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"...(295-6277, www.digicadabra.com): Animation production, computer animation, titles, animation, computer effects, visual effects..."

April 22, 2005 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Midnight Special
Is a boy with special gifts a savior or a weapon – or neither?
"...Jeff Nichols launches onto the national stage with Midnight Special, his fourth film, which is a studio production. Although..."

March 18, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Spy Kids: Special Edition
"...few million more into the picture and release this "special edition" theatrically instead of just saving the added footage..."

Aug. 9, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Special Election for Texas House of Representatives, District 48
The 'Chronicle' endorsement for the state House District 48, special election: Donna Howard
"...The 'Chronicle' EndorsementState House District 48, Special Election: Donna Howard..."

Jan. 13, 2006 News Feature

Qmmunity: Austin’s Queer Community Feels Effects of SXSW Cancellation
Now's the time show local support however you can
"...bartenders. Not to mention the opportunity for career exposure, especially for LGBTQIA performers who are already fighting to reach..."

March 13, 2020 Column by Beth Sullivan

The Latest Effects of Coronavirus on Texas Elections
Abbott postpones run-offs, Dems sue to expand vote-by-mail
"...to begin July 6), also to coincide with the special election for Senate District 17, made necessary by the..."

March 23, 2020 News Post by Michael King

Low Turnout or Bad Law?: Voter ID Effects Uncertain
Turnout boost heaviest in counties with local referendums
"...Christi* beachfront. Travis (13.75%) balloted the House District 50 special and the city of Austin affordable housing bond. And..."

Nov. 15, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Aladdin
Another needless Disney remake buoyed on nostalgia and a handful of charming performances
"...underwhelming vocal work – are also tied to the special effects. Watching the Genie’s features swim ever-so-slightly across his..."

May 24, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Casper
"...best, which is when it's exploiting both its eye-popping special effects and delicious production design (the interior of the..."

June 2, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Gulliver's Travels
In this update of the satiric Jonathan Swift novel, Jack Black plays s travel writer who becomes lost on the island of Lilliput.
"...paid to the possibilities of 3-D and other state-of-the-art special effects, and careless direction of the actors, who often..."

Dec. 31, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mighty Joe Young
"...question: Why? Obviously, recent advances in the field of special effects make for a more realistic depiction of the..."

Dec. 25, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Knowing
It's up to Nicolas Cage to save the world in this movie about a man who deciphers a cryptic artifact that predicts major disasters, past and future.
"...and writing and intelligibility take a back seat to special effects. But, my, oh my, what special effects Knowing..."

March 27, 2009 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

King Kong
Jackson's remake is a corker of an action/monster movie: part RKO serial; part square-jawed, manly romp; and part classic journey into the unknown that recalls and references Heart of Darkness.
"...whole familiar story fresh again, comes from advances in special-effects technology. Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings’ Gollum) played..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Adventures of Pinocchio
"...animatronics by, among others, Jim Henson's Creature Shop, the special effects team behind Babe. Based on the tale by..."

July 26, 1996 Movie Review by Alison Macor

Lawnmower Man
"...wisely chose to put all their eggs in the special effects basket. Lawnmower Man takes an excruciatingly long time..."

March 13, 1992 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

Jack the Giant Slayer
Despite a terrific cast, intelligent direction, and state-of-the-art special effects, this fairy tale's gigantic shoes remain unfilled.
"...it just doesn’t really get to any place very special...."

March 1, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Hey, Austin: It's Bloody Balloon Battle 2012!
Get your dextrous splatter on, deep in the heart of Texas
"...Local special-effects artist Jason Vines is on a mission...."

Nov. 2, 2012 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Dragonheart
"...scattered here and there, but, all things considered, the special-effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic (the folks responsible..."

June 7, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Godzilla
These monsters have more audience appeal than their human co-stars – which is good and bad.
"...the micro-budgeted Monsters, for which he created all the effects himself. Here Edwards marshals all the 3-D creature effects..."

May 16, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Spiderwick Chronicles
This children's fantasy holds a lot of emotional promise but get waylaid by an overabundance of CGI effects.
"...blessing for films like The Spiderwick Chronicles. The sophisticated special effects made possible by CGI can bring a fantasy..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Poseiden's son and his pals reunite to retrieve the Golden Fleece, but only the film's special effects grabbed our attention.
"...adds nothing to the film, and while the digital effects are sometimes thrilling (the toothy, whirlpooling Charybdis, in particular),..."

Aug. 9, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Inspector Gadget
"...attempt to make us buy this frenetic pastiche of special effects as a piece of cogent entertainment. Matthew Broderick..."

July 30, 1999 Movie Review by Hollis Chacona

Virus
"...though director Bruno has had a hand in the special effects of both The Abyss and Titanic, the effects..."

Jan. 22, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Love in the Time of Twilight
"...Back to the Future-inspired time-travel excitement, and a surreal, special-effects-driven gagfest: Yeung and Wu portray a pair of mischievous..."

April 12, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

The Legend of Zipang
"...out, serving up a palette of action, comedy, and special effects that should prove irresistible to fans. While ultimately..."

Sept. 15, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
"...Jekyll and Ms. Hyde is instead a terminally lame special-effects comedy with next to no laughs, smarts, or originality...."

Sept. 1, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Flaming Ears
"...contribute to Flaming Ears' dislocating effect. Dime-store props and special effects actually work to enhance the movie's overall artificiality,..."

July 8, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

En Garde and Armed With Latex and Brushes
Three Austin special effects makeup artists compete on SyFy's 'Face Off'
"...native thought he knew a lot about SyFy's makeup effects reality competition show: After all, his brother, Matt Valentine,..."

Dec. 28, 2012 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Last Mimzy
Solid performances elevate this mild but hardly magical children's sci-fi story.
"...and will crumble if poked too aggressively. Good performances (especially by the two child leads and The Office’s Wilson..."

March 23, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Fusillade No. 1 in Disney's presumed seven-film adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved children's tales is marred by dodgy CGI work and windy pacing.
"...no longer seem to add up to very convincing special effects, and in a world populated by a hodge-podge..."

Dec. 9, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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