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Marc Savlov

Marc Savlov
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/5 9% Bitter Harvest (2017) [It's] gallows grim but far too often unnecessarily heavy-handed in a way that drives home the factual historical horrors it portrays while somehow managing to feel like a sizably budgeted but no less maladroit television movie of the week.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Simonischek, all ruddy, playful bearishness, and the amazing Hüller allow themselves to sink deep within these two characters, and the end result is nothing short of unforgettable.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) As befits their nominations for an Academy Award in the field of animation, the five chosen short films all boast some excellence in whichever style of animation - CG, woodcut, traditional cel - and storytelling they employ.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/5 100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) What these shorts do very well is speak to the times, with stories of resistance, refugees, and anxiety over our ever-advancing technology.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1.5/5 7% Rings (2017) Rings is an unfortunate and often incomprehensible mess that kicks off with a neat premise and then never fully explores it.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1.5/5 42% The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017) While it's got its charms, it's far from likely to bring in any new converts.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1.5/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Underworld initiates are highly recommended to have at least a passing acquaintance of the previous four films to suss out exactly what the myriad power plays going on here are all about.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/5 63% One Piece Film: Gold (2017) So much plot is crammed into the film's relatively lengthy 120 minutes that it can be downright confounding trying to figure out who's a good guy and who's the villain.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 95% Moana (2016) Who knew the Rock could belt out giddy showstoppers like an old Broadway ham?‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
3/5 86% Lion (2016) An exciting, old-school explorer's tale well told (for the most part).‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) It is, in its own way, a eulogy not just to Camelot but to the American dream itself. It is grace in the midst of madness.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 93% Fences (2016) Fences crackles with spitfire dialogue, blazing emotions, and worn-down, gut-punched humanity.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
3 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Like an Imperial Star Destroyer, it starts off slow and somewhat clunky, but by the time the mind-blowing third act arrives, it's all a fan can do not to stand up and cheer.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/5 94% Slash (2016) Slash paints a sometimes brutally honest picture of what it's like to feel that you're the only one of your kind, but the film tackles various heady topics with a light, winning touch.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's a ravishingly gorgeous film, and Gyllenhaal in particular gives a howlingly good performance.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) What really stays stuck in your memory long after the movie has ended and the world has been saved, or just as likely not, is the ache at the heart of the world Villeneuve has created.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3.5/5 95% Gimme Danger (2016) Both fans and newcomers to the Stooges will leave with the hairs on their inner ears singed (thanks partly to the film's particularly forceful sound design) and a song in their heart, even if that song is "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell."‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
1.5/5 74% Trolls (2016) There's nary a hint of the original Troll dolls' disconcerting unearthliness in this utterly tame although vibrantly animated feature from DreamWorks Animation.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Defiantly not your everyday Avengers movie, Doctor Strange instead inhabits the same franchise universe with an outré panache.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
86% The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017) Smoczynska handles it all with death-sexy panache, aided and abetted in this superior catch by some drop dead sexy cinematography from Jakub Kijowski, and a boatload of seriously eye-popping setpieces. More, please.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
2.5/5 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) Supersonic tells a frankly familiar tale, charting the rapid rise and stuttering stoppage of one of the great UK moments in post-Thatcher history.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3.5/5 80% We Are X (2016) The creation of capital A Art and the possibility of physical and spiritual salvation via the creative act is the heart and soul of both Kijak's stupendous doc, but man, X just flat out rocks. Prepare to be blown away.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 64% Antibirth (2016) It's a scrappy debut with a standout performance from Lyonne, who manages to be sympathetic even while she drinks her way into further circles of hell, and a terrific return to form for Meg Tilly as well.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/5 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Not so much horrific as it is just skeletons-in-the-basement creepy, this is a shuddery fun surprise for horror fans, who by the way should stick around until the closing credits are done for a special (if inevitable) trick or treat.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4.5/5 100% Tower (2016) I rarely, if ever, use the cliche "a must-see movie," but in this case it's entirely apropos.