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Shoot to Thrill
Sara Paxton on all the awkward and awesome moving parts behind E.L. Katz's 'Cheap Thrills'
"...suddenly finds himself unemployed. That's when he runs into high-school-friend-turned-loan-shark-enforcer Vince (Ethan Embry), who introduces him to a mysterious..."

March 21, 2014 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson's film is a marvelous spectacle: spry, sly, and rich with microdetailed production design and tickling tributes to cinematic forebearers.
"...Dignan’s harebrained heists in Bottle Rocket, oceanographer Steve Zissou’s jaguar-shark obsession in The Life Aquatic – but rap at..."

March 14, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Out of the Furnace
The writer/director of Crazy Heart returns with an all-star cast for his sophomore effort, which takes place amid the rusted-out lives of America's steel belt.
"...parlor with doomed money borrowed from the local loan shark (Dafoe), and later seek thrills and punishment in the..."

Dec. 13, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

All Is Lost
In this near-wordless film, Robert Redford is compulsively watchable as a man trying to save himself from his sinking ship.
"...nothing away by noting the closing credits acknowledge a “shark chum thrower” – even as it is ruthlessly realistic...."

Nov. 8, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

'Sharknado' Makes Landfall
Can the SyFy Twitter sensation become a midnight cult classic?
"...So SyFy has announced that there will be a Sharknado 2. And if you have no idea what a..."

July 30, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Event Horizon
As festivals, crowds, and expenses proliferate – is Austin approaching major event overload?
"...and see if there is any space for you." Shark-Jumping Ahead?..."

July 12, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Real-life adventurer Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 trip across the Pacific on a raft is re-created in this beautifully lensed film.
"...loses his composure. With each destructive squall and circling shark, Heyerdahl’s confidence drifts into self-doubt, particularly when the lives..."

May 31, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

DVD Watch: 'A Monster in Paris'
Shout! Factory releases a smooth new kids' instaclassic
"...Paris (PG, 87 min.) is directed by Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) and stars the vocal talents of Adam Goldberg,..."

April 16, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

Upcoming Gaming Events
Not counting that SXSW thing
"...Store called Angle Isle pitting a bird against a shark. Get from point A to B while the shark..."

March 5, 2013 Screens Post by James Renovitch

The Q&A Hole: What Extinct Animal Would You Bring Back To Life?
With Matt Oztalay, Peter-John Byrnes, Wiley Wiggins, and more
"...lieu of that, I'd have to go with prehistoric sharks, especially the Megalodon! I find giant sharks extremely exciting,..."

Feb. 11, 2013 Books Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Roe Turns 40
And fight over legal abortion rages on
"...state of women's health in Texas, see "Jumping the Shark on Women's Health," Jan. 18...."

Jan. 22, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

FF2012: Why 'The Collection' is All About Character
Marcus Dunstan brings the mask back for Fantastic Fest
"...can actually survive being in the mouth of a shark," Dunstan said. "Well, clearly he can still survive –..."

Sept. 23, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Preview: 'Dragons: Riders of Berk'
TV spinoff to 'How To Train Your Dragon' burns up Tuesday nights
"...much Antz looked like A Bug's Life? Or the Shark Tale/Finding Nemo coincidences? Madagascar and The Wild? No? Moving..."

Sept. 4, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Voyage to the 'Hearts of Dorkness'
Patrick Read Johnson and the strange oddysey of 5-25-77
"...– the same one that made Jaws doc The Shark is Still Working – in an RV called (PeeWee..."

July 1, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Men in Black 3
Josh Brolin's spooky good impersonation of the younger Tommy Lee Jones is the only fresh thing happening in this sequel.
"...Men in Black 3's story, which jumps the ectomorphic shark in high style but with a deficit of actual..."

May 25, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Margin Call
A high-powered cast drives this fictional depiction of what might have occurred in a top investment firm in the hours leading up to its collapse.
"...upper-echelon risk officer Sarah Robertson (Moore) and another cynical shark with an eye on the soon-to-vanish prize (Bettany)...."

