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The Act of Killing
In this disturbing documentary, former Indonesian death-squad leaders boastfully reenact their real-life mass killings with touches inspired by their favorite movies.
"...”History is written by the victors,” observed Winston Churchill. However, in this canny documentary,..."

Aug. 9, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

DVD Watch: 'The Act of Killing'
Drafthouse Films releases Joshua Oppenheimer's complicated doc
"...One of the most important festival films of 2013 is out..."

Jan. 7, 2014 Screens Post by Monica Riese

The Look of Silence
Getting personal with Indonesia's bloody past in follow-up to The Act of Killing
"...to be almost unbearable to watch, and yet watch them we must. Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, which chronicles the horrific,..."

Aug. 14, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fantastic Fest 2014: The Look of Silence
The devastating doc The Act of Killing has a follow-up act
"...“The past is past” is a refrain shared throughout Joshua..."

Sept. 22, 2014 Screens Post by William Goss

SXSW Film Review: The Look of Silence
Oppenheimer returns to the scene of The Act of Killing
"...This is the companion film to Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated The Act of..."

March 17, 2015 SXSW Post by Anne S. Lewis

West, Ammonium Nitrate, And the Myopia of Terrorism
House hearing shows emphasis on public safety, not health and safety
"...The system worked exactly how it was supposed to: That..."

May 5, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Death of Brad Will
An American reporter films his own murder in Oaxaca, and Mexican and U.S. authorities look the other way
"...Oaxaca, Mexico -- Those of us who report from the front lines of the..."

Aug. 10, 2007 News Feature by John Ross

ATX Television Fest: Structure of a Sitcom... and the Rise of Anti-Sitcoms
Comedy magic with Dan Harmon, Paul Scheer, and more
"...The ATX Television Festival is a one-size-fits-all fest. It’s roomy..."

June 8, 2013 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Get to the Bottom of 'Top of the Lake'
New miniseries premieres on the Sundance Channel Monday
"...Top of the Lake, the new project from director Jane Campion..."

March 17, 2013 Screens Post by Aleksander Chan

DVDanger: The Return of Artsploitation
Indie label returns with three psychosexual horrors
"...respite from mainstream cinema, or even mainstream indie cinema, there's a whole globe of bizarre and envelope-pushing movies. The..."

June 17, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Taking the Temperature of 'Cold in July'
The film based on Joe Lansdale's novel, 'Cold in July,' is a gnarled tale of modern horror
"...Joe Lansdale's novel Cold in July, he expected a by-the-numbers thriller. What he got, instead, pulled not just the..."

May 30, 2014 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Riding to the End of the Line
Can Cap Metro weather the recession, balance its books ... and run the buses and trains on time?
"...We suspect it will stick with the catchier "Dump the Pump," but over the next fiscal..."

Sept. 18, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

The Challenge of Figaro
Tackling an Operatic Everest
"...Perfect, it's called. Sublime. A pinnacle of the form, in the quality of its craftsmanship, its..."

Nov. 3, 1995 Arts Feature

Making a 'Killing'
Joshua Oppenheimer on the half-decade he spent filming for 'The Act of Killing'
"...on a bed, plagued by bad dreams – dreams of blood, dreams of decapitation, dreams of murder and genocide...."

Aug. 9, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Points of View
The 27th season of the doc series 'POV' begins tonight on KLRU
"...Tonight brings the premiere of the 27th season of PBS’ award-winning documentary..."

June 23, 2014 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

SXSW Film 2013: The Janet Pierson Guide
Film fest chief talks themes, screens, and surprising changes
"...Janet Pierson has the coolest job – and the toughest job. As the..."

Jan. 31, 2013 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

The Q&A Hole: Killing a Human?
With Jon Lebkowsky, Marc English, Rowan Hagemann, and more
"...Here's the latest of our weekly Q&A Hole series, wherein your..."

Jan. 26, 2015 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Austin Film Critics Have Spoken
AFCA announces its favorites of 2013 … ish
"...It's officially the list-making time of year...."

Dec. 17, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

Drafthouse Films at … Not the Drafthouse
Austin Film Society hosts four favorites from the collection
"...to be reckoned with, but when you get two of the biggest names in arthouse cinema together for one..."

July 24, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

The Show
"...at press time. Here's something curious. This documentary about the fractious world of rap and hip-hop has been slowly..."

Nov. 3, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sister Act Two: Back in the Habit
"...spell crass? When it is so patently obvious that there is no reason to make a movie other than..."

Dec. 17, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Brave One
Jodie Foster might be good at playing a master of vengeance, but The Brave One turns out to be little more than an upscale B-movie about getting even.
"...Mary Steenburgen, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews and Jane Adams. The Brave One is a confounding movie on many levels...."

Sept. 14, 2007 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Son of God
This biopic is strictly for easily-entertained believers.
"...It's not a matter of "what you see is what you get" in Son..."

March 7, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Squeeze
Gamblers, mobsters, and high-stakes golf matches
"...Starring: Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri, Katherine LaNasa, Jason Dohring and Elliott Grey...."

April 17, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
A true-crime family mystery indicts decades of racial violence.
"...stories, and build memorials. We try to keep track of our history. But sometimes there are missing pages. And..."

April 20, 2018 Movie Review by Danielle White

The Girl From Monaco
This French film is equal parts sex farce, Mai-Decembre romance, middle-aged white male fantasy, and wannabe Hitchockian intrigue.
"...Alexandre Steiger. It's impossible to say with any assurance whether The Girl From Monaco is incredibly subtle or simply..."

July 10, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ride With the Devil
"...Jewel, Jeffrey Wright, Skeet Ulrich and Tobey Maguire. Clarity of vision degrades over distance, and so do the high-toned..."

Dec. 17, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

The Basement Tapes
The Netherworld of Iconoclastic Music
"...Throughout history, the economics of creativity have often acted as a barrier..."

March 28, 1997 Music Feature by Greg Beets

The Damage Before the Blue Ruin
Actor Macon Blair talks revenge and homelessness in the new thriller
"...old saying about an eye for an eye leaving the whole world blind? When noir revenge thriller Blue Ruin..."

April 24, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Marc Savlov's Top 10 Films of 2015
"...Max: Fury Road Fantastic, turbo-charged imagery and steely, humanistic characters make for the one true epic of 2015. 100%..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

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