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Unions Bet on Mayoral Candidate Kirk Watson
Endorsements flow in, though his proposals may leave some Austinites wanting more
"...city manager's power to new levels that Watson is better-suited to rein in...."

Sept. 9, 2022 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Co-Op Conversions "Best Bet for Cultural Preservation"
Local businesses find strength in cooperation
"...on converting such businesses to cooperative ownership as a better alternative: "By transferring ownership to workers, small businesses can..."

May 14, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Summer Fun: Baseball? You Bet!
Summer Fun sharing a sunset with the Round Rock Express

May 17, 2013 Chronolog Post by Nina Hernandez

Uh-Oh … Lampson No Longer Such a Sure Bet

Oct. 30, 2006 News Post by Lee Nichols

The Gatekeepers
Six retired directors of Israel’s domestic intelligence agency candidly reflect.
"...effect, giving voice to the retired directors of Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency...."

March 22, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Band's Visit
A lost band of Egyptian musicians from a police orchestra find refuge with some Israeli townspeople.
"...by: Eran Kolirin. Starring: Shlomi Avraham, Saleh Bakri, Ronit Elkabetz, Sasson Gabai, Uri Gavriel, Imad Jabarin, Ahuva Keren and..."

March 7, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Hidalgo
Old-time adventure in which both man and steed look good.
"...a man and his animal – and you can bet that the movie gives more than its fair share..."

March 5, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Buffalo '66
"...for a five-year stretch necessitated by a botched $10,000 bet on the Buffalo Bills, Billy told his parents he..."

Aug. 7, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Naked City
Costello accuses Curtis of attempted bribery
"...later identified as Curtis – who first offered to bet him that his toll road information was incorrect and..."

Feb. 11, 2005 News Feature by Michael King

Operation Finale
Nazi hunting history may be accurate, but lacks tension or gravity
"...Kingsley (as Eichmann) and Isaac (playing a roguish Shin Bet agent who eventually turns out to be the key..."

Aug. 31, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ocean's 8
Sandra Bullock is the other Ocean sibling in this all-female revamp of the heist franchise
"...few more plot twists, Ocean’s 8 is a safe bet for some glitzy summer fun. In the opening scene,..."

June 8, 2018 Movie Review by Danielle White

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
The man who would be kingmaker
"...and natty cap, with a telephone cord constantly dangling between his ear and coat pocket. Always at the ready..."

May 12, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dark Horse
True horse saga beguiles with its simplicity and purity of heart
"...and this lovely film are, without question, a sure bet...."

May 27, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Big Short
The financial meltdown of 2008 is treated with terrific comic spin
"...sinks in that our heroes’ big gamble is to bet against the American people. And, boy, did it work...."

Dec. 25, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Green Prince
The son of a Hamas leader becomes an Israeli spy and searches for a moral center.
"...focuses on this unlikely protagonist but the Israeli Shin Bet agent who turned him. Any story set in the..."

Oct. 24, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Judge
This drama starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall sounds better on paper than it is in practice.
"...It sounds good on paper, looks even better on a theatre marquee: box-office Bobs chewing scenery and..."

Oct. 10, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Vampire Academy
This month's flavor in the teen vampire continuum.
"...the Twilight franchise, nor as explicitly carnal as earlier, better forays into what is now a well-established subgenre of..."

Feb. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Internship
Once Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson joined forces to crash weddings; in their new comedy, the duo crashes Google as older-than-average interns.
"...pods, and Quidditch club, oh my!), but you can bet a pretty bitcoin that the lunkheaded duo, after initial..."

June 7, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Stories We Tell
Canadian filmmaker and actress Sarah Polley goes looking for her biological father and comes homes with a wise and poetic documentary about the nature of truth.
"...of the tales. And, too, there exists some distance between the truth of an event and the individual experience..."

June 7, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Just Go With It
Instead of seeming effortless, this Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy has the lazy appearance of being effort-free.
"...may be the film equivalent of doubling down the bet. It’s true the result is a mite better than..."

Feb. 18, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Furry Vengeance
In this kids' film, creatures of the forest rebel when a housing development threatens their forest home.
"...land. Is there a message in Furry Vengeance? You bet. Is there a saving grace? Yup: The animal cuties..."

April 30, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

How to Train Your Dragon
Soaring animation should make this story about a Viking boy who befriends his enemy a perennial favorite.
"...be they of literal or metaphorical origins. That’s the bet made by this new animated film from DreamWorks, which..."

March 26, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Saint John of Las Vegas
Although the film sounds like a sure bet on paper, this comedy starring Steve Buscemi sadly comes up solid snake eyes.
"...this loser. Although the film sounds like a sure bet on paper, Saint John of Las Vegas sadly comes..."

Feb. 12, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

My Best Friend
An antiques dealer is more at home with his silent artifacts than with his fellow Parisians, until a cabbie teaches him the basics of social interaction.
"...Julie Durand, Henri Garcin, Jacques Mathou, Marie Pillet and Élisabeth Bourgine. For my money, there’s no more maddening tone..."

Aug. 3, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Redline
Redline dives headfirst into onanistic autoeroticism, but this exotic-car movie feels ill-lubed and mechanical all the way.
"...men of leisure played by Macfadyen, Matheson, and Griffin bet $100 million of their money and their own cars..."

April 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vince Young Takes Unwatchable TV to the 'Next Level'
"...Young's new reality show (airing Wednesdays at 8:30pm on BET), is the worst thing to happen to his career..."

Oct. 5, 2006 Sports Post by Jeremy Martin

Chicken Little
Disney's first all-CGI, made-in-house, animated feature is painful for all ages, despite a voice-talent roster to make the angels weep.
"...will have his day, so you can damn well bet the sky is actually falling. I will tell you..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Schultze Gets the Blues
The life of a retired German miner and accordion player is spurred toward change by the sound of zydeco music.
"...German movie by a first-time filmmaker, who, I would bet, is more than a little familiar with the early..."

March 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Master of the Improbable
When someone says something can't be done, trust Turk Pipkin to say 'Wanna bet?'
"...about the scenery. He's thinking about those 543 yards between him and the pin, about how to play the..."

Oct. 29, 2004 Books Feature by Robert Faires

Wimbledon
A terribly tender, good-hearted romantic comedy from across the pond.
"...Directed by: Richard Loncraine. Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Sam Neill, Jon Favreau, James McAvoy, Eleanor Bron and..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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