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The Match Factory Girl
With not even 70 minutes total running time and, seemingly, not more than two dozen total lines of dialogue, The Match Factory Girl spins a compelling narrative, a devastating cultural portrait, and an object lesson in the less-is-more school of storytelling.
"...reaches new heights in Finnish director Kaurismaki's 1990 film The Match Factory Girl. With only 70 minutes running time..."

April 2, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Greatest Game Ever Played
The improbable but true triumph of 19-year-old amateur American golfer Francis Ouimet at the 1913 U.S. Open is given the David and Goliath treatment.
"...violent directing debut, Frailty, to this period piece about the improbable but true triumph of a 19-year-old amateur American..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Breaking the Waves
"...me of Tom Wolfe's statement that few artists find their calling because they have Big Ideas to express. More..."

Dec. 27, 1996 Movie Review by Russell Smith

The Other End of the Line
In this cross-cultural romantic comedy, a telephone operator in India travels to San Francisco to meet the man she falls for over the phone.
"...Sara Foster, Sushmita Mukherjee and Anupam Kher. In discussing the Indian tradition of marrying by match, rather than for..."

Nov. 7, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
The genius of the original bad boy of tennis, deconstructed
"...year has seen a number of popular documentaries concerning the lives of notable figures: Fred Rogers, Whitney Houston, Ruth..."

Sept. 7, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Mighty Finn
AFS Essential Cinema presents the Chilly Humorist of Finland: Aki Kaurismäki
"...Nikander the garbageman is typical of the characters that populate the..."

Nov. 13, 2009 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

I'm Lovin' the All-American Tennis Clown
There were a lot of clowns at the All-American Tennis Shootout.
"...Last Friday's All-American Tennis Shootout at the Austin Convention Center featured the No. 4 player in..."

Dec. 18, 2006 Sports Post by Taylor Holland

'Ping Pong' Earns Match Point
Table tennis doc features seriously seasoned champs
"...play in fountains, shyly ask for autographs, and travel the world in the pursuit of the gold. And no,..."

May 28, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

The Other Side of Hope
Searching for a better tomorrow in Aki Kaurismäki's droll tale of immigrants and restaurants
"...Two men abandon their former lives and take big gambles on attaining different..."

Jan. 5, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Senton for the Camera!
WWE's most recent Austin show to be broadcast tonight on myNetworkTV
"...Who says mass live theatre is dead? The WWE, the firm that invented the..."

April 10, 2009 Sports Post by Richard Whittaker

The Daily Hustle: 12/8/10
Raining cats and dogs on the animal welfare front
"...That's right, the city (not to mention the Hustle) are pulling at..."

Dec. 8, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Hasbro brings their boy toys to life with this story about an elite fighting squad.
"...really wanted a pair of PF Flyers (preferably red). The ads promised I would run faster and jump higher...."

Aug. 14, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Adventures in Journalism: Let’s Go to the Roller Derby!
"...When the dust finally settled after last Saturday’s (Dec. 2) important..."

Dec. 10, 2006 Sports Post by John Razook

Morin Pulls on the Sweater in Dallas Win
Texas Stars mainstay makes pro debut
"...A fixture at center for the Texas Stars, Travis Morin didn't have to wait long..."

Jan. 27, 2011 Sports Post by Eric Pickhartz

The Fuse Is Lit
The lineup for Fusebox Festival 2013 has been announced
"...The countdown to Austin's annual hybrid arts hootenanny began in..."

Jan. 30, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

May I Have the Envelope, Please?
The 2004-2005 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...On Monday, June 6, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for..."

June 10, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Budget Battles, Round 3
Will Wynn proposes permanently shuttering libraries, parks, and other facilities to devote scarce resources to the ones that are left.
"...and months of promising hard choices, forced tradeoffs, and other gestures of fiscal leadership, Mayor Will Wynn this week..."

Aug. 29, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Match Point
Unoriginal but pleasantly prosaic, Woody Allen's latest is a diverting story of crime, love, and luck that conducts itself with a refreshing absence of moral judgment and omniscience.
"...Woody Allen. Starring: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox and Penelope Wilton. With Match Point,..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

My Obsession: Match Game
AFS programmer exposes his [BLANK] for the classic game show
"...question writer for a number of game shows, including Match Game...."

April 28, 2017 Screens Column by Lars Nilsen

Grudge Match
This boxing riff stars Stallone and De Niro, but it's hardly the stuff of Rocky vs. the Raging Bull.
"...strange, unfunny, and unmoving boxing riff that simultaneously apes the hoary templates of Thirties and Forties fisticuffs films, nails..."

Dec. 20, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cream of the Crop
Nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Local critics have put their heads – and pens – together to recognize the..."

May 19, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Match' Maker
Deborah Hay's latest dance leads to a new start
"...ready to give up dance, give up choreography, abandon the art form to which she had devoted her life..."

Jan. 14, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Scene of the Crime
Revisiting the yogurt shop murders: A cold case reconsideration of the 1991 crime points away from the prosecution's assumptions and conclusions
"...big news. Ten years after city and county officials gathered to announce that they'd found the four men responsible..."

Dec. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

A Second Shot at 'Shootin' Match'
On the eve of the pending DVD release and Friday night's premiere of the restored and remastered The Whole Shootin' Match, Sonny Carl Davis and Lou Perryman reminisce about the late Eagle Pennell and the films they made together
"...Certainly this publication has not been shy about trumpeting the discovery of a mint print of Eagle Pennell's 1978..."

Nov. 30, 2007 Screens Feature by Louis Black

Page Two: Roger Ebert Added a Star to His The Whole Shootin' Match Rating
Last Night at the Alamo restoration revives Eagle Pennell's early promise for posterity
"...As you read this, the 30th year of SXSW launches, and there is no..."

March 11, 2016 Column by Louis Black

Denise Elliott Jones: "Does It Match the Sofa?" at the Butridge Gallery
This divine Texas artist is straight-up messing with the fabric of reality
"...All right, citizen, I'm sending you back to the Dougherty Arts Center, to the Butridge Gallery therein...."

March 1, 2019 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Cup
Filmed in Bhutan with a cast of unknown Tibetan nonprofessionals, The Cup takes its charming premise – pint-sized monks striving against all odds to watch a satellite broadcast of the 1998 World Cup match between Brazil and France – and runs with it.
"...in Bhutan with a cast of unknown Tibetan nonprofessionals, The Cup takes its charming premise -- pint-sized monks striving..."

Feb. 25, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Heartbreak Kid
Ben Stiller stars in this smart and winning remake of a 1972 Neil Simon-penned comedy about a man who falls in love with another woman on his honeymoon.
"...until his ears and eyes have been blessed with the experience of octogenarian Jerry Stiller as Doc, the crustily..."

Oct. 5, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Battle of the Sexes
Billie Jean King takes on Bobby Riggs
"...The highly publicized 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and..."

Sept. 29, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Luv Doc: A Success Story
You can't hold her hand all the way to the altar, and it would be a terrible idea if you did
"...my boyfriend's best friend for about a month now. They have been hooking up regularly but never really go..."

Sept. 30, 2016 Column by The Luv Doc

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