Oct. 28, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Social Network
This retelling of Facebook's first contentious steps is a blisteringly entertaining film formed of a lovely amalgam of David Fincher's direction, Aaron Sorkin's screenplay, and Jesse Eisenberg's spotless performance as Mark Zuckerberg.
"...expansiveness that one could easily substitute "class warrior," "unrepentant shark," or "scorned lover" for a-hole and still not contain..."

Oct. 1, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
James Brown, pants in Paris, and more
"...The whale shark, the world's biggest shark, is a filter feeder...."

Nov. 27, 2009 Column by Mr. Smarty Pants

The Sharks and the Jets Are Coming for Brunch!
The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz hosts a Movie Musical Sunday Brunch featuring the Academy-award winning West Side Story.
"...cream cheese, and mojito isleno (Puerto Rican olive sauce) Shark's Escabeche - shark that's been lightly fried and marinated..."

Oct. 8, 2008 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
If you're looking for escape, then the fourth installment in the beloved cliff-hanging archaeological-adventure franchise should fit the bill.
" forget, we have both Spielberg and Bruce the Shark to thank – or revile, depending on the height..."

May 23, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

All-Around Gal
Mumblecore baby Greta Gerwig acts, writes, directs, enunciates properly
"...had done some horror before. She'd been in some shark movies, like ManShark 4 [actually Raging Sharks and Hammerhead:..."

March 7, 2008 Screens Feature by Spencer Parsons

Strange Wilderness
When a popular wildlife TV show starts slipping in the ratings, the clueless hosts go off to the Andes in search of Bigfoot and big ratings. Big mistake.
"...a lot of other nonsense to wade through – shark attacks, ruthless pygmies, and a turkey that mounts, face-first,..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Beyond 'The Electric Company'
Can a bunch of toddlers watching television save the world?
"...on Nick Jr., while Discovery Kids offers Kenny the Shark, an unassuming cartoon about a shark on land that's..."

May 25, 2007 Screens Feature by Marrit Ingman

Death Valley Nights
BÖC's Spectres reissue brings out the ghosts
"...Patti Smith on The Revölution by Night centerpiece "Shooting Shark," Roeser's nocturnal caress kills. "No mortal was meant to..."

Feb. 16, 2007 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Jackass: Number Two
Strange as it may be to say, Jackass: Number Two is just the kind of vicarious excitement for which the movies were invented.
"...diving into the ocean to pass himself off as shark bait. Jackass: Number Two is essentially a collection of..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
South Korean horror cultist Park Chan-wook's 2002 film is the opening freshet in his bloody cinematic triptych; it’s also a finely wrought and emotionally complex film of surpassing, stylized beauty.
"...uncharted waters with the fluid grace of a tiger shark bumping up against a potential meal. Shin plays the..."

Sept. 9, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

XXX: State of the Union
A nonstop orgy of bullets, bombs, and booty that aims low and hits the bull’s-eye with enough firepower to sink the Bismarck.
"...the swarthy Agent Cage was devoured by a mechanical shark piloted by Captain Nemo while parasailing the Matterhorn in..."

April 29, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Film News
Every Word Is True: Austin lands a Killer production; plus, Joe Conway 'Rocks,' Rodriguez wraps, and more
"...Double Wrap: Robert Rodriguez has wrapped The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D. Did I mention..."

Dec. 24, 2004 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

The Incredibles
Animated take on the superhero genre overflows with wonderfully silly shenanigans and knowing insight into modern parenting.
"...Disney outings, as well as the recent DreamWorks also-ran Shark Tale) or the imagery, but here, via Bird’s more-than-capable..."

Nov. 5, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Film News
While major productions play tax-incentive hopscotch across the South and Southwest, Austin tries to figure out how to reignite its winning streak
"...George the Shark: Austin Studios is getting a little action from homeboy..."

Oct. 29, 2004 Screens Column by Joe O'Connell

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