Marc Savlov

Marc Savlov

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Anchorage Press , Austin Chronicle , Dallas Morning News
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4/5 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " All this might have become downright tedious were it not for the fact that Lithgow and Molina remain exquisitely watchable actors; their performances here are models of subtlety, especially when nothing all that dramatic is happening onscreen." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 88% The Drop (2014) " For all its scabby-edged brio and canine existentialism, The Drop falls just shy of genuine neo-noir nastiness. It barks, it even bites, but it fails to draw much blood from the viewer." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 11, 2014
0.5/5 14% Innocence (2014) " A bloodless and deathly dull portrait of a sweet, albeit damaged, young woman mired in the mundanities of prep-school life." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4/5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Frank Pavich's new documentary on the obsessive Chilean surrealist's projected epic masterwork is very nearly as marvelous as "Jodo"'s adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel might have been." — Austin Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " A welcome return for an artist who truly deserves the sobriquet El Maestro." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " A cinematic happening near-guaranteed to get under your skin and into your head for far longer than is comfortable." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/5 74% Oculus (2014) " While often visually striking and boasting a real sense of intellectual playfulness regarding the dreadful mirror, the film nonetheless fails to provide any real details on this darkened looking glass." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Sometimes more is less. At least, that's the case with this second volume of Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It remains a highlight of Marvel's bid for big-screen dominance, as well as a canny meditation on the perils of overprotective government agencies blithely swapping liberty and freedom for a tenuous sense of safety in a post-9/11 world." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " A father confessor to his benighted characters, von Trier may revel in the muck, but Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 is anything but a dirty movie." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " It's obvious in hindsight why Penn and Teller would be so drawn to this ethereally beautiful mystery: Their passion for all things seemingly magical, often mechanical, and always amazing is practically their trademark." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " Erich von Stroheim might have made the definitive film about human swinishness way back in 1924 -- sorry, Gordon Gekko -- but Cheap Thrills cuts deeper, darker, and straight to the bone." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 79% Grand Piano (2014) " The timbre and tone is one of relentless suspense, and Wood's slight frame and intense gaze are perfectly suited to the role." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It's a spectacle right down to its shattered ships and duplicitous warcraft, and this time out the story's been leavened and enlivened with plenty of old-school girl power." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " It speaks to both the head and the heart, and it is, in myriad ways, some of the best work the legendary animator has ever created." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/5 29% Pompeii (2014) " Wherefore art thou, Steve Reeves?" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/5 9% Vampire Academy (2014) " It's not a complete disaster, but even the appearance of Gabriel Byrne, as Lissa's uncle Victor, fails to make much of a dent in the slapdash proceedings." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
0.5/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " For those who haven't read the Mark Helprin novel on which Akiva Goldsman's film is based, prepare to be confused, annoyed, bewildered, and yet more annoyed by the director's inability to construct even the most basic of narrative fantasy romances." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3.5/5 69% Visitors (2014) " While this is patently not a film that big-box cineplexers are going to rush to in droves, Visitors remains a wondrous work of artistic achievement." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4/5 87% A Field in England (2014) " Shot in a mere 12 days, A Field in England feels like a film both Ingmar Bergman and Ken Russell could drool over." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " The only exception to the film's tone comes, not surprisingly, from Nighy, who artfully dredges up a miniscule portion of fun from the otherwise unfun proceedings." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/5 18% Devil's Due (2014) " It's certainly not the worst of the found-footage subgenre, but it's a far cry from its Sixties- and Seventies-era cinematic inspirations." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/5 44% Wrong Cops (2013) " It's tonally weird and totally forgettable." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/5 38% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Yeah, this movie's a dog, but you can't blame the producers for strip-mining the same old fool-proof formula to death... and beyond." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
