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Madame Web
The Spidey-adjacent Madame Web isn't just bad, it's boring
"...helmer Clarkson, a veteran TV director who’s danced with Marvel property before on Jessica Jones and The Defenders. If..."

Feb. 16, 2024 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Perfect Days
A toilet cleaner in Tokyo quietly goes about his days in this stirring Oscar nominated picture
"...astonished the teacher.” These mundanities of life are a marvel to the angel, the human condition so intoxicating he..."

Feb. 16, 2024 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Dog Toys and Puppy Sports Lead Our Recommended Community Events
Bucking broncos, drag vampires, and more highlights
"...marked off into four squares.” Yet updates to this marvelous game continue, including our own local LGBTQ foursquare faction...."

Feb. 9, 2024 Arts Feature by Katherine McNevins

JuiceLand Expands, Wax Myrtle’s Prepares to Close, the Museum of Ice Cream Goes Pink, Oseyo Debuts a Fantastic Brunch, Garbo’s Welcomes Santa Claus, and More
All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering
"...journalists who, um, get the scoop.) Note: This pinktastic marvel of merriment runs through Jan. 15 …..."

Dec. 13, 2023 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Marvels
Lower, lesser, slower, baby
"...quickly becomes abundantly clear that the problems with The Marvels start with a lumpen, exposition-laden, charmless, and emotionally flat..."

Nov. 10, 2023 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Five Themes at This Year’s Texas Book Festival
What’s hot, what’s intriguing, and who’s gonna be at the annual literary bonanza
"...– the blam! pow! terrific Superfans, Assemble: Inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and Gavin..."

Nov. 10, 2023 Arts Column by Kimberley Jones

Mami Wata
Nigerian fable melds modern politics and ancient beliefs through intoxicating imagery
"...film its striking, expressionistic power. Mami Wata is a marvel to behold (cinematographer Lílis Soares winning a Special Jury..."

Oct. 6, 2023 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Roxane Gay, Tim O’Brien Join Texas Book Festival Lineup
Full author roster revealed for November fest
"...(Tilly in Technicolor) Gavin Edwards (MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios) Asher Elbein (Dinosaurs and Other Ancient Animals of..."

Sept. 13, 2023 Arts Post by Kimberley Jones

GalaxyCon and the Pros of Cons During a Strike
Touring fan convention comes to Austin with surprising star power
"...by James Van Der Beek, "there are fans of Marvel in every city, there are fans of anime in..."

Sept. 1, 2023 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Passages
Often-explicit drama probes the turmoil of a lopsided love triangle
"...tell you about it?” The two sentences are a marvel of economy, a subtle reveal of the rules –..."

Aug. 11, 2023 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Last Voyage of the Demeter
Horror sets sail with the scariest section of Dracula
"...his attempt to grab back Thor for Norway from Marvel. And that’s the problem for The Voyage of the..."

Aug. 11, 2023 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Overcoming Rejection in Match Me if You Can
Director Marian Yeager on how the Austin-made rom-com escaped the “no” pile
"...Detamore (Wilson Bethel, possibly best known as Bullseye in Marvel's Daredevil) is that he has no idea how that..."

Aug. 11, 2023 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Shortcomings
Randall Park's social satire centers on self-sabotaging hypocrisy
"...appearances as former SHIELD agent Jimmy Woo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Randall Park has become the go-to guy..."

Aug. 4, 2023 Movie Review by Trace Sauveur

Tribeca Film Review: Stan Lee
A charmingly opinionated look at the father of modern comics
"...Instead, it focuses almost solely on his relationship with Marvel Comics, both as the leviathan of comicdom and in..."

June 16, 2023 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

AI, Strikes, and Burning It Down: Highlights of the ATX TV Festival
Celebration of the small screen becomes a war room for writers
"...slightly snobbish idea that an AI could write a Marvel movie but not Succession. It can write either, he..."

