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Marc Savlov

Marc Savlov
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Eye in the Sky maintains nerve-racking suspense throughout its running time and explicates some of the unknown nuances of drone warfare. Plus, you know, Alan Rickman is reason enough to see it. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2.5/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle feels like an antic 1930s screwball comedy compared to Zack Snyder's seriously patience-trying Sturm und Drang that signifies, well, nothing much, apart from the dawn of the forthcoming Justice League. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 23, 2016
75% Beware the Slenderman (2016) Oscar-nominated director Brodsky does a superb job; this is one of those rare documentaries that you simply can't not watch, horrific and deeply disturbing though it may be ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 22, 2016
3/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) The film stumbles a bit in the end, when the exact nature of the perils within and without are made clear, but up until that point, 10 Cloverfield Lane is scarily suspenseful stuff. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2016
0.5/5 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) This is Baron Cohen's worst film, period. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2016
No Score Yet The Bandit (2016) Moss' doc doesn't just focus on Needham's directorial debut, but digs deep into the early careers of both men. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2016
77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) Suffice to say, this departure from West's usual run of seriously freaky spook shows is a brilliant piece of work, cordite-scented sorrow and last-laugh gags stabbed through with a discernible lust for life. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 15, 2016
3/5 87% The Club (El Club) (2016) The Club isn't an easy film to sit through (certainly not if the viewer is Catholic) but it's a dramatically important and deeply contemporary piece of work. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2.5/5 90% The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016) Brawny, occasionally comical anime epic is best seen on the big screen, where the superior sound design and Masakatsu Takagi's bombastically action-centric score can be fully appreciated. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 3, 2016
1/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) This movie is appallingly bad in every conceivable way. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3.5/5 98% Zootopia (2016) Easily one of Disney's more imaginative and detail-oriented CGI offerings in a while, Zootopia uses the classic tropes of anthropomorphized animals and comic references to pop-culture touchstones to slyly puzzle out what it means to be "civilized." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2.5/5 51% Risen (2016) As far as this sort of movie goes, you could do a lot worse. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) It's a harrowing reminder of exactly why we must never forget. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3.5/5 100% Only Yesterday (2016) Handkerchiefs should be considered essential for viewing this lovely, overlooked-in-the-U.S. addition to Takahata and Ghibli's already perfect CV. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 25, 2016
3.5/5 91% The Witch (2016) A near-masterpiece of creeping dread and hallucinatory imagery. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 18, 2016
1/5 12% The Choice (2016) Go back and re-watch Nick Cassavetes' vastly superior The Notebook. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3.5/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) This new, more optimistic iteration of the previously shrill and often angry polemicist Moore is welcome. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) It's both more and less than the sum of its parts, but its never less than thoroughly watchable. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2/5 27% The Boy (2016) Just another spooky doll movie that fails to fall far enough into the darkness. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 63% The Finest Hours (2016) A rather breathtaking two hours. Well done. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2.5/5 56% Lazer Team (2016) Goofy good fun, especially for fans of Eighties sci-fi and those who realize that not every gag you throw at the audience is going to be a comic landmark ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 94% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) Encapsulating the sheer, wonderful strangeness of Boy and the World in a written review is difficult. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/5 79% Ip Man 3 (2016) Doesn't quite rise to the dizzying heights of the first two films, but then again, this will almost certainly be your only chance to see Mike Tyson go up against Donnie Yen. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/5 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) A weird mix of pseudo-jingoism and Bay's usual bombastic firepower, 13 Days ends up being a straight-up war film without an actual war in it. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3.5/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Rather than find a way for opposing ideas to coexist and overlap in the same scene, Russell's movie staggers from one theme to the next, shrilly insisting all along the way that the viewer feel something. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/5 74% Youth (2015) Rumination and regret dominate the proceedings, but the exquisite visual splendor of the film is a character in its own right and lightens the tone just enough to keep it from tipping over into the maudlin. Certain perfect sequences stay with you. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) As a nostalgia trip that knows exactly what die-hard Star Wars fans want and then layers in some memorable new characters, The Force Awakens is exactly what it needs to be: an old-school Saturday afternoon sci-fi matinee writ big. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/5 65% Krampus (2015) Krampus is the gift that keeps on creeping. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Director Howard, his actors, and indeed the entire salty sweep of the film are all aided tremendously by visual-effects supervisor Jody Johnson and his team's spectacular combination of live action and flawless, awe-inspiring CGI creations. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/5 97% Theeb (2015) Viewed from the perspective of this young Bedouin, Theeb presages both the treacherous partitioning of Arab lands at the end of the Great War, as well as all the terrible echoes of the colonialism that continue to plague us today. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3.5/5 72% The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) (2015) It's a rush, albeit a dark and ever more disturbing one, kind of like taking some bad acid and mainlining Seijun Suzuki's greatest hits while being battered about the face and neck by a gang of yakuza thugs rolling hard on equally awful ecstasy. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 24% Victor Frankenstein (2015) Nods to Jack Pierce's iconic, Karloffian monster design of 1931, Victorian opium consumption, and even Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein pop out all over the place, nicely placed and often when you least expect them. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Nov 24, 2015
1/5 13% Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) You've seen all this before, so much so that very little of it results in the actual jump-out-of-your-seat shocks that peppered the previous five films. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2.5/5 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Politics is a dirty business and Our Brand Is Crisis keeps its hands far too clean. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/5 78% GoldenEye (1995) Check your political correctness at the door and have a blast -- this is the best Bond since The Spy Who Loved Me. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2/5 9% Rock the Kasbah (2015) Murray completists -- I count myself among them -- will flock to it, but will probably come away disappointed at how not-weird this oddball film actually is. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2015
1.5/5 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Director Eisner helmed the excellent remake of George R. Romero's The Crazies back in 2010, but this film shows none of the lunatic flair for the ghastly that the previous film so easily served up. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/5 90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) Bone Tomahawk is as creepily vicious as the title implies. And it's Russell's best work in years. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2.5/5 71% Crimson Peak (2015) Crimson Peak's disjointed, laggy storyline renders it second-tier del Toro. Which is, of course, first-tier anyone else. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/5 92% 99 Homes (2015) I wish I could say 99 Homes delivers a shockingly good sucker punch to the American electorate and a stand-up-and-cheer piece of socially conscious filmmaking, but it's not. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) Yakuza Apocalypse is Miike at the top of his game, breaking cinematic rules at every chance while crafting seriously subversive cinema that defangs both the real-world Yakuza, the Japanese government, and, heaven help us, Sanrio, too. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 86% Deathgasm (2015) It's the rare over-the-top horror show that's also brimming with heart. Even if that heart is being ripped from somebody's chest. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/5 94% Rosenwald (2015) Despite its overlong running time and a tendency towards the dreaded "PBS Effect," this documentary... is dependably fascinating. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3.5/5 90% Coming Home (2015) For a film with only three main players, Coming Home feels gargantuan in its emotional toll on the characters and audience alike. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Oct 1, 2015
1/5 26% Captive (2015) Yawn. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 24, 2015
1.5/5 33% The Green Inferno (2015) Ultimately, it's only marginally more disturbing than finding a fingernail in your bloody red burger. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 24, 2015
100% Breaking A Monster (2016) Breaking a Monster is - weirdly, appropriately - the obverse of the Metallica doc Some Kind of Monster: Sweet, savvy kids aiming to take on fame despite the surreality of the situation and all that that entails. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/5 45% Cooties (2015) It's fun, but it's no Class of Nuke 'Em High. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 17, 2015
100% They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016) Social journalism of the highest order, They Will Have to Kill Us First is by turns horrific and front-loaded with sonic heroism. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3.5/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) No spoilers here, just an advisement that you may want to refill your Xanax prescription prior to seeing this one. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 10, 2015