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Powers of Tenn
Talking Tennessee Williams' genius with critic John Lahr
"...or the drama in which they all live. However gifted and inspired a writer Tennessee Williams may have been..."

Feb. 25, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

NAACP and LULAC: Texas Education System Violates Federal Law
State board members say they're just whining
"...minority students," and that minority students are underrepresented in "Gifted and Talent­ed" programs that therefore contribute to discriminatory educational..."

Dec. 31, 2010 News Feature by Michael King

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Nicolas Cage plays a master sorcerer who selects a seemingly average guy to become his protégé and save New York City from his arch-nemesis.
"...centuries more) searching for the Prime Merlinian – a gifted individual, who will have the power to break free..."

July 16, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Page Two: R.I.P.
Edwin 'Bud' Shrake and Stephen Bruton
"...all-around class act, making his mark as an extraordinarily gifted talent as well as a crucial player in a..."

May 15, 2009 Column by Louis Black

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Profligate spending may be out of step with the times, but don't short-sell the comic charms of Isla Fisher.
"...Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers. A gifted physical comedian, Fisher also walks into glass doors, pratfalls,..."

Feb. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Charter School Approval Sparks More Debate
Williamson County charter school wins approval, but the charter school issue in general remains contentious
"...number of students in the Georgetown Independent School District's Gifted & Talented program was limited, and district officials did..."

Jan. 9, 2009 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Frost/Nixon
Ron Howard presents us with Richard M. Nixon – the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.
"...bogeyman: Richard M. Nixon. Director Howard, it seems, has gifted us this Christmas with the legend of Dick Nixon..."

Dec. 26, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Trouble the Water
This film about the human toll of Hurricane Katrina is one of the best and most inspirational things to come out of the disaster.
"...nonlinear path back home. They are a charismatic couple gifted with an abundance of street smarts: Kimberly aspires to..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Ballet Austin: Save the last dance for me
Four of the company's most gifted dancers are taking their leaves after this season's finale
"...at the Long Center, four of the troupe's most gifted artists – mainstays of the company for many seasons..."

May 9, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Doomsday
In this UK thriller, the so-called Reaper virus threatens the Isles with extinction.
"...but somehow doesn't. To his credit, Marshall has a gifted eye for pseudo-poetic, anti-authoritarian violence and, this time out,..."

March 21, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Letters @ 3AM
A report from 2107: The decline and fall of the former United States of America
"...many varieties of climate and topography that it was gifted with abundant natural resources of every description, more so..."

Sept. 28, 2007 Column by Michael Ventura

Day Watch
The second in a Russian science-fiction trilogy is a fantastic sight to behold, but don't try explaining the plot.
"...rewrite destiny. Trainee Night Watcher Svetlana (Poroshina) is especially gifted because she can enter the Second Level of Gloom,..."

June 15, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Code Name: The Cleaner
For anyone venturing to see this so-called comedy, it will be hard to remember that Cedric the Entertainer is actually funny. Or rather, he can be.
"...talented comedians in engaging stories, this effort puts a gifted comedian in a ridiculous, poorly written, and tedious plot...."

Jan. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Page Two: In This World
The all-consuming genius of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth
"...New Yorker's Anthony Lane, for example, is such a gifted stylist that his reviews are always entertaining to read..."

Jan. 12, 2007 Column by Louis Black

Page Two: Loss Upon Loss
Legendary cartoonist, historian, and Texan Jack Jackson passes on
"...Jack Jackson was a legendary figure – a truly gifted, multitalented artist, but also a cultural agent provocateur: ready..."

June 16, 2006 Column by Louis Black

The Devil and Daniel Johnston
The literal and figurative institutionalization of Austin music and art legend Daniel Johnston is analyzed from many angles in this perceptive film profile.
"...The now 45-year-old, Waller, Texas-dwelling phenomenon is also a gifted and galleried illustrator and painter, so add Marcel Duchamp..."

May 5, 2006 Movie Review by Raoul Hernandez

Take the Lead
It’s hard to fault such a warm, bouncy, and, yes, occasionally funky genre stalwart such as this for being exactly what you’d expect.
"...the way, of course: He’s one of those genuinely gifted, glowing actors who can nevertheless hold your attention through..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

She's the Man
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night gets a teen-movie rehash in this manic panic of a mess that never rises to even the lowest levels of the Bard’s cross-dressing comedy of errors.
"...with her Fugu cheeks and tomboy flair, is a gifted comedienne, but by the end of the film you..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Touching All Those Hands
Remembering Boyd Vance, his life and legacy
"...foray into directing, a production of To Be Young, Gifted and Black at Huston-Tillotson, and when he decided to..."

April 29, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

In Memoriam: Boyd Vance
Boyd Vance, founder and director of Pro Arts Collective, acclaimed musical theatre performer, and leader in nurturing and promoting African-American arts for a quarter of a century, has died
"...in 1984, with a production of To Be Young, Gifted and Black at Huston-Tillotson College, a debut that led..."

April 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Melinda and Melinda
Woody Allen literally imagines a scenario as both a comedy and a tragedy, but we can't understand why half of this movie isn't at least amusing.
"...snuff films, in which the viewer must suffer both gifted actors committing screen hara-kiri and a once-brilliant filmmaker soldiering..."

April 1, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids
Even though Born Into Brothels – winner of the 2004 Oscar for Best Documentary – is a devastating portrait of impoverished Calcutta children who are born into the sex trades, the film is also an inspiring document about human possibilities.
"...seven children, some of BriskiÕs best and most intuitively gifted students, whom she tries to get placed in private..."

March 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Page Two
Talented songwriter and performer Mandy Mercier lends her voice to our ongoing conversation about artistic recognition and creative success
"...Mandy Mercier, a gifted songwriter and performer, wrote me a long, impassioned e-mail..."

March 18, 2005 Column by Louis Black

Constantine
Adapted from Alan Moore’s groundbreaking DC/Vertigo comic title, Constantine is sure to divide the series’ most rabid fans, but those who can set aside their preconceptions will discover one of the more artfully designed comic-based films in some time.
"...onto the Earthly plane, Constantine hooks up with a similarly-gifted LAPD detective (Weisz) whose recently deceased sister may hold..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Page Two
Gratitude and goodbye to Will Eisner, whose comic 'The Spirit' is the epitome of great American art
"...that produced the book included some of the most gifted comic artists of all time; Lou Fine and Bob..."

Jan. 7, 2005 Column by Louis Black

Day Trips
The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock is home to a tribute to one of Texas’ favorite sons and also provides a venue for international and local visual art exhibits
"...arts, says Catherine Prose, executive director. Holly was a gifted artist as well as a musician and songwriter, she..."

Dec. 10, 2004 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Around the Bend
Family elixir is by turns weepy and hilarious, a little bit Caine and a whole lotta Walken.
"...the young Zach, who sidesteps preciousness with a genuinely gifted ease.) A fine, familial elixir to remedy despair and..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Stupidity
Could it be?: a study of human stupidity that's not, um …, stupid?
"...topic into easily digestible bits (presumably for the less gifted among his audience), Stupidity mines the fertile fields of..."

May 21, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Past Is Prologue
Rodney Evans and 'Brother to Brother'
"...To be young, gifted, and black involves struggles, Lorraine Hansberry wrote, but how..."

March 19, 2004 Screens Feature by Robert Faires

Girl With a Pearl Earring
Bona fide "art" movie starring this season's It Girl, Scarlett Johansson, is as flat and enigmatic as the titular portrait by Vermeer.
"...is that the model for the portrait was also gifted with the undeveloped vision of an artist, but the..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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