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Deconstructing Sonic Borders
The 13th annual No Idea Festival explores everything from phenological sound art to avant jazz and microtonal composition
"...This weekend, Austin's No Idea Festival once again fuses aural experimentalists and improvisers from..."

Feb. 26, 2016 Music Feature by Conor Walker

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Katniss Everdeen goes from Hunger Games victor to emblem of the revolution
"...uncaps a fat, neon highlighter to underscore a defining idea of the series, previously more subtly deployed: that mere..."

Nov. 21, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action
Good things come in small packages.
"...great promise of short filmmaking: to crystallize a story idea in a succinctly encapsulated form. That’s really all they..."

Feb. 10, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lotto Fever
Business Deal Records practices random acts of rockness
"...years later, the Business Deal Band Lotto trumps that idea in terms of inventiveness. The label's home to countless..."

Jan. 13, 2009 Music Post by Audra Schroeder

Robin Williams loads his family into a camper and goes on vacation.
"...hellish brood that his sudden "family bonding road trip" idea isn't exactly what it is: a dictate from said..."

May 5, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Director Barry Levinson tackles the human vice of envy in this comedy starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black.
"...and maniacal hilarity of Envy seem like the bad idea it clearly is. The appeal of pairing Black and..."

May 7, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
The story is similar to the popular original – but its Borscht Belt setting has been relocated to pre-revolutionary Cuba in 1958.
"...Juliet love affair that challenges class boundaries and the idea of a girl’s initiation into sexual awareness rendered onscreen..."

Feb. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Calendar Girls
Middle-aged British women bare all for charity.
"...tweaks the status quo without ever really challenging cultural ideas about propriety and body image. The story gets under..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...on the senses while simultaneously spinning a pop-art confectioner's idea of a cotton-candy love note to Sixties Euro-filmmaking tropes...."

Aug. 23, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Osmosis Jones
"...the digestive tract”), but don't mistake this for half-baked idea for Anatomy 101 … or groundbreaking cinema … or..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Center of the World
"...Wang's “Last Tango in Las Vegas” is full of ideas -- some of them provocative -- but his digitally..."

May 4, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cast Away
"...Cast Away, a bravura reworking of the Robinson Crusoe idea about a man stranded by himself for four years..."

Dec. 22, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pay It Forward
"...the fact. The plot, which concerns seventh-grader Osment's noble idea to create what is, in essence, a feel-good pyramid..."

Oct. 20, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Third World Cop
"...fame) and his new company Palm Pictures. Clearly, the idea is to market the hell out of the reggae..."

July 14, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Last Night
Canadian writer/director McKellar reveals the eerie intimacies undergone by people during the final six hours before the world ends.
" learned. Director-screenwriter McKellar has seized upon an intriguing idea and made an intriguing movie, one that doesn't haunt..."

Dec. 17, 1999 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Nothing to Lose
"...seems, at first thought, to be a smashingly good idea, or one that, at least, will break even. For..."

July 18, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lone Star
Writer/director Sayles squeezes lots of metaphorical juice from the idea of borders in this story filmed on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. Ostensibly a murder mystery, the story exposes many other town secrets.
"...all the metaphorical juice he can out of the idea of borders. He creates a fictitious Texas border town..."

June 28, 1996 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Little Indian, Big City
This inexplicably popular French comedy concerns a stockbroker who discovers that he has a 13-year-old son who was raised in the jungle, whom he now brings to Paris. It was remade in the U.S. with Tim Allen in 1997 as Jungle 2 Jungle. These Americans – quel idiots! Don’t they know that something so funny the first time around can never be improved on?
"...Briand, Miou Miou, Arielle Dombasle and Sonia Vollereaux. Bad idea. Bad movie. Things like this should not be encouraged...."

March 29, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Little Big League
"...around in Hollywood without someone pitching a similar story idea right past you, or into you. Little Big League,..."

July 1, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...face of overwhelming adversity. Gee whiz, that's an original idea. Looking suspiciously like a transformed Nastassia Kinski in Paul..."

April 17, 1992 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dinners to Rock To Series Does Rock
Adventurous, multi-course menus inspired by kickass bands
"...reservation. I had to meet the genius behind this idea, which seemed torn out of a page from my..."

Feb. 24, 2013 Food Post by Claudia Alarcón

Rowling's Resignation
Highlights of the UTIMCO chair's brutal Senate Finance Committee dust-up
"...around to the fact that UTIMCO actively rejects the idea of ethical investment is a sign of how bad..."

Feb. 8, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Little Women
Relish the contemporary touches in this new version of Alcott’s classic
"...Starting at the finish is never a great idea for a film review (erm, spoilers ahead), but the..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

47 Meters Down: Uncaged
New sharks, who dis?
"...The only connection to the first film is the idea of being trapped with sharks, but instead of the..."

Aug. 23, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Five Feet Apart
Meet cute on the teen ICU takes a turn for the corny
"...Five Feet Apart gives you an idea of the day-to-day reality of a terminally ill teenager,..."

March 22, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Is Austin’s Prohibition Creamery Too Sweet For Booze?
A whiskey mouth’s pleasurable experience suggests otherwise
"...cream – and you also like booze, then the idea of mixing the two won’t seem odd at all..."

Feb. 20, 2019 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Instant Family
Adoption comedy is rocky but charming
"...step, neither of them are too daunted by the idea of bringing a small child into their lives. It’s..."

Nov. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Juliet, Naked
Nick Hornby adaptation debunks the myth of authenticity
"...pretty minor, although no less problematic. To wit, the idea of authenticity. It is the reigning sustenance that defines..."

Aug. 31, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The First Purge
Blumhouse's political-horror franchise gets a timely prequel
"...a deranged sociological field research program based on the idea that, if people can just burn out all their..."

July 6, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Latest dinosaur romp sticks to the equation, but still evolves the action
"...original? Or would the series keep rehashing the same idea of a theme park gone wrong?..."

June 22, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

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