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Machete Kills
Robert Rodriguez once again unleashes manic, over-the-top mayhem.
"...Danny Trejo returns as the scowly, deadpan, musclebound master of edged weapons in this unruly, occasionally..."

Oct. 11, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Band Called Death
A black proto-punk band from Detroit that wouldn't compromise on its name is unearthed in this music doc 35 years after recording their original demo tracks.
"...Directed by: Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett...."

June 28, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren keep things interesting but there's more here about the marriage and partnership of Hitchcock and Alma Reville rather than a good backstage look at the making of Psycho.
"...Directed by: Sacha Gervasi. Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael..."

Dec. 7, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Despite a monumental performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, Spielberg's film has a fussed-over theatricality that's hard to escape.
"...Directed by: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Straithairn, Tommy Lee..."

Nov. 16, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Chasing Mavericks
Starring Gerard Butler, this inspirational surfing drama somehow fails to inspire.
"...Directed by: Michael Apted and Curtis Hanson. Starring: Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth..."

Oct. 26, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Richard Gere stars in this thriller as a duplicitous hedge-fund manager who, nevertheless, has all the right moves.
"...Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, Nate Parker, Stuart Margolin, Bruce Altman, Larry Pine and Graydon Carter...."

Sept. 14, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Paramountly Big
The Paramount Theatre's week of 70mm films begins tonight
"...One of the genuine joys of spending the summer in brutally hot Austin is the opportunity..."

Aug. 21, 2012 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Safe House
This hectic, deftly edited, and unexpectedly bracing thriller stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds.
"...Directed by: Daniel Espinosa. Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard,..."

Feb. 10, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Innkeepers
With slow-burn shudders, Ti West's haunted-inn story provides a stellar model for creeping dread.
"...Directed by: Ti West. Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle, Lena Dunham and..."

Feb. 3, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Finding Little America in Austin
Series co-creator Lee Eisenberg on bringing the Apple show to the ATX
"...handful of images come to mind, many based in stereotypes both malign and obliviously benign. But in Apple TV+..."

Dec. 17, 2022 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel's master of kung fu makes a convoluted cosmic splash
"...The roots of Marvel's master of king-fu, Shang-Chi, are drenched in Orientalism. First appearing..."

Sept. 3, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful
The fashion photographer's contradictions, from the glamazons who knew him
"...Helmut Newton would have despised the idea of a documentary of his life. "Most..."

July 24, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Show Goes On For SXSW-Selected Films
Cinemas step up to provide Austin screenings
"...without a home, either for a world or Austin premiere. However, several Austin cinemas and unexpected venues have stepped..."

March 12, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Ip Man 4: The Finale
The adventures of the martial arts legend come to an end ... possibly.
"...Directed by: Wilson Yip. Starring: Donnie Yen, Wu Yue, Danny Chan Kwok-kwan, Van..."

Jan. 3, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Roland Emmerich goes all guns blazing recreating the pivotal sea battle
"...Directed by: Roland Emmerich. Starring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Dennis Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore,..."

Nov. 8, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

DayGlo anime explosion makes firefighters cool and kinetic
"...Welcome to the madcap ranks of Special Mobile Firefighting Unit Burning Rescue. There's..."

Oct. 25, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

First Love
Japanese master Takashi Miike at his quirkiest and most romantic
"...A first love can mean different things to many people. It could be a boy who went to school..."

Oct. 4, 2019 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Them That Follow
Snake-handling drama quietly eviscerates that whole "thoughts and prayers" deal
"...Directed by: Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. Starring: Alice Englert, Kaitlyn Dever,..."

Aug. 9, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Child's Play
Everyone's favorite homicidal doll is back
"...Directed by: Lars Klevberg. Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio..."

June 28, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
A taste of Eighties-style buddy-cop action-comedy hits all the right faces
"...a grizzled old mob boss and a cocky young cop hunting down a serial killer, handed the script to..."

June 21, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Long-gestating commentary on fantasy and delusion is Terry Gilliam at his most Gilliamesque (for better or worse)
"...Directed by: Terry Gilliam. Starring: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro and Óscar Jaenada...."

May 10, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Image Book
Godard's final experiment is more thesis and installation than film
"...Jean-Luc Godard's mournful essay on the failures of the contemporary world...."

March 8, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Spike Lee's wild true-life story would be a better documentary
"...Directed by: Spike Lee. Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier,..."

Aug. 10, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Austin Artist Pio Pulido Passes
Mexic-Arte Museum co-founder was a fixture in the local arts community
"...Austin visual artist Pio Pulido passed away July 12. Pulido co-founded the Mexic-Arte..."

July 13, 2018 Arts Post by James Renovitch

Surprisingly smart techno-thriller goes for the brain and the jugular
"...You know transhumanism is having a moment in popular culture when it gets its own midnight movie. While..."

June 1, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

SXSW Panel Recap: Dungeons & Dragons in the Writer's Room
Is playing role-playing games the best training for writers? Maybe.
"...Tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons have been used..."

March 17, 2018 Screens Post by Tucker Whatley

Mary and the Witch's Flower
Studio Ghibli alums stick to the formula for magical tale.
"...Where would Japanese animation be without British literary fantasy to adapt? Doing..."

Feb. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation
Cartoon creations from Kobe to Goldilocks
"...Award-nominated short film was, is, and always shall remain “expect the unexpected.” And in no other category does this..."

Feb. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
A stellar entry into the beloved franchise
" the new Disney era, each film has a specific role. The Force Awakens was to prove the franchise..."

Dec. 15, 2017 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Saw character returns
"...Directed by: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. Starring: Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum..."

Nov. 3, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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