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Kurosawa uses Shakespeare's King Lear as a template, but in Ran Lear's three scheming daughters are sons, and the action is transposed to a mythic, dreamlike, feudal Japan. Like an adrenalized fever dream of ultimate power gone awry, Ran reveals Kurosawa's grasp of visual splendor at its most powerful.
"...Miyazaki, Masayuki Yui and Hitoshi Ueki. Akira Kurosawa's1985 film Ran is one of the 10 best films ever made,..."

Dec. 1, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ran the Race and live to tell the tale...
"...with him. I have to tell you, as an immigrant myself, I can just imagine what kind of fear..."

Dec. 12, 2007 Promotions Post

Who ran today??

Oct. 27, 2007 Promotions Post

The Reader's Field Guide to Michael Noll
The Austin writer behind The Writer's Field Guide
"...The night of Michael Noll’s BookPeople reading, the seating ran out quickly. Then the standing room ran out. Soon,..."

April 4, 2018 Arts Post by Katarina Brown

In this French film a 10-year-old girl moves into a new neighborhood and pretends to be a boy because, well, it seems like boys just have more fun.
"...Directed by: Céline Sciamma. Starring: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani and Mathieu Demy...."

Dec. 9, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Macbeth's Myriad of Misfortunes
The Scottish Play – still cursed after all these years
"...similar instance in October of 2000. Then, the Chronicle ran not only a feature on the play but also..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

A beloved children's book gets a mediocre screen adaptation
" any means, it does come off as an also-ran in a year now dominated by the truly marvelous..."

Dec. 15, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Big Sick
The rom-com is dead! Long live the rom-com!
"...comes to family dinner. His parents want desperately to arrange a marriage for him to a nice Muslim girl,..."

June 30, 2017 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Austin Music Industry Award Winners
Business and non-performer accolades precede the AMAs
"...Oscars, but Monday’s second annual Austin Music Industry Awards ran neither self-congratulatory nor constituted self-important ego worship. Popular vote..."

March 7, 2016 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Believe Me
In this faith-based comedy, frat boys create a fake charity to pay back tuition bills.
"...can’t graduate college until he pays back the nine grand in tuition he racked up after his scholarship ran..."

Sept. 26, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Katy Perry: Part of Me
The film is an inoffensive slice of canny brand (or is that non-Brand?) management and marketing.
"...much a movie as a canny, inoffensive slice of brand management and marketing. And as such, it's not half..."

July 6, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Chernobyl Diaries
When adventuresome tourists visit the town that housed most of the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, they discover they are not alone.
"...remember as the director who kickstarted the effectively manipulative Paranormal Activity franchise way back in 2007 instead scripts in..."

June 1, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mozart's Sister
Wolfgang had a sister who was also a musical prodigy. Guess which sibling the history books remember.
"...and forbade his daughter from writing the music that ran rampant in her imagination...."

Dec. 16, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Green Lantern
The beloved comic-book hero rediscovers his powers on the big screen.
"...and Temuera Morrison. Eye candy of the purest, most vibrant sort, this long-awaited big-screen adaptation of the cult DC..."

June 24, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Drive Angry
Nicolas Cage plays a parent on a mission to avenge the murder of his daughter and granddaughter.
"...too, if you buckle up with this retro drive-in also-ran. Cage continues his Tokyo drift into mid-career mediocrity with..."

March 4, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Yogi Bear
This mixture of animated talking animals and live action is unbearable.
"...all the studios trying to launch their own furry franchises.) Maybe I’m out of touch, but I don’t recall..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Case 39
Renée Zellweger stars as a social worker who protects a child whose family has created dark forces around her.
"...artful enough to be anything other than a snoozy also-ran in the perpetually poor plotting machine that is the..."

Oct. 8, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Oliver Stone delivers an enlivening and wickedly entertaining take on the occasional angels and plentiful demons that have run the country into financial ruin.
"...Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon and Eli Wallach. In the very..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Anton Chekhov's The Duel
This is an even-handed portrait of discontented lovers: A love that starts out in a fever winds up with lots of pistol-waving.
"...even worse than that. In a romantic fever, he ran off to the Caucasus with a married woman, Nadia..."

Sept. 10, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Last Station
This nimble movie about Tolstoy's last days stars Christopher Plummer as the author and Helen Mirren as his high-strung wife, Sofya.
"...writers and thinkers, struggled with his own appetites, which ran counter to a publicly disseminated personal philosophy that pushed..."

Feb. 12, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Land of the Lost
Will Ferrell's remake of the beloved Sid and Marty Krofft TV show lacks virtually everything that made the original series so memorable.
"...young minds. The Kroffts’ Land of the Lost, which ran for three seasons on NBC beginning in 1974, chronicled..."

June 5, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Although this hotly anticipated film has ideas galore, it remains bizarrely cold and uninvolving.
"...and artist Dave Gibbons' landmark DC Comics series (which ran from 1986 to '87 before being collected into a..."

March 6, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Tale of Two Halves
"...From the opening whistle, the Wranglers took the game to the South Georgia Wildcats in..."

May 8, 2008 Sports Post by Christopher Bond

My Blueberry Nights
Filmmaker Wong Kar-wai's English-language debut stars the singer Norah Jones in her acting debut, but instead of exuding newness this sensuous film has an also-ran feel.
"...David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, Chan Marshall and Frankie Faison. "The stories have all been told before," Norah..."

April 25, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Toros Running Wild Over D-League
"...his touch and quickness against Samb’s raw power, he ran into early foul trouble and was sent to the..."

March 6, 2008 Sports Post by Matt Moore

Vantage Point
Like Rashomon, this Dennis Quaid vehicle replays a single event – the assassination of the U.S. president – from multiple points of view.
" make Vantage Point anything other than another pre-election also-ran. I shouldn't even bring up the outlandish – and..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
This is a winning, sweet, and occasionally disturbing documentary about otherwise sensible adults who vie for the title of World's Best Donkey Kong Player.
"...Steve Wiebe, a high school science teacher and perpetual also-ran. Wiebe has a doting spouse and a handful of..."

Aug. 17, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

One-Carr Accident, Carr Runs Out of Gas, etc.
"...with the fact that David Carr is not the franchise QB that they have been counting on him to..."

Oct. 30, 2006 Sports Post by Mark Fagan

Man of the Year
Instead of being the hippest kid on the block, this comedy plays like a schizophrenic exercise in shrill cinematic politics.
"...shoot-from-the-hip host of a wildly popular cable-television fake-news program ran for the American presidency and won? Clearly Levinson, reteaming..."

Oct. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Keeping Up With the Steins
This story about one-upmanship while staging a bar mitzvah in L.A., should, by all rights, be very funny, but, sadly, it is not.
", which features his father, Garry, as the free-spirited grandfather who ran out on his wife (Roberts of Everybody..."

June 9, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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