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Umlauf Sculpture Garden Reopening
Especially when it's rich with art, the outside is in again
"...It's problematic to visit an art gallery right now, what with only the effectiveness (such..."

June 5, 2020 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...a trio of prizes from the association of area arts scribes at its 24th presentation of honors...."

May 27, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Year of the Booster
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...a tonic. Even as attendees bemoaned the loss of arts venues and mourned lost colleagues, honorees took time at..."

May 25, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Red Left, Blue Right
GrayDUCK group show examines the degree to which the art object affects the senses
"...premise present useful obstructions or utter distractions to the artistic process?..."

June 7, 2013 Arts Review by Matthew Irwin

Martin Scorsese steps outside his comfort zone to create an effects-heavy children’s film set in France – and winds up creating one of his most splendid and personal films.
"...Directed by: Martin Scorsese. Starring: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen,..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Gulliver's Travels
In this update of the satiric Jonathan Swift novel, Jack Black plays s travel writer who becomes lost on the island of Lilliput.
"...attention paid to the possibilities of 3-D and other state-of-the-art special effects, and careless direction of the actors, who..."

Dec. 31, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Calling All Artists!
Two art exhibits and a new contest for young composers are accepting submissions
"...• The Austin Museum of Art is taking submissions for the fourth edition of the..."

May 28, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Electric Exchange
Theatre, dance, music, and film meld and get supercharged in the Fuse Box Festival
"...that for centuries have stood between different kinds of art – keeping the visual arts apart from dance and..."

April 25, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films: Animation
See the five animated shorts in competition for the Oscar, and judge for yourself.
"...collection of films that have the air of untainted artistic integrity about them, free from the promotional strong-arming, self-congratulatory..."

Feb. 15, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

This remarkable animated film tells a contemporary story about an Iranian girl’s coming-of-age while navigating the usual pitfalls of adolescence and the Islamic revolution of the Eighties.
" at once a confessional autobiography, historical re-enactment, graphic art object, and deeply involving contemporary story about a girl’s..."

Feb. 1, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Last Mimzy
Solid performances elevate this mild but hardly magical children's sci-fi story.
" in the water that contains strange symbols, spinning artifacts, and a homemade-looking stuffed rabbit named Mimzy. Only 5-year-old..."

March 23, 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.
"...attempts to re-create Süskind's memorably overripe novel via the visual (and to a lesser degree, audio) nature of film...."

Jan. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Darwin's Nightmare
This delicately horrific yet artful documentary examines the destruction of Lake Victoria by the omnivorous Nile perch, and the dire consequences this causes the Tanzanian people.
"...Sauper returns, over and over, to this simple query, unearthing varying responses, until, late in the film, the truth..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This 2003 revenger from Korean upstart Chan-wook Park is a multilayered, intensely performed, shockingly violent, and viscerally visual tour de force.
"...Ji-tae and Kang Hye-jeong. This 2003 revenger from Korean upstart Chan-wook Park (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) is a multilayered,..."

April 29, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Nailing the Market
The next time you go out to eat, keep an eye out for the work of Austin artist Elizabeth Guenthner. She's showing in almost every cafe where it's possible to display art, and her works' precise, distinctly disturbing beauty is simply transcendent.
"...Austin native Elizabeth Guenthner is exhibiting her artwork, throughout the year, in almost every local cafe where..."

July 14, 2000 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Perfect Blue
"...called Cham. As the film opens, Mima and her partners in bubblegum pop are performing a free concert in..."

Nov. 12, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Angel Baby
"...Unfortunately, Rymer displays only a rudimentary feel for the art of storytelling and little faith in his actors' ability..."

April 11, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
This Shakespeare rendition is not so much a reconceptualization as a recontextualization of the 400-year-old play. This Romeo + Juliet is a rich visual feast, besotted with the fervor of its acrobatic camerawork and kinetic staging and its mind-bending aggregation of unrelated but resonant fragments of 20th century iconography. It is a Shakespearean work thoroughly conceived for the screen. DiCaprio and Danes again prove that they are two of the best actors of their generation. And William Shakespeare has once more demonstrated that he is a storyteller for all time.
"...positioned to slip one past the Shakespeare purists and art aesthetes while building a base of support among the..."

Nov. 1, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

In the Soup
This Sundance multiaward-winner provides a fantastic showcase for the outsized vitality of Seymour Cassell, who plays a gangster investing in dour screenwriter Steve Buscemi's work.
" finance Adolpho's film because he's decided to “make art an important part of his life.” Cassell's Joe is..."

Aug. 6, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

All the Vermeers in New York
"...independent filmmaker, Jon Jost, almost breaks out of his arthouse ghetto and into markedly familiar movie strategies like narrative..."

June 19, 1992 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Ninth Life
"...Bill Bolender and Linda Gehringer. Set in Dallas' boho arts community of Deep Ellum, Ninth Life is a stylish..."

May 31, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Introducing the 2019 Class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The stories behind the art transformers of this year's Hall of Fame inductees
"...never static. The work created in the performing and visual arts is always changing, ever evolving. That's because so..."

May 24, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

That Body, My Teacher
Deborah Hay dances her way into the Blanton to give us a lesson in expanding perception
"...We like our museum art still, don't we?..."

March 21, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'The End'
'Cantanker' meets its end
"...its final issue, the founding members of this local visual-arts publication's staff came together one last time to jury..."

Dec. 14, 2012 Arts Feature by Caitlin Greenwood

Yet More Dancing About Architecture
"...Following two weeks of items involving architecture and the arts scene in Austin, with another architectural tidbit - make..."

May 15, 1998 Arts Column by Robert Faires

More Galleries Going, Going, …
Pump Project, HOPE, Co-Lab DEMO forced to move in 2018
"...intended to be a celebration of the city's vibrant visual arts scene. But the second weekend of the 2017..."

Nov. 20, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Top 10 Creative Things I Lucked Into in 2013
Remembering the year thick with superlative works of art onstage and in galleries
"...experienced in a year thick with superlative works of art. Directed by Mark Pickell, the script was embodied by..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Best in Show
The 2012-13 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...21st presention of awards for notable achievements in the arts, the Critics Table welcomed five new members into the..."

June 7, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Renoir is great at capturing an Impressionist atmosphere on film but this story about the family relations is dramatically inert.
"...cheery paintings and their multitudinous reproductions. And, though his artistic temperament was less sanguine and radiant than that of..."

May 10, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

'Water in Time'/'The Night Way'
Bill Kennedy's photos and Bob Schneider's prints immerse you in watery goodness
"...Flatbed World Headquarters, 2830 E. MLK, 477-9328..."

Aug. 5, 2011 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

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