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Going 'Commando' With Mark Lester
Director brings Arnie's first real acting role to Austin
"...not mush else. He called original story by future Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman (Teen Wolf)..."

April 5, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Get Caught in a Webb
Highlights from Marc Webb's keynote address
"...Bay. The notion of tapping Webb to helm 2012's Marvel Studios Spidey re-boot was, as Webb tells it, "the..."

March 9, 2014 SXSW Post by Marc Savlov

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Superior in nearly all ways to its predecessor, this second film in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a welcome surprise.
"...Smaug the, um, great and terrible. Granted, the scaly marvel doesn’t present himself until the final third of the..."

Dec. 13, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Staple! Lives!
Indie media expo adds three big names to guest list
"...comic store with his pop art-styled cover work for Marvel, as well as a two issue run on Guardians..."

Dec. 3, 2013 Books Post by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: 'Would You Rather'
Rich people are weird, but not as weird as what people do to be rich
"...Now, full confession. I was planning to review the Marvel Knights motion comic adaptation of the Wolverine: Origin collection..."

July 16, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Much Ado About Nothing
With Shakespearean language tripping off their contemporary tongues, the actors are more than game for Joss Whedon's informal, black-and-white take on this classic comedy.
"...Much Ado About Nothing is the antidote to Whedon’s Marvel Comics franchise. (He’s traded the blockbuster for the little..."

June 21, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Get Your Game Face On
SXSW Gaming Expo opens Palmer to the public this year
" that could – and did ... a lot. Marvel Entertainment, Tomb Raider, and Rooster Teeth will also be..."

March 8, 2013 Screens Feature by James Renovitch

Thanks for the Memories
'Chronicle' staff past and present on 20 years of covering SXSW Film
"...dumb like eliminate the Texas Shorts program, I still marvel at the inclusiveness and quality of SXSW Film. It's..."

March 1, 2013 Screens Feature by The Screens Staff

Leaping Wizards
'Star Trek: The Next Generation' reunited cast, CM Punk, and 'Walking Dead' fresh kills gather at Wizard World Austin Comic Con
"...he hits the ramp before a match, he channels Marvel's the Thing and yells, "It's clobberin' time!" He said,..."

Oct. 26, 2012 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Rebooted, and in 3-D.
"...the Internet, and it still lags far behind even Marvel and DC’s weakest offerings in terms of American sales...."

Sept. 28, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hey, Dark Phoenix, Who's Your Daddy?
Why, that'd be Chris Claremont, wouldn't it?
"...who, back in the '80s and '90s, gave the Marvel Comics universe a multipartite personality upgrade via the creation..."

July 4, 2012 Books Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Snow White and the Huntsman
Ambitious, brutish, and ruthlessly unromantic, this feminist reworking of the fairy tale has us under its spell.
"...Chris Hemsworth, already adept with a massive hammer as Marvel Comics' Thor, wields a mighty axe here as a..."

June 1, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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

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