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How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Neil Gaiman's short story gets an inessential musical makeover.
"...There’s bits and bobs of his otherworldly romanticist’s worldview scattered like tiny land mines of sanity throughout this otherwise..."

June 1, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Blade Runner 2049
This visually lush sequel was worth the wait.
"...himself a replicant blade runner, continues hunting down the scattered and hidden renegade “old models,” including, early on, the..."

Oct. 6, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Adult Beginners
After failing in enterprise, a man returns to his childhood home
"...Byrne’s convincing sibling chemistry, and a handful of chuckles scattered throughout, there’s never any doubt on the audience’s part..."

April 24, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

The November Man
Pierce Brosnan stars in this spy thriller that's decently made, but lacks the sizzle of a 007 or Jason Bourne.
"...the new president of Russia. Bodies and secrets are scattered over Eastern Europe when the erstwhile CIA operative Peter..."

Aug. 29, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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.
"...and the terrific cast, Gangster Squad comes up more scattered than successful...."

Jan. 11, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Not Fade Away
Five years after the end of The Sopranos, creator David Chase directs his first movie, which takes him back to New Jersey in the Sixties.
"...While Not Fade Away has its pleasures, they are scattered and unsustained. Chase’s story about a garage band that..."

Jan. 4, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Marvel's The Avengers
Excelsior! This Marvel adventure knocks it out of the universe.
"...morphs – for real, for reel – from a scattered array of four-color offshoots and prequels to the biggest..."

May 4, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Margaret
A tangled post-production history kept this Kenneth Lonergan film from completion for six years, and its story about teenage trauma suffers as a result. But, oh, what a cast.
"...full of interesting moments and top-tier actors but extremely scattered in focus...."

Oct. 7, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Echotone
This locally made documentary looks at the city of Austin through the eyes of its working musicians.
"...existence of most working musicians in Austin. Echotone is scattered, for sure (the sound ordinance battle is poorly handled),..."

May 6, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Female camaraderie, nostalgic sentimentality, and emotional catharsis are back in this sequel: The film hits its marks but lacks real depth.
"...first Traveling Pants movie, 2 finds its four heroines scattered about following their freshman year in college. Pixieish Lena..."

Aug. 8, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Grand
There's some truly hilarious material (though not nearly enough) in this partially improvised movie about characters competing in a Las Vegas championship poker tournament.
"...worry about measly details when deliciously funny moments are scattered about with such carefree abandon? Harrelson (in a bad..."

April 4, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Ground Truth
Far from being just one more documentary wishing to expose alternative truths about the war in Iraq, Foulkrod's film instead airs some of the hard-won truths learned by American soldiers.
"...of these veterans' words, The Ground Truth is rather scattered in its presentation, never elucidating a continuous narrative line..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Chop Suey
"...of this film are the dozens of still photographs scattered throughout, from Mapplethorpe to Stieglitz to Beaton to Weston..."

Jan. 18, 2002 Movie Review by Steve Davis

American Outlaws
"...hearts and minds. Kernels of a great story lie scattered throughout the film, but the acidly asinine soil of..."

Aug. 17, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
"...long while), but the dozens of brazen throwaway gags scattered throughout more than make up for any lapses into..."

June 11, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pecker
"...As a whole, Pecker is enjoyable but also feels scattered and transitory. Perhaps this is especially noticeable in this..."

Sept. 25, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Borrowers
"...and enchantment beckons Arietta or the audience. The few scattered sparks of magic in The Borrowers simply cannot give..."

Feb. 13, 1998 Movie Review by Hollis Chacona

Dragonheart
"...Sure, there might be a few unconvincing F/X shots scattered here and there, but, all things considered, the special-effects..."

June 7, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Happy Gilmore
"...a lame, unoriginal comedy that may offer a few scattered chuckles, but more often than not, serves up a..."

Feb. 16, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Houseguest
"...Despite an amusing first 15 minutes and a few scattered laughs (most of which appear in the theatrical trailer),..."

Jan. 6, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

The Ref
"...on the soundtrack, and the plethora of Yuletide gags scattered throughout the vitriol, something tells me The Ref missed..."

March 18, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tom and Jerry -- the Movie
"...It's sort of like bits of a Cappio commercial scattered throughout the film. Only, the Cappio commercial makers strove..."

Aug. 6, 1993 Movie Review by Hollis Chacona

Shameless
"...“Austin” film. Apart from the readily identifiable Austin landmarks scattered throughout, Byington has lifted the film's tone seemingly straight..."

June 4, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Year of the Comet
"...less. Coldly amoral in classic Hitchcock mode (bodies are scattered all over the landscape and this neither causes them..."

May 1, 1992 Movie Review by Louis Black

Penfold Theatre's Interactive Show The Control Group Lets You Fix the Future
The sci-fi drama by phone calls on you to correct a crisis in the time stream
"...progress – sometimes with reports from Control Group agents scattered throughout history – and consult with you on what..."

Oct. 23, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Life of a Search and Rescue Drone Pioneer
How retired Air Force medic Gene Robinson found new purpose looking for missing persons
"...the bodies in various states of decay, there are scattered bones bleached by the sun. Robinson would regularly fly..."

Nov. 23, 2018 News Feature by Cat Cardenas

Scattered
The Motionhouse dancers' daring movements up and down a giant curved wall thrilled kids and adults alike
"...ScatteredBass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman, UT campus April 11..."

April 18, 2014 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

After the Storm
Austin's Louisiana exiles remain suspended between before and after
"...of thousands of the region's former inhabitants are still scattered throughout the country. The vast majority of these evacuees..."

Aug. 25, 2006 News Feature by Cheryl Smith

Hard Luck in Heritage Heights
Renters in Eastside housing project feel misled, misused by the city.
"...Heritage Heights was originally SCIP I -- Austin's first Scattered Cooperative Infill Project. (The Anderson Hill project between 11th..."

Aug. 29, 2003 News Feature by Jessica Chapman

Beaten at the Jailhouse?
An Austin woman claims a misdemeanor arrest led to a beating at the hands of Travis Co. jail guards
"...shoulder. [Two 1-and-a-half inch] bruises to each hip, multiple scattered bruises to both arms. [Approximately 1-and-a-half inch] diameter scattered..."

Jan. 17, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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