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 82% Denial (2016) The final verdict, of course, is a matter of historical record, but Denial brings with it so many parallels to contemporary issues of huge lies and great truths that its message is all the more resonant. Well done.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/5 60% Desierto (2016) It's a short, sharp shock that never generates enough emotion toward anyone onscreen to make it the thriller it tries mightily to be.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 98% Under The Shadow (2016) To paraphrase Talking Heads, life during wartime ain't no party, especially if you're stuck in Tehran at the tail end of the Iran-Iraq war in the late Eighties. That's the predicament facing the family at the heart of this nervy little haunter.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/5 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is simply too much of a good thing crammed into a single movie. It's a phantasmagorical chase movie that rarely takes a breather long enough for you to enjoy the sights along the way.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 92% Demon (2016) Not only an instant genre classic but also an astute and affecting rumination on the notion that the shades of the past are always with us and can disrupt us to the point of personal and societal collapse.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/5 38% Come What May (2016) The plight of wartime refugees has rarely if ever looked so picture-postcard perfect as it does in this well-intentioned but ultimately plodding and far too painterly period melodrama.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 35% Blair Witch (2016) Ultimately, perhaps unavoidably, unsatisfying.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/5 94% Starving The Beast (2016) Starving the Beast does an admirable job of making even the most arcane of arguments and abstruse alliances plain and clear.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/5 65% The Land (2016) The Land isn't a perfect film, but it is a hell of a good start, and director Caple Jr. -- and his young cast -- are artists to keep an eye on, for sure.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
1/5 0% The Disappointments Room (2016) The Disappointments Room lives (and dies) up to its name.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) It's in the way he and his rock-solid cast spin it, thrillingly, that makes Oliver Stone's Snowden the top-notch nail-biter that it is.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/5 85% Sully (2016) Eastwood keeps his direction lean and mean. There's not an ounce of wasted screen time in Sully's 96 minutes, but the story, an example of "truth is stranger than fiction," has all the thrust it needs, and then some.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/5 70% Uncle Kent 2 (2016) Woefully melodramatic, full of overused, poetic asides, and feels much longer than its relatively brief running time. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) A nuanced, thoughtful portrait of the artist as a youngish man (at 56, he retains the philosophically questing mind of a writer-director half his age).‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2/5 87% Phantom Boy (2016) Missing is the narrative and emotional cohesiveness that would likely have led to [Phantom Boy] being [more] engaging and memorable.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/5 91% Zero Days (2016) Unnerving and likely to give viewers some bitter food for thought, Zero Days is Gibney's most important work yet.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
1.5/5 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Hey Fox, give Scrat his own feature already, and then let the great die-off commence.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
1.5/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Honestly, I could watch Goldblum and Gainsbourg -- two of the most quirkily sublime multihypenate artists alive -- reading phonebooks to each other and enjoy the experience thoroughly, but sadly even they seem wasted here.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) This documentary is the sort of film that will leave both young and old(er) film fans grinning like the boys (and one girl) who dreamed the whole fantastic, mad scheme up in the first place.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) A gorgeous, hot mess of CGI motion-capture and live action that, while true to the anarchic spirit of the original comics, is also 99% overkill in virtually all respects.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Refreshingly, there's nary a cheap scare manifested in this Conjuring, although the unspoken corollary to that is that The Conjuring 2 just isn't very scary, or even unnerving.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
0/5 28% Warcraft (2016) The bloated and blinkered Warcraft is officially, in my tally, the single worst film of the year across the genre board.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/5 98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) Director Hoover utilizes some tricky spot-focus to draw the audience in, and the grim yet entirely appropriate score by Atticus Ross provides a perfect complement to the events unfolding onscreen.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 71% Holy Hell (2016) Allen's film is as much a self-reckoning as it is a cautionary tale for other spiritual seekers, and as such it offers invaluable insights into how cults -- and especially cults of personality -- function and grow.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
No Score Yet Excess Flesh (2015) Comparisons to Polanski's more paranoid moments (Repulsion) are not unwarranted, and the whole hallucinogenic affair vibes like a Richard Kern shoot gone terribly wrong.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016