0/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) " Grudge Match yells a lot and maniacally yanks at the heartstrings like a buzzard ripping out soft tissue, but even the in-ring battle choreography is abysmal. It's all pretty depressing, to be truthful." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " It's worth pointing out that The Legend Continues does a fine job of skewering the current tsunami of televised-news overload." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3.5/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Superior in nearly all ways to its predecessor, this second of Peter Jackson's epic adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's not-nearly-as-massive prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a welcome surprise." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3.5/5 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " The Punk Singer (and the formation of the Julie Ruin) offers a welcome return to, if not the fray, then certainly the front - where, as every rebel girl worth her combat boots knows, girls belong." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 86% Narco Cultura (2013) " It's impossible to watch Shaul Schwarz's grueling documentary about the Mexican drug wars and their influence on the whole of Mexican society without wondering how on earth such a hell on earth could have erupted right in our back yard." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 6, 2013
1.5/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " Zusak's film, as scripted by Michael Petroni, chucks out the novel's crisp, occasionally sublime storytelling in favor of huge swaths of maudlin melodrama and countless cloying wartime cliches." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 42% Oldboy (2013) " Lee does right by the story, or as right as the MPAA allowed him, but like so many Americanized versions of Asian groundbreakers, I ultimately found myself asking "Why?"" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Above all, and what sets it apart from other cinematic takes on the Beatified, is how much fun it is. It may end in tears, but then, don't all great love stories?" — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/5 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " The concoction works, despite -- or maybe because of -- its unjaded, fantastical familiarity." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " It's not Card's Game anymore, but it is about as close as we'll ever get." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/5 86% Shepard & Dark (2013) " There's much to savor in Wurmfeld's insightful and oft-melancholy film about two old friends who've maintained said friendship since 1963." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " An unsettling anti-noir with surrealist comic tinges." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/5 61% The Summit (2013) " It still works as a cautionary tale of man vs. nature hubris, but the endgame finger-pointing among survivors, their families, and one amazing Nepalese sherpa leaves the viewer frustrated." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3.5/5 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " The cast is uniformly excellent -- including an extended cameo by Top Gun's Kelly McGillis, QT regular Michael Parks, and genre director Larry Fessenden -- and is buoyed by a particularly unobtrusive yet unsettling score from Jeff Grace and Darren Morris." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/5 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " It's a prank and a spit in the eye of Disney's relentless cheerfulness. But director Randy Moore's pièce de résistance goes far beyond flipping the bird to the mouse that roars." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 11, 2013
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Just don't expect a classic of American independent cinema." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3.5/5 61% Bad Milo! (2013) " Call it odious, call it repugnant, call it downright nasty - just don't call it dumb." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) " This is a film spectacular enough to demand the full IMAX 3-D treatment." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2013
4/5 92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2013) " Alternating between color footage and the genius interplay of startlingly lovely sequences of Stanton singing and playing harmonica in granular black-and-white, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction perfectly captures the essence of the man." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " It's a veritable shoo-in for an Oscar nod this year, and one of the more disturbing films to come out of a major studio in ages." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
0.5/5 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Whannell's script is so rife with portentous backstory, third-act goofiness, and a denouement that practically screams Insidious 3: Same Old S---, that the film as a whole is jarring, and not in a good way." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/5 59% Riddick (2013) " Director Twohy gets plenty of ferocious mileage out of stranding a weaponless Riddick on an inhospitable planet and then letting the character do what he does best: seek and destroy. And destroy. And destroy." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 6, 2013
2/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " I'd gladly pay to see Jim Broadbent do pretty much anything, but even he can't save this taut, stylish, but finally meh foray into the shadowy landscape of high-echelon statecraft gone haywire." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/5 80% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " It's a hardscrabble, heartbreaking, love-and-death affair, and the fact that you just know it's going to end badly for all involved from the get-go does nothing to dispel the pleasure of watching Affleck and Mara swoon toward each other." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3.5/5 74% You're Next (2013) " It's fair to note a certain similarity to certain home-invasion films of recent make. In the end, however, Wingard's film is its own subset of fractious family crazy." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 23, 2013
2/5 27% Jobs (2013) " Jobs' remarkable life and persistently prickly personality are simply too complicated and his roller-coaster ride to the top of the personal-computing business is simply too crammed with improbable side trips and switchbacks to distill into 128 minutes." — Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 23, 2013
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