative movies I’ve seen, Room should be entered by all means. Nevertheless, it is a difficult film to discuss with viewers who are not familiar with the plot of Emma Donoghue’s bestselling book on which it is based..."

Green Room
Punks and Nazi skinheads meet in this tense yet lovely kick in the teeth
Film Review  April 22, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...We all have our squeamish pressure points, be it teeth, or maybe eyes, perhaps fingernails: some scenario that sends that unmistakable frisson rolling through our body. I would hazard a guess and say that director Jeremy Saulnier is very familiar with those pressure points, because his new film Green Room, the follow-up to his breakout indie hit Blue Ruin, is one long, wicked meditation on that very sensation...."

Room 237
Pet theories about what really went down at the Overlook Hotel abound in this documentary about Stanley Kubrick's intentions in The Shining.
Film Review  April 5, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Stanley Kubrick didn’t like to explain his movies, which isn’t to say he didn’t leave plenty of room for interpretation in 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, and The Shining, that eternal terrorizer. There are no hard answers in Room 237, a feature-length, sporadically engaging exploration of the latter, and certainly no endorsement from the Kubrick estate or distributor Warner Bros..."

Room wears the skin of a psychological thriller, but plays out as something far darker, weirder, and more distancing. The film was invited to Cannes and earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for its Austin artists, Kyle Henry and Cyndi Williams.
Film Review  April 7, 2006, by Kimberley Jones
"...In fact, he’s been around a while – as a film programmer, a documentarian (American Cowboy, University Inc.), and an editor (Manito). But Room, which played at Cannes and Sundance last year and netted two Independent Spirit Awards nominations this year, marks new territory for Henry: his narrative feature debut..."

Boiler Room
“People that tell you that money is the root of all evil don't have any,” says the Boiler Room's power-talking recruiter Jim Young (Affleck), and that sentiment, debased though it...
Film Review  February 18, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Ben Affleck, Bill Sage, Taylor Nichols, Jamie Kennedy, Ron Rifkin, Scott Caan, Nicky Katt, Nia Long, Vin Diesel and Giovanni Ribisi. “People that tell you that money is the root of all evil don't have any,” says the Boiler Room's power-talking recruiter Jim Young (Affleck), and that sentiment, debased though it may be, is at the heart of this remarkable debut feature by New Yorker Ben Younger..."

The Son's Room
A teenage boy's sudden, accidental death leaves his family members struggling to find the means of coping with their grief in The Son's Room, a haunting film written and directed...
Film Review  May 17, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Sofia Vigliar, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Jasmine Trinca, Laura Morante and Nanni Moretti. A teenage boy's sudden, accidental death leaves his family members struggling to find the means of coping with their grief in The Son's Room, a haunting film written and directed by, and also starring, the Italian film auteur Nanni Moretti..."

The War Room
Political campaigns and cinema vérité make strange bedfellows. Spin doctoring and strategic planning seem at odds with the documentarian's reveal-all approach to filmmaking. Given these inherent tensions, it's no surprise...
Film Review  November 26, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Given these inherent tensions, it's no surprise that the hand-held cameras of husband and wife team, Pennebaker (Don't Look Back, Monterey Pop) and Hegedus (Town Bloody Hall), found their way behind the scenes of the 1992 Clinton campaign. Mainly, the film focuses on James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, Clinton's ace strategists who helmed the command post (or the War Room) at campaign headquarters..."

Control Room
A timely documentary look at Arab news network al Jazeera.
Film Review  June 11, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Each side accuses the other, and emotions escalate until a breakdown or impasse makes any abridgement in the gulf of understanding all but impossible. That may not be exactly what is meant when we refer to the Gulf War (again), but it does bring up the double meaning of the title Control Room..."

Living Room Live: The Soldier Thread with The Lovely Sparrows
July installment of this intimate music series at the W Austin.
DAILY Chron Events  July 26, 2012, by Elissa Kroman
"...Living Room Live is a unique way to experience live music in one of Austin's most cozy settings. W Austin partners with The Sessions to host a night of performances by local musicians in "The Records Room" of the W hotel...."

