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Japanese horror franchise reboot falls flat
"...diminishing returns, despite the participation of Sissy Spacek. Which brings us to Rings. I had hope that the digitization..."

Feb. 10, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The first film in Jackson's Tolkien trilogy stays true to the spirit and logistics of the novels, but is also a breathtaking and beautiful work of art on its own.
"...see the movie. Good or bad, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first in Kiwi..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The saga ends (and ends) back in the Shire where it began.
"...just downright popcorn-pure exhilaration as The Lord of the Rings, flawlessly combining state-of-the-art effects with a streamlined (compared to..."

Dec. 19, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Alamo Drafthouse Reunites Lord of the Rings Cast
Austin cinema chain shares exclusive Q&As with global theatres
"...If The Lord of the Rings taught us anything, it's that only together can you..."

March 4, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Rings
"...part of the French-fried pantheon -- lightly breaded onion rings -- tend to be much less common than their..."

June 20, 1997 Food Feature

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel's master of kung fu makes a convoluted cosmic splash
"...its four-color depiction of Chinese characters, with the Ten Rings terrorist organization a punchline about fear of foreigners...."

Sept. 3, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Improviser Shannon Stott Brings Some Lord of the Rings to Out of Bounds
The Gandalf of improv is all over the comedy festival
"...The Lord of the Rings metaphor was the twist I never saw coming...."

Aug. 23, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
At once a fanboy's wet dream and an engaging, emotionally supercharged epic adventure
"...but this sequel to last year's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is positively astounding in..."

Dec. 20, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

What We're Listening To: The Pinky Rings
"...Thrashing, fierce, and bristling with razor-sharp hooks, the Pinky Rings' self-titled debut achieves what mosh pit dreams are made..."

Sept. 30, 2022 Music Feature by Kriss Conklin

Bell Rings for Kinky in Agriculture Race
Former Dem governor hopeful endorses man that helped him lose in '06

May 7, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Council Rings the Changes
A full agenda yields a few grains of legislative sand

May 4, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

All Aboard for Middle Earth
Fans of J. R. R. Tolkien needn't wait until the December 12 opening of the film of Lord of the Rings to take a journey to Middle Earth. Second Youth Family Repertory Theatre, an Austin arts company acclaimed for its intelligent, highly theatrical stage shows for family audiences, will ferry you there this weekend via its production of The Hobbit.
"...than a passing familiarity with The Lord of the Rings -- as the above indicates you do -- is..."

Nov. 9, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The concluding chapter of Peter Jackson's Tolkien tales brings us full circle.
"...J.R.R. Tolkien’s 320-page prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy became, in Peter Jackson’s enormously capable but too..."

Dec. 19, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Peaceful Warrior
It's mostly hoo-hah, but there are moments in this New Agey, feel-semi-good crowd-pleaser that rise above and beyond the gymnastics and psychobabble.
"...Meir) that thrusts the viewer up and into the rings with the athletes, amid puffing thunderheads of grip chalk..."

June 23, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Resetting Middle-Earth
As The Lord of the Rings journey ends onscreen, Austin game developer Inevitable Entertainment rewinds to The Hobbit.
"...fantasy-fiction bookworms reality with his first Lord of the Rings installment, the media have had three years of Tolkien..."

Dec. 19, 2003 Screens Feature by Courtney Fitzgerald

High-wire drama about women working on Wall St. is also made by women
" too predictable, yet the honesty of the situation rings true. Equity leaves telltale smudges on the glass ceiling..."

Aug. 19, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Royal Night Out
Fictional romp about the Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth on V-E Day
"...The two just don’t match up. But one thing rings true. A Royal Night Out verifies something we’ve suspected..."

Dec. 11, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

In Stereo
Indie romantic comedy doesn't resonate
" music from beginning to end. Yet the story rings hollow, and its shallow characters never earn our compassion..."

July 3, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Five Star Life
What's not to love about a career as a secret inspector of luxury hotels? Turns out, plenty.
"...But how much of it rings true, and what is hollow? She has all the..."

Aug. 29, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Superior in nearly all ways to its predecessor, this second film in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a welcome surprise.
"...J.R.R. Tolkien’s not-nearly-as-massive prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a welcome surprise. I’d been dreading another..."

Dec. 13, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Take Me Home Tonight
In this Eighties-set romance, a guy spends an unforgettable evening chasing the woman of his high school dreams.
"...pads and skinny ties, but little else about it rings true. The actors all seem at least a decade..."

March 11, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Coprophiliacs looking for a movie that really rings their chimes will be positively tintinnabulating from this arthouse horror number.
"...Peter Blankenstein. Coprophiliacs looking for a movie that really rings their chimes will be positively tintinnabulating from this arthouse..."

May 7, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

British director Mike Leigh's latest is an uncharacteristic story about an indomitably joyful woman – a lovely state of being, perhaps, but not necessarily of dramatic interest.
"...cowboy boots and multicolored tights – and dozens of rings dangling from her wrists and ears, clanking as she..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Kazakhstan's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film is an epic drama about the early years of Genghis Khan.
"...not, as some might hope, The Lord of the Rings: The Asian Edition. Asano's Khan is a hero in..."

June 20, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Unlike the Bollywood films most mainstream audiences expect from India, Vanaja operates on a far more realistic level, with the added bonus of a melodramatic story that's a real heartbreaker.
"...with the added bonus of a melodramatic story that rings true – often heartbreakingly so – from beginning to..."

Oct. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Georgia Rule
Despite the presence of three acting powerhouses – Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman, and Lindsay Lohan – this movie about three generations of "difficult" women never rings true.
"...this movie about three generations of "difficult" women never rings true. It's a dramedy whose blend of melodrama and..."

May 11, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Old Joy
Old Joy is an accurately observed slice of that moment between postadolescence and parenthood, when friends cling or scatter, and circumstances force buried feelings to the fore.
"...with a shorter movie. This Sundance and SXSW favorite rings in at 76 minutes; it’s in a weight class..."

Nov. 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Page Two: Feels Like the First Time
On onion rings, barbecue, and the never-ending "Best of Austin" debate
"...Dirty's, fighting over which joint had the best onion rings in town: Dirty's or the Stallion's. Such were the..."

Oct. 13, 2006 Column by Louis Black

The Protector
Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa, who made a strong stateside impression in the recent Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, stars in this follow-up action picture, that plays like an invigorating Free Willy with elephants.
"...series of convoluted subplots about corrupt cops and crime rings emerges, but forget those. Here's what matters: Kham exacts..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Brian Clark

Green Street Hooligans
The psychotically testosterized world of British football hooliganism, with its crimson tide of fist-in-mouth male bonding and lager-lout bad manners, is captured in this post LOTR Elijah Wood movie.
"...the dreaded Hobbiton typecasting of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, the elfin Wood has transformed himself into an..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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