June 9, 2023 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Ol' Webhead's latest adventure is a breathtaking masterpiece
"...a question that has been plaguing fans of Sony's Marvel spinoff: The illustrated "Spider-Verse" is definitely part of the..."

June 2, 2023 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The War for Change in Kandahar
How Austin filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh made the first major Western film in Saudi Arabia since Lawrence of Arabia
"...it wasn't until 2018 that a mainstream release – Marvel's Black Panther – was screened for general audiences. This..."

May 26, 2023 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Storming the Citadel With the Russo Brothers
How the new Prime series depends on global storytelling
"...(The Lego Movie), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Captain Marvel) and Daniels (Everything Everywhere All At Once). However there's..."

May 5, 2023 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Chronicle Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
As the Guardians of the Galaxy gather once more, every MCU film reviewed
"...3? This being the 32nd movie in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's kinda hard to remember exactly what..."

May 5, 2023 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
A bitter-sweet farewell to the MCU's dysfunctional found family
"...Gunn’s mini-saga that feels somewhat smuggled into the larger Marvel apparatus. Though not the only trilogy of films in..."

May 5, 2023 Movie Review by Trace Sauveur

Comic Creator Spotlight on Sean McKeever: "I Went Off and Found My Voice"
For Free Comic Book Day we chat with Austin's sequential standouts
"...The Waiting Place (SLG Publishing); Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (Marvel); Teen Titans (DC); Outpost Zero (Skybound)..."

May 5, 2023 Arts Feature by Richard Whittaker

Comic Creator Spotlight on John Gholson: "For Three Years I'm Working on Comics That Literally Nobody Can Read"
For Free Comic Book Day we chat with Austin's sequential standouts
"...getting painted into a corner. They started assigning me Marvel stuff – the first I covered was Captain America:..."

May 5, 2023 Arts Feature by Richard Whittaker

Comic Creator Spotlight on Evan Narcisse: “This Is Important Beyond Any Preconceived Notions About Superheroes”
For Free Comic Book Day we chat with Austin's sequential standouts
"...Essential bibliography: Rise of the Black Panther (Marvel); Wakanda (Marvel); Batman: Gotham Knights – Gilded City (DC);..."

May 5, 2023 Arts Feature by Richard Whittaker

Review: Portrayal of Guilt
Devil Music (Run for Cover)
"...though they're probably sick of reviews reminding listeners, you'll marvel at how scrubbed of obvious influences they've become. Well,..."

April 28, 2023 Music Feature by Julian Towers

The Joy of Bicycling in Austin
A one-person sociological study of springtime biking where every ride is his favorite
"...cycling among the ever-growing scape of skyrises. As I marvel at how unabashedly metropolitan this city has become, a..."

April 21, 2023 Arts Feature by Kevin Curtin

Seven of the Best With Owen Wilson
From small-town crook to the ultimate speedster, the most unmissable roles of the Texas actor's career
"...The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a place of miracles and wonder,..."

April 7, 2023 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

SXSW TV Review: Mrs. Davis
Mad nuns, mad AIs, and mad energy from the new Peacock show
"...remarkable wrestling show GLOW, Gilpin’s face is an expressive marvel, more than comfortable with massive tonal shifts. Also look..."

March 16, 2023 SXSW Post by Joe Gross

SXSW TV Review: American Born Chinese
Disney+ graphic novel adaptation is not just another superhero show
"...American Born Chinese is more in line with their Marvel tv series and less High School Musical: The Musical:..."

March 16, 2023 SXSW Post by Jenny Nulf

Free Will Astrology
Your weekly horoscope, March 17-23
"...suggested and freed the fossilized fish. I bring this marvel to your attention, Gemini, because I suspect that you,..."

March 17, 2023 Column by Rob Brezsny

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Marvel gets tiny, weird, and wonderful again
"...It's a worry that has plagued the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man: When would the franchise..."

Feb. 17, 2023 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

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