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Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads
Austinite Hector Galán’s reverential look at Grammy-winning "Texican" rockers Los Lonely Boys is a document of persistence, passion, and some of the finest rock & roll since Stevie Ray Vaughan’s untimely exit.
"...wisely offers up much more than the standard tour-film fare. This is at its heart a classic barrio-to-Grammy story..."

Aug. 11, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
Yet another computer-animated film about talking animals offers a fine message for the kids, but little originality.
"...the film reaches the sly, adult-oriented humor of Pixar fare, especially when the characters muse about their inevitable fate..."

Aug. 4, 2006 Movie Review by Brian Clark

America: Freedom to Fascism
Although grounded in Libertarian theory, this documentary by producer-turned-director Aaron Russo presents provocative material about the perceived illegality of income taxes – and various freedom-restricting consequences of the new world order.
"...the independent company that has also released such left-identified fare as Uncovered: The War on Iraq, WMD: Weapons of..."

July 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Game 6
Novelist Don DeLillo's first foray as a screenwriter uses the legendary sixth game of the 1986 World Series as the central metaphor in this film starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.
"...the supporting characters, and the women of the story fare less well (although Neuwirth’s bedroom scene in garters and..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

After a Fashion
Tom Ford is creepy and Stephen travels to Houston for fabric
"...VANITY FARE Eeewww … am I the only one creeped out..."

Feb. 17, 2006 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Last Holiday
After being diagnosed with an incurable brain disease, a woman (who is played delightfully by Queen Latifah) discovers her moxie.
"...can call them that) while not helming more venturesome fare (2001’s The Center of the World), gorges the viewer..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Derailed
The first release from the new Weinstein Co. is this thriller starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen that never fully engages our sympathies.
"...thing (his financial burdens have left him minus train fare) leads to another, and from there leads to a..."

Nov. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dancing in Twilight
This intercultural Houston-made film is an off-the-beaten-path ensemble drama that shows a healthy disregard for Hollywood rules.
"...the lengthiest résumé, as an assistant director of television fare like the Kim Delaney vehicle Tall, Dark and Deadly..."

Nov. 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The War Within
This fiction film, in which the lead character is but one cog in a plot to detonate a series of bombs in New York City, portrays a terrorist’s point of view in a jarringly matter-of-fact manner.
"...Hassan’s ulterior motive for coming to America is grim fare indeed: He’s one cog in a plot to detonate..."

Oct. 14, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Reel Paradise
This documentary shows what happens when famed producer’s rep/author/gadabout John Pierson convinces his family to move with him to Fiji, where, if all goes according to plan, he can leave behind the indie-film rat race, immerse himself in a completely foreign culture, and, best of all, screen all sorts of movies for the natives.
"...gangbusters, while more challenging offerings like Apocalypse Now Redux fare less well. (Interestingly, it’s the borderline xenophobic zaniness of..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

El Crimen Perfecto
This new black comedy by Spanish absurdist De la Iglesia involves murder and the plight of a playboy blackmailed into marriage.
"...cult director De la Iglesia’s attempt at "normal" comedy fare does not compare well with his earlier, more outrageous..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Burton's best work in ages is eye candy of the highest order and as eminently watchable as a hilltop Halloween pyre or a Día de los Muertos parade run amok.
"...rendered, childlike fondness of morbidity for more adult emotional fare that has neutered much of his recent work (Big..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Just Like Heaven
This romantic comedy about a winsome, charming ghost and the man who loves her sidesteps abundant potential clichés through sheer dint of the acting skills on display.
"...nose, but Witherspoon’s winsome, charming turn in this lighter-than-air fare comes within a legally blond lock of snatching the..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Saint Ralph
This strange youth dramedy from Canada has a brisk, sunny aplomb.
"...its curious logic. Parents in search of inspirational family fare could do worse, but they should be cautioned that..."

Aug. 26, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Hustle & Flow
A rousing Rocky story set on the mean streets of Memphis.
"...extra sense of authenticity. The women, however, do not fare as well in writer-director Brewer’s script. Henson plays Shug,..."

July 22, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

House of D
Here’s an interesting surprise: Dour, dry David Duchovny’s directorial debut is more weepy than creepy, a conventional coming-of-age story that flashes back to 1970s New York City.
"...Black Person, whom you’ll recall from such mainstream Hollywood fare as The Legend of Bagger Vance and the Leoni-starrer..."

April 29, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Animation Show 2005
This second incarnation of the Mike Judge- and Don Hertzfeldt-produced animation anthology is, if anything, even better than the first.
"...the Iron Giant himself, Vin Diesel. For more poetic fare, there’s Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis’ "When the Day..."

April 15, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Working Beauty
In spinning a fairy tale of gifts, outsiders, and thorns, Bonnie Cullum's own story gets told
"...especially one that's typically ventured far afield of mainstream fare and courted controversy with outspoken political and cultural material...."

March 11, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Coach Carter
Come to this movie for the prominent hip-hop soundtrack and glossy sports action; leave with a message about teamwork, decency, and self-respect scorched into your brain.
"...Schwahn and John Gatins have a teen-movie pedigree (lightweight fare like Summer Catch and The Perfect Score), and they’ve..."

Jan. 14, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Racing Stripes
Just as the titular zebra, Stripes, is not really a horse of a different color, this kids picture is not a movie of a different stripe.
"...most of the film’s scatological humor. The human actors fare better: All deliver better performances than the script requires,..."

Jan. 14, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

She Hate Me
Spike Lee strikes out with his new "joint" about an unemployed whistle-blower who makes a living impregnating sperm-deprived lesbians.
"...provocative debut, She’s Gotta Have It), and he doesn’t fare any better with female homosexual sexual politics. Defenders of..."

Oct. 1, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Dear Pillow
Provocative Austin-made feature pushes sexual buttons meant to arouse and provoke, but never satisfy.
"...the desperate drive for companionship. Again, it’s hardly family fare, but a dark streak of humor keeps Dear Pillow..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Soul Plane
Everything is lewd and crude at this mile-high club.
"...with me? Thanks, no, I’d rather pay cross-country cab fare...."

May 28, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cost Overruns Common in Projects
"...4) Where will the difference come from if the fare box does not collect operating expenses? (Typically the fare..."

May 27, 2004 Postmarks

Bitter End Bistro & Brewery
Does the pub grub myth extend to the Bitter End?
"...of accomplished chefs have worked hard to provide better-than-pub-grub fare to accompany the fine beer made on site. While..."

May 14, 2004 Food Feature by MM Pack

Summer Fun
Oh, Galveston
"...fryer. But just because their menu – featuring fresh fare with names like Killer Chicken and Kahuna Tuna –..."

May 14, 2004 Features Feature by Kate X Messer

New York Minute
A winking, disingenuous farce from the Olsen twins.
"...this movie is more sophisticated than the girls’ straight-to-video fare, aside from the product placements (anyone for a Red..."

May 7, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Mean Girls
Clique comedy about teen groupthink lacks real bite.
"...to elevate Mean Girls above the pack of teen fare. (For a truly searing indictment of teenage groupthink and..."

April 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Every Missed Bite a Heartbreak
Why Pacific Blue is one of the best new restaurants in Austin
"...Koreana in far Northwest Austin. Like Koreana, where the fare equally represents both Japan and Korea (and, more recently,..."

April 16, 2004 Food Feature by Rachel Feit

TV Eye
The line between titillating and tawdry is always moving, and women rarely get to decide when and how far it moves
"...reality TV was a viable product. But as reality fare began to double and then triple in number, I..."

Feb. 20, 2004 Screens Column by Belinda Acosta

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