Room To Read Fundraiser Tonight
Proceeds go to promote education scholarships for girls, local language children’s books, and library construction in India
DAILY Books  October 15, 2009, by Ashley Moreno
"...This evening (10/15), from 6-10pm, Room to Read will host a fundraising dinner at the Clay Pit featuring contemporary Indian cuisine, dance, and music. Proceeds go to promote education scholarships for girls, local language children’s books, and library construction in India...."

The Hidden Room Theatre Is Working With a Presidential Assassin
Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, we reckon you’ll really enjoy the show
DAILY Arts  June 12, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Austin’s Hidden Room theatre company is officially in cahoots with John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln back in 1865. They’re engaged in a sort of transtemporal collaboration, of course, and the Ransom Center’s Eric Colleary is partly to blame...."

The Keeping Room
Slow-burn thriller is a Western with a feminist slant
Film Review  October 2, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...The slow-burn thriller The Keeping Room is deliberately paced, with muted moments highlighting the first half of the film. British director Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) portrays the hardship the three women face in dappled sunlight as they try to till fields and hunt for game..."

The Blue Room
Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this Hitchcockian story of l'amour four.
Film Review  October 24, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...For this, his feature debut behind the lens, Amalric has adapted (co-scripting with his partner and co-star Cléau) one of Gallic crime novelist Georges Simenon’s slimmer volumes into a fittingly tight and extremely entertaining movie. There’s more than a hint of both Alain Resnais’ subjectively labyrinthine plotting and Claude Chabrol’s Hitchcockian portraits of the dark underbelly of small-town life, but The Blue Room is at its duplicitous heart a vivid, chronologically complex depiction of l’amour fou gone terribly wrong...."

Fantastic Fest 2015: Green Room
Blue Ruin team pits punks against neo-Nazis
DAILY Screens  September 26, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...For anyone who thinks of Patrick Stewart as just Star Trek: The Next Generation's smooth-pated and soft-voiced diplomat Jean-Luc Picard, then his portrayal as merciless neo-Nazi leader Darcy in Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room may seem shocking. But in the long arc of his career, it makes perfect sense...."

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Oscar winner documents the collapse of Enron in vivid detail and with cinematic flourish.
Film Review  April 29, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It’s a truism that things are done big in Texas, but who knew that approach applied to failures as well successes? The Enron debacle – the bankruptcy scandal that demolished the Houston corporation that was ranked the seventh largest in the country, and also devastated its swindled employees, stockholders, business associates, and even casual observers – is put under the microscope in Gibney’s documentary. Based on the book by Fortune writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room documents the collapse in vivid detail and with cinematic flourish..."

The Pink Elephant (Radio) in the Room
Local LGBTQ advocates bring queer hip-hop to the radio and SXSW
DAILY Qmmunity  March 15, 2018, by Mikaila Rushing
"...Pink Elephant Radio is ready to address the pink elephant in the room: In a world that is slowly but surely introducing more queer elements to mainstream media, why does the music industry seem to be so behind the curve? [image-1-right]..."

Untold Verve Rules Empire Control Room
Londoner sifts decades of UK bass culture for Chaos in Tejas
DAILY Music  June 2, 2014, by Conor Walker
"...Jack Dunning, aka Untold, took the stage at Empire Control Room Friday and nervously cleared away the beer bottles left atop his table of modular electronics, samplers, and synthesizers. He put his headphones on, scanned the knobs and LEDs, prepped a few samples, and walked offstage..."

Pleasant Storage Room Opens Friday
Havana-inspired bar showcases cocktails and rum punches
DAILY Food  April 11, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Austin's newest custom cocktail lounge, the Pleasant Storage Room (208 W. Fourth), opens Friday, April 11, in the former home of the Stacked Burger Bar, at the same street address as Peche and Cedar Street Courtyard...."

