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Norwegian attempt to reclaim old myths from Marvel is Brightburn 2.0
"...but stay for this muddled and moody M. Night Shyamalan-cum-Marvel Cinematic Universe rip-off! (Or not. I hear the fjords..."

Nov. 13, 2020 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
The Korean zombie franchise becomes a fun heist flick
"...sentimental plot, and a barnstormingly bullish performance by future Marvel Eternal and the gangster from top notch crime flick..."

Aug. 21, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Trolls World Tour
Too many notes make for a flat CG-animated sequel
", nod as you recognize a song or two, marvel at the licensing nightmare this must have involved, and..."

April 10, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Pixar’s latest fantasy can’t conjure up that magic we expect
"...their own high bar to vault over, either via Marvel-ous tales involving supranormal powers (The Incredibles or through raw,..."

March 6, 2020 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Downey has and is fun as the doctor who can talk with the animals
"...pivotal he was to the very existence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that he made you believe in the..."

Jan. 17, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Spies in Disguise
This kid-friendly animated spy romp is for the birds
"...and Dad have seen virtually any iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “bad guy versus good guy because one..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Charlie's Angels
Gen Z get their wings in Elizabeth Banks' Angels continuation
"...Ripley in the Seventies, to today’s examples, like Captain Marvel. And in between these bookends – let’s say in..."

Nov. 15, 2019 Movie Review by Beth Sullivan

AmericanaFest Is SXSW for Root Genres
T is for... Tennessee, Tanya Tucker, and 10 top-notch breakouts
"...Kendell Marvel Having written hits and superstar cuts like George Strait’s..."

Sept. 17, 2019 Music Post by Doug Freeman

Austin Film News: Linklater, Rodriguez, and a Case of Millennium Bugs
Production updates, new releases, and job opportunities
"...Chopra (who has some superhero experience having voiced Ms. Marvel for Marvel Avengers Academy), Pedro Pascal (about to become..."

Sept. 13, 2019 Screens Column by Richard Whittaker

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
A taste of Eighties-style buddy-cop action-comedy hits all the right faces
"...and an imposing presence – pure Wilson Fisk, aka Marvel's merciless Kingpin. When someone tries to murder him with..."

June 21, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

What if Superman, but bad?
"...satirical reinventions of the Big Blue Boy Scout, like Marvel's smug bully Hyperion. Of course James Gunn – brother..."

May 31, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Who will win this epic new battle royal as Godzilla faces King Ghidorah?
"...even a late-Seventies stint as a member of the Marvel Comics Universe have ensured the big galoot a permanent..."

May 31, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Welcome back, Mister Wick!
" otherwise musclebound genre currently in thrall to the Marvel-ous...."

May 17, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

SXSW Panel Recap: The Female Gaze
Women get shit done on set
"...Maine, spotlighting Wonder Woman and Marvel’s latest (and first woman-led feature film) Captain Marvel, insisted:..."

March 12, 2019 Screens Post by Sarah Marloff

M. Night Shyamalan's meta-comic trilogy crashes into Earth with a dull splat
"...marriage sans Batsuit. Unbreakable preceded by eight years the Marvel Cinematic Universe we now find ourselves in, and predated..."

Jan. 18, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The underwater superhero brings long-awaited color to DC's films
"...Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe is sometimes chided for its rigid house..."

Dec. 21, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Furry animated antics as yetis find proof: Humans exist!
" (Warner Bros.). The yetis’ hairy appearance is a marvel of swaying fur, made all the more miraculous by..."

Sept. 28, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Ngozi Ukazu Hip-Checks This Year’s Staple! Expo
Local artist brings a hockey team’s worth of wit & bro-centric warmth
"...within some yellow starburst on the cover of a Marvel silver-age comic with pencils by Kirby and inks by..."

Sept. 5, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Happytime Murders
Puppet comedy crime caper is less Feebles, more just feeble
" of puppetry, this film is also a technological marvel, blending the real with the stuffed and creating a..."

Aug. 24, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Forget that horrible live-action trailer – here's your real Teen Titans
"...– which openly riff on both versions of the Marvel studio logos – Teen Titans makes it clear that..."

July 27, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

The First Purge
Blumhouse's political-horror franchise gets a timely prequel
"...Let's face facts: The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the movie franchise we want. The..."

July 6, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Incredibles 2
Pixar's superhero family returns with familiar but still welcome action
"...The first film was released four years prior to Marvel’s Iron Man and could be seen as the precursor..."

June 15, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Deadpool 2
The uncanny merc with a mouth returns with paternal instincts
" an era of comic blockbusters. After the core Marvel Cinematic Universe broke all our hearts with Avengers: Infinity..."

May 18, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Cultural icon Grace Jones, caught raw and wondrous.
"...subject’s relentlessly life-affirming, gender-obliterating joie de vivre is a marvel of strung-together moments of Grace under pressure, but also..."

April 27, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lean on Pete
Equine tale is a lot deeper than the cheesy subject suggests.
"...cheese. Don’t be fooled. Lean on Pete is a marvel of neorealistic filmmaking, a trenchant and melancholy portrait of..."

April 20, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

You Were Never Really Here
Joaquin Phoenix and Lynne Ramsay renew the revenger's tragedy.
"...Before Bryan Singer made Marvel's Wolverine into a tall, handsome, ripped Australian, the comic..."

April 13, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Proud Mary
Taraji P. Henson picks up her guns but shoots blanks as an assassin with a conscience
"...Foxy Brown, empowering and notably profitable movies that gave Marvel Comics' Luke Cage, Hero for Hire a run for..."

Jan. 19, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Five Arty Things to Do: Jan. 5-7
Apocalypse indefinitely postponed; go out, have some fun
"...3) Everyday life is often left behind in the Marvel Universe, of course, whether in cinematic or comic-book form...."

Jan. 4, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Uncle Staple and Austin’s 13th Annual Independent Media Expo
The weekend of fannish revelry and indie-comics celebration returns
"...bookstore, but I had this comic. And, back then, Marvel still had a subscription service, so I cut out..."

Sept. 4, 2017 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Dark Tower
Roland the Gunslinger hits the big screen
"...Man in Black once and for all. Then you marvel at Elba’s fluid use of his six-shooters and also..."

Aug. 11, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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