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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

Deep in the Heart
The life story of Richard Wallrath, a former alcoholic who now funds scholarships for 4-H and FFA students, is told in this inspirational biopic.
"...the film is a delight. His is a quiet presence that nevertheless ranges from great intensity to subtle sensitivity...."

Feb. 17, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Grading the City's New Website: Incomplete
The city launches its new website, trailing bells, whistles, and bugs
"...after City Council voted to redesign the city's online presence, the new-look website is up and running. City management..."

Feb. 10, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

We Built This City
On rock & roll venues opening up left, right, and especially east
"...Transmission Entertainment, titans of Red River thanks to a presence at Mohawk, Club de Ville, Red 7, and Beauty..."

Feb. 3, 2012 Music Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
"...Horn dominates the film through screentime and force of presence. His portrayal of Oskar is admirably off-putting, bristling with..."

Jan. 20, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Occupy Austin, 2011
A movement in evolution
"...a new light. "[The homeless] are a very important presence," said Ronnie Garza of the InterOccupy network, "and it..."

Dec. 30, 2011 News Feature by Michael King

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Rooney Mara completely nails the role of Lisbeth Salander, and director David Fincher is no slouch either in this perhaps unnecessary remake of the Swedish thriller.
"...Lisbeth is even more enigmatic than Rapace's. Her physical presence is more diminutive and borderline elfin, yet more intense,..."

Dec. 23, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dinner Without Tears
One busy mother's search for perfect meal service
"...without complaint. The turkey meat loaf, despite the disconcerting presence of quinoa, was quite delicious and was enthusiastically devoured...."

Dec. 16, 2011 Food Feature by Melanie Haupt

The Women on the 6th Floor
This light comedy from France is pure bourgeois fantasy, but it's a genial fantasy nevertheless.
"...his entire life Jean-Louis had no idea of their presence. Shortly after his discovery, he pays to get their..."

Dec. 2, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Not Everyone Keen on Charter IDEA
AISD considers partnership with charter school program
"...earliest. However, all three choices would mean an IDEA presence at Allan in 2012...."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Letters at 3AM: The Mob, 9/11, and Your Garbage
Don't look too closely at your garbage collection
"...mob's so-called Five Families. The mob was a powerful presence on the docks, in trucking and garbage collection, and..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Column by Michael Ventura

FF2011: Hunting the Aardvark
Director Kitao Sakurai leaves rap videos for docu-noir
"...I was just fascinated by this character, by his presence and his physicality. He's such an amazing actual person...."

Sept. 29, 2011 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Crime After Crime
Emotionally powerful doc about the fight to free a domestic abuse survivor from jail
"...but speakers frequently appear awkwardly aware of the camera's presence. But what Potash does get is tremendous access –..."

Sept. 16, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Two Inmates Set To Die This Month
September could boost Perry's execution tally
"...one of Woods' jurors was so biased that his presence on the jury violated Woods' right to an impartial..."

Sept. 9, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Stripper Tax Ruling Reversed
Plaintiffs may move case to another court
"...at the secondary effects of the expression in the presence of alcohol." But don't expect to see the $15..."

Sept. 2, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Whistleblower
The international crime of human sex trafficking is the subject of this melodramatic and often harrowing drama.
"...clarity. Fortunately, Weisz’s Bolkovac lends the film a compelling presence and narrative through line that sustains the audience during..."

Aug. 19, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Attack the Block
Smart, quick, funny, and economical, Attack the Block is an alien-invasion movie that's a breed apart.
"...The police and other government entities have no mitigating presence in the story. The people are left on their..."

July 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Nerd Ascending
Simon Pegg's star trajectory
"...film festival, and even the films that have a presence there aren't necessarily even related to the spirit of..."

June 10, 2011 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick's latest film bursts with unbridled ambition and vision, and while it doesn't always reach the heights for which it aims, it soars boldly and fearlessly.
"...life forms within the natural order. God is a presence in Malick’s world but is not an entity that..."

June 3, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The First Grader
In Kenya, an octogenarian takes the government's promise of an education for all to heart and joins the 6-year-old reciting their ABC's.
"...flashback as a young man by Jawar, a forceful presence, even without much dialogue to work with. The flashback..."

May 27, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Lege Could Cut More Health Care
"...sensibilities would thus cease to be offended by the presence of black and brown faces on the streets and..."

May 3, 2011 Postmarks

Arthur
The bubbles have gone out of Russell Brand's remake of the 30-year-old original.
"...we see at both the beginning and end: Its presence has little to do with Arthur and everything to..."

April 8, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Win Win
Paul Giamatti stars in this dark comedy from the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor.
"...too. Shaffer, a first-time actor, is an unnerving screen presence, that rare young person utterly uninterested in ingratiating himself..."

April 8, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

I Saw the Devil
A serial killer meets his match – and then some – in this nasty revenge drama from South Korea that's nevertheless executed with superlative style and wit.
"...victim or seek solace with his cannibal friends, whose presence in the film makes the viewer ponder degrees of..."

March 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

SXSW Friday Picks & Sleepers
Friday night blurbage of SXSW
"...rock & roll and singer Jodi Adair's undeniable stage presence. – Jim Caligiuri Richard Barone..."

March 18, 2011 Music Feature

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Bieber Fever strikes the cineplex.
"...his innate musical instincts, impeccable timing, and easy stage presence. It’s clear that his drive to perform comes from..."

Feb. 18, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Ultrasound Debate Underway in Senate Committee
Senate Committee hears testimony on Patrick's ultrasound bill
"...of "the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, the presence of cardiac activity, and the presence of external members..."

Feb. 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Little Fockers
Surely we're not the only ones Fockered out as this franchise aims for low-brow smut in its third outing.
"...foreman on their new house and then squander his presence by giving him only a couple lines of dialogue..."

Dec. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Urban Tejano
Tortilla Factory pulls down a Grammy nomination as Best Tejano Band as the almost four-decade-old local institution gets ready to reinvent the genre
"...might have called it Tejano. The band's charismatic stage presence in the form of Temple-based singers and brothers Joe..."

Dec. 24, 2010 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

The First To Question
Remembering the ultimate theatre historian, Oscar Brockett, 1923-2010
"...to help were thrilled just to be in his presence. Everyone, in fact, was thrilled to be in his..."

Nov. 19, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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