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Marc Savlov

Marc Savlov
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 45% Everything, Everything (2017) This is an above-average, young love weeper that somehow manages to hit all the genre notes in formal succession - yawn - but holds your interest by the remarkably nuanced performances of leads Stenberg and Robinson.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3.5/5 87% The Lovers (2017) All four leads bring their A-game to this very adult, very real comedy of midlife crises. Winger is as good here as she's ever been, and Letts, an actor whose face you know but whose name you can never quite remember, is terrific.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 67% The Wall (2017) Sandstorms, blood on the sand, a rickety, un-mortared wall, and the near-biblical remoteness of the Iraqi desert all conspire - along with their quizzical, chatty killer - to kill and kill again.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) All in all, it's a helluva fun ride and the platonic ideal of a Saturday afternoon matinee.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/5 74% Sleight (2017) There's more going on here than meets the eye, but Sleight's sleeveless heart beats true and conjures its characters to wild life.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
1.5/5 40% Phoenix Forgotten (2017) Phoenix Forgotten is borderline generic, desert-set found footage that apes the aforementioned Witchiness and genre constraints to a snooze-worthy T.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Lure (2016) This is one fish tale that's well nigh guaranteed to linger in the viewers' midnight memories long after its cinematic nocturnal emissions have unspooled.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/5 92% The Devil's Candy (2017) The Devil's Candy isn't particularly bloody in and of itself. It suggests acts of terrible evil far more than it shows, and is all the more intense for it. Highly recommended.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire is exactly what you think it is, yet more entertaining than it has any right to be. Add to that the Oscar-caliber editing... plus random moments of John Denver, and you have one of the smartest dumb shoot-'em-ups in years.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/5 79% Colossal (2017) Who would have thought Anne Hathaway plus giant-ass monsters plus booze would result in such a smart, genre-defying, femme self-actualization manifesto? Nacho Vigalondo, that's who.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/5 64% Gifted (2017) Gifted is a charming, deeply human film, so much so that complaining about its often well-trod plot points strikes me as downright curmudgeonly.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Ghost in the Shell feels hollow nonetheless, due in large part to its overreliance on standard Hollywood tropes. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
.5/5 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) This is sham feminism in the first degree no matter how colorful the animator's palette or how cool fire-breathing dragonflies are in 3-D.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/5 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) There's not a lot of shockingly new information per se, but watching Theroux filming covert Scientologists while they in turn film him, and so on, has its own sort of meta-charm.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/5 52% The Belko Experiment (2017) As a parable about the inherently dehumanizing aspects of the rat race, it's bloody good fun.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 0% All Nighter (2017) It's Netflix and chill fodder for sure, but even with its relatively short running time and Simmons' rampant charisma, All Nighter feels way too much like its own title, a soporific exercise in style over substance.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) This may be the most beautifully shot downer of the year, so woeful is its tone. That said, it's also a pulse-quickening thrill to see these wretched once-upon-a-time rebels going mad for the racket once again.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Comparisons to The Hurt Locker are unavoidable given the subject matter, but Land of Mine is the better film, and quite possibly an instant classic.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
100% Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press (2017) An ultimately chilling documentary that's nothing short of a wake-up call.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
3.5/5 92% Hounds of Love (2017) Hounds of Love is that rarest of cinematic beasts: a directorial debut that's not only tonally flawless but also manages to radically reimagine an entire genre.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
2.5/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) On the whole, though, Kong: Skull Island is great big dumb fun. It's also shockingly beautiful to look at when you aren't having creature guts flung into the camera.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
1/5 21% Collide (2017) In the end, Collide is a cheap genre product produced with an eye on foreign market box office. Wake me when Dominic Toretto torques his way into Havana.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1.5/5 10% 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 92% 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 6% 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 18% 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 96% 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 93% 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
84% 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 82% 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 83% 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 83% 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