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Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
Documentarian Freida Mock presents her subject as a play in three acts, but the academic and fragmented structure obscures the warmth of this playwright.
"...war and The Brothers Karamazov published in The Nation. AFS@Dobie..."

Nov. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Army of Shadows
Although made in 1969, this French masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville is receiving its first stateside release.
" it’s this: Always keep a cyanide pill handy. (AFS@Dobie)..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

13 (Tzameti)
This first feature by Georgian-born French immigrant, Gela Babluani, marks a memorable debut: It's a taut and stylish thriller despite its brutal psychological duress.
"...cynicism may yet discover whole new horizons to exploit. AFS at Dobie..."

Nov. 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

49 Up
This British series is one of the great achievements of the cinema, one that reveals how an observant camera plus the passage of time can capture reality.
"...I sleep better at night knowing it's out there. AFS@Dobie..."

Oct. 6, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Jan Svankmajer's creepy-crawl slowly becomes one of the most mordantly beautiful of the director's films, an asylum-set anti-love story with mobile body parts and splashy theatrics.
"...garish gore as this is perhaps salvageable somehow, someday. (AFS@Dobie)..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Free Zone
Israeli film presents the region's conflict in terms of the world's most annoying, dysfunctional-family road trip, which renders the proceedings almost as exhausting as the real thing.
"...Gitai. Starring: Natalie Portman, Hana Laszlo and Hiam Abbass. AFS@Dobie Free Zone's opening sequence – an unbroken, 10-minute-long shot..."

July 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This rocketing thriller that pits an unseen Filipino terrorist against an unwitting Filipino-American dupe is one of the purest examples of no-budget, seat-of-the-pants, gloriously DIY filmmaking since The Blair Witch Project.
"...and Neill Dela Llana. Starring: Gamazon and Dominique Gonzalez. AFS@Dobie It's well-nigh impossible to watch or discuss Gamazon and..."

July 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Mr. Dante Remus Lazarescu of Bucharest descends into a distinct rung of hell when he calls for an ambulance and is subsequently schlepped through Romania's uncaring medical system.
"...Clara Voda, Adrian Titieni, Mihai Bratila and Monica Barladeanu. AFS@Dobie After feeling poorly for hours, Mr. Lazarescu calls for..."

July 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lady Vengeance
The South Korean master of revenge dramas, Park Chan-wook, offers another entertaining puzzle of emotional nuance, riotous color, and bloody hell.
"...Lee Yeong-ae, Choi Min-sik, Go Su-hee and Lee Seung-shin. AFS@Dobie If you're a latecomer to the South Korean filmmaking..."

June 30, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

I Am a Sex Addict
If you leave the theatre with that awkward too-much-information feeling after peering into the director's self-exposed psyche, you will also remember his high-wire act that combines fact and fiction, drama and self-deprecating humor, honesty and self-delusion.
"...Alexandra Guerineaud, Katarina Fabic, Corinna Chan and Greg Watkins. AFS@Dobie You might remember Caveh Zahedi from his segment in..."

June 23, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

With an award-winning performance by Maggie Cheung, Clean is one of the most emotionally honest movies about drug addiction ever made.
"...Béatrice Dalle, James Dennis, Jeanne Balibar and Don McKellar. AFS@Dobie Clean is one of the most emotionally honest movies..."

June 2, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy
More a meditation than a traditional documentary, Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy beautifully employs direct cinema techniques to transport the viewer into the world of an exiled culture.
"...Directed by: Graham Coleman. AFS@Dobie You don’t have to be a student of Buddhism..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
This Oscar nominee from Germany chronicles the last desperate hours of Sophie Scholl, a real-life German university student who, in 1943 Munich, ran afoul of the gestapo while distributing anti-Nazi leaflets.
"...Fabian Hinrichs, Johanna Gastdorf, André Hennicke and Florian Stetter. AFS@Dobie There's no moment of release, no instant of sudden..."

May 19, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Syrian Bride
This story about an arranged marriage taking place in a remote outpost of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights will be familiar to anyone ever caught in an avalanche of red tape.
"...Eyad Sheety, Evelyn Kaplun, Julie-Anne Roth and Adnan Tarabshi. AFS@Dobie Matrimonial comedies are a staple of the cinema, bringing,..."

