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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

Adapted from Alan Moore’s groundbreaking DC/Vertigo comic title, Constantine is sure to divide the series’ most rabid fans, but those who can set aside their preconceptions will discover one of the more artfully designed comic-based films in some time.
" the book’s grim tone. This is not the Marvel Universe, where Spider-Man triumphs and things are Fantastic. Constantine..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon comedy stalls at the starting gate.
"...picture, and is currently lensing the big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four, which bodes very ill indeed..."

Oct. 15, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
"...famously, From Hell. Norrington, who directed the adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Blade a few years back, is no slouch..."

July 11, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Rugrats Go Wild
"...know that voice! Who the hell is it?" and marvel over the cavalcade of cinematic puns and in-jokes that..."

June 13, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Academy Award-Nominated Shorts 2003
"...The first animated selection, "The Cathedral," is a technical marvel, with gorgeous use of light and shadow and beautiful..."

May 23, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Packs a Punch
Chances are you've seen Powerhouse Animation's work, whether you know it or not -- its portfolio includes Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, Disney TV's The Proud Family, and plenty of local TV spots, ad campaigns, and one-off Flash animation projects.
"...available for viewing via the Powerhouse Web site, has Marvel Comics stalwarts Captain America and Daredevil mulling over the..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Blade II
"...a lot to the table. His handle on this Marvel Comics creation is so encompassing that his inhabitation of..."

March 22, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...a near-complete disconnection to the world. (Dench is a marvel in chronicling this change in Murdoch; the physicality of..."

March 1, 2002 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Austin @ Large: Austin At Large
An Austin political response to the New York bombing
"...It's futile to marvel at how Rudolph Giuliani, heretofore thought by many a..."

Sept. 21, 2001 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

"...features prominently in the film's first third, is a marvel of horrific bad taste. Director Thi and both lead..."

July 27, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Another failed effort to capture Marvel magic.
"...Until the recent X-Men, Marvel Comics had a hard time getting its characters onto..."

May 4, 2001 Screens Review by Mike Emery

The Mummy Returns
"...over two whole series of any of the old Marvel Universe titles. Briefly, Fraser and Weisz are back as..."

May 4, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Day Trips
Houston's Museum of Printing History reconstructs Gutenberg and more.
" the original, the heavy wooden press is a marvel of man's ingenuity. It is an equally rare treat..."

Feb. 2, 2001 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
This martial arts film succeeds as a great pulp yarn, a historical drama, an epic love story, a humorous action tale, and a modern feminist fable.
" Fans of Chinese action movies are sure to marvel at the seamlessness of Crouching Tiger's art and artifice...."

Jan. 12, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Vertical Limit
"...the action form. His Bond outing, Goldeneye was a marvel of suavely timed action set-pieces, and The Mask of..."

Dec. 8, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tina Turner, Frank Erwin Center, October 27
"...Sometimes clichés fit, though, and it's impossible not to marvel at how little 61 birthdays have affected Tina Turner...."

Nov. 3, 2000 Music Review by Andy Langer

The Tao of Steve
Easygoing romantic comedy about an unlikely ladies' man.
"...machismo, attracts women like no other. His poker buddies marvel at his abilities, especially the geeky Dave (Wills), whose..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

What Lies Beneath
"...supernatural hokum to more adult fare. Watching it, you marvel that it works as well as it does. Ford..."

July 21, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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