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Austin Filmmaker Shelby Hadden on Her Film “Tightly Wound
Catharsis through animation
"..."Tightly Wound," which Hadden calls a "15-minute personal essay film,"..."

March 24, 2017 Screens Feature by Sean L. Malin

21 & Over
Some clever moments rescue this fall-down-drunk comedy from its baser instincts.
"...Tightly wound Jeff Chang (Chon) is newly 21, but reluctant..."

March 8, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Secret in Their Eyes
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, and Nicole Kidman in a twisty drama
"...Secret in Their Eyes is a tightly wound thriller that will keep viewers guessing until the..."

Nov. 20, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Drop
Based on a Dennis Lehane story, this disappointing crime drama costars James Gandolfini in his last role.
"...short story in ways both good and bad. It’s tightly wound, concise, and compact like Tom Hardy’s taciturn bartender..."

Sept. 12, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd go rom-drahm, while Lily Tomlin runs circles around everyone.
"...Woolf scholar, whom he has impregnated with twins, Portia’s tightly wound life begins to unhinge. Competition to win the..."

March 22, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Jeremy Piven stars in this swift-moving, cynical, equal-opportunity offender about a team of used-car liquidators.
"...blowout sale. Deriving much of its energy from Piven’s tightly wound Don Ready, head of the liquidation crew, the..."

Aug. 14, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Not Forgotten
This unusual U.S.-Mexico border film is a thriller starring Simon Baker and Paz Vega, and it's screening in Austin prior to its national release.
"...colorful role in Not Forgotten. The plot is a tightly wound mystery that gradually reveals itself, saving most of..."

May 1, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

What Happens in Vegas
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher – two Hollywood actors known for their prankishness and pluck – never manage to convince us that this Sin City comedy is fun.
"...against type, shackling the good-time gal to play a tightly wound Wall Street she-warrior recovering from a bad breakup...."

May 9, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Find Me Guilty
Like the criminal justice system it portrays, Find Me Guilty (starring Vin Diesel in the dramatic lead) ultimately works a great deal better than you might expect.
"...interests for either side since the prosecutor is a tightly wound jerk and the defendants, although perhaps not guilty..."

March 31, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Failure to Launch
This date movie is dude-friendly by design, but all its attention to hairdos and cute outfits does not make up for its lack of romantic spark.
"...Parker has the comedic heft to make such a tightly wound train wreck into a likable romantic heroine (say..."

March 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Memory of a Killer
A hitman who's losing his memory to Alzheimer's anchors this absorbing Belgian policier that's tightly wound and expertly unraveled.
"...should translate well for American audiences. The movie is tightly wound and expertly unraveled, resulting in a thriller that..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Y Tu Mamá También
Boys, filled with testoterone and joints, will be boys.
"...son, a floppy-haired trust-fund baby. So the boys – tightly wound with testosterone, mellowed out by innumerable joints –..."

April 5, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Don't Say a Word
"...Word manages its fair share of suspense in a tightly wound plot centering around an NYC psychiatrist, Nathan Conrad..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
"...that Leatherface (Jacks) is a sensitive cross-dresser, that his tightly wound brother Vilmer (McConaughey) is the real threat in..."

Oct. 17, 1997 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Austin Film Society Announces 2018 Grant Winners
Recipients show strength and diversity of Texas filmmakers
"...TIGHTLY WOUND Animated Short in distribution D: Shelby Hadden A..."

Sept. 5, 2018 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Hounds of Love
A deft reimagination of the serial-killer genre
"...Director Young also penned the tightly wound script, and while it’s a far scream from..."

May 12, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The National: Fury & Squalor
One night at the Moody down, two to come
"...with horns, delivers its melancholic ballads live with a tightly controlled spark of tension and release, and openers Warpaint..."

April 22, 2014 Music Post by Doug Freeman

Jake Gyllenhaal is a detective working a troubling case, and Hugh Jackman's wound-up father of the victim is just one of his problems.
"...go missing. Jackman is riveting as Keller Dover, a tightly wound, deeply religious, and apocalyptically inclined survivalist father of..."

Sept. 27, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Bridesmaid
Claude Chabrol's latest film is based on a Ruth Rendell novel and, though not one of his best films, is still a good reminder of the madness that sometimes lurks in plain sight.
"...he hides in his closet is uncomfortably perverse. The tightly wound Magimel is always a delight to watch and..."

Dec. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Walk the Line
Joaquin Phoenix is terrific as the musician Johnny Cash, whose rise, fall, and resurrection we watch as he does the Benzedrine 12-step in order to earn the love of country-and-gospel sasspot June Carter.
"...president’s wife. Actress Cay Forrester churned out the mortally wounded script for this stumblebum noir, so she had it..."

Nov. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dancing in Twilight
This intercultural Houston-made film is an off-the-beaten-path ensemble drama that shows a healthy disregard for Hollywood rules.
"...from his son, but watchably accessible. Rogers is in tightly wound sweater-set mode, but she still has a certain..."

Nov. 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Manchurian Candidate
Is it Gulf War syndrome or justified paranoia? The Manchurian Candidate thrills again.
"...straight face while discussing brainwashing). The plot is a tightly wound thriller about half-remembered dreams, unbridled political power, and..."

July 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Harrison's Flowers
"...when the magazine calls for “one last job,” the tightly wound Harrison answers, and is almost immediately lost and..."

March 15, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

" the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (a tightly wound Curtis), eventually initiating America's lasting love affair with..."

April 6, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...Lynch-ness. Although his directorial debut, Juice, was a powerful, tightly-wound little slice of urban tension, everything Dickerson has directed..."

Sept. 13, 1996 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Page Two: Yes We Said Yes We Will Yes
The Chronicle in bloom
"...years of publication, though I was still stretched as tightly as a thin metal wire that is right on..."

June 25, 2010 Column by Louis Black

Friday Picks
SXSW picks & sleepers
"...Saxon Pub are a rich tapestry of original material tightly woven with good humor and camaraderie. – Margaret MoserTHE..."

March 18, 2005 Music Feature

While the material in Personals, a revue built around the ads placed by men and women desperately seeking soul mates, suffers somewhat from age, Naughty Austin's production makes a fine match with a cast that is exceedingly appealing and extremely adept at musical comedy.
"...Head -- but fans of Friends shouldn't expect the tightly scripted comedy they know from TV. And considering that..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Jesus Gonna Be Here
Johnny Toxic
"...was odd to see the Smugglers deliver a fast-paced, tightly executed set that left the rest of the bands..."

March 26, 1999 Music Feature

For the Good Times
The Life and Times of Texas country crooner, Ray Price.
"...legend. The contrast between the out-of-control lyric and Price's tightly wound delivery is what sells the song emotionally. It..."

Sept. 1, 2000 Music Feature by David Cantwell

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