May 12, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Go for Zucker!
As two German families collide, the film explores its characters’ shared history to unravel the challenges of political and personal reunification.
"...Golda Tencer, Steffen Groth, Anja Franke and Sebastian Blomberg. AFS@Dobie “That poor guy,” says one of Jakob Zucker’s nosy..."

March 31, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Cowboy del Amor
Ivan Thompson, the "Cowboy Cupid" who brokers marriages between American men and Mexican women, is a truly fascinating documentary character that is expertly revealed through rock-solid storytelling.
"...Directed by: Michèle Ohayon. AFS@Dobie Ivan Thompson is a piece of work. For 16..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Night Watch
Russia's highest box-office grosser (until the release of its sequel) is a stylish sci-fi thriller that's filled with adrenaline-fueled pacing, an abundance of gory effects, a death metal soundtrack, and a convoluted narrative that puts The Matrix to shame.
"...Galina Tunina, Yuri Kutsenko, Aleksei Chadov and Zhanna Friske. AFS@Dobie The most illuminating thing about the Russian sci-fi import..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Les Saignantes
This Cameroonian-French science fiction satire with Godardian influences is as fascinating as it is obscure.
"...Ado, Dorylia Calmel, Louis-Balthazar Amadangoleda and Emile Abossolo M'bo. AFS@Dobie Les Saignantes is a Cameroonian-French science fiction satire with..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Ballets Russes
Majestic movie about once celebrated, now long defunct ballet company that changed the face of modern dance.
"...Directed by: Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine. AFS@Dobie This rousing documentary tells the story of a once-celebrated,..."

Feb. 17, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Protocols of Zion
Documentary filmmaker Marc Levin investigates the reasons for the recent renaissance of American anti-Semitism; sadly, the end result is scattershot and never really elucidates or poses solutions to the problem.
"...ever really elucidating or posing solutions to the problem. AFS@Dobie...."

Feb. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Before the Fall
Every movie about the Holocaust should be this good, but few are. Heartbreaking and brutal, its tale of two boys training together at an elite school is as intimate and truthful to its characters as it is powerfully topical and politically brave.
"...Schenk, Justus Von Dohnanyi, Devid Striesow and Joachim Bibmeier. AFS@Dobie Every movie about the Holocaust should be this good,..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Darwin's Nightmare
This delicately horrific yet artful documentary examines the destruction of Lake Victoria by the omnivorous Nile perch, and the dire consequences this causes the Tanzanian people.
"...developed world, and a long overdue one at that. (AFS@Dobie)..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Defiant Deviant
The Austin Film Society and Alamo Drafthouse gang up for Bloodbath and Beyond: The Extreme Cinema of Takashi Miike and more
"...Visitor Q (April 12) ends the AFS series. The title's interloper, Q, wreaks an extreme makeover..."

Feb. 25, 2005 Screens Feature by Wells Dunbar

The Wuxia Clan
AFS's 'Heroic Grace: The Chinese Martial Arts Film' flys high with eight overlooked classics.
"...AFS's series, which is part of a traveling exhibition by..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

French Free-for-All
The latest Austin Film Society free series surveys French cinema in the Nineties.
"...some fisticuffs, but also something akin to this new AFS series: a disparate group of filmmakers with startlingly different..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

Love Is a Battlefield
The Austin Film Society presents a new free series on screwball comedy.
"...the best of them, although her contribution to the AFS lineup, the wonderful detective story The Thin Man (screening..."

Jan. 11, 2002 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

A Safe Set for Pandemic-Era Feature The Blazing World
Sundance film comes to AFS's drive-in

Jan. 29, 2021 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Cinematic Documentary Making Waves Might Get Loud
AFS screening the story of the people who bring sound to the movies
"...Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound @AFS Cinema, 6406 N. I-35, Mon., Jan. 6, 7pm; Sat.,..."

Jan. 3, 2020 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Dennis Hopper Is Totally Not on Drugs in Eighties Gem White Star
White lightning in a bottle at AFS Cinema
"...White Star @AFS Cinema, 6406 N. I-35, Fri., Oct 4, 9.30pm;..."

Oct. 4, 2019 Screens Feature by Josh Kupecki

Director John Lee Hancock and Office Space Go Into the Texas Film Hall of Fame
Classic comedy and Texas writer/director to be awarded March 7
"...Hey, we're gonna need you to come to AFS Cinema on March 7. That's when the Texas Film..."

Feb. 1, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

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