Marc Savlov

Marc Savlov
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 87% Riot Girls (2019) Riot Girls doesn't disappoint in the mayhem department, and as a meta-story about female empowerment in an increasingly threatening "men's world," this wild and woolly take on teen-angsters past would make Furiosa herself cheer. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) Sure, It Chapter Two runs nearly three hours long, but unless you suffer from sciatica or, God help you, coulrophobia, it's a helluva ride and a fitting capstone to the best cinematic Stephen King adaptation in recent memory. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) It's a rare documentary indeed that so expertly captures the singular essence of its subject, and [Molly] Ivins is restored to vivid and vital life, if not in the flesh than in the mind and spirit. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Six years in the making, Cold Case Hammarskjöld is by far [Mads] Brügger's most ambitious and engrossing documentary. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) This lifelong lover of all things dark, dank, and dreadful thinks that it could have been so much more effective sans the pointed polemics. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Firmly rooted in the Tarantinoverse, Once Upon a Time is an elegiac mash note to Hollywood 1969, at times sublimely, almost surrealistically moving while simultaneously managing to be the director's funniest and least violent film to date. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 98% Maiden (2019) [Alex] Holmes' documentary is as inspirational and empowering as it is frothily exhilarating. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Director [Michael] Dowse has some terrific comedies on his CV, but the mildly, kinda/sorta-entertaining-if-you've-got-nothing-better-to-do Stuber isn't one of them. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Vigorous and forever fierce, and sporting a range of talents so impressive as to be virtually incomprehensible to us lesser creatives and activists who nonetheless seek our own artistic destinies, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is required viewing. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2.5/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die feels like something of a minor comic note in the director's curriculum vitae, but it's not without its pleasures. And like [George] Romero's genre classic, social commentary, satirical and otherwise, abounds. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Let's be honest... you're here to see giant monsters knock the stuffing out of each other while laying waste to mankind's manifold metropolises. In this regard, Godzilla: King of the Monsters does not disappoint. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
100% Everybody's Everything (2019) It's a cautionary, melancholic tale of the incessant demand de rigueur of 24/7/365 internet celebrity. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Any initially out-of-nowhere action franchise that can maintain this bedeviling level of elaborate and exhilarating complexity is a welcome addition/addiction to an otherwise musclebound genre currently in thrall to the Marvel-ous. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) Carmine Street Guitars is an affectionate, somewhat elegiac glimpse into a master and a craft that, like so much of the surrounding neighborhood, is steadily being corporately gentrified. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 100% The River and the Wall (2019) By the end of this epic and thoughtful expedition, you're left with the unmistakable feeling that some things should and indeed must remain unsullied by cheap Washington grandstanding and election year promises. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 76% Family (2019) Family succeeds, for the most part, because of and not despite the sheer familiarity of its hoary storyline. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006) It's as if someone had thrown a whole lot of money at Ed Wood and let him go wild, minus the angora. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4/5 100% Black Mother (2019) Like the culturally complex and often overwhelming island nation itself, Black Mother is a haunting and singular experience unlike any other. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) Leads Henson (barely recognizable under a mountain of Tyler Perry-esque practical makeup) and Rockwell turn in top-notch, emotion-laden performances, buoyed by a supporting cast of equally fine character actors. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 94% The Mustang (2019) The Mustang, Clermont-Tonnerre's impressive debut feature, is a slow-burning, tightly coiled character study of felony offender Roman Coleman (Bullhead's Schoenaerts). - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Ruben Brandt, Collector is an intricately plotted, hyper-stylized piece of eye candy with art - the love of, the need for, the inability to escape from - at its wildly beating heart. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
88% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Echoes of... Rosemary's Baby and The Tenant-era Polanski run throughout the film but Daniel Isn't Real is very much its own distinct fever dream of chimerical unease. Highly recommended. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 79% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) The filmmakers amusingly cross-cut between The Great Passion Play and drag queens... and a minor tangent involving infamous homophobe and citrus fanatic Anita Bryant is downright heartwarming. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's far more entertaining and downright crafty than expected. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Ultimately, it's a you-are-there time capsule of enormous emotional and historical importance. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1.5/5 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan's meta-conversation with a nowadays superhero-saturated audience feels overbearing and rote. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/5 45% Second Act (2018) Inoffensive and unremarkable. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
