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Marc Savlov

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 86% The Road Movie (2018) A relatively fun - if scattershot - commentary on how Russia's new middle class meets the older, tractor-driving traditionalists who refuse to give way to newcomers no matter where they're from.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/5 58% Peter Rabbit (2018) What makes this agitated update ultimately watchable is the obvious chemistry between Byrne and Gleeson and the honestly excellent CGI animation of Peter and company. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1.5/5 11% Winchester (2018) But the most disconcerting thing about Winchester is how grindingly tedious it is.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/5 72% Mom and Dad (2018) Only Christopher Walken comes close in terms of sheer, genius weird, but here it's hardly even a near miss, not even with a Louisville Slugger. [Nicholas] Cage owns this film, dead babies, ruinous chaos, and all.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
1.5/5 26% Proud Mary (2018) Kudos, though, to [Taraji P] Henson, who's mesmerizing to behold even in this drearily predictable bit of throwback blowback.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Mainly, though, Paddington 2 is a comic triumph chock-full of slapstick, heart, and hope. Well done, Mr. Paddington Brown, well done.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
2.5/5 33% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) That's not to say that this newest bit of Blumhouse cinematic deviltry is a masterful, or even borderline competent, shock show. It is, however, by turns entertaining, incomprehensible, goofy, and even on occasion unnerving.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
98% The Loved Ones (2012) Headed by [Jessica] McNamee as the spurned prom-bomb, [Sean] Byrne's debut feature defines "sick and wrong" in all the right ways.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
3/5 62% The Foreigner (2017) The Foreigner could've used less of Brosnan's bombast, frankly, and more of the mysterious Mr. Quan, but this dark-edged little razor blade of a film is ultimately a satisfying comeback for Chan. More, please.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) A surface viewing of the film makes it feel like this is one of Scott's lesser magnum opuses but on closer inspection this is a story that's all but contemporaneous given its through-line of amoral acquisitiveness. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
0.5/5 5% Just Getting Started (2017) If this is what the "golden years" are going to be like, count me out. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/5 71% Ferdinand (2017) Ferdinand doesn't really do justice to its evergreen and far less cluttered source material.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is a heartfelt and moving mash note to outsiders, misfits, and the creatures (or so says the status quo) walking among us.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/5 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) One of the best performances of Washington's career. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 97% Coco (2017) Forgiveness and love are but two sides of the same peso.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/5 87% Novitiate (2017) Leo owns the film. Even when she's not onscreen, the character's heavy, leaden love for her God by all means necessary hovers, wraithlike, over novitiates and viewers alike.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/5 85% Wonder (2017) It's more than a tad manipulative, but there's also a moral sweetness at the heart of the film that acts as a solid takeaway for kid viewers.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/5 100% The Work (2017) True, these hardest of the hard men are killers, kidnappers, and gangbangers, but watching them collapsing into shrieking and sobbing piles of fear, shame, and regret humanizes them, startlingly so.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/5 75% Una (2017) [Rooney Mara's] completely compelling.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/5 34% Jigsaw (2017) A marginally better entry into the franchise.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) You may want to bring a handkerchief, so boldly manipulative the movie ends up being, but for fans of Pooh and the power of art as therapy during times of existential crises, the story is never less than interesting and melodramatically well-done.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1/5 7% The Snowman (2017) The Snowman is a slog.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
1.5/5 34% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House is a frantic, over-detailed yawn.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) As Marston once put it, 'Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.' This reviewer concurs.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/5 83% Marshall (2017) [Chadwick] Boseman gives a sly interpretation of Marshall, simultaneously cocky, philandering, and charismatically crazy-smart.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 is chockablock with rich philosophical questions of what it means to be human and where the line between human and machine blurs into an unrecognizable haze.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
1.5/5 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) You'd think pairing Winslet and Elba... would produce more than this unfocused and borderline generic bit of survival theatre, but this is not the case.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2/5 20% Woodshock (2017) An unreliable narrator who never actually narrates things renders the film a stoney, red-eyed, albeit impeccably coutured mystery, but one that never quite sorts itself out.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 86% American Made (2017) Cynical though it may be, American Made is undeniably a whole lot of action-oriented fun. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3.5/5 82% Brad's Status (2017) [Mike] White and [Ben] Stiller go there and beyond, to slay the monsters of the id, while reveling skittishly in the perpetually neurotic human condition.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1.5/5 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Ninjago reeks of the dreaded marketing ploy, wherein a subset of LEGO's omnivorous, pop-cultural universe is shunted out into the public arena minus so much of the topical wit and actual emotion of the prior two films.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4.5/5 69% mother! (2017) It's brilliant, horrifying, dreamlike, and has a helluva lot on its mind. Chances are you'll be trying, in vain, to get it off your mind and out of your own dreams for some time to come.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/5 88% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) [Catherine] Deneuve and [Catherine] Frot, who are if not at the top of their game, then at least never less than fascinating to observe‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2.5/5 56% Lemon (2017) [Janicza] Bravo and co-writer/spouse [Brett] Gelman have crafted something so intentionally and self-reflexively off-putting that I'm still banging my head against the wall trying to figure out if it's comic gold or just lives up to its title.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 90% Marjorie Prime (2017) [Michael] Almereyda's CV is chock-full of daring, unique directorial choices, and this film is no exception.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) It is a white-knuckle horror show blessed with an R rating, by which I mean it doesn't have to rein in its gory, toothy terrors, like other, lesser, PG-13-rated King films must.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
1.5/5 25% Birth of the Dragon (2017) In what should have been dropped like a steaming bowl of kung fu yung at the first story session, screenwriters Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson instead put the romance front and center, dealing a death blow to the film's forward momentum.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 97% Menashe (2017) Menashe the film is so intimate and so nuanced in its depiction of the woes of Menashe the character that there's really no need for anything else. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3.5/5 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) This middle portion of In This Corner of the World, with its keenly realized depictions of the banal daily drudgery of rural Japanese life during ever-darkening days, is downright Ozu-esque but certainly never less than fascinating.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/5 63% Shot Caller (2017) Shot Caller is a curdled and rancid look at the American dream gone haywire.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) An Inconvenient Sequel does indeed speak truth to power, but the elephant in the room remains: The very powerful rarely pay attention to the utter truth.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
1.5/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) It's best for everyone if we all just patiently await the release of It and rewatch the first season of Stranger Things.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2.5/5 13% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) The Nut Job 2 is colorful, kid-friendly, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2.5/5 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) An earnest examination of personal conscience and the frequent necessity of the individual to monkey wrench the state. Or at least to try.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) There is zero "fake news" here.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4.5/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) I'd go so far to say that Dunkirk could easily serve as its own master class in the art of film editing. Add to that an absolutely terrifyingly discordant score from Hans Zimmer and the result is, well, a bona fide classic. Well done, sir, well done.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Of all three Apes movies, this is the most knowing, relatable, and intensely realized depiction of humanity's end and the hyper-intelligent chimps, gorillas, and orangutans' taking over the planet.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3.5/5 68% The Journey (2017) Spall and Meaney are mesmerizingly watchable in a film that's 40% gruff dialogue and 60% seething silences.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) For the first time, the most popular of all of Marvel's 1960s-era characters genuinely focuses less on the amazing and more on the boy behind the mask, and that's a welcome change of pace.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
1.5/5 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) A middling offering at best, it's time to retire Agent Gru and let him get on with domesticity. Who knows what skeletons might turn up in his garden plot?‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017