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Soldier of Morality
Spc. Mark Wilkerson learns that it's a lot easier to get in the Army than it is to get out
"...Wilkerson on the 40-mile drive to Fort Hood. Upon arrival, Wilkerson became a soldier again: straight-backed, hands clasped behind..."

Sept. 8, 2006 News Feature by Diana Welch

Nacho Libre
This sophomore outing from the director of Napoleon Dynamite is full of cheesy goodness, courtesy of Jack Black, but a little goes a long way.
"...until fate intervenes not once but twice. It's the arrival of the saintly nun, Sister Encarnación (Reguera, whose resemblence..."

June 16, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Family Stone
This likable romantic comedy runs the gamut of emotions – hitting tenderness, rage, remorse, and everything in between – but there are too many characters with too little chemistry to be a real keeper.
"...complicated by Ben’s long looks at Meredith and the arrival of Meredith’s little sis (an uncharacteristically blah Danes), casting..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Christmas in the Clouds
This Native American romantic comedy, which won the Audience Award at the 2001 Austin Film Festival, arrives in theatres four years late but seasonally right on time.
"...are all up in a tizzy over the impending arrival of an anonymous travel writer, whose rating could make..."

Dec. 2, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Second Wind
As the Katrina crisis subsides, the small victories and the larger questions persist
"...biggest test of crisis management behind them – the arrival of several thousand Gulf Coast hurricane survivors in Austin..."

Sept. 16, 2005 News Feature by Amy Smith

War of the Worlds
Spielberg and the gang at Industrial Light & Magic have knocked the ball not only out of the park but out of Earth orbit as well.
"...in the middle of Main Street, Ray witnesses the arrival of an alien machine – the tripod – birthing..."

July 1, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Memories of Murder
This Korean cop film is based on the country's first real serial-killer case in 1986, a case that flummoxed the police along with everyone else.
"...against the limitations of their skills. Even after the arrival of the vastly more professional Detective Yoon, Park and..."

May 13, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Kingdom of Heaven
Ridley Scott's Crusades epic is a historical spectacle on the order of Gladiator and a dissection of war, as gritty and illuminating as Black Hawk Down, that takes flight when it becomes a canvas for ideas and ideologies in action.
"...may add to the box-office draw, and with the arrival of the hotly anticipated thriller Domino later this summer..."

May 6, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Ballad of Jack and Rose
An insular father-daughter relationship comes apart in writer-director Rebecca Miller's drama, which also stars her actor-husband Daniel Day-Lewis.
"...Not having heard anything about Kathleen prior to her arrival, Rose reacts Oedipally to this Edenic interloper. By the..."

April 1, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...As a relatively recent Austin arrival, I've been glad to find the Chronicle. It's always..."

Jan. 14, 2005 Column

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Bill Murray won't get the elusive Oscar for this one – for all its visual majesty, The Life Aquatic is too slight – but the film is nevertheless a funny, bewildering, and giddy spectacle.
"...there is the ostensible heart of the film, the arrival of Steve's long-lost son, Ned Plimpton (Wilson, with an..."

Dec. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Undertow
Cross-pollinate the arthouse film with B-movie backwoods gothic, and you get something like Undertow’s peculiar fusion of high and low culture.
"...sense of routine. That routine is threatened by the arrival of John’s bad-news brother Dell (Lucas), redneck-cool and fresh..."

Nov. 12, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Feeding the Film
Sixteen-hour days, hundreds of hungry crew members, remote locations, tight facilities, and tough competition: Two local caterers go to the movies
"...Again, the call sheet has them scheduled for staggered arrival, with the transport crew arriving first (since they are..."

Aug. 6, 2004 Food Feature by Mick Vann

The Terminal
Steven Spielberg enters his Capra period with this optimistic melting-pot tale starring pal Tom Hanks, whose underused comic instincts come to the fore.
"...such things as Viktor, who speaks no English upon arrival, learning the language practically overnight form Fodor’s guidebooks. Hanks..."

June 18, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Envy
Director Barry Levinson tackles the human vice of envy in this comedy starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black.
"...about Tim’s subterfuge/murder of Nick’s prize horse and the arrival – from Dimension X, one assumes – of Christopher..."

May 7, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Latter Days
A West Hollywood party boy and a Mormon missionary find love and understanding.
"...of the film edges toward camp, and the sudden arrival of surreal dream sequences threatens to push it over..."

March 12, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Cold Mountain
Swoony kisses and true grit mark this Civil War epic from the director of The English Patient.
"...That final transformation has everything to do with the arrival of Ruby Thewes (Zellweger), a no-nonsense mountain woman who..."

Dec. 26, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Tale of a Tale Spinner
How a ballplayer, a piano player, beatnik poetry, and Lubbock made Terry Allen an epic storyteller.
"...sink in at first. That wouldn't come until the arrival of rock & roll, a sound that finally seemed..."

Dec. 19, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Millennium Actress
This Japanimation import is a sweeping romantic saga full of big, lush ideas.
"...garden than on her past. This changes with the arrival of Genyo, who requests an interview with her in..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Herod's Law
Unflinching satire is diminished by overwritten messages.
"...the protagonist, hapless public servant Juan Vargas (Alcazar), whose arrival in the flea-bitten rural village of San Pedro de..."

Sept. 5, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary
Visionary Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin films the Royal Winnepeg Ballet’s rendition of the Dracula story.
"...As the film opens, one character, fearing the impending arrival of something dreadful, cries out, "Immigrants!" It’s Dracula through..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

L'Auberge Espagnole
"...that something genuinely interesting happens. That something is the arrival of Kevin Bishop’s character William, brother to fastidious Brit..."

June 13, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Matrix Reloaded
"...foretells the fall of the their enemy and the arrival of the "One," aka Neo. Joseph Campbell (or C.S...."

May 16, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Hours
"...-- the ringing of an alarm clock, the early arrival of a guest, a passionate kiss between two women,..."

Jan. 17, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Empire
"...Baz Lurhmann's hyper Romeo + Juliet that announced the arrival of a major dramatic talent, however. Lean and wiry..."

Dec. 6, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Roger Dodger
"...more lovely). Adding to his troubles is the unexpected arrival of his 16-year-old nephew Nick (Eisenberg), who wants to..."

Nov. 15, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pokémon 4ever
"...shrill siren song of kid-lite marketing that heralds the arrival of -- gasp! choke! -- the fourth feature-length Pokémon..."

Oct. 11, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

La Vie Sur Terre (Life On Earth)
"...father in a small, remote village in Mali. The arrival of the 21st century is hardly noticed by these..."

Oct. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Life, Death, and Shoofly Pie
Chatting with the Gourds' rabid online fan base, family through thick and BAD.
"...hit the ground so hard he was brain-dead upon arrival at the hospital. The announcement also bore an unexpected..."

Sept. 13, 2002 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

The Short Unhappy Life of Sophia King
The APD shooting death of Sophia King was a tragedy waiting to happen.
"...but how she lived. By the spring after her arrival, Sophia had established her reputation at Rosewood. She was..."

Aug. 2, 2002 News Feature by Lucius Lomax

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