Marc Savlov

Marc Savlov
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 53% 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 40% 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
90% 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 69% 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 93% 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 70% 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 62% 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 57% 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
2/5 74% The House of Tomorrow (2018) It's so amiably predictable that you end up wanting to throw some Motörhead at it, just to see what happens. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 93% Revenge (2018) Equal parts feminist empowerment manifesto and raging red Grand Guignol heart-stopper, Revenge is, in the end, a dish best served up with cold blue steel and righteous rivers of sauce au sang. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) If you desire a female empowering musical manifesto with both claws and kisses, here it is. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1.5/5 33% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Super Troopers 2 is a movie out of time and out of sync with comedy in 2018. It might have managed the success of its precursor, if only it had been released in 2002. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1.5/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) I didn't glance at my watch even once, but only because my eyes were glued to the screen in bemused bafflement as I waited for something - anything - new and terrifying to happen to the usual bevy of interchangeable doomed teens. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 22% Submergence (2018) Submergence - despite much lovesick gravitas from its two leads - never quite coalesces into the epic romance that it should. It fizzles when it should ignite, leaving the viewer with a palpable yearning for something other than a shrug. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 70% Gemini (2018) [Aaron] Katz's longtime cinematographer Andrew Reed renders the L.A. nightscape in forbidding blues, purples, and shades of crimson that visually, at least, recall early Italian maestros Bava and Argento. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) All three leads give subtly wrenching performances that wouldn't have been out of place in Ingmar Bergman's oeuvre. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
1.5/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Boyega and newcomer Spaeny give it their all; but let's just face the fact that, just like porn, giant monster movies are all about the climax. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018