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2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary
Trauma defines these glimpses into other real lives
"...they can relax enough to focus on their own happiness. Simple, yes, but “Cha-Cha” is a heartfelt examination of..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Qmmunity: Vision 2020 Could Be 90-90-90
Plus queer parties to celebrate life and excess with Alexander the Great, Coconut Club, more
"...Pursuit of Happiness Coco Lectric, Ruby Lamb, Booty and the Beast, Oliver..."

Jan. 10, 2020 Column by Sarah Marloff

Fantastic Fest Honors Japanese Film Master Takashi Miike
Third wave includes special tribute to the J-horror innovator
"...arguably his weirdest (and that's saying something) film, The Happiness of the Katakuris...."

Sept. 11, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

A Few Faves From the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series
Immortal gems of the cinema help us define a classic
"...Varda's deceptively, if not comically, sprightly Le Bonheur (trans: happiness). A carpenter, François (Jean-Claude Drouot), who despite proclaiming he's..."

May 24, 2019 Screens Feature by The Screens Staff

Five Feet Apart
Meet cute on the teen ICU takes a turn for the corny
"...Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis’ original screenplay cut this happiness short in a sequence of absurd events that include..."

March 22, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Joaquin Phoenix creates a charming warts-and-all portrait of cartoonist John Callahan
"...crash, and is wobbling his way to an off-kilter happiness. In his second award-worthy performance of the year, Phoenix..."

July 20, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Eighth Grade
Modern middle school life has never been captured better
"...the light in Fisher’s eyes and a smile resembling happiness on her face after all you’ve seen her character..."

July 20, 2018 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The King
America's soul explored on a road trip in Elvis Presley's car
"...American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness personified: but pursuit doesn't mean you ever catch up...."

July 20, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Luv Doc: Breadwinning
There's a pretty good chance that the robot uprising is probably just around the corner
"...I never thought money would become an issue in..."

July 13, 2018 Column by The Luv Doc

Three Identical Strangers
Deception, research, and an almost unbelievable mystery of triplets divided at birth
"...home movies and video clips, you witness the exuberant happiness that the immediately inseparable brothers experience in the company..."

July 6, 2018 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Lu Over the Wall
Japanese mermaid tale with a big heart and a groovy beat.
" little sister, she’s there to bring out the happiness in everyone, even the town’s old guard who grew..."

May 11, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Breaion King arrest doc heads up the Oscar short list
"...that Eddie (95) and Edith (96) have found some happiness together in their 90s after splitting the winnings off..."

Feb. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Luv Doc: A Very Depressive Point of View
Contrary to our Idiot-in-Chief's racist desires, no one in Norway wants to come to America
"...I'm 28 years old, about to turn 29 in..."

Jan. 19, 2018 Column by The Luv Doc

Holiday Viewing: Doctor Who at Christmas
Which are the best (and worst) of the BBC classic's Xmas specials?
"...toe-to-toe with a villain made out of candy (The Happiness Patrol: look it up)...."

Dec. 11, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Gay Place
This holiday season is filled with fun, queer activities
"...and celebrate life. Additionally, the fourth annual Pursuit of Happiness Showcase returns Friday with local kings, queens, and aerialists..."

Dec. 1, 2017 Column by Sarah Marloff

The Luv Doc: Stressing Out
How many long, luxurious bubble baths can a man take?
"...So you keep relaxing. My guess is that by..."

Nov. 17, 2017 Column by The Luv Doc

Goodbye Christopher Robin
The story of A.A. Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh
"...There’s treacle aplenty running like “a tap of happiness” all through Goodbye Christopher Robin, but it’s bookended and..."

Oct. 27, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Su-Yee Lin's "An Interlude: Pig River"
Third Place winner in the 2017 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
"...folks used to say? Something about a pig bringing happiness. Oh yes, "Abundant happiness will arrive with a pig..."

June 9, 2017 Arts Feature by Su-Yee Lin

Record Store Day Unearths a Roky Erickson Rarity
Reanimating one of the great Austin tributes
"...15) "Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog)," Sister Double Happiness..."

April 21, 2017 Music Feature by Bill Bentley

The Space Between Us
There is life on Mars
"...Chelsom (Hear My Song, Hector and the Search for Happiness) and screenplay by Allan Loeb (Collateral Beauty, one of..."

Feb. 3, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Edge of Seventeen
Teen dramedy gets the growing pains right
"...burdened by the caretaking of others, might find some happiness together – but frustratingly cuts corners elsewhere. For all..."

Nov. 18, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

No Manches Frida
A thief becomes a substitute teacher to get his loot
"...navigating all those barriers that are hindrances to our happiness. It's a nifty bit of business, with most of..."

Sept. 9, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Luv Doc: Always Late
F that D
"...I read an article not too long ago that..."

July 29, 2016 Column by The Luv Doc

White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way
“You gotta scream to be heard”
" But you know, the way I write about happiness is not the way that someone else would. Everyone..."

July 6, 2016 Music Post by Libby Webster

The Luv Doc: Uncool!
Yes, you should stop checking his phone
" least you won't have sabotaged any chance at happiness by worrying about what hasn't happened...."

July 1, 2016 Column by The Luv Doc

Yakuza Apocalypse
Japan’s nuttiest filmmaker Takashi Miike strikes again
"...a career out of messing with audiences' heads (The Happiness of the Katakuris, anyone?), thus creating a love him/hate..."

Oct. 9, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Luv Doc: The Woman Who Stole My Husband
A raging bonfire of hate
"...her win. You need to understand that another person’s happiness doesn’t negate your own. More than likely she did..."

March 6, 2015 Column by The Luv Doc

Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan creates a volatile drama about a violently hyperactive teen, his strong-willed mother, and the nice woman who lives across the street.
"...lens.) At a couple points when the characters experience happiness, the screen ration suddenly pops out into widescreen. The..."

Feb. 6, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

23 Blast
Actor Dylan Baker debuts as a director with this inspirational film about a blind, young football player.
"...first feature from actor Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Happiness) is a generic triumph-over-adversity film whose tonal shifts would..."

Oct. 24, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

John Wick
Keanu Reeves and the filmmakers deliver the goods in this well-constructed revenge picture.
"...admirably spare sequence, establishing Wick’s grief and gradually renewed happiness in simple, effective interactions...."

Oct. 24, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

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