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Mystery Men
Inept amateur superheroes must save the day in this comedy.
"...its path. The story takes place in the mythical Champion City -- part Blade Runner, part Gotham City; it's..."

Aug. 6, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Texas Track & Field Teams Perform Well at Nationals
"...note their performances in this past weekend's NCAA Outdoor Championships. It speaks well for Texas traditions that Bev Kearney's..."

June 13, 2007 Sports Post by Lee Nichols

Day Trips: Poco Bueno's Grave, Vernon
Champion horse remembered in Vernon park
"...grave fills a small park south of Vernon. The championship horse was buried in 1969 standing up near the..."

Sept. 27, 2019 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Rampage
The Rock! The ape! The lizard! The ... flying wolf?
"...loud, raucous fun, mostly sold by Johnson, the undisputed champion of CGI smash-fests. Sadly, even he cannot breathe energy..."

April 13, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
An animated adaptation of the beloved book series
"...Mr. Krupp, into believing he is their comic book champion come to life (“Tra la LAAAA!”), and crazy adventures..."

June 9, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Queen of Katwe
This Disney film rises above the usual underdog sports cliches
"...Madina Nalwanga stars as Phiona Mutesi, the real-life chess champion. Not only is she able to convey Phiona’s preternatural..."

Sept. 30, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

My Blind Brother
Indie romantic comedy has plenty of bite
"...real: Adam Scott’s more interesting to watch playing a champion prick, which is just what he does in My..."

Sept. 23, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Sultan
Bollywood drama
"...Hooda. Not reviewed at press time. A middle-aged wrestling champion tries to make a comeback to represent India at..."

July 8, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Race
Perceptive film about Jesse Owens going to the 1936 Berlin Olympics
"...James) developed from a talented novice into a world champion, due in large measure to his admission to Ohio..."

Feb. 19, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Rosewater
Jon Stewart makes his directing debut with this story about a journalist's imprisonment in Tehran.
"...shows that freedom of the press has no greater champion than Jon Stewart...."

Nov. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Christmas Candle
This inspirational film is as picturesque and beautiful as a holiday card but equally two-dimensional.
"...he is aided by a beautiful local skeptic and champion of change, Emily Barstow (Barks)...."

Nov. 22, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Armstrong Lie
What's a filmmaker to do with all the footage shot during Lance Armstrong's inspirational bicycling comeback in 2009 but reshape it into a documentary about a sports hero who couldn't stop lying?
"...viewer to ponder what to make of a disgraced champion, who nevertheless is a great athlete and charitable inspiration...."

Nov. 8, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Sports biopic from India based on the life of "The Flying Sikh" Milkha Singh.
"...Sikh" Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a world-champion runner and Olympian...."

July 19, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

How To Support Your Local Filmmaker Without Leaving Your Sofa
Berndt Mader’s '5 Time Champion' debuts on VOD and DVD
"...Berndt Mader, a University of Texas alum. 5 Time Champion is a Texas-set coming-of-age story about a sexually confused..."

Oct. 9, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Crooked Arrows
Brandon Routh stars in this story about a Native American high school lacrosse team.
"...-prepared prep school teams. Joe was a high school champion back in the day when he played for Coventry..."

June 8, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fireflies in the Garden
This long-delayed drama about family dysfunction stars Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Julia Roberts.
"...such by the myopically expressive Cayden Boyd), Michael's matriarchal champion was his long-suffering mother, Lisa (Roberts), who had a..."

Oct. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Real Steel
Mix Rocky with The Transformers and you'll wind up with something like Real Steel.
"...the rage. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a former champion boxer who now makes a bad living as a..."

Oct. 7, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tyson
Mike Tyson tells his life story in his own words in this documentary by longtime friend James Toback.
"...But in the end, "Kid Dynamite," the WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World, blew himself up. It was –..."

May 29, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Track & Field World Championships, Day 6: 'Almost'
Lots of near-misses for Austinites in Osaka
"...to get into a final at the IAAF World Championships in Track & Field in Osaka, Japan, with several..."

Aug. 29, 2007 Sports Post by Lee Nichols

Day 1 of the Texas Relays
Texas native Diana Pickler leads the heptathlon after the first day of competition at the Texas Relays
"...Texas native Diana Pickler of Washington State (the 2005 champion) is leaving the rest of the field far behind,..."

April 4, 2007 Sports Post by Lee Nichols

An Unreasonable Man
This documentary is a far cry from the dry polemics one might expect from a survey of Ralph Nader's career as a consumer activist and political candidate.
"...and Yoko Ono. Nader, the greatest and most idealistic champion of consumer rights in the nation's history, may more..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Confetti
Even if it's not quite an affair to remember all year, this BBC Films mockumentary about three wacky weddings is pleasant and enjoyably diverting.
"...snobby Josef and Isabelle (Mangan and MacNeill), a tennis champion and his trophy girl; hippie naturists Michael and Joanna..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Seabiscuit
"...abandoned, battered horse they rallied around and made a champion. But the horse comes later – first, writer/director Gary..."

July 25, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Endurance
"...have here with this unusually fashioned biopic of long-distance-running champion Haile Gebrselassie. Not quite a full-fledged documentary, sports biography,..."

June 4, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Chasing the Dream
"...ultimate fear. Poignant interviews with the family of Austin champion bullrider Brent Thurman, who was killed by a bull..."

Oct. 17, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

The Fan
"...of the world. His favorite player, four-time League RBI champion Bobby Rayburn (Snipes) has been picked up by Gil's..."

Aug. 16, 1996 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Kid in King Arthur's Court
"...Agers surprisingly restrained. Instead, the movie equips its unlikely champion with age-old, singularly human attributes such as courage and..."

Aug. 18, 1995 Movie Review by Hollis Chacona

Amateur
"...Hartley's work, but it takes a true Hartley-ite to champion all of his films without pause. With Amateur, Hartley..."

June 23, 1995 Movie Review by Alison Macor

Love on Delivery
"...her affections in the form of a Japanese karate champion whom he challenges to a fight in order to..."

May 20, 1994 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Clearcut
"...tale goes for all the easy buttons. As the champion of logging, the mill owner is stupid and stubborn..."

Sept. 18, 1992 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

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