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Ben Is Back
The opioid crisis invades a family Christmas in this timely drama
"...of Hill House), though it’s no less dark, and Ben Is Back fits the new mold...."

Dec. 21, 2018 Movie Review by Danielle White

We're (unfortunately) off to the chariot races again
"...all anyone remembers from MGM’s nearly four-hour-long, Charlton Heston-starring Ben-Hur adaptation of 1959, the team behind this latest attempt..."

Aug. 26, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Ben Snakepit Releases His Manor Threat
New collection of diary comics debuts at Beerland this Saturday
"...Ben Snakepit – who draws an autobiographical comic strip every..."

June 8, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

SXSW Film Review: Ben and Suzanne, A Reunion in 4 Parts
Rom-com spotlights a slowly unraveling relationship
"...Towing his suitcase and a giant Toblerone, Ben (Sathya Sridharan) arrives in Sri Lanka counting down the..."

March 12, 2024 Screens Post by Naina Srivastava

Ben Kweller to Launch the Zev Award at the Chronicle’s Austin Music Awards
New grant for musicians under 18 honors his son, Dorian Zev Kweller
"...Awards’ annual Hall of Fame inductions, much-loved Austin artist Ben Kweller launches a new award in honor of his..."

Feb. 19, 2024 Music Post by Rachel Rascoe

Austin Film Festival Review: Ben Is Back
Family drama captures the haunting power of addiction
"...Ben (Lucas Hedges) is 19 years old and 77 days..."

Oct. 29, 2018 Screens Post by Danielle White

Ben Kweller Plays First Show Following His Son’s Death
Noise Company SXSW showcase became a moving Zev memorial
"...Ben Kweller was four songs into his set Friday before..."

March 18, 2023 SXSW Post by Abby Johnston

Ben Dickey on Being Blaze
Inspiration, fear, and the guiding hand of Vincent D'Onofrio
"...when he was alive. "He made sure of that," Ben Dickey said, nodding...."

Sept. 7, 2018 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Ben Steinbauer Commits Some Pink Collar Crimes
Winnebago Man director on his new CBS true crime show
"...up by a baroque boutique streaming service. Austin documentarian Ben Steinbauer now has the unexpected experience of seeing his..."

Aug. 18, 2018 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Burn in Hell
String sorcerer went to my college?
"...for days already – perhaps I might have Googled Ben Harper for background. I’d have certainly discovered common ground...."

Sept. 10, 2013 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Ben Wheatley Goes Digging In The Earth
Of mushrooms, men, and subterranean superintelligences ..
"...clearance. Not so fast, explained In The Earth director Ben Wheatley. He'd read a study showing that, when foresters..."

April 15, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Ben Kweller Stares Death in the Face
“Heart Attack Kid” practices optimism after near-fatal incident
"...In 2013, Ben Kweller and his family missed their doom by 15..."

Feb. 8, 2019 Music Post by Rachel Rascoe

Ben Wheatley Catches Free Fire
Director on making his U.S. action debut
"...a 90-second gun fight: With Free Fire, he noted, Ben Wheatley did the polar opposite...."

April 21, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Ben Fountain's Coming to San Marcos
Mayor's Book Club author joins TSU English Department
"...Texas State University announced this afternoon that author Ben Fountain would join the English Department faculty from 2014..."

April 22, 2013 Books Post

The Death of Ben Brownlee
A Rockdale teenager's suicide raises questions about official protections for gay and transgendered kids
"...Christopher Brownlee was there, but her older son, 15-year-old Ben Brownlee, was not. Although it was nearly 5pm and..."

Jan. 30, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Ben's Turn
"...attention during the presentations, to summer's-almost-here distraction in between. Ben Lowe, a child with autism, is a special education..."

June 4, 1999 News Feature

The Personal Stories Behind Ben Is Back
Writer/director Peter Hedges on family, alcoholism, and going home
" comes to his latest project, AFF 2018 centerpiece film Ben Is Back, Hedges is very precise in his use..."

Dec. 14, 2018 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

'Matt & Ben'
This stage comedy is about just who you think it is, only the well-known guys are played by gals
"...The title of the play is Matt & Ben, and yes, it's about exactly who you think it's..."

March 28, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Big Ben Goes Bust
District 48 election by the numbers
"...Well, $40 a vote, or however much Ben Bentzin's spent so far, doesn't go as far as..."

Jan. 27, 2006 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Matt & Ben at the Institution Theater
Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers use Damon and Affleck to create a hilarious case study in how Hollywood murders friendship
"...Matt & Ben is an imagined retelling of the beginning of Matt..."

Jan. 20, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Ben Katchor: Drawn, You Might Say, to the Texas Book Festival
The acclaimed cartoonist brings his Cheap Novelties to Austin
"...“Alison Bechdel and Ben Katchor have also won MacArthur fellowships,” the author of..."

Nov. 2, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Review: Ben Buck, Back Burner ’97
Latest album encapsulates mounting frustration with Austin rap's progression
"...Second-generation musician Ben Buck refers to his very own birthplace as purgatory..."

Sept. 22, 2023 Music Feature by Derek Udensi

Drive-In Concerts ATX Presents Strand of Oaks With Ben Ballinger
"...recent Philadelphia transplant Strand of Oaks and local songwriter Ben Ballinger (also the event's organizer) on May 21, 2020..."

May 22, 2020 Photo Gallery

The Teacher
This prize-winning novel's tale of a student piecing together the hidden life of her teacher, a Holocaust survivor who killed herself, is haunting
" of this haunting novel by Israeli author Michal Ben-Naftali, which won that nation's prestigious Sapir Prize in 2016..."

Feb. 14, 2020 Arts Review by Jay Trachtenberg

Ben Fountain on Beautiful Country Burn Again
In his new book, the author lights up 2016 to make sense of that crazy, intense year
"...was elected president. Not least among the questioners was Ben Fountain. The author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk..."

Oct. 26, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Studio Visit: Ben Ruggiero
Asking questions about photography in the commercial studio
"...Photographer Ben Ruggiero shares a studio with fellow photographer Barry Stone..."

Oct. 12, 2012 Arts Column by Andy Campbell

HD 48: Where's Ben?
Considered the favorite six months ago to capture the House District 48 seat vacated by Todd Baxter, Republican Ben Bentzin has all but disappeared from the playing field
"...most political campaigns are shifting into high gear, Republican Ben Bentzin – six months ago considered the favorite to..."

July 21, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Ben McKenzie on Uncle Robert
"...boner only a real teenager could make. Back when Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan was 16, his school decided to honor..."

Nov. 4, 2005 Arts Feature by Kate X Messer

Sudan Archives, Ben Kweller, and More Highlights From Saturday at ACL Fest
Texans Angel White, Blakchyl stood out under an annular eclipse
"...handpicked a run of performances by Austin acts in Ben Kweller, Blakchyl, and Rattlesnake Milk. Dallas-launched Angel White’s cowboy..."

Oct. 15, 2023 Music Post by Doug Freeman

"Ben Muñoz: Over My Head" at Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking
These bold new woodcuts capture the depth and bigness of life
" The huge and intricate woodcuts of Texas native Ben Muñoz are part of a one-man exhibition called "Over..."

July 17, 2020 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

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