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Crime Month: Appreciating Mary Higgins Clark
The author to read when you need suspense and comfort
"...news is filled with casual references to alleged international blackmail plots and filthy dossiers, unwind with sturdy novels told..."

July 23, 2018 Books Post by Nina Hernandez

Chronicle Recommends: Crime and No Punishment
For Crime Month, our favorite films about getting away with it
"...criminal mind. When Zero is hired to solve a blackmail case, he immediately unearths the "who" (Kim Dickens, locally..."

July 9, 2018 Screens Post by Chronicle Film Staff

Never Again
"...should be challenged. Your article made it sound like blackmail; i.e., paying the company 40% of their salary if..."

April 13, 2018 Postmarks

SXSW Film Review: You Can Choose Your Family
Jim Gaffigan nails the lovable and despicable dad role
"...father has a secret, second family, he decides to blackmail him. But as Philip starts to see a different..."

March 12, 2018 SXSW Post by Ashley Moreno

“Gail Chovan: No Trace of Now Will Remain” at Women & Their Work
The fashion designer-artist appropriates mourning rituals and their materials to make statements in this beautifully morbid show
"...boutique designs sold in her shop on South Congress, Blackmail Boutique...."

Feb. 23, 2018 Arts Review by Melany Jean

Holiday Viewing: Downton Abbey Christmas Specials
We rank the holidays with the Crawley family
"...Carlisle (played with perfect arrogance by Iain Glen), whose blackmail scheme to wed Lady Mary backfires and leads to..."

Dec. 17, 2017 Screens Post by Josh Kupecki

Other Worlds Austin Review: Hidden Reserves
Fahrenheit 451 meets Glengarry Glen Ross
"...potential clients with a sales technique that verges on blackmail. It's only when his manipulative employers force him to..."

Dec. 4, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Razor Girl
by Carl Hiaasen
"...Bayou Brethren, is not so cunning. As a bizarre kidnapping/blackmail scam unfolds, Hiaasen weaves in more sharply defined characters:..."

Nov. 4, 2016 Arts Feature by Tim Stegall

Rustom
Hindi thriller
"...thriller about a naval officer, his wife's affair, murder, blackmail, and more...."

Aug. 19, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Chronicle Recommends: Sweaty Films
Make sure you stay hydrated watching these persperational picks
"...car salesman in a small town. Bank robbery and blackmail are nothing compared to being caught between femme fatale..."

Aug. 5, 2016 Screens Post by Chronicle Film Staff

Tickled
Doc goes beneath the surface of competitive endurance tickling
"...hole of fetish, coercion, exploitation of the working class, blackmail, and most importantly, online bullying. The tickling videos themselves..."

July 8, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Point Austin: Victory Lap
Voters respond to corporate bullying
"...1 by Austin voters, who responded to the shameless blackmail, bullying, and deceptions of ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft..."

May 13, 2016 News Column by Michael King

Point Austin: How Much Money Is Too Much?
As Uber and Lyft's millions flood, Austin voters may have had enough of Prop 1
"...million," Littlefield added, "they might have won." End the Blackmail..."

May 6, 2016 News Column by Michael King

Point Austin: A Modest Proposition
How much misinformation can you buy for $2 million?
"...and – under the threat of ceasing operations – blackmail the voters into submission. Some observers believe it's an..."

April 22, 2016 News Column by Michael King

News Roundup: Council Gets Dirty
Representatives engage in ... legal combaaaaaat!
"...terminated employee and severed lobbyist", while dubbing his actions "blackmail." She then took a similarly bullish tone with the..."

Feb. 8, 2016 News Post by the News Staff

SXSW Film Announces Features Lineup
Competitive narratives and docs unveiled, plus more
"...Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their..."

Feb. 2, 2016 Screens Post by Josh Kupecki

Point Austin: Getting From Here to There
Will the driver-eat-driver "free market" imposed by billionaire corporations rule the day?
"...the companies so they won't make good on their blackmail threat to leave town if the council enacts regulations..."

Dec. 25, 2015 News Column by Michael King

The Cult of Truland
Pop culture sparkles over the edges of Kevin Brass' mystery set among the SoCal celeb set
"...beach home and is intermittently marked by flying bullets, blackmail, a car chase or two, even a congressional investigation...."

June 12, 2015 Arts Feature by Michael King

The Loft
Five married men share a penthouse loft in which an unidentified woman turns up dead.
"...down in flashbacks, alibis, motives, double-crosses, drugs, druggings, political blackmail, childhood trauma, femmes fatales, homoerotic innuendo, and more red..."

Feb. 6, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily
Austin Playhouse's Sherlockian pastry may be light, but Jason Newman's Great Detective is seriously good
"...this clever and sometimes twee tale of thievery and blackmail and various connivings that involve the Duke of Windsor..."

Dec. 5, 2014 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Perry's Aggressive Defense
Perry stands behind his veto
"...Gov. Rick Perry, essentially accusing him of trying to blackmail Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehm­berg into resigning...."

Aug. 22, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Sex Tape
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel have escapades while trying to retrieve their sexcapade.
"...sex tape is being used as a means for blackmail, an all-night odyssey of bumbling retrieval ensues...."

July 25, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

South, America
Rod Davis' New Orleans noir steeps the reader in Southern atmosphere, history, and violence
"...– and is soon drawn into a plot involving blackmail, art theft, the Dixie mafia, and inevitably the whole..."

July 4, 2014 Arts Feature by Michael King

Filth
Based on a book by Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh, this film keeps close company with a nihilistic character, but unwisely pulls its punches.
"...the job. Through his game of shame, scandal, and blackmail, the film follows his attempts to secure that position..."

June 6, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Good Eye: Perfume Is a Country
Two local perfumers make natural magic in Austin
"...Krista Lacey's Roux St. James perfumes, available at Blackmail on South Congress, are inspired by everything from Greek..."

June 6, 2014 Column

Davis: Abbott Failed to Police CPRIT
Senator accuses attorney general of turning a blind eye
"...the real reason that the governor effectively tried to blackmail Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg into resigning after..."

May 16, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

When Jimmy Comes Out, Go Crazy
Crowd's-eye-view of a 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' in Austin taping
"...businesses, from the Continental Club to Alamo Drafthouse, from Blackmail to Kruger's Jewelers, strung in front of a black-and-white..."

March 14, 2014 Screens Post by Robert Faires

Two Wrongs Make a Right
Quentin Dupieux is back with 'Wrong Cops'
"...has all the hallmarks of a noir – porn, blackmail, buried cash – but viewed through a surrealist lens...."

Jan. 17, 2014 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

State Blackmail on Health Care Funds?
Texas may force providers to choose between Title X and state health care funds
"...For more detail on the WHFPT story, see the..."

June 28, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

State Blackmail Over Health Care Funding?
Is women's health funding in jeopardy?

June 20, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

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