Oct. 12, 2007

Volume 27, Number 6

ON THE COVER:
features

Best of Austin 2007

Readers' and critics' favorites
news

Wrecking Ball Stages Surprise Attack in Tarrytown

City does demolition job on Reed Hall, neighborhood morale

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

FLDS Sect Thriving in West Texas

Despite leader Warren Jeffs' legal woes, group's gated compound in Eldorado reportedly growing

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Point Austin: Here They Come!

With the November kickoff approaching, the municipal candidates begin to emerge

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

In the spirit of 'BoA,' BTP presents Best of What's Happening at City Council This Week

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Revisiting the Arrest of Protesters; and Speak Out for America

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Screens

Film Reviews

Broken

Heather Graham is an L.A. transplant whose dreams of a music career become soiled by her relationship with her junkie boyfriend, played by Jeremy Sisto.

The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson boards another train of ironic whimsy, although this time the train is quite literal and not just the train of thought in his head.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I is back for seconds in this melodramatic sequel that emphasizes how the Virgin Queen lusted in her heart.

Feel the Noise

In this overstuffed movie, an aspiring Harlem rapper finds his artistic calling and homeland pride with Puerto Rico's reggaeton.

The Final Season

A small-town high school baseball team is put to the test in this emphatically inspirational mess.

King of California

Michael Douglas plays a wild-eyed dreamer who sways his daughter and friend into digging clandestinely for treasure underneath a California superstore.

Laaga Chunari Mein Daag

New Bollywood film.

Lust, Caution

The NC-17-rated passion in Ang Lee's movie is at distinct odds with the chilly film that surrounds its lovers.

Michael Clayton

This smart and thoroughly entertaining film asks the question of where a lawyer’s ethical responsibility to zealously represent a client ends and the societal interest in achieving justice begins.

Vanaja

Unlike the Bollywood films most mainstream audiences expect from India, Vanaja operates on a far more realistic level, with the added bonus of a melodramatic story that's a real heartbreaker.

We Own the Night

Joaquin Phoenix is dynamic, Mark Wahlberg subdued, and Robert Duvall trusty in this otherwise redundant story about brothers on opposite sides of the law.
arts & culture

Arts Reviews

Inherit the Wind

Austin Playhouse revival reminds us that the war between creationists and Darwinists still isn't finished

Happy Days

With standout work by Katherine Catmull, Beckett's 'happy' play gets a revival to be grateful for

Femme Fantastique

The fantastic narratives presented are masterfully woven and most entertaining
columns

Page Three

Welcome to the 18th 'Best of Austin' issue

BY NICK BARBARO

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Our latest batch

Letters @ 3AM

An economy of speculation is an economy of debt

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

The year's best traveling around Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Tequila's becoming more expensive, Americans are getting shorter, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Do trademark laws affect my local business?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lady Longhorns earn No. 1 ranking, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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