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DVDanger: Not Very Martial, Very Little Art
Restored karate flop Death Machines, plus Chan's Amnesia
"...ripe for a modern restoration. Why 1976's bizarre mafia martial arts Death Machines gets the digital cleanup so fast..."

Jan. 7, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Martial Arthouse
Dan Halsted brings five secret kung fu films to AFS
"...Halsted completes the 30-year odyssey of some rare, mystery martial arts movies as he presents Old School Kung Fu..."

June 28, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Assumption
Part Southern rock opera and part 'Hamlet,' Refraction Arts' comedy is totally captivating and hilarious
" enter the strange, wild world created by Refraction Arts...."

Dec. 21, 2007 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Speed the Plow
It's surprising how much of the sharp edge in Mamet's Hollywood satire is polished off by Austin Playhouse's production
" his house under the premise of giving an artsy novel a courtesy read, but the book's effect on..."

May 9, 2008 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Mister Z Loves Company
Rubber Repertory's revival is a marriage of depravity and delight, of filth and fantasy
"...and, before that, Wallace Shawn's A Thought in Three Parts – is not a company to eschew the sexual,..."

April 17, 2009 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Bion Tsang, Cello
The cellist swashed and buckled his way through Dvorák like a great actor playing Cyrano
"...with a breathless panache. In a work with seeming martial aspirations – the opening sounds like it's dropping you..."

April 6, 2012 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Austin Symphony Orchestra With Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway
The great flutist made Dell Hall his home and seemed to be playing for old friends
"...movements, were all beautifully in sync, and when their parts separated and wove in and around each other, it..."

March 6, 2009 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Vortex's revival confronts issues of the body – as object, as weapon, and as prison – head on
"...gallivanting to the French Riviera in search of safety. Martial law has been instituted, citizens are required to be..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Ring Round the Moon
Though at times long-winded, Jean Anouilh's farce still has enough charm and humor to entertain
"...Lunning Jr. delivers his dry, comic Messerschmann with a martial German accent, there's a bit of a continental disconnect...."

Nov. 16, 2007 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

FronteraFest Short Fringe: Best of Week One
Improv, Butoh, cabaret, and one of those commanding performance moments that make FronteraFest made up the Short Fringe 2006 Best of Week One
" assortment of hip-hop, street dance, and the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira. It started with Portuguese canto and beat..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Arts Review by Patti Hadad

Genghis Khan
In 'Genghis Khan,' Salvage Vanguard Theater crafts a surprisingly traditional, surprisingly intimate, and absorbing operatic portrait of a lion in winter
"...a surprisingly intimate affair, the unfolding of a few hearts in the night – a mother and son, a..."

April 1, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Circus Maximus
The UT Wind Ensemble's premiere of John Corigliano's Circus Maximus' was more than a concert; it was an event
"...then faded to a whisper; that encompassed sinuous jazz, martial fanfares, circus music, hunting calls, and more, at times..."

Feb. 25, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

'Miami Connection' Connects After 25 Years
Grandmaster Y.K. Kim reels as his 1987 flop becomes a 2012 cult
"...The Bette Davis-starring Of Human Bondage. And 1987's low-budget martial arts/rock/crime medley Miami Connection...."

Dec. 12, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Grandmaster
Visual master Wong Kar-Wai tells the story of the legendary martial-arts practitioner and teacher Ip Man.
"...filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai made a movie about the legendary martial-arts practitioner and teacher Ip Man (or Yip Man). Wong..."

Aug. 30, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

If Douglas Sirk had made martial arts movies they probably would have looked something like Zhang Yimou's stunning new opus.
"...Ziyi. Had Hollywood film director Douglas Sirk made Chinese martial arts movies instead of the fabulous Fifties melodramas that..."

Aug. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Iron & Silk
"...crew have managed to create not so much another martial arts fistfest as they have an entirely new genre..."

May 10, 1991 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dragon Chronicles
"...Asian box offices. Some post-mortems have theorized that hardcore martial arts fans were rejecting the genre-crossing effrontery of “serious”..."

May 9, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Once Upon a Time in China III
Jet Li is back as the legendary physician and martial arts master in this third outing in Hark's "historical" epics.
"...Sort of. Jet Li is back as the legendary physician-cum-martial arts master, Wong Fey-Hong, along with his trusty comic..."

Nov. 5, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Holy Weapon
"...Super Sword, massacring the great Chinese swordsmen of the martial arts world. He proceeds to challenge Heaven's Sword, a..."

Sept. 1, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Going on the Offensive With The Art of Self-Defense
Jesse Eisenberg navigates the hierarchy of martial arts
"...Stearns said, "I was really interested in doing a martial arts movie, but maybe exploring ideas that maybe you..."

March 8, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Ip Man 3
Donnie Yen returns as the grandmaster who taught Bruce Lee his moves
"...director Wong Kar-Wai’s 2013 The Grandmaster nor quite as martially masterful as its predecessors, this third entry in Wilson..."

Jan. 22, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fantastic Fest: Yuen Woo-Ping Double Bill
The RZA and the Paramount kneel to the Master
"...would take a knee, but Yuen Woo-Ping, master of martial arts choreography, is on that elite list. Literally...."

Sept. 26, 2010 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

True Legend
The great martial-arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping directs this saga about the inventor of Drunken Fist fighting.
"...itself but rather its maker Yuen Woo-ping, the brilliant martial arts choreographer who is best known stateside for lending..."

May 13, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Here Comes the Boom
Kevin James plays a biology teacher who moonlights as a mixed martial-arts fighter; Salma Hayek is his love interest.
"...picture) – he dives into the world of mixed martial arts to help save the music. If that quick..."

Oct. 19, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fire Down Below
"...the least interesting Zen Buddhist, environmental activist, country music-playing martial arts movie star imaginable. But my opinion is clearly..."

Sept. 12, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

The Prodigal Son
" a truly great chopsocky picture, seamlessly combining blistering martial arts brawls with generous doses of silly comedy and..."

July 26, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Master of the Flying Guillotine
"...Kang and Lung Kun Yee. This deceptively titled, cheapskate martial arts picture that seems to promise a follow-up to..."

Oct. 20, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
The directing debut of acclaimed kung fy choreographer Yuen also helped popularize the burgeoning “kung fu comedy” genre and it primary star, Jackie Chan.
"...the one-and-only Simon Yuen Hsaio-tien (Yuen Woo-ping's father and martial arts instructor), and their delightful chemistry here is every..."

Sept. 29, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Satin Steel
"...steamy sex, some frantic gunplay, a dash of mediocre martial arts fighting, and a few genuinely hair-raising stunts, and..."

Aug. 4, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Wing Chun
"...(Supercop: Police Story III) Yeoh, toplines this fun, period martial arts film, unique in its stylistic approach to both..."

July 1, 1994 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

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