1.5/5 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Wallows in elementary-school pratfalls and sophomoric, unfunny farce for the duration of its running time. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) Director Knight keeps the film lively, funny, and - perhaps most importantly - easy to follow. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 100% Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018) For those who, like me, adore his life's work, it's a precious and fascinating glimpse into the inner life of the world's greatest living animator. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 91% Mirai (2018) Hosoda and his team at Studio Chizu match the weighty narrative issues - parents in the audience would be well advised to bring a tissue or two - with enthralling and inventive animation that only serves to up the overall emotional impact of Mirai. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/5 71% Dead Man (1995) Beautifully shot in high contrast black-and-white, Dead Man fails not because of any one particular flaw, but instead stumbles, caught in a quagmire of metaphysical constructs and Western lore. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) The creeping sense of menace created by Edgerton and his cast escalates deliberately, bit by bit, until it's all you can do not to white-knuckle your armrest. Yes, Boy Erased is a horror movie. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 89% Bodied (2018) Bodied is a comedy of ill manners, fraught as it is with a veritable encyclopedia of contemporaneous qualms confronted and contested with some seriously dope hustle and flow. Tag this one #badassseriousfun. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1.5/5 37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Alack and alas, Johnny English Strikes Again is an inoffensive collection of zanily mediocre pratfalls and shenanigans, with Atkinson continuing his presumably by now patented schtick and very little else. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/5 51% Doomsday (2008) [It] may not have anything new to bring to the gallows, but what it does have is Marshall's deadly serious tone (one suspects Marshall could direct Robin Williams and Christopher Walken in Waiting for Godot and come out of it with his genre cred intact) - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
1/5 9% Shutter (2008) The very Thai-specific charms that made the original such an unforeseen, unpredictable delight when I first saw it are almost entirely absent here. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/5 63% The Oath (2018) For a first-time director like Barinholtz, The Oath is more than impressive. Tonally, it goes all over the place, but that only serves to keep the audience as off-balance as the characters onscreen. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2/5 56% Quarantine (2008) Quarantine is a one-note nightmare. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) he Hate U Give is a devastating triumph and powerful emotional critique of the current racial zeitgeist in America today and deserves to be seen by everyone, no matter which side of the color barrier you're on. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween knows what its target demographic wants but also resonates with adult audiences, thanks to the zippy plot and across-the-board excellent performances from the totally game cast. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
0/5 27% Night School (2018) It's more than enough to say that hijinks ensue, precious few of them eliciting even the grimmest chuckle. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
1/5 14% Life Itself (2018) Much like life itself, This Is Us creator Fogelman's decades-spanning, multigenerational mashup of intertwined, tragic romances is, in the end, much ado about nothing much at all. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4.5/5 91% Mandy (2018) There's gore galore, but even, or maybe especially, at its most pitch-black, nightmare moments, Mandy beats with a heart of genuine love, the only emotion that can make a human being hate so very terribly much. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 61% Operation Finale (2018) Operation Finale has the too-slow-burn of Argo-lite. Best intentions aside, director Weitz simply can't seem to master the high-stakes gambit of what is essentially an international kidnapping. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/5 92% Searching (2018) Searching may strike older viewers as a novel experimental film, but more importantly it's a genuine white-knuckling exploration of our relationship with disruptive technology and how that impacts one average American family's daily life. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/5 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) Nina Moran is a standout as the queer Skate Kitchen badass: With her backward b-ball cap, loud surfer shirts, and long blond hair, she could've kickflipped into Moselle's movie directly from Stacy Peralta's four-wheeled, SoCal history lesson Dogtown. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) Yes, the CGI Meg is reasonably horrifying, but then so was Charlie the Tuna and, come to think of it, Flipper...The Meg is simply mediocre, PG-13 monster-moviemaking at its mind-numbing kinda/sorta best-ish. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/5 46% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) Some musicals are guaranteed audience-pleasers. How to Talk to Girls at Parties is an audience-divider if ever there was one. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4.5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed hums disquietingly along at Schrader's own clockwork pace which, like Hawke's mesmerizing performance, is austere, stoic, and ultimately self-destructive. It's a glorious piece of filmmaking... - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018