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The Shack
The spiritual journey of a tortured soul
"...Directed by: Stuart Hazeldine. Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell, Avraham Aviv Alush and..."

March 10, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hidden Figures
True story of NASA's black women mathematicians
"...Directed by: Theodore Melfi. Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunst,..."

Jan. 6, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Black or White
Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer play guardians who fight over the custody of their granddaughter.
"...Directed by: Mike Binder. Starring: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, André Holland, Anthony Mackie, Mpho Koaho,..."

Jan. 30, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

The Shape of Water
An unconventional love story from one of the best fabulists
"...Directed by: Guillermo del Toro. Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones,..."

Dec. 8, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Help
Based on a bestseller, this Southern civil-rights era story about white women and their black maids is saved by the film's deeply moving cast.
"...Directed by: Tate Taylor. Starring: Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Sissy..."

Aug. 12, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Small Town Crime Is a Nasty Bit of Noir
The Nelms brothers and John Hawkes team up for trouble
"...In the cast were Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, and "Octavia Spencer, struggling actress."..."

March 10, 2017 Screens Feature by Sean L. Malin

Fruitvale Station
This hot-button film creates a sad portrait of a young black man unjustly shot down.
"...by: Ryan Coogler. Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Ariana Neal, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna..."

July 26, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Instant Family
Adoption comedy is rocky but charming
"...Directed by: Sean Anders. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Isabela Moner, Margo Martindale, Eve Harlow..."

Nov. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Bad Santa 2
A tired sequel that's more offensive than transgressive
"...Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Jenny Zigrino, Jeff Skowron and Octavia Spencer...."

Nov. 23, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Get on Up
As James Brown, Chadwick Boseman captures the performer's voice, moves, sweat, and swagger, but this biopic, as a whole, needs a stronger compass.
"...Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Craig Robinson, Lennie James, Jill Scott, Josh Hopkins,..."

Aug. 1, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

Small Town Crime
John Hawkes hits the bottle and the case as a modern day detective on the trail for redemption
"...by: Eshom Helms and Ian Helms. Starring: John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins Jr. and..."

Jan. 19, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

SXSW Film: Small Town Crime Red Carpet
"...Octavia Spencer attends the premiere of Small Town Crime at..."

March 12, 2017 Photo Gallery

Gifted
A child prodigy gets caught up in a custody battle
"...Marc Webb. Starring: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, Michael Kendall Kaplan, John M. Jackson..."

April 14, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

TV Eye
So long, Sarah; hello, Halfway
"...for Internet fraud. The lesser-known but recognizable faces include Octavia Spencer, who most recently appeared on Ugly Betty. Here,..."

March 9, 2007 Screens Column by Belinda Acosta

Austin Film Festival Showcases Linklater, Cumberbatch
First round of films announced mixes world and Texas premieres
"...attendance: Jillian Estell Starring Academy Award-winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, Black and White is the story of a..."

Aug. 20, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

RTX: Austin Animation Update
New Rooster Teeth show, Castlevania, and more
"...tightly under wraps, but the other involves working with Octavia Spencer on an adaptation of her children's book series,..."

July 17, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
"...his family in danger. Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James..."

Jan. 31, 2017 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Terrence Malick Film to Open SXSW
Ryan Gosling pic about the music industry filmed at ACL, Fun Fun Fun
"...his family in danger. Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr. Song to Song..."

Jan. 5, 2017 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Divergent Series: Insurgent
The kids are on the run – again
"...Watts, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn..."

March 27, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

Austin Film Festival Announces (Almost) Full Slate
Opening and closing night films still to come
"...in a bitter legal battle when the paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody...."

Sept. 17, 2014 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

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.
"...Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Ko Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Alison Pill, Vlad Ivanov and Ed..."

June 27, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Smashed
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul portray a married couple who are plagued by the disease of alcoholism.
"...by: James Ponsoldt. Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Mary Kay Place...."

Nov. 9, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

From the Vaults: Albert and Orlando
Women wear the pants in "Albert Nobbs" and "Orlando"
"...bestowed their awards on The Help's Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer)...."

Jan. 30, 2012 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Austin and the Academy
'Tree of Life,' 'Bullhead' score Oscar nominations
"...Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids" Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs" Octavia Spencer in "The Help"..."

Jan. 24, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Pulse
Pulse, the American remake of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2001 horror film Kairo, is the McDonald's Unhappy Meal to the original's elegantly obtuse sashimi o' sorrow.
"...Christina Milian, Rick Gonzalez, Jonathan Tucker, Samm Levine and Octavia Spencer. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2001 horror film, Kairo, is an..."

Aug. 18, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

SXSW Unleashes Massive Film List
High-concept horror A Quiet Place to open fest
"...Weixler, Jimmy Smits, Jason Biggs, Lea Thompson, Scott Cohen, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, J. Mallory McCree (U.S. Premiere)..."

Jan. 31, 2018 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Texas Book Festival Schedule
"...One Small Step for Mankind, One Mitch Cullin, Camika Spencer, Cole Thompson, Giant Step for Me: First Novels Scott..."

Nov. 5, 1999 Books Feature

Art
Art Openings
"...Soil" is photographic images of the South by Jack Spencer. Clark's charming old home photo gallery consistently shows the..."

March 5, 1999 News Feature

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