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Earth to Echo
A trio of suburban kids befriend an alien entity in this Spielberg-influenced family film.
"...to suit the film’s need for a token female presence...."

July 4, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

Cold as ICE
Sheriff Greg Hamilton stoutly defends the 'Secure Communities' deportation mill. But growing public and official opposition is working to shut down the line.
"...assume custody – yielding a technological if not physical presence for ICE in America's prisons and jails...."

July 4, 2014 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Seldom Felt Reemerges with Skudge
Mysterious UK imprint blips back online with a seventh 12-inch
"...hyper-mysteriousness, while simultaneously conveying the irony of the music’s presence, which is felt in the most tactile of manners...."

July 2, 2014 Music Post by Conor Walker

Like a Country Song
An up-and-coming country singer is undone by his ego in this inspirational film.
"...a story about "humility, forgiveness, and redemption in the presence of pain and burden."..."

June 20, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Alamo Drafthouse Pilots New Vegan Menu Items
The food-and-film enterprise goes beyond the veggie burger
"...While I welcome the presence of a vegan dessert on the menu, the otherwise..."

June 11, 2014 Food Post by Melanie Haupt

Words and Pictures
The story is rather creaky, but who cares when the actors Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche are so sublime together?
"...two central characters generate great heat and interest. Their presence is enough to keep the film’s nattering foolishness at..."

June 6, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pachanga Recap: ¡Otra, Otra!
Compressed to one day, the Latino Fest packs Fiesta Gardens
"...Alex Marrero as Ozzy Osbourne brought a ballsy stage presence, his costume changes culminating in an excessively fringed shirt..."

May 12, 2014 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

On My Way
In this road movie, Catherine Deneuve plays a Frenchwoman having an existential crisis on wheels.
"...an actress with history, a French national treasure whose presence onscreen can’t help but recall for the viewer her..."

May 2, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

'War Horse'
An inanimate steed of aluminum and cane Handsprings to life in this award-winning drama
"...that the humans are connected becomes irrelevant; a fourth presence is with them, an independent, animated, animal presence...."

May 2, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Breathe In
A comely British exchange student in upstate New York upsets a cozy family dynamic.
"...rose, Sophie, arrives into this sheltered hothouse where her presence upsets the ostensible calm of the Reynolds family. The..."

April 18, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Need for Speed
Somewhat fast but seldom furious, this is an adrenaline junkie’s wet dream that stars Aaron Paul.
"...his gift for implosive emotion that you appreciate his presence here. In the groundbreaking series Breaking Bad, the reverse..."

March 14, 2014 Movie Review by Steve Davis

SXSW Live Shot: Haden Triplets
Gorgeous, polished harmonies, but the live show needs work
"...meshes tight and professional, which made the sisters’ stage presence that much more bothersome. The awkward lulls between songs..."

March 13, 2014 Music Post by Melanie Haupt

Grand Piano
Elijah Wood and John Cusack play cat and mouse in this concert-stage suspense dazzler.
"...jittery without the added pressure brought on by the presence of his beloved, superstar actress wife (Bishé), whose own..."

March 7, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Good Eye: Farm to Face
Gourmet skincare by women, for women
"...an assignment to analyze them in the lab. The presence of endocrine disruptors and other high-risk chemicals disturbed her,..."

Feb. 28, 2014 Column by Amy Gentry

Who's That Not Knocking On My Door?
It's the police, but you wouldn't know it
"...in cases where police say they have announced their presence. In 2001, TCSO Deputy Keith Ruiz was shot and..."

Feb. 20, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Council Set to Tackle 'Stealth Dorms' Next Week
No meeting this week, but plenty of contention next week
"...One long-simmering controversy in Central Austin is the growing presence of "stealth dorms" in neighborhoods near the UT campus...."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Amy Smith

Go for Sisters
John Sayles' new film, which stars Edward James Olmos and LisaGay Hamilton, is the indie film icon's best work in years.
"...for Sisters curiously does not have is the credited presence of Sayles’ longtime producer and partner Maggie Renzi.) What..."

Dec. 6, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Oldboy
Spike Lee maintains the shuddery, visceral punch of the South Korean original, but something gets lost in translation.
"...double-dolly shots, the riotously pumped-up color palette, and the presence of Samuel L. Jackson for proof of that. Screenwriter..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Headlines
"...Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said this week. Police presence and neighbor diligence have kept properties and belongings safe,..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Feature

Nolan Ryan Pitching at Kinky Friedman?
The no-hitter king and the Jewish cowboy for ag commissioner
"...Friedman's presence in the race is a double edged sword for..."

Nov. 4, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

SXSW Music Announces Panel Lineup
Forty-four day sessions, March 11-16
"...on Top Again, Why?, and Build the Perfect YouTube Presence with Channels have all reserved prime seating at SXSW...."

Oct. 31, 2013 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

He Took the Cat to Texas: Part 2
Suicide was the last lens through which Mayer Vishner gazed upon life
"...radiates a sense of decency and integrity. A calming presence. (How he feels within that presence, I wouldn't know.)..."

Oct. 4, 2013 Column by Michael Ventura

The Family
The family that slays together, stays together – even in witness protection.
"...The explicit reference to GoodFellas and the presence of De Niro as the head of the ruthless..."

Sept. 20, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Austenland
Keri Russell plays a woman who vacations in a Jane Austen fantasy camp, but the film is lacking in sense and sensibility.
"...in superior entertainments like the Christopher Guest films, Coolidge's presence here is like persistent heartburn.) There are also two..."

Sept. 6, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Prince Charming: Adam Ant
King of the Wild Frontier returns to Austin – tonight
"...AC: Smart move: reestablishing yourself as a live performing presence, and then unleashing a new album...."

July 26, 2013 Music Post by Tim Stegall

Only God Forgives
Drive's Nicolas Winding Refn reunites again with Ryan Gosling and adds Kristin Scott Thomas to the mix for this descent into heartlessness.
"...more than can be said of Ryan Gosling’s impassive presence...."

July 19, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pacific Rim
When monsters and robots engage in epic battle, puny humans huddle in movie theatres to pay respect.
"...as a black-market peddler in Kaiju body parts. The presence of Rinko Kikuchi as another potential pilot ought to..."

July 12, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Event Horizon
As festivals, crowds, and expenses proliferate – is Austin approaching major event overload?
"...maintain what city spokesman Kyle Carvell calls a "part-time presence" in the office. A host of other city divisions..."

July 12, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Half a Century of the Carousel
Austin's beloved BYO club celebrates 50 years
"...unassuming matriarch of the Carousel Lounge. Her tall, welcoming presence – almost always found in front the antique carousel..."

July 10, 2013 Chronolog Post by Nate Jackson

American Mary
The plastic surgery performed in this horror film gives real meaning to going under the knife.
"...the good girl gone bad, Isabelle demonstrates little screen presence. Although blandly pretty, her impassive face registers little emotion;..."

May 31, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

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