Room With a View
La Zona Rosa's Ripple Effect
Music Story  September 19, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...What Pratz calls his "excited and negative side," however, has been more vocal of late, particularly after the March announcement that Direct Events was purchasing La Zona Rosa in order to add another facet to its growing stable of venues. While capacities for Direct Events' other two venues, the Backyard and Austin Music Hall, hover between 2,000 and 3,000 depending on their configuration, La Zona Rosa, after extensive renovations, will feature a 450-person dining room/front stage area as well as a now-enclosed main room with a capacity of 1,500..."

Hidden Room Theatre Resurrects King Lear
The once-popular but now obscure revision of Shakespeare's play by Nahum Tate is revived, complete with happy ending
Arts Story  November 5, 2015, by Stephanie Carll
"...In a secret room in Downtown Austin, Beth Burns and company are resuscitating King Lear. Oh, not the one from your high school English class..."

Return to ACC's Room 221: Mercury or mystery?
Some ACC employees worry mercury still pollutes classroom that has been subject of legal wrangling over past decade
News Story  December 21, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...The opposing sides in a years-old fight at Austin Commun­ity College would certainly agree on that persistence, albeit for different reasons. Some current and former employees worry the toxic metal still pollutes a classroom that has been the subject of legal wrangling over the past decade; ACC administrators no doubt feel it has persisted as a public-relations problem for much too long...."

No Room for Gays at the Red Room?
Customers allege bar turned away LGBT customers
News Story  July 26, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Josh Moon says he knew something was different minutes into his Friday shift. The Red Room on Fourth had been primarily catering to an LGBT clientele, but a popular and flamboyant shot boy had allegedly been sent home at the promoter's request..."

Making 'Room' in the Cult Canon
Tommy Wiseau's so-bad-it's-sublime debut feature
Screens Story  May 1, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Tommy Wiseau, the enigmatic director, star, and co-executive producer of 2003's independently shot The Room, is emphatic when it comes to defending his hypnotically off-kilter un-mellow-drama. Its rapidly expanding cult audience ranks the film right up there with Troll 2 and Plan 9 From Outer Space in terms of exquisite awfulness, but The Room – a bizarre love triangle of red-hot passions and stone-cold line readings – is far from the worst movie ever made ....."

A Room With a View
Steve Wertheimer prepares to open a second Continental Club -- in Houston.
Music Story  May 26, 2000, by Christopher Gray
"...A month or so out from their projected mid-June opening date, and even with all the mess, the space should already seem familiar to any local 8 1/2 Souvenirs or Toni Price fan; the stage, sound booth, bar, and waitress station are all situated exactly where they are on the South Congress Continental. The only real difference in the Houston main room, besides its vintage terrazzo floors, will be an elevated VIP area behind the sound booth...."

The Velveeta Room's Head Cheese
Pat Dean takes over the venue that’s redefining what a “comedy club” can be
Arts Story  January 4, 2018, by Carina Magyar
"...Just another comedian. The bar that Pat Dean is manning, for his first night in charge, is the Velveeta Room, Austin's sliver of a Downtown comedy room that has found an artistic and atmospheric renaissance at the butt-end of an ever-dirtier Dirty Sixth Street...."

East Austin Studio Tour: The Eureka Room
Hey, pssssst, citizen: Wanna have your mind blown?
DAILY Arts  November 8, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...If you’re Mike Stefanik, who’s built something called the Eureka Room in the spare bedroom of his house in East Austin, you’re going to take those LEDs and you’re going to make the immersive, light-flooded, music-enhanced installation you’ve been planning even better than it would have been...."

AC Date Night: Gelateria Gemelli & Milonga Room
Amaro never dies
Food Column  June 23, 2016, by Adrienne Whitehorse
"...I had been eager to scope out the speakeasy below Buenos Aires Cafe. Milonga Room isn't a secret anymore, but when I found out it is an amaro-focused bar, it seemed the natural place to venture after our first round of drinks..."

