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Point Austin: Introducing the Constitution
Texas Civil Rights Project remains a 20-year work still in progress
"...in who needed medication would get it." Establishing a Presence..."

Oct. 1, 2010 News Column by Michael King

Machete
Robert Rodriguez fulfills his early promise with this Mexploitation action film that also catapults Danny Trejo into full-fledged superhero status.
"...rich little druggie who schemes to increase her Web presence could not be more fortuitously timed.) The film’s ultraviolence..."

Sept. 3, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

'I Witness'
Via dance, Tutto Theatre explores how witnessing can lead to awakening
"...Choreographer Shawn Nasralla says that when an audience brings "presence and willingness to open to the performance and let..."

Aug. 20, 2010 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Get Low
Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Bill Murray all in one odd drama: What more is necessary?
"...a semi-shady, very wry underpinning of emotional solitude. Spacek's presence is no less formidable – she is the key..."

Aug. 13, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Overthrow Corporations
"...here and abroad. The public is against the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet our “statesmen” recently funded..."

Aug. 3, 2010 Postmarks

Restrepo
This documentary, which chronicles the 15-month deployment in Afghanistan of about a dozen U.S. soldiers, is an example of photojournalism at its finest.
"...They offer no commentary and are a rarely felt presence behind their cameras. The footage from the Korengal Valley..."

July 30, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Killing Kasztner
This documentary is about the little-remembered figure Rudolf Israel Kasztner, who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann for the release of 1,700 Jews from Hungary, only to later be castigated for Nazi collaboration.
"...for the release of 1,700 Jews. At first Ross' presence in front of the camera is baffling – did..."

May 7, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Clash of the Titans
A messy assemblage of mythic odds and ends, Clash of the Titans takes a nosedive off Mount Olympus.
"...Aphrodite – the film remains most (in)famous for the presence of L.A. Law's Harry Hamlin, woefully miscast as the..."

April 2, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vienna Secrets: A Max Liebermann Mystery
A murder mystery with a healthy dose of Freudian psychoanalysis
"...predecessors, this yarn is rich in historical detail and presence of place...."

March 5, 2010 Books Review by Jay Trachtenberg

Off the Record
Unveiling the Austin Music Awards lineup and greeting England's newest hitmakers
"...some downtime to beat the drums for the British presence at SXSW 2010. "[The Festival] allows us to showcase..."

Feb. 19, 2010 Music Column by Austin Powell

Tooth Fairy
Due to a misdeed, a tough hockey player, played by Dwayne Johnson, must serve as a tooth fairy for a week, tutu and all.
"...of value to show for it. Normally an ingratiating presence, Johnson is deeply unlikable here as Derek “The Tooth..."

Jan. 29, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Harmony and Me
This Austin-made gem by Bob Byington is a sharply written and acted observational piece about a heartsick guy played by Justin Rice.
"...frontman for the band Bishop Allen) has a shaggy-dog presence. Occasionally, you may want to rap Harmony on the..."

Jan. 8, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play a feuding New York City couple who rediscover their love while out West.
"...and with a no-nonsense attitude, Steenburgen adds a striking presence to the film. There are bears and horses and..."

Dec. 18, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sheeple Have Illusion of Freedom
"...the holiday spending frenzy comes the increase in police presence as the Austin Police Department launches its Home for..."

Dec. 17, 2009 Postmarks

On His Mark
Richard Linklater explores the rich contradictions of artifice and reality, theatre and film, love and desire in Me and Orson Welles
"...an actor, but there is also the unavoidable cultural meta-presence of Welles because of his exaggerated grandiosity in his..."

Dec. 11, 2009 Screens Feature by Louis Black

Art Palace
An appreciation of the great Eastside gallery as it packs up and moves to Houston
"...by fashion writer Cathy Horyn. Palacios became a notable presence at major art fairs such as Art Basel Miami..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Gentlemen Broncos
With this new film, Jared Hess elicits none of the naive charm or flagrant silliness of his earlier movies, Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
"...as Coolidge and turns her into a flat, dreary presence. Then, as if to compensate for the lack of..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sex, Thugs, and Thanatos
The mad, bad bounty of Fantastic Fest 2009
"...times. He was very [quiet], but he admitted my presence, you know? The only question he ever asked me..."

Sept. 25, 2009 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Lorna's Silence
Belgium's Dardenne brothers deliver another striking film marked by its realistic milieu and moral quandaries.
"...the film that newcomer Dobroshi casts her highly indelible presence over the film. Her face is inscrutable yet riveting,..."

Sept. 11, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Extract
Mike Judge, the writer/director of Office Space, mines the workplace for more satiric comedy.
"...are generally one-note figures, though Bateman provides a solid presence as the film’s leading man. Still, Extract stumbles a..."

Sept. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Captain Goes Down with His Ship…
Next Up! covers local U21 and U18 bands
"...talent shows. Their dynamic combination of an energetic stage presence and irresistible melodies landed shows at the hippest venues..."

Sept. 2, 2009 Music Post by Aaron Miller

Little Ashes
Robert Pattinson costars as Salvador Dalí in this sexually speculative history of the artist's student years spent with friends, Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel.
"...dare not speak its name” whispered its desire and presence in another era. Despite the sensitive depiction of homosexual..."

Aug. 7, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Willie Bob Cougar
Three legends at the Dell Diamond
"...At first glance, John Mellencamp’s presence on the triple bill may have seemed misplaced. While..."

Aug. 5, 2009 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

McMoldy High School?
For one McCallum High student, every day is a sick day
"...complained to the school, and district testing revealed the presence of Stachybotrys spores on Nika's desk – but rather..."

July 10, 2009 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

Crime and the City Solution
How safe do you feel exiting the Sixth Street/Red River Austin music crucible at 2am?
"...volatile, and fisticuffs are hardly uncommon. Despite a police presence, the area has remained steadfastly unruly, and, to a..."

June 26, 2009 Music Feature by Marc Savlov

Away We Go
See it for the many lovely performances, although the film’s vision of Gen-Y nesting is liable to leave you up a tree.
"...dramatic revelation as six-months-pregnant Verona, a stolid yet enigmatic presence who has no desire to get married but fretfully..."

June 19, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Summer Hours
The French filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Demonlover) has upped his game with this new work of uncommonly lyrical humanism.
"...lives, whether or not we choose to accept their presence. The French writer-director Assayas, who is best-known internationally for..."

June 12, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Loud, abrasive, and featuring performances seemingly calibrated to be heard over the cacophonous roar of Travolta's mad, bad overacting, this is an unnecessary and ill-advised remake.
"...is often no luck at all, and despite the presence of top-drawer character-actor talent (Guzmán, in particular, is utterly..."

June 12, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Page Two: Winning the West
Cowboys, Indians, and the irresolvable contradictions between freedom and order
"..."Say what you will about him, he's an electrifying non-presence as well as an electrifying presence."..."

June 12, 2009 Column by Louis Black

Obsessed
Idris Elba and Beyoncé co-star as a married couple whose happy life is disrupted by a stalker.
"...for her Sasha Fierce alter ego to make its presence known, not only in her recording career but her..."

May 1, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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