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Abortion Gag Rule Could Jeopardize Local Care
More than 6,000 Austinites rely on Title X funds
"...or refer women to abortion care. Dubbed the domestic "gag rule" by opponents, the policy has the potential to..."

June 8, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Gag Order Denied
Quintana trial to be public
"...the city's bid to have the court impose a gag order in the civil rights case filed on behalf..."

March 26, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Mayor's Gift of Gag
Quiet Please...
"...told her that the mayor may place a blanket gag order on others associated with Tuttrup...."

Feb. 9, 1996 News Column by Alex de Marban

Abortion Gag Rule
Trump's war on women's health continues
"...to defund Planned Parenthood by proposing a so-called abortion "gag rule" on health clinics. The rule would force clinics..."

May 25, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

The New Yorker Gag Reel
A fantastic compendium of cover outtakes and retakes
"...image of Lady Justice with a blindfold and ball gag, even though it's drawn by Mouly's old Raw Magazine..."

May 1, 2012 Books Post by Jason Stout

Dead Alive
The Citizen Kane of Oedipal zombie-cannibal-right to death-comedy-love stories. In this early film, Jackson takes the shopworn flesh-eating zombie genre by its rotting horns, adds a dash of Monty Python, and comes up with a film so gleefully over-the-top that it's decidedly hard not to gag while you're laughing yourself incontinent.
"...so gleefully over-the-top that it's decidedly hard not to gag while you're laughing yourself incontinent. Rivers of gore, entrails,..."

April 16, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Animal
"...films. Debuting director Greenfield keeps things moving swiftly, from gag to gag, without pausing for breath in between, and..."

June 8, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Road Trip
"...Lampoon when it comes to comedy; the baser the gag, the more he milks it, and so we have..."

May 19, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Galaxy Quest
A parody of Gene Roddenberry's TV world and its rabid fans.
"...shake a facehugger at. Not surprisingly, it's a one-note gag, but a superior gag performed with a minimum of..."

Dec. 31, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Jingle All the Way
"...Jingle All the Way is a continuing stream of setup/gag, setup/gag, few of which pay off in any memorable..."

Nov. 29, 1996 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fear of a Black Hat
"...fun nonetheless. There's no plot to speak of, just gag after gag. Rap fans will likely love most of..."

Aug. 5, 1994 Movie Review by Alvaro Rodriguez

Fatal Instinct
"...to cartoonland for some barn-door broad, reality-bending, aggressively stupid gag-a-ramas. The result is pretty much what you expect: some..."

Nov. 5, 1993 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Noises Off!
In this screwball comedy, the behind-the-scenes activity of a traveling acting troupe threaten to bring down the play.
"...to kill each other. Backstage is a silent comedy gag fest, a sharp ballet of swiftly choreographed movement. The..."

March 27, 1992 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Spy Who Dumped Me
Kunis and McKinnon run to Europe, but forget to pack jokes
"...including the low-hanging fruit of a swinging nutsack sight gag and a death match played out before an unwitting..."

Aug. 3, 2018 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Dirty Grandpa
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron go on a raunchy road trip
"...can expect: never-ending dick/pussy (both definitions) jokes, a running gag in which Zac Efron keeps being referred to as..."

Jan. 29, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

This Means War
Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, and Chris Pine star in this romcom about two CIA agents who fall for the same gal.
"...with the spores, if you recall). Alas, that running gag – and I'm not entirely sure it was even..."

Feb. 17, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
This is the rare horror comedy that near-perfectly balances its blend of grue, guffaws, and gag reflexes.
"...that near-perfectly balances its blend of grue, guffaws, and gag reflexes. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil premiered in Austin..."

Sept. 30, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Slither
Writer-director James Gunn knows what makes horror fans howl, and is one heck of a writer to boot.
"...the director in question clearly loves poking the collective gag reflex just as much as gorehounds dig the real..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Shark Tale
Animated Shark Tale lacks bite.
"...on their smaller seafaring denizens. That sort of cliché-ridden gag, apart from the obvious annoyance it’s likely to engender..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ali G Indahouse
Unlike its televised predecessor, Ali G Indahouse just isn’t that funny.
"...others), all of whom were utterly clueless to the gag, to genius effect. Clad in his trademark yellow track..."

Sept. 5, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mafia!
"...formative examples. I kept waiting for a White Heat gag to no avail. Mohr plays Anthony Cortino, the son..."

July 24, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Life of the Party
Melissa McCarthy goes back to school
"...because it would get in the way of a gag. The idea that this bedazzled stereotype would, after a..."

May 11, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Blockers
Butt-chugging gags can't hide Blockers' big heart.
"...get stamped on in the race for the next gag. Still, a laugh lost because the audience is still..."

April 6, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The next installment of this franchise that no one asked for
"...that purloins its opening action sequence from a one-off gag in Carl Reiner’s The Jerk and then drags it..."

May 26, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Smurfs: The Lost Village
The little blue critters are back
"...dad a bone in the form of a topical gag or a sly pop-culture joke, this is pure pre-teen..."

April 7, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Raw
A coming-of-age cannibal tale with teeth
"...Despite Raw being a movie that will test your gag reflexes, this smart and unsettling film by first-time writer/director..."

March 17, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Night Before
Three guys look for fun on a Christmas Eve that turns into one crazy night
"...list includes yet another “James Franco swings secretly gay” gag, then Christmas has come early for you, friend: The..."

Nov. 20, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Minions
The Minions have moved from background work to starring in their own animated movie
"...screening – mostly works in the film’s favor. No gag gets overlavished, no plotline overstays its welcome. The film..."

July 10, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Septic Man
This Canadian horror film wades through a cesspool of human waste and challenges our gag reflexes.
"...human waste without apology; the yuck factor challenges your gag reflex at every turn. The plot is (toilet) paper..."

Aug. 15, 2014 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Think Like a Man Too
Whatever happens in Vegas will happen in just about every movie set in Vegas.
"...Bad Things. When the closest thing to a novel gag is the bachelorette party’s rowdy rendition of “Poison” by..."

June 20, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

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