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This Malian courtroom drama is like nothing you've ever seen: The people put the institutions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on trial.
" this one by Mauritanian filmmaker Sissako (Waiting for Happiness, Life on Earth). Set in the neighboring African country..."

June 22, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie may have been done to death, but the strong cast of the Austin Shakespeare Festival production makes this masterpiece come alive again
"...promise of the Gentleman Caller: Amanda's fast track to happiness for her daughter and herself. ("Girls that aren't cut..."

March 9, 2007 Arts Review by Clayton Maxwell

The Serene Life
David Lynch meditates on Inland Empire
"...– unwaveringly – to meditate and to find the "happiness within" that is obtained through the state of knowing..."

Jan. 19, 2007 Screens Feature by Mark Fagan

The Pursuit of Happyness
Will Smith plays a self-made success who trains as a stockbroker even though he is homeless and raising a young son on the streets of San Francisco in this movie based on the true-life story of Chris Gardner.
"...have a college degree to achieve wealth and, natch, happiness. So he obsessively focuses on getting accepted into an..."

Dec. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

John Cameron Mitchell's sophomore film effort asserts – with great gusto and even a brass band – our universal right to sexual happiness.
"...fat or weird or different. The quest for sexual happiness is a radical notion in these repressive times, as..."

Oct. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

ACL Music Fest Preview
"...philosophy, The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart, continues his work with Farm Aid;..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Music Feature

Homemade History
Las Manitas, the Pérez sisters, and a usable past
"...And, you can just feel Austin's unique sense of happiness with who and what it is...."

July 21, 2006 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy
More a meditation than a traditional documentary, Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy beautifully employs direct cinema techniques to transport the viewer into the world of an exiled culture.
"...subtitle “May all beings attain union with the perfect happiness,” you can’t help but calmly reply with an internal..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Naked City
"...It grades Austin-Travis County on three criteria: child healthiness, happiness, and intelligence. The area got a grade of C..."

April 7, 2006 News Feature

Unknown White Male
The ambitions of this intriguing documentary about one man’s amnesia far outweigh its accomplishments.
"...the same time. And of course, money can’t buy happiness, but independent wealth can assuage any problems that arise..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hey Willpower! Can I Get a 'Hell Yeah!'?
Imperial Teen’s Will Schwartz goes solo, Top 40, and asks, “Why the Hell Not?” with his new thing, hey willpower!
"...of Faith No More (Roddy Bottum) and Sister Double Happiness (Lynn Perko). It was love at first listen, confirmed..."

March 10, 2006 Features Feature by Kate X Messer

The Lone Ranger
The legend of Jerry Lynn Williams
"...I believe in it 1 million percent, and the happiness I feel, I want to give to other people."..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Music Feature by Bill Bentley

The World
Using a sleek visual style and bits of animation, this elegant Chinese film explores the effects of modernism, globalism, and international commerce upon its culture and society.
"...Park sells tourists the simulacra of excitement, enrichment, and happiness, Jia’s characters are able to find those things themselves,..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Bigger Stakes
Richard Linklater on remixing 'The Bad News Bears'
"...but it always comes back to that question. "What's happiness"? You work your ass for all the years you're..."

July 29, 2005 Screens Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Page Two
An oceanside contemplation of the Declaration of Independence
"...among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted..."

June 24, 2005 Column by Louis Black

Letters at 3AM
As the semester begins, I present my high school seniors with the words of our great American authors and hope they provide a road map or the bread crumbs that can lead them through the journey of their lives
"...want them to have a way to value their happiness. And their unhappiness. And I want, so very much,..."

May 13, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Nominally the story of a 13-year-old girl who longs for a baby, Todd Solondz's latest is provocative, wicked, even bleakly funny, and ultimately empty.
"...half as absorbing as Dylan Baker’s pederast from 1998’s Happiness, who truly embodies the moral ambiguities Solondz strives so..."

May 6, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

After a Fashion
This week your Style Avatar makes the Red Carpet Scene at the premiere of 'Sahara' and Robert Rodriguez's 'Sin City' and remembers DeLorean
"...invites you to join him for the Peace Love Happiness Ride Thursday, April 17, with departure time at 11am..."

April 8, 2005 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

The Movies That Matter
An interview with Killer Films producer Christine Vachon
"...From Heaven, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Todd Solondz's Happiness and Storytelling (see "This Is a Love Story," for..."

March 11, 2005 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Graham Coxon
"...Happiness in Magazines (EMI)..."

March 4, 2005 Music Review by Marc Savlov

Our readers talk back.
"...among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."..."

Jan. 28, 2005 Column

Summer Reading
Beyond Texas
" it. I wasn't entranced. Instead, it gave me contact-happiness – Kunzru's own term for the somehow melancholic happiness..."

May 28, 2004 Books Feature by Roger Gathman

Gloomy Sunday
As the turmoil of WWII engulfs Hungary, a Budapest eatery becomes home to a love triangle.
"...approaching heel of Nazism. People struggle to scratch out happiness, to outpace depression and dread, or even to simply..."

April 23, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

What a sampling of the Austin music scene wants for Christmas.
"..."Either a pony that will never die or health, happiness, and prosperity for everyone I know, no exceptions."..."

Dec. 26, 2003 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Elliott Smith
Live Shot
"...and mind-set were dismissed with the opening chords of "Happiness," off 2000's Figure 8. "What I used to be..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Music Review by Darcie Stevens

Mystic River
Clint Eastwood's newest is a dark, lachrymose tale of slowly snaking evil.
"...shadowing its adult targets throughout their lives, corrupting hard-won happiness and casting ruin over all. Hardly cheery stuff, but..."

Oct. 17, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

September 11
Compelling but uneven omnibus film showcases 11 films by 11 international directors.
"...Towers allows light to shine into his apartment, bringing happiness to this man for the first time since his..."

Oct. 17, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
There’s something about the smarmy David Spade that brings out the worst impulses in a person.
"...stay, and he eventually finds the true meaning of happiness and love, blah, blah, blah. And, he even gets..."

Sept. 5, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Legend of Suriyothai
"...period of peace, and Suriyothai’s sacrifice of her personal happiness is the first of many she will make in..."

July 25, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hours
"...amazing scene, Streep ruminates about how the possibility of happiness grows more elusive as we grow older. For anyone..."

Jan. 17, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

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