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Letters at 3AM: Obama's May 23 Speech
Obama deftly weaves vagueness, misdirection, and a few outright lies
"...mission will come to an end." What about U.S. presence that isn't technically "combat," like our so-called "contractors"? It's..."

May 31, 2013 Column by Michael Ventura

Protos Place
AMODA's first fest marks a new start
"...new album DVA. I wanted to augment her fantastic presence and physical expression on stage, exploring depth and 3D..."

May 29, 2013 Screens Post by Nate Jackson

Before Midnight
This third European outing with Celine and Jesse is a grand accomplishment.
"...portray them with a naturalism that practically belies the presence of a screenplay. But make no mistake: There is,..."

May 24, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Give Back to Queerbomb
Queerbomb 2013 seeks the community it creates
"...No logos, no sponsorship, no corporate or "official" group presence – a rally with speeches and occasional music, a..."

May 7, 2013 Qmmunity Post by Kate X Messer

No Place on Earth
A spelunker in the Ukraine turns amateur sleeuth as he tries to make sense of the remnants he finds in a cave: They were left by Jews who hid there from the Nazis.
"...woman’s shoe. He found no records to explain the presence of the artifacts, so he embarked on an amateur..."

May 3, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Evil Dead
Fans of the original horror trilogy have nothing to fear from this gory new reworking.
"...convince them that while running away from the evil presence in the cabin she was raped by a tree..."

April 5, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tapping Into the Kombucha Craze
Local brewers get creative with the ancient tradition of fermenting tea
"...his traveling armies as inventors. Historical evidence supports kombucha's presence in 19th century Russia and Eastern Europe, and in..."

April 5, 2013 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

The Call
Halle Berry plays a 911 phone operator who takes a call in which everything's on the line.
"...exactly why this job is so painful. Despite the presence of on-call counselors and a “quiet room” for taking..."

March 22, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

The Gatekeepers
Six retired directors of Israel’s domestic intelligence agency candidly reflect.
"...Dror Moreh never appears on camera, but certainly his presence is felt as an offscreen interviewer; he needles the..."

March 22, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Leonard Cohen and His Women
SXSW panel reviews
"...trio related what Cohen had told them. "The female presence allows me to speak more clearly," he told Batalla...."

March 15, 2013 Music Feature by Michael Toland

21 & Over
Some clever moments rescue this fall-down-drunk comedy from its baser instincts.
"...is troubling stuff, and Chon is a vibrant enough presence in the early scenes to invite our sympathy. But..."

March 8, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Snitch
A socially conscious action adventure that stars Dwayne Johnson, Snitch is an indictment of our federal minimum-punishment guidelines for drug offenses.
"...and a more traditional action film – and Johnson’s presence only contributes to the confusion. Ultimately, despite some lively..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

After a Fashion: The DIFFA Difference
Your Style Avatar gets an invitation he can't refuse
"...But this year, Austin will be making a strong presence. My friend Greg Haynes Johnson, chair of the DIFFA..."

Feb. 8, 2013 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Council: We Like Everybody, Except ...
City Council takes on zoning, hiking, and more
"...on whether that should mean a substantially increased police presence (with associated costs), or if the program could at..."

Feb. 8, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

'The NFL Beat': Spinal Stenosis
What will this condition mean for Jarvis Jones' career?
"..."Dawg-Bones Jones" is an absolute menace. The kind of presence on a college defense that is clearly transcendent...."

Jan. 23, 2013 Sports Post by Alex Dunlap

Gangster Squad
Despite uneven filmmaking and questionable facts, an extraordinary cast brings this story about mobster Mickey Cohen's attempted takeover of L.A. and the handful of honest cops who thwarted him.
"...prevent the East Coast mob from gaining a significant presence in their city...."

Jan. 11, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Going With the Flow
The next life of Waller Creek
"...with us; how brief an instant, indeed, the human presence has been here in any guise to contemplate a..."

Jan. 11, 2013 News Feature by Ari Phillips

An Arc of Crystal Clarity
Rob chats with Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz of the Crystal Ark
"...how they translated into any kind of New World presence. My parents raised me in a way of having..."

Jan. 10, 2013 Qmmunity Post by Rob Cohen

Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell finds finds another family in distress; Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence kept it consistently fun.
"...suggestion for a harrowing meltdown held back by the presence of a motley array of wisecrackers; it made me..."

Nov. 16, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

What's Swedish for Good Corporate Citizen?
IKEA Round Rock flips the switch on one very large solar project
"...89 percent goal of U.S. locations to have solar presence 75 percent of U.S. locations to have solar presence,..."

Sept. 25, 2012 Design Post by Kate X Messer

The Words
As an examination of the writer's world, this film offers nothing new; as a romance it's not half bad.
"...even more irritating portrait of the self-loathing writer whose presence bookends the two main storylines. To paraphrase Motorhead: "What's..."

Sept. 7, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Klown
Penis-obsessed, man-child film comedies can crown a new king: the Danish import Klown.
"...is severely hamstrung in this department due to the presence of his nephew Bo (Petersen), whom he has kidnapped..."

July 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Your Sister's Sister
Director Lynn Shelton and her spry and compelling ensemble of three explore a curious tangle of sexual secrets and honesty.
"...thirtysomething American male, which partly explains what makes his presence so in-demand. Duplass plays Jack, a Seattle denizen whose..."

June 29, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

For Greater Glory
This epic starring Andy Garcia about Mexico’s anticlerical Cristero War of the late 1920s is a plodding and poorly plotted tale.
"...anticlerical edicts outlawing the practice of Catholicism and the presence of the clergy throughout the country. In turn, this..."

June 1, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Piranha 3DD
Barely a step above a second-tier Troma film, this is one catch you'd do well to throw back.
"...with titanium machine-gun prostheses. Alas, even the always welcome presence of Rhames cannot mask Piranha 3DD's inherent, grating insipidity...."

June 1, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dem Results: Few Surprises
Several Democratic incumbents easily secured victory Tuesday night
"...raised little money and had a very small campaign presence (virtually none in Trav­is), and Alvarado was a novice..."

June 1, 2012 News Feature

'The NFL Beat': Mock Draft
The 'Chronicle' gets Draft-y with a li'l help from friends
"...free agency, and having strongly addressed their defensive line presence via Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, the focus here..."

April 17, 2012 Sports Post by Alex Dunlap

October Baby
This faith-based film soft-pedals the Christianity while playing to the anti-abortion faithful.
"...of a failed abortion. Were it not for Hendrix’s presence and the competent turns of old pros like John..."

April 13, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Boy
Set on the eastern New Zealand coast in 1984, Boy is a wisp of a story, but originally told by the director of Eagle vs Shark.
"...the crux of the movie. Elated by his dad’s presence, Boy basks in his companionship. Odd and humorous things..."

April 6, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

W.E.
Madonna helms this movie about the scandalous marriage of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.
"...fresh bloom to faded glory, is a sharp, enlivening presence; whenever she's onscreen, the film seems to straighten its..."

March 23, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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