Austin American-Statesman

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Rating Title/Year Author
Out of Africa (1985) Patrick Taggart The movie is a beauty to look at and has been staged and assembled with loving care by its director, Sydney Pollack, who has yet to make an unattractive film. And yet Our of Africa just lays there, a victim of its own toney pretension and bloated length. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
A- Promising Young Woman (2020) Eric Webb A particularly brutal final half-hour might test even the most open-minded viewer, but "Promising Young Woman" won't let you look away in the end. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Flaming Youth (1923) Statesman Staff Colleen Moore, one of the most piquant actresses on the screen, established herself in a niche well up among the most popular stars In the cinema world with her Incomparable interpretation- of the flapper role enacted in H-laming Youth. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
B- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Eric Webb Most of "Wonder Woman 1984" is a shiny, star-spangled spree with real heart and humor, avoiding some of its predecessor's more dark-and-dour weak spots. So, feel that joy. Turn off your brain for a few minutes. It's not gonna hurt. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) John Bustin The main fact of the matter is that the Golden Arm film isn't by any means the sort of thing that has to depend on widespread sensationalism to get on record as both an unusual and a noteworthy picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980) Patrick Taggart The film is a monument to car wreckage, with a tip of the hat to rhythm and blues. If you've seen the preview, you've seen the movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/4 The Joy Luck Club (1993) Michael MacCambridge Hats off to Wang... and pass the Kleenex, please. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Howard the Duck (1986) Patrick Taggart If there is any Justice, Howard the Duck brings us to the end of the line of special effects comedies. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
D+ Stardust (2020) Eric Webb If at around this point you're thinking that Todd Haynes' mythic pseudo-Bowie riff "Velvet Goldmine" already covered this ground expertly: yes. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
B+ Happiest Season (2020) Eric Webb If you're expecting a cozy comedy of errors, "Happiest Season" isn't really that. It's more like a tragicomedy, where you watch a queer woman who's borne her share of punches in life suffer a series of indignities in the name of frictionless cheer. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
The Fall of a Nation (1916) Statesman Staff Opinions may differ as to the how this production ranks with The Birth of a Nation and The Battle Cry of Peace, but there can be no doubt that it is an excellent production and well worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
Home of the Brave (1949) Jo Ann Eidom It's a picture worth seeing and thinking about, hard. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
B+ Monsoon (2019) Eric Webb It could stand to stage whisper just a little louder at times. But, sure enough, Golding's got the charisma to hold up the taciturn ramble of an indie drama just as well as a rom-com. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
B+ Save Yourselves! (2020) Eric Webb Fischer and Wilson tackle the challenge of "millennial Armageddon film" with whip-smart care. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
B Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Eric Webb There are less excellent ways to spend your time. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/4 Panic in the Streets (1950) Dudley Early If you are n fingernail chewer, the excitement and suspense of this film will have you eating your nails down to the knuckle. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
2/4 The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Dudley Early Asphalt Jungle is a realistic, well directed, well written story of the underworld. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
1/4 Buccaneer's Girl (1950) Dudley Early Philip Friend, the buccaneer of the piece, is a newcomer. He makes a dashing pirate who leads a double life, but he deserved a more advantageous introduction. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
Pinky (1949) Dudley Early It is a thought provoking picture, a moving story and a film that certainly rates the wide acclaim which has been given it. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
All the King's Men (1949) Dudley Early It is as penetrating as a searchlight and as strong as a jolt of straight alcohol. There is no compromise with reality, no sentimentality, it is hard and honest and immensely satisfying. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
0/4 Woman on Pier 13 (1950) Dudley Early This is pure propaganda, heavy-handed and dull. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
2/4 Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) Dudley Early The whole thing builds to a logical'conclusion. with suspense along the way. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
On Our Merry Way (1948) Dudley Early Obviously, no expense was spared to make this a humdinger and a bell ringer. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Dudley Early So much has been said and written about this picture that we pass it along to you with only the comment that we have never heard a word said against it. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
A- Boys State (2020) Eric Webb [I]t's an exciting, chilling thing that this documentary does, to decontextualize American power from all the traditional theater. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The Right Girls (2020) Eric Webb Less a feat of filmmaking and more a body of evidence in support of empathy, Timothy Wolfer's documentary "The Right Girls" dares you to care. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
Temple Grandin (2010) Dale Roe Danes so completely immerses herself in her character that her performance becomes refreshingly free of actorly artifice. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
5/5 All About Eve (1950) Dudley Early Betty Davis gives the finest performance of her career. If there was ever any doubt in your mind that she was one of the greatest of screen actresses, her performance here will dissipate ail doubt. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
I Was a Male War Bride (1949) Dudley Early This picture lives up to its advance notice: It is a very funny motion picture. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) Dudley Early In She Wore a Yellow Ribbon [John Wayne] is nothing short of superb. It is a performance that should, in all right, be a challenger for the Academy award. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949) Dudley Early We are sorry to report that this is about as silly a concoction as has yet come out of Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) Dudley Early The entire cast is excellent. The somber mood of the story is accentuated in the photography, by George Barnes As might be expected, O'Neill's dialogue is brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
Chicago Deadline (1949) Dudley Early The film has some good performances and some fairly exciting moments. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
Easy Living (1949) Dudley Early A movie far above the average, it just misses being a fine picture. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
The Red Shoes (1948) Dudley Early On the whole, it is a fine motion picture, missing greatness through too many defects. However, the Ballet of the Red Shoes, is one of the finest sequences ever shown on any screen, anywhere. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
B- The King of Staten Island (2020) Eric Webb Your Pete Davidson mileage may vary, but "The King of Staten Island" makes a strong case that he's built to go the distance. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
Twelve O'Clock High (1949) Dudley Early A very satisfying motion picture, 12 O'Clock High does not quite get over that indefinable line which marks the beginning of greatness. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Dear Wife (1949) Dudley Early If it's a light, amusing picture of family life you want, then this is your dish. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
The Outlaw (1943) Dudley Early It is safe to Outlaw hadn't had the reams publicity due to the censorship fight over certain scenes, it would have passed practically unnoticed. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
2/4 No Man of Her Own (1950) Dudley Early This is a better than average movie. It gives Barbara Stanwyck a chance to display her talents, which she does to good advantage. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
2/4 Stranger in the House (1992) Dudley Early Raimu, however, is such an actor that his performances are delights to watch. This performance is no exception. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
2/4 In a Lonely Place (1950) Dudley Early Bogey has got himself a pretty good picture here, the best he has had of the last several. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Le choc du futur (2019) Matt Shiverdecker The title itself translates to "The Shock of the Future" in English, and this is a breezy and enjoyable film for music nerds and gearheads. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
My Darling Vivian (2020) Matt Shiverdecker "Walk The Line" may have had you believe she was just a footnote in his life, but this new documentary by Matt Riddlehoover gives Vivian a platform from which to tell her side of the story. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
C Spaceship Earth (2020) Eric Webb The film's fatal flaw might indeed be its subjects. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
A- Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Eric Webb Helmed by director Cathy Yan in her first big-budget super-outing, the movie is just too much @#$% fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
B+ 1917 (2019) Joe Gross Both a snapshot and a meditation, "1917" is a well-executed glimpse of humanity's ultimate futility. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
B- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Joe Gross So "Rise" will work for lots of folks. But what once felt expansive now feels hermetic, referring only to itself. That happens sometimes, even to families that once seemed so vital and fascinating to outsiders. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
A Amazing Grace (2018) Matt Shiverdecker This is a portrait of an artist at her peak and her most vulnerable, singing praise to the heavens. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
A- Waves (2019) Eric