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My Soul To Take
Wes Craven wrote and directed this serial-killer movie – but you'd never know it to look at it.
"...attempts to slaughter his own family, a septet of newborns enter the world (Craven plays around with the numerologically..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Last Station
This nimble movie about Tolstoy's last days stars Christopher Plummer as the author and Helen Mirren as his high-strung wife, Sofya.
"...film’s beginning, Chertkov hand-selects Bulgakov to be the master’s new secretary: There’s a stunning shot in which Bulgakov, a..."

Feb. 12, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Departures
This Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is a gentle and comedically nuanced exercise in mourning from Japan.
"...of his orchestra's disbandment due to "sparse" audience attendance. Fortune favors the forlorn in Takita's film, and so Daigo..."

Aug. 28, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Thomas Frank's 21st Century Corruption Theory
A Q&A with the author of What's the Matter With Kansas? and The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
"...Now, the wry, wiseacre author is back with a new book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, premising that..."

Aug. 15, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

First Snow
A moody thriller that tries to thumb its nose at fatalism, First Snow features another great performance from Guy Pearce.
"...of this cinema of fatalism, yet it brings little new to the genre apart from another outstanding performance by..."

April 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Burton's best work in ages is eye candy of the highest order and as eminently watchable as a hilltop Halloween pyre or a Día de los Muertos parade run amok.
"...more fun than the living, again, in Tim Burton’s new stop-motion animated feature, a gift to gothlings everywhere and..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Nói Albinói (Nói the Albino)
This bewitching Icelandic film mines frozen veins of resentment and quirky, black-ice humor.
"...with the law, and so when the sexy, brooding new girl Iris (Hansdóttir) moves to town ("Too much trouble..."

May 7, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Scorched
"...here to Sunday and then some. Scorched is a new bank-heist movie cast in the comic tradition of earlier..."

Aug. 1, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

24 Hour Party People
"...Division is queer math, or if your knowledge of New Order is limited to various fringe elements that don't..."

Sept. 27, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mr. Deeds
"...million of the original has been inflated to a fortune of $40 billion, but no longer does this Mr...."

June 28, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Under the Sun
"...is a sweet but slight story about the unlikely new love and friendship between two older-than-average movie characters. However,..."

March 29, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Brother
"...tough cookie to crack. Part lyrical gangster drama, part new jack crime-family saga, and part traditional Japanese yakuza epic,..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Texas Tales
For those of you who are still pondering the eternal question that seems to arise wherever beer and English majors appear together in the Lone Star State, the answer is: Texas does indeed have a separate and distinctive literature, Tom Doyal writes. If you have been arguing the other side of this proposition, the writers and publishers of Texas have issued you a sharp rebuke in their new spring releases.
"...Texas have issued you a sharp rebuke in their new spring releases...."

May 25, 2001 Books Feature by Tom Doyal

Touch of Evil
"...old and still as wonderfully vile as ever, this newly re-edited version (based on a recently unearthed 58-page memo..."

Oct. 16, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Comrades, Almost a Love Story
"...Cheung plays Qiao, a young mainlander who seeks her fortune in the immensely profitable world of Hong Kong circa..."

Aug. 22, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Kiss of Death
"...NYPD Blue's David Caruso is Jimmy Kilmartin, a reformed New York hustler and petty thief who finds his currently..."

April 21, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sugar Hill
"...Part II. Forsaking the glitz and over-the-top grittiness of New Jack City and other recent NYC gangster films, director..."

March 4, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Butcher's Wife
"...a Greenwich Village butcher who's overwhelmed by his good fortune but nevertheless puzzled by his young, beautiful bride's belief..."

Nov. 1, 1991 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Toot Your Unicorn Horn This NYE
Eight gay ways to partying like it's 2014
"...Ah, New Year's Eve — so many parties, and not enough..."

Dec. 30, 2013 Qmmunity Post by Lawrence Everett Forbes

Austin Film Festival Announces Full Lineup
AFF's finalized lineup
"...Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, and Kelly Reichardt's followup to Old Joy, Wendy..."

Sept. 24, 2008 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Countdown to Ecstasy
A New Drug for a New Millennium
"...Ecstasy has been around Austin since it arrived from New York, via Dallas nightclub the Starck, in 1984. And..."

June 9, 2000 Music Feature by Marc Savlov

Carson McHone: Still Life, Still Alive
Potent Austin songwriter, now married and living in Canada, explores themes of attachment and longing, uncertainty and loss on new album
"...spreading quickly. McHone arrived back in Austin to the news that South by Southwest had been canceled. Like many..."

Feb. 25, 2022 Music Feature by Abby Johnston

Elon Musk Purchases All of Austin, Dubs Himself Iron Mayor
Abbott seals the deal with new ruler
"...The sales price for the new city-state remains undisclosed but is thought to only represent..."

April 2, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

In Memoriam: George Wilkerson
Remembering Esther's Follies' first sketch-writing superstar
"...If you had the good fortune to be at Esther's Follies in its early years..."

June 17, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's Recalls the Moment Her Band Topped the Charts in 1981
Austin born and raised, Valentine and the girls reigned with Beauty & the Beat – as excerpted from her new memoir All I Ever Wanted
"...bad, it looked bad. After we insisted on a new version, eventually all copies of BATB were blue...."

April 17, 2020 Music Feature by Kathy Valentine

Ben Fountain on Beautiful Country Burn Again
In his new book, the author lights up 2016 to make sense of that crazy, intense year
"...years, and even trace its roots back to the New Deal, the Progressive Era, the Gilded Era. [inset-1-right]..."

Oct. 26, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

SXSW Adds to 2018 Music Lineup
Andrew W.K., Tank & the Bangas, and 164 more
"...recent ACL Fest performers Tank & the Bangas, the New Orleans funk and soul tribe that won the 2017..."

Nov. 7, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners
"...Texas is to take "hometown heroes" to a whole new level...."

Jan. 30, 2014 Screens Post by Monica Riese

Point Austin: The Meanings of 'Affordability'
The new year signals changes in the life of Austin
"...indeed considering a run for a seat in the new 10-1 Council to be elected next November (see "Very..."

Dec. 27, 2013 News Column by Michael King

How to Paper a Powder Room
New books for when you've got a little time on your hands
"...materials? Yes, you could just stick with the months-old New Yorkers and L.L. Bean catalogs crowding your porcelain top...."

Dec. 4, 2009 Books Feature by Kimberley Jones

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