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The Happytime Murders
Puppet comedy crime caper is less Feebles, more just feeble
"...art 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
"...in 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

Annabelle: Creation
The scary doll from The Conjuring is back (again)
"...its bee in my bonnet is “cinematic universe.” Blame Marvel, I suppose, for having to create that term to..."

Aug. 11, 2017 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Their Finest
How to make a propaganda film in World War II England
"...the operation provides many opportunities to show off the marvel of cinematic illusions, as well as the mechanics of..."

April 14, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Founder
Michael Keaton supersizes McDonald's
"...welcomes Kroc into the kitchen to show off the marvel of assembly-line efficiency his shrewder brother Dick (Offerman) has..."

Jan. 27, 2017 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Julieta
Almodóvar tracks the stages of a woman's life
"...time, using nothing more than a bath towel, you marvel at the assuredness of his simple technique. The conjuror..."

Jan. 27, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Hey, Grownups! More Graphic Novels!
Three new releases from those geeky savants at Fantagraphics
"...Kirby’s 1976 version of 2001: A Space Odyssey for Marvel in there? “The energy emanating from the comics was..."

Dec. 13, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Gay Place
Combining noise music with performance poetry offers a space for all voices to be heard
"...Geeks On Fleek: Marvel vs. DC It's the superhero question of the millennium..."

Dec. 2, 2016 Column by Sarah Marloff

Queen of Katwe
This Disney film rises above the usual underdog sports cliches
"...(the 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner) is a marvel, capable of displaying a world of emotions with a..."

Sept. 30, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Austin Collectors Show Off Their Toys
Lights, camera, action figures!
"...was in London, watching his Doctor Strange script become Marvel's next blockbuster, he had one day off. So, naturally,..."

July 29, 2016 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Kiwi comedy offers a wealth of belly laughs
"...is tapped to direct the new Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel next year, and let’s hope his singular voice doesn’t..."

July 15, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

I Saw the Light
The sad but mercurial life of Hank Williams is put to screen
"...actors most widely known for playing characters in the Marvel Universe, can effectively portray the great but tragic C&W..."

April 1, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

10 Cloverfield Lane
Unrelated Cloverfield follow-up is a dandy suspenser
"...expectations to frankly impossible levels. (I’m talking to you, Marvel Studios.) So when I first viewed the total freaking..."

March 18, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cop Car
Two boys go on the lam in Kevin Bacon's cop car
"...of Cop Car. (He’s also been picked to direct Marvel Studios’ as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot.) His attention to the details..."

Aug. 7, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Moviegoers Assemble!
"...big-screen entry over the past seven years to constitute Marvel's lucrative cinematic universe of comic book adaptations. The brand's..."

May 1, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

The DUFF
Bye-bye bullies and basket cases; enter the DUFF – shorthand for designated ugly fat friend.
"...basket cases. The geeks now rule the earth (heyyyy, Marvel), so a new pecking order, and a new nomenclature,..."

Feb. 20, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Last Five Years
Anna Kendrick shines in Richard LaGravenese's loving adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's stage musical.
"...Anna Kendrick is the movie’s real marvel. A Broadway baby before establishing herself in film roles,..."

Feb. 20, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Scott McCloud in Austin with The Sculptor this Weekend
The affable theorist of Understanding Comics waxes all fictional.
"...McCloud: Hawkeye...."

Feb. 4, 2015 Books Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Putting the Austin Into Wizard World Austin
Local talent appearing at the geek culture gathering
"...Universe Online), Adam Creighton from Panic Button (Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes), and Patrick Curry of Unity Austin (the..."

Oct. 2, 2014 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

Snowpiercer
This English-language debut from acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is a riveting sci-fi action film entirely set on a speeding train.
"...but Evans subverts the uncomplicated action heroics of the Marvel movie cycle for a much grimmer meditation on heroism..."

June 27, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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