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Norwood Trial: Breaking Down the DNA
Accused killer’s ex-wife takes the stand
"...No sooner had jurors been given the opportunity to learn about the known details of Debra..."

Sept. 16, 2016 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

The Angry Birds Movie
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a game! It's a movie!
"...sure who requested this 3-D animated film version of the 2009 avian vs. porcine mega-app, but the seven-year gestation..."

May 20, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The X Files' Mitch Pileggi at Zach Theatre
What conspiracy brought X-Files star Mitch Pileggi back to Austin, Zach, and Walter Skinner all at the same time?
"...24, while more than 16 million viewers were getting their first look at Walter Skinner in more than seven..."

Feb. 5, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Most Read Film Reviews of 2015
How to enrage God's flock in 322 words or less
"...“Most-read” is not the same as “most-liked” – indeed, readers flocked to our..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Bold coming-of-age story is told from the girl's POV
"...Directed by: Marielle Heller. Starring: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni, Abby Wait and Madeleine..."

Aug. 28, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Connection
The French-made Connection owes much to The French Connection
"...Gallic companion piece to William Friedkin’s seminal 1971 film, The French Connection, The Connection (or La French, as it’s..."

May 29, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Kill the Messenger
Jeremy Renner stars in this crusading-journalist story that recounts the downfall of real-life San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb.
"...A crusading-journalist story that never quite jells in either tone or tension, Kill the Messenger recounts the downfall..."

Oct. 10, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Skeleton Twins
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig co-star as siblings in this dramatic workout.
"...Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig don’t look much like they share the same DNA. He’s got a spindly frame..."

Sept. 26, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

DVDanger: The Battery
Jeremy Gardner and Adam Cronheim swing for the fences
"...Necessity is the mother of invention. Sometimes, so are road blocks. That's..."

Sept. 13, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Drop
Based on a Dennis Lehane story, this disappointing crime drama costars James Gandolfini in his last role.
"...Gandolfini’s wintery silences and bitter outbursts are enough on their own to merit seeing this otherwise frustratingly vague slice..."

Sept. 12, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away
The King crowns the Frank Erwin Center on his farewell tour
"...George Strait on “Troubadour,” a raw, rich twang near the end of his two-and-a half-hour set Friday at the..."

Jan. 11, 2014 Music Post by Doug Freeman

The Best Man Holiday
Fourteen years after the first film, this sequel finds our likable characters experiencing the pitfalls and promise of middle age.
"...If you were paying close enough attention to the Roots’ track that opened 1999’s twentysomethings comedy The Best..."

Nov. 15, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Then There's This: Biscoe: The Most Popular Guy in Town
Flattery will get you nowhere in the race for interim commish seat
"...Biscoe has recently noticed an uptick in his popularity. There's no mystery to the sudden outbreak of niceness: He..."

May 10, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

The Lords of Salem
With his fifth horror feature, writer/director Rob Zombie proves he's a unique visionary in a repetitive cinematic genre.
"...The former White Zombie frontman (and one of the few..."

April 19, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Q&A Hole: Superhero Movie Redux
I knew that ol' Lazarus pit would come in handy one of these days …
"...A few weeks ago, the question was: Why Do We Need Anymore Superhero Movies?..."

Feb. 18, 2013 Books Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Hangover: Part II
The action moves from Vegas to Thailand – but someone forgot to send along a new script.
"...Jamie Chung, Mason Lee, Nirut Sirichanya and Jeffrey Tambor. The funniest thing about The Hangover: Part II isn't, as..."

May 27, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
This glad-hearted and furiously funny piece of pop entertainment stars Michael Cera and is told in the vernacular of video games.
"...Scott Pilgrim vs. the World comes from (and compacts) Bryan Lee O'Malley's six-volume..."

Aug. 13, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

BPness: A Line in the Sand
Notes from Kate's trip thru Lafourche Parish to Grand Isle, LA., Part 1.
"...friend to New Orleans (and visit my kid working there with AmeriCorps) last weekend. But I couldn't shake a..."

June 25, 2010 Chronolog Post by Kate X Messer

The Yellow Handkerchief
Based on an 800-word story by Pete Hamill, this small-scale relationship drama stars William Hurt, Kristen Stewart, Maria Bello, and Eddie Redmayne.
"...Despite its shared title with a Jack London story, The Yellow Handkerchief is based on a New York Post..."

April 2, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Aliens in the Attic
A group of kids save their vacation home from extraterrestrials while keeping their clueless elders out of the loop.
"...television series or Eighties-era sci-fi/horror semiclassics still arrive in theatres looking and feeling like remakes. That's certainly the déjà..."

Aug. 7, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Longshots
Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst directs Ice Cube and others in this sports movie about the first girl to play Pop Warner youth football.
"...Matt Craven, Glenn Plummer and Garrett Morris. I’m not exactly sure how to put this – not quite sure..."

Aug. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Invasion
This fourth film telling of Invasion of the Body Snatchers appears to be made by pod people themselves.
"...of a sci-fi story that speaks more eloquently to these paranoid, fearful, "iPod, youPod, we all pod for iPod"..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

In the Land of Women
Adam Brody stars in this movie, which also features Kristen Stewart and Meg Ryan, as a young man creeping toward adulthood.
"...makes this movie sound as though it might be the latest madcap offering from Pedro Almodóvar, In the Land..."

April 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Adapted from Patrick Süskind's heretofore unadaptable cult novel about an olfactory vampire in 18th-century France, Perfume is a gorgeous but woefully overlong and ultimately misguided mess.
"...that attempts to re-create Süskind's memorably overripe novel via the visual (and to a lesser degree, audio) nature of..."

Jan. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Hills Have Eyes
This remake ratchets up the gore while subtly rewiring some of the characters, but it never manages the nagging subtexts Craven so handily injected into the original horror film.
"...Directed by: Alexandre Aja. Starring: Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Ted Levine, Vinessa..."

March 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Two for the Money
Pacino again plays another Mephistophelean type who mentors McConaughey's ex-jock in the intricacies of his tout service, offering tips to betters on the Vegas line, but the film is about as fresh as a day-old betting slip.
"...Directed by: D.J. Caruso. Starring: Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante, Jeremy Piven and Jaime..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Terminal
Steven Spielberg enters his Capra period with this optimistic melting-pot tale starring pal Tom Hanks, whose underused comic instincts come to the fore.
"...Directed by: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna, Barry Shabaka..."

June 18, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Punisher
Strictly from the so-bad-it's-good school of entertainment.
"...Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Laura Elena, Samantha Mathis and Roy Scheider. The Punisher is such a bad film that it becomes..."

April 16, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

In the Cut
Jane Campion's erotic thriller In the Cut dulls its cutting edge.
"...Leigh, Nick Damici and Sharrieff Pugh. Jane Campion enters the world of the erotic thriller with this film adaptation..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The School of Rock
In Linklater's studio-financed comedy hit, Jack Black brings his rock & roll vibe to riff-needy prep students.
"...already knows, that’s no lie: Black can rock with the best of them. He has both the requisite chops..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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