The Velveeta Room: Vive la Difference de le Fromage!
Nearly three dozen comics are flocking to Sixth Street to pay tribute to Austin's other comedy club
Arts Story  June 13, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...For 20 years now, the Velveeta Room has been Austin's other comedy club...."

New Speakeasy, Whisper Room, Opens This Friday
Relish in opulence and whiskey in Downtown Austin
DAILY Food  October 25, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Tucked away inside the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel’s terrace restaurant and bar, the Whisper Room is a private, reservation only, whiskey lounge that promises to take post-protest-at-the-Capitol drinks to the next level..."

The Hidden Room Theatre's Henry IV
Beth Burns' latest foray into Shakespeare will school you on how to present plays penned by the Bard
Arts Review  September 21, 2017, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...Take your seats and open your programs to page one. This evening's lesson, provided by the Hidden Room Theatre, is on how to produce, direct, and perform the plays of William Shakespeare..."

Review: L'Estelle House & the Drafting Room
Charming space still has a few kinks
Food Story  April 28, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...I know I wasn't responsible for the setup, but still I feel like I should apologize to Nashville-based musician Suzy Oleson, who recently performed at Rainey Street newcomer L'Estelle. To get to the Drafting Room, the bar portion of the space, I had to walk through the middle of her setup and attempt to muffle my voice as I ordered Prosecco just a few feet away – not that the roar of the Parlor Room next door wasn't already making her inaudible..."

SXSW Panel Recap: Dungeons & Dragons in the Writer's Room
Is playing role-playing games the best training for writers? Maybe.
DAILY Screens  March 17, 2018, by Tucker Whatley
"...All three of the panelists assembled to discuss the link between role-playing and writing are longtime RPG players and seasoned veterans of their respective fields: Chris Prynoski, president of Titmouse Animation Studio, who has worked on shows ranging from Beavis and Butt-Head to The Venture Bros; Ryan Verniere, lead writer at League of Legends studio Riot Games; and Leah Hoyer, former development executive at Disney who has transitioned to the video game industry as VP of creative at Telltale Games. They made the case that skills and experiences from their role-playing sessions directly apply to collaborative storytelling in a writer’s room...."

"Maria Chávez: String Room"
With this interactive sound installation, it’s hard to tell whether it’s more about music or not-music
Arts Review  April 27, 2017, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...Maria Chávez's "String Room" is a collection of steel piano strings pulled taut from floor to ceiling and neatly arranged into a traversable walkway. The wires gleam at a uniform angle, a forest of leaning lines making a delicate maze..."

Hidden Room Theatre's Houdini Speaks to the Living
In Houdini Speaks to the Living, Hidden Room Theatre resurrects two dead celebrities for a spirited battle
Arts Story  October 20, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But how wonderful that the two of them can speak to us from beyond the grave, now, can present the scientifically rigorous and emotion-fraught arguments that ravaged their association – through the magic of modern stagecraft, as created by Beth Burns and Patrick Terry and Robert Matney and the crafty crew of Hidden Room Theatre. And the speaking that's done, with Terry embodying Houdini and Matney in the role of Doyle, is in those worthies' actual words: transcribed from materials in the deep archives of Austin's Harry Ransom Center...."

Mopping Up the Red in Green Room
Austinite Macon Blair on neo-Nazis and Patrick Stewart
Screens Story  April 21, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's always the quiet ones. In violent thriller Green Room, Macon Blair plays Gabe, the placid manager of a punk club in the rural Pacific Northwest..."

War Room
Christian melodrama likens prayer to war against the devil
Film Review  August 28, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...If nothing else, this Christian melodrama presents a novel idea for home renovation. How many of us have looked at the master closet and thought, wouldn’t this make a cozy prayer space? Only in this film’s tortured metaphor, a prayer space is a “war room,” and penitents are enlistees in God’s army against the devil...."

In the Room
First-place winner
Books Story  February 28, 2014, by Raul Garza
"...It goes like this: I along with maybe 20 other creatives take turns presenting storyboards, spelling bee style, to a panel of execs. Then we sit silently in the Herman Miller chairs that line the gigantic room as the execs openly deliberate which ideas to present to the client and, more important, which to select as the "recco," the official agency recommendation to produce..."

When Is a 'Game Room' a Bedroom?
The fight over superduplexes continues at 1917 David Street
News Story  November 9, 2012, by Elizabeth Pagano
"...Original West University Neighborhood Association President Nuria Zaragosa appears to have won her latest battle against developers of so-called "stealth dorms," squelching "stealth bedrooms" in the process. Plans to replace an existing house at 1917 David Street with a suspiciously large "duplex" had drawn persistent opposition from OWUNA, which appealed the city-approved building permit to the Board of Adjust­ment..."

Simply Sensational Desserts / Room for Dessert
Food Story  November 26, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Room for Dessert: 110 Recipes for Cakes, Custards, Souffles, Tarts, Pies, Cobblers, Sorbets, Sherbets, Ice Creams, Cookies, Candies, and Cordialsby David Lebovitz, Alice Waters, and Michael Lamotte..."

Veronica's Room
Hang on for the second act of this Oh Dragon Theatre thriller – then hang on!
Arts Review  September 10, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...Oh Dragon Theatre Company has a hell of a poker face. Director Lacey Cannon Gonzales knows that with high risk comes the potential for great reward, and with Veronica's Room, she dares the audience to call her bluff with a rather shaky first act, but then goes all-in for a second act that leaves patrons collecting their jaws from the floor of the Trinity Street Theatre...."

"Alice Leora Briggs: The Room"
The printmaker disregards clean narrative in her masterly woodcuts based on poetry by Mark Strand
Arts Review  September 3, 2015, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"..."You don't read poetry for the kind of truth that passes for truth in the workaday world," said the late Poet Laureate Mark Strand, in a Paris Review interview with Wallace Shawn. "You don't read a poem to find out how you get to 24th Street." Those words ring doubly true when viewing a recently published artist suite of 12 wood relief and chine collé prints by Alice Leora Briggs, each corresponding to a single line of Strand's poem "The Room." These works on display at Flatbed Press are printer's prints, to be sure, flexing the strengths and long narrative/illustrative tradition of the woodcut, but their vividness and textural intensity draw in the uninitiated with an equal pull..."

The Elephant in the Living Room
Spencer Gibb tiptoes atop 54 Seconds
Music Story  August 17, 2007, by Margaret Moser
"..."The elephant in the living room" is one of Spencer Gibb's favorite phrases. He uses it liberally and applies it to numerous situations..."

Back Room Slighted
Postmarks  July 7, 2006
"...Dear Editor, So, no mention of the demise of the Back Room. Except for the backhanded slap in the TCB Music news column [June 30]..."

Booth's Richard III by the Hidden Room Theatre
Beth Burns and company unearths a fascinating theatrical time capsule with this version of Shakespeare's tragedy
Arts Review  June 21, 2018, by Shanon Weaver
"...The Hidden Room Theatre, in conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center and Austin Scottish Rite Theater, now offers a play that is a ghost itself: Booth's Richard III...."

East Side Show Room Says Goodbye, Boiler Nine Says Hello
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  July 1, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...First, we’ll start with the bad news. East Side Show Room is closing after seven years on East Sixth..."

Freelancer Struck With Green Room Blues?
Postmarks  May 28, 2013
"...Dear Editor, It was the review of Black Flag that was muddy [“Black Flag Returns,” earache! Music blog, May 24]. I find it difficult to accept a freelancer's opinion who may be miffed because he was not allowed into the green room..."

Room for Possibility
Arthouse creates a space where artists can invent, experiment, make the future
Arts Story  October 22, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...The team has anticipated the variety of needs within the venue, particularly in regard to the kind of art shown, and accommodated them with admirable flexibility. The room that contains that large second-story window can be configured for meetings, lectures, or screenings, and it's equipped so projected images may also be seen outside from the street..."

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