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The School of Rock
In Linklater's studio-financed comedy hit, Jack Black brings his rock & roll vibe to riff-needy prep students.
"...substitute teacher at a moneyed private grade school for gifted and talented kids. Soon enough, he’s dodging the school’s..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...embark on a series of “luck contests” with other gifted individuals, chief among them the lugubrious, scheming ex-bullfighter Alejandro..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bowling for Columbine
" one of our country's most valuable gadflies, a gifted provocateur with a real sense of humor and a..."

Nov. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wrong Numbers
"...cleverly written script, imaginative camera work, well-selected cast of gifted unknowns and, most importantly, its rich and evocative sense..."

June 7, 2002 Movie Review by Russell Smith

'If Not Edison -- What?'
Austin Interfaith's Alliance programs represent one alternative to failing AISD schools.
" the Alliance schools' only source of public funding.All Gifted and Talented Flush with that victory, the Zavala team..."

March 22, 2002 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Thomas Harris' first serial-killer film adaptation.
"...well as directing, and it was stylishly shot by gifted cinematographer Dante Spinotti. The story places Peterson as an..."

July 26, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...-- to really make a dent. But then, truly gifted funnymen and -women have accomplished much more while working..."

June 8, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Another Austin theatre company suffers a mid-performance disaster and responds to it with resourcefulness and pluck, and the Austin Community College Drama Department marks Shakespeare's 437th birth with an all-star "Billy Bash."
"...wealth of Will's words spoken and sung by some gifted local artists. The affair has been coordinated by Guy..."

April 20, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Finding Forrester
" Finding Forrester is a lot like realizing your gifted and talented child isn't a kid genius after all...."

Dec. 29, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Man Who Knew Too Much
Although some critics have assumed, from Jacques Barzun's criticisms of modern culture, that he is a conservative ideologue, in reality he has always followed his own, pragmatic vision of things.
"...First World War. There were hundreds of thousands of gifted people killed. They were part of a break; they..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Books Feature by Roger Gathman

Poetry in Emotion
Katherine Catmull never intended to pursue a career in acting. In fact, she seriously avoided it for as long as she could, choosing instead to earn her degree in English literature. Why is revealed in this profile of one of Austin's most sophisticated and literate performers.
"...Williams, herself a gifted actress with a long history on Austin stages, has..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Five Easy Pieces
" one of those “original slacker” stories about a gifted pianist from the privileged classes who chooses to work..."

Aug. 22, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Original Kings of Comedy
"...three. Harvey and Hughley are the sharpest and most gifted of the four comics. Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...X at his Westchester, New York, boarding school for “gifted children.” Here he trains them not only in the..."

July 14, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Instant Classic
Paramount Theatre's Summer 2000 Series
"...also co-starred in Cabaret. She is not an incredibly gifted actress, but she is, indeed, an incredibly gifted beauty...."

May 19, 2000 Screens Feature by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Center Stage
Students at the American Ballet Academy in New York vie to join the professional corps.
"...Boston with an “attitude” problem, and Maureen (Pratt), the gifted student with “stage mother” and bulimia problems. Jody's problem..."

May 12, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

2000 Kids Summer Fun Guide
"...little bit. Summer Wonders offers an educational opportunity for gifted children to keep them on their toes and out..."

May 5, 2000 Features Feature

Love and Basketball
A young woman learns to navigate the hoops on and off the court.
"...Actually, it's a bit unfair to define the precociously gifted Prince-Blythewood in terms of another artist -- even so..."

April 21, 2000 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Gung Ho
Q&A with punk priestess Patti Smith.
"...and I started together. Richard Sohl was a very gifted piano player. He was classically trained, just a wonderful..."

March 31, 2000 Music Feature by Jody Denberg

Long Fringe @ the Hideout
"...a Donkey Angel, and one of the city's most gifted comedy presences -- presents The Shaft, "a journey much..."

Jan. 7, 2000 Arts Feature

Senioritis: Devilish High School Chemistry
Robi Polgar examines the Vortex production of Rob Nash's Senioritis
"...a good thing, it has provided tasty fodder for gifted writer Rob Nash to create four installments of a..."

Dec. 31, 1999 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Bicentennial Man
"...the “feel-overly-earnest” movie. Never has there been such a gifted actor so desperately in need of role as a..."

Dec. 17, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Age of Innocence
Middle school teacher Mindy LaBernz teaches her students about "real life" and pop music magic.
"..."early adolescent" while teaching at a summer camp for gifted kids at the University of Virginia. As with most..."

Dec. 3, 1999 Music Feature by Mindy LaBernz

The General's Daughter
"...the victim, Capt. Elizabeth Campbell (Stefanson), was gorgeous and gifted, she's subject to the ironclad movie law (I call..."

June 26, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Eight Days a Week
"...especially effective. And even if Russell weren't such a gifted actress, her devastating combination of milk-and-cookies wholesomeness and raise-the-dead..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

"...the diary entries of a young girl -- a gifted, sensitive girl only just discovering her identity as a..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Arts Review

Rattling Our Stage
A Survey of Austin's Rebel Theatre Scene
"...Rude Mechanicals: Gifted-Kid Antics..."

April 10, 1998 Arts Feature

Picks & Sleepers
"...debut, it also unveiled the festival's surprise MVP - gifted turntable guru Jesse De La Pena. (Fat Tuesday, Midnight)..."

March 20, 1998 Music Feature

Great Expectations
"...Hired by Dinsmoor to keep Estella company, the artistically gifted Finn falls in love with the icy but strangely..."

Jan. 30, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Eve's Bayou
Actress-turned-first-time director Lemmons unravels a spellbinding tale that blends Southern Gothic magical realism and disturbing family drama.
"...daddy's cheating heart with feminine wiles while her psychically gifted younger sibling concludes that black magic, not sweetness, is..."

Nov. 14, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

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