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Fantastic Fest Adds Terry Gilliam And Metallica
Final round of films includes surprise big names
"...the mental breakdown flick shot guerrilla-style in the Magic Kingdom is getting a limited release in October, and a..."

Sept. 5, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Vinyl Bin: Kingdom of Suicide Lovers
A magnificent seven Texas Platters
"...Kingdom of Suicide LoversDistant Waves (Super Secret Records)..."

Aug. 23, 2013 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

The Spectacular Now
An outstanding cast and eloquent storytelling shape this delicate film that becomes a dark study of a budding, young alcoholic.
"...– a scene set at a playground, the nightfall kingdom of 17-year-olds stealing kisses, buckled my knees with sense..."

Aug. 16, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Oz the Great and Powerful
Neither a besmirching nor a instant classic, this sometimes clunky prequel in which James Franco plays the Wizard when he was a mere, young huckster also has Sam Raimi's ravishing visuals.
"...the distance bear a slight resemblance to the Magic Kingdom logo, so be it. Raimi’s imagination gets a thorough..."

March 8, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Impressed, Yes, but Socks Still Firmly On
It was a good year for movies – but was it great?
"...10) Moonrise Kingdom (5: tie)..."

Jan. 4, 2013 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Austin Top 10
"...4) Kingdom of Suicide Lovers, Distant Waves (Golden Hour/Super Secret)..."

Jan. 4, 2013 Music Feature by Greg Beets

IFP Gotham Awards Announced
Linklater, Zellners among Texans who score nods
"...Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales,..."

Oct. 18, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

DVD Watch
'Kati With an i' is a transfixing documentary portrait
"...Moonrise Kingdom (Universal Studios, Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD +..."

Oct. 16, 2012 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Rebooted, and in 3-D.
"...has somehow allowed itself to become the most surveilled kingdom/parliamentary democracy in the world. Heads up, Yanks: You’re No...."

Sept. 28, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Kingdom of Suicide Lovers
"...Kingdom of Suicide LoversDistant Waves (Golden Hour Records/Super Secret Records)..."

Sept. 21, 2012 Music Review by Greg Beets

In the Kingdom of Men
Maps to the Middle East: 'In the Kingdom of Men'
"...Maps to the Middle East In the Kingdom of Menby Kim Barnes Knopf, 336 pp., $24.95..."

June 15, 2012 Books Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

The Raid: Redemption
This Indonesian film truly has a nonstop glut of martial-arts action, so don't worry about the minimalist story and characters.
"...where the criminals rule the residents – and their kingdom – from the top floor of the infected structure...."

March 30, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

John Carter
Old-school "Gosh, wow!" sense-of-wonder filmmaking is in short supply these days, but now John Carter has arrived to fill the void.
"...on seas of light (the inhabitants of the peaceful kingdom of Helium) to the tusked, green-skinned, sinewy Tharks, a..."

March 9, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Live Forever
What some locals considered Cotton Mather's sophomore slump, 1997's Kontiki, may have been the only thing that Oasis' Gallagher brothers ever agreed on
"...ourselves," Harrison says of the album his Star Apple Kingdom label is reissuing on Valentine's Day in deluxe, two-disc..."

Feb. 10, 2012 Music Feature by Greg Beets

Day Trips
The good and the bad for day trippers in 2011
"...a million acres across the state. Fort Davis, Possum Kingdom, and Bastrop were hit the hardest...."

Jan. 6, 2012 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Sarah Silver Hands
The magic in this new fairy-tale opera lies in its look more than its story
"...with its characters. Salvata lands us in the Autumn Kingdom, where tween Princess Sarah (Christine Kelly Achico) must save..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

The Thing
Functioning as a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing, this film answers questions even though there's little mystery.
"...lead here alongside Aussie Joel Edgerton (The Square, Animal Kingdom), just isn't as charismatic an actor as Russell. Another..."

Oct. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Knockout performances by the three central characters and powerfully effective fight sequences are the key ingredients that spur this male weepie.
"...easy redemption. Meanwhile, older brother Brendan (Edgerton, of Animal Kingdom), who stayed behind with Paddy when his mother and..."

Sept. 9, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Hesher, the nihilistic antidote to a downbeat family in this drama that raises its middle finger toward nothing in particular.
"...galore. Co-written by director Susser with David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), Hesher takes a strangely sentimental turn at the end..."

May 13, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Your Highness
This vulgar medieval travesty is awfully good fun when it works.
"...return the bride-to-be to her proper place in the kingdom. Dick-joke follies ensue, with inspired (if extremely warped) bits..."

April 8, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Godzilla Attacks Austin Books
Local kaiju artist Matt Frank signing new comic today
" 7pm signing copies of issue one of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. A regular at Austin Books (named small..."

March 30, 2011 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

Red Hill
Genuine passion for the Western genre is displayed in this Australian take on High Noon that stars True Blood's Ryan Kwanten.
"...genres. Nash Edgerton's The Square and David Michôd's Animal Kingdom were two of the best thrillers of the past..."

Nov. 5, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Disappearance of Alice Creed
A kidnapping caper with only three characters and one basic location, this masterful British film ratchets up the suspense to mind-frying proportions.
"...Edgerton (The Square) and David Michôd (the forthcoming Animal Kingdom) sailed up from Down Under on tragic seas of..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Karate Kid
The remake of this kids' classic was filmed in China and provides a decent update for a new generation.
" his role in Rob Minkoff's recent The Forbidden Kingdom, but it is Kleenex-worthy, and when was the last..."

June 18, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Princess Kaiulani
This costume-drama and historical romance tells the story of Hawaii's last princess.
"...her uncle, King Kalakaua (Kaowili), to open his peaceable kingdom to the West or face obliteration. Once ensconced in..."

June 4, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Peer Gynt
An unrelentingly fast tempo flattens out the St. Ed's staging of Ibsen's epic
"...that the play includes an extended scene with a kingdom of trolls, and you have a story that falls..."

Feb. 19, 2010 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Spy Next Door
Jackie Chan plays an undercover CIA agent who turns out to be a disastrous babysitter for his girlfriend's three kids.
"...with 2008's terrifically entertaining Shaw Brothers homage The Forbidden Kingdom, but that appears to have been a one-off bit..."

Jan. 22, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sacred and Profane
J. Tillman's brush with death
"...Year in the Kingdom, Tillman's latest full-length, released on Tuesday, marks his strongest..."

Sept. 18, 2009 Music Feature by Austin Powell

This strange little Danish gem tells the story of the aptly named Odd Horten, a man cut from his moorings when he's forced to take retirement at age 67.
" the terrific Lars van Trier mega-film/television series The Kingdom, and viewers who only know him from that disturbing..."

Aug. 7, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

What Just Happened
Robert De Niro stars in this Barry Levinson comedy as a Hollywood movie producer beset with problems ranging from two ex-wives and unhinged actors and directors to perpetual worry.
"...He’s a classic movie-business big shot: a king whose kingdom is under constant siege from the perilous outer darkness..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

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