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Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
An engaging doc about the Oklahoma State Prison Rodeo.
"...from the nearby Eddie Warrior Correctional Center are profiled: straight-talking double-mugger Rhonda Buffalo; Jamie Brooks, awaiting parole as the..."

Sept. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Animal Kingdom
An Australian family that commits crimes together avoids time together in this brutal look at the human survival instinct.
"...way of life is dying and wants to go straight; Detective Leckie (Pearce), who spearheads the police unit that..."

Aug. 27, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Life During Wartime
Todd Solondz revisits the family from his film Happiness, but the characters are all played by different actors, and the result is no less disconcerting.
"...then there's Joy's dead husband, Andy (Reubens, playing it straight-ish), who returns from the grave to deprive Joy of..."

Aug. 20, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Other Guys
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star in this buddy cop comedy that takes some digs against corporate criminals.
"..."The Yankee Clipper." Rising to the challenge of playing straight man to Ferrell’s flights of fancy, Wahlberg also embellishes..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wine of the Week
Champagne through a straw!
"...Lucky for those of us who like to sip straight from the bottle, a lot of wineries have taken..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Food Column by Wes Marshall

The Killer Inside Me
Director Michael Winterbottom makes some fatal storytelling miscalculations in this screen adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel that stars Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, and Kate Hudson.
"...too unclear to reveal much. Affleck’s delivery is pure straight blade, nothing double-edged or deep-seated at all. Yet it..."

July 30, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Restrepo
This documentary, which chronicles the 15-month deployment in Afghanistan of about a dozen U.S. soldiers, is an example of photojournalism at its finest.
"...reminder that there is no such thing as a straight line in nature. It’s a vast landscape in which..."

July 30, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pride Piper
Artist and Pride piper Silky Shoemaker brings DIY joy to the Pride table
"...the assembly of mostly art-damaged queers, gays, weirdos, and straight hangers-on, the scene plays as kids-drama-camp nightmare for big,..."

June 4, 2010 Features Feature by Cindy Widner

Preaching Beyond That Choir
San Fran Bishop Yvette Flunder has some 'mighty real' revelations
"...failed institution? Because marriage has not worked well for straight people statistically. It just has not worked well; most..."

June 4, 2010 Features Feature by Kate X Messer

Wilson Pickett
in box
"...track (154), rocks a box-set-worthy sessionography, and digs art straight from the Atlantic vaults into a linen-bound singles-style book...."

May 14, 2010 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

'We're the Guinea Pig'
A chat with FNL producer Nan Bernstein
"...Nan Bernstein wanted to set the record straight. She said she was baffled by an Austin Chronicle..."

April 30, 2010 Screens Feature by Belinda Acosta

Ajami
This Oscar-nominated Israeli film reveals not only the divides between Jews and Arabs, but also those between Muslims and Christians, young and old, men and women, and rich and poor.
"...another, the overall tone of the film is ripped straight from hearts and headlines. It's always been difficult for..."

April 23, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

HD47 Finance Furor
Republican Workman attacks opponent for having student loans
"...her failure to be bothered by voting in five straight primaries."..."

April 8, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Cactus Resolve
Student Government formally opposes closure of venue
"...suggested developments, such as the Student Initiatives proposal, come straight from the Student Friends' plan for the cafe. However,..."

March 31, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Wednesday Showcases
Wednesday SXSW showcases at a glance
"...is like a sex-mad dream of electro-punk synth ripped straight out of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill by way of..."

March 19, 2010 Music Feature

SXSW Showcases
All the SXSW showcases that fit
"...while also casually sidestepping the twee label and moving straight on to "Wow, that's cool, wanna gaze into each..."

March 19, 2010 Music Feature

Cop Out
Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan star in Kevin Smith's painfully unfunny throwback to the Eighties buddy-cop movies.
"...the money (had there been money, that is), ran straight into the gaping maw of Hollywood mediocrity, and never..."

March 5, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese's new thriller is set in 1954 in an institution for the criminally insane.
"...but Teddy's tenuous, paranoid grip on the truth is straight out of Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor. Shutter Island may..."

Feb. 26, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
A teenager's Greek mythology book comes to life and thrusts him into an adventure to recover Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.
"...24 frames per second stop-mo to get their heads straight...."

Feb. 19, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

White vs. Shami, Round One
Who won the Democratic governor's debate? (UPDATED)
"...looked for a while like it's really always aimed straight for November) only agreed to this debate because 1:..."

Feb. 8, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Gay Place
Don't ask or tell them to stay in that stinky closet
"...Tell – we can't help but stand a little straighter, shoulders back, chin tucked, chest thrust (helllllloooooo), shoes shined,..."

Feb. 5, 2010 Column by Kate X Messer

A Single Man
Tom Ford ditched fashion designing for filmmaking with this smart adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood story about a grieving gay man in 1962 California.
"...much precision as George brings to becoming Professor Falconer (straight, no chaser), and the masks both actor and character..."

Jan. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Long Vindication
After 35 years and a lengthy sentence for robbery, Ronnie Barrs remains determined to prove his innocence
"...the years, Napier earned a reputation for being a straight-shooter – a guy you liked or didn't but who..."

Jan. 15, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Primary Filings: The Democrats
Breaking down the election filings for the Dems
"...Kurt Kuhn gets a straight shot at Jan Patterson's 3rd Court of Appeals place..."

Jan. 5, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Gay Place
The good, the bad, and the fugly of Gay 2009
"...8) ADAM LAMBERT freaks out 98% of all straight folks, about 75% of all gay ones, about 5%..."

Jan. 1, 2010 Column by Kate X Messer

The Penguin With the Pulitzer
Berkeley Breathed on putting Opus to bed and what comes next
"...in front of the United University Methodist Church. Hired straight out of college by The Washington Post, his Bloom..."

Dec. 25, 2009 Books Feature by Richard Whittaker

Metallurgy
Metallurgy
"...Austin Barber. Lightning tempo morphs (opener "Acid Hand") and straight 1980s riff fusillades ("We Roam") alight High on Fire..."

Dec. 25, 2009 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

Capricorn Jesus
Sometimes outlaws walk on water
"...When he's ready for your interview, he walks over straight-on and leaning slightly sideways shakes your hand stronglike. He..."

Oct. 16, 2009 Music Feature by Melinda Hasting Wheatley

Faces of Homelessness
Another Downtown attempt to find answers
"...of late-night drug- and alcohol-related street life as something straight out of The Wire. Thanks in part to an..."

Oct. 9, 2009 News Feature by Marc Savlov

Zombieland
A hilarious script and seamless performances make this a quite tasty zomcom.
"...I urge you to go check out all the straight-to-DVD zomedies taking up valuable shelf space at your local..."

Oct. 2, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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