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It's Free Comic Book Day
The where, what and how of comic collectors' favorite Saturday
"...this weekend, expect the Age of Ultron issue from Marvel's mightiest heroes to assemble right off the shelves. That..."

May 5, 2012 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

The Magic Flute
ALO opens its 25th season with a magical revival of Mozart's opera
"...lies in the sometimes haphazard staging. Stage director James Marvel's program notes indicate his thorough understanding of the depths..."

Nov. 11, 2011 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

Queen To Play
In this French drama, a placid, working-class woman discovers passions she never knew she possessed when she learns to play chess.
"...on a whole new dawn. Her progression is a marvel to observe, mostly because she gives only hints rather..."

July 8, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Gaming Luminary Writes DuckTales Comic
And no one thinks this is weird?
" more comics in the future. Heck, Disney owns Marvel now – I’ve written Marvel game adventures before. I’ve..."

June 30, 2011 Books Post by James Renovitch

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011: Animation
Get a leg up on your Oscar pool by checking out all the nominees in this category.
"...bristle at the film’s insulting attitude, even as they marvel at its remarkable, faux-handmade aesthetic of cloth swatches and..."

Feb. 11, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Year in Books
Freedom, Finkler, and Kids of America
"...point, Freedom represented Franzen's America, and it was a marvelously absorbing place to visit, full of ecoterrorists, war profiteers,..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Books Feature by Kimberley Jones

True Grit
Rooster Cogburn rides again in this Coen brothers' remake of the Western classic.
"...Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper and Elizabeth Marvel. Charles Portis’ best-selling novel True Grit provided the source..."

Dec. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Wizardly Way
Human Centipede, Abe Sapien and more speak at Austin Comic Con
"...may be best known for his groundbreaking work for Marvel Comics on Elektra: Assassin. However, it was his work..."

Nov. 18, 2010 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Battle Chasers and Darksiders
Joe Mad talks ESRB versus Comics Code before Wizard World
"...Japanese anime. He was a regular series penciler on Marvel's top-selling Uncanny X-Men for four years, as well as..."

Nov. 13, 2010 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
A teenager's Greek mythology book comes to life and thrusts him into an adventure to recover Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.
"...leave budding heroes and heroines pining for the next Marvel smashdown. As for fans of real reel Greek mythology,..."

Feb. 19, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Young Victoria
The emotions of the teenage Princess Victoria (played by Emily Blunt) are the subject of this well-made palace tale.
"...his pupils). Having just typed this all out, I marvel at how exciting it all sounds – feuding families!..."

Dec. 25, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A man (Sam Rockwell) and his computer (voiced pitch-perfectly by Kevin Spacey) – alone on a moon-based work station of the future – plumb the depths of identity and inner space.
"...eyebrows, a squiggle of the mouth line; it's a marvel of low-tech ingenuity that, in concert with the soothing..."

July 10, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Free Comic Book Day
There's a comic for everybody among the 40 titles available in the eighth annual giveaway
" high school hijinks with Archie and the gang. Marvel pimps its latest silver-screen adaptation with Wolverine: Origin of..."

May 1, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Revolutionary Road
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio co-star in this drama set 50 years ago in suburban Connecticut about a married couple who yearns to stand out from its peers, but whose tragedy is that they are cut from the same cloth.
"...and defective. But, as with Virginia Woolf, you may marvel at the technique but not particularly revel in it...."

Jan. 9, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Body of Lies
Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe star in Ridley Scott's new film about the different types of CIA operatives fighting the global war on terrorism.
"...missions with a precision that makes us not only marvel at the sophistication of American technology but also wonder..."

Oct. 10, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Page Two: Wonder Stories
The unbound adventures and outrageous duets of a life spent with science fiction
"...majority of the Fawcett Comics' Golden Age superhero Captain Marvel stories, as well as many stories of the Captain..."

July 25, 2008 Column by Louis Black

The Singing Revolution
Using a combination of historical footage and modern-day scenes, this documentary about Estonia's independence movement is a welcome shot of unsentimental optimism.
"...last 1,000 years under foreign thumbs, you have to marvel at the Estonian people’s ability to keep a song..."

June 27, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

A Word With RZA
"...He popularized that name. The name was started by Marvel, I’m not taking that from Marvel, I’m saying we..."

June 11, 2008 Music Post by Thomas Fawcett

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Julian Schnabel's unorthodox but true story about a protagonist who is stripped of all self-movement and expression is equal parts reverie, despair, and social experiment.
"...doing so he’s created a character we not only marvel at but identify with. If there’s a better example..."

Jan. 11, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Summer Chores
Summer blockbusters become video games, and fun is lost in translation
"...360) is a minimalist takeoff of the pretty cool Marvel Ultimate Alliance, reducing that nerd fest to only four..."

July 27, 2007 Screens Feature by Jeremy Martin

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Although it tries mightily to top 2005's origin story by introducing fanboy favorite the Silver Surfer, this film is nevertheless relentlessly dull and curiously bombastic.
"...does it approach the Lee/Kirby intellectual thrill ride of Marvel's glory days. Flame off...."

June 22, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Naked City
" dead. In the latest issue of the long-running Marvel comic, the hero in the red, white, and blue..."

March 16, 2007 News Feature

Powell St. John Reviewed
"...his own band Mother Earth ("Living With the Animals," "Marvel Group," "I, the Fly"). Forty years on, here comes..."

Dec. 22, 2006 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

The Departed
Watching this new film by Scorsese is tantamount to falling in love with the director all over again.
"...performance as the increasingly unhinged crime boss is a marvel of manic, paranoid ruination, and the film's running metaphor..."

Oct. 6, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Our readers talk back.
", the water clears. Barton Springs is still a marvel of nature but one that's been damaged by man,..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Column

Nine Lives
Composed of nine occasionally interlocking vignettes that star a dozen or so terrific actresses, Nine Lives presents intimate portraits of women grapplng with life.
"...with each character. I can’t overstate what a small marvel that is: to burrow in for a brief 10..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Christmas in the Clouds
This Native American romantic comedy, which won the Audience Award at the 2001 Austin Film Festival, arrives in theatres four years late but seasonally right on time.
"...I imagine kids will be too distracted by that marvel of a mouse anyway, and wondering how war paint..."

Dec. 2, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Howl's Moving Castle
The latest from animation master Hayao Miyazaki is ravishingly beautiful but narratively inferior to all his other films.
"...Baba Yaga’s hut, this perambulating homestead is an interdimensional marvel, existing in multiple planes at once and allowing Howl..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Perfect Man
Less a feature film than 90 minutes of tweenage feminine wish fulfillment, The Perfect Man is like Teen People come to life.
" cartoonist guy with a crush on her (Feldman). Marvel as she makes a sassy best friend (Lengies) before..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

House of Wax
An occasionally creepy but mostly rote remake of the 1953 horror classic, with some putatively clever jibes at a certain high-profile hotel heiress.
"...made of wax. To explain the presence of this marvel, there’s some expository business about a closed sugar mill..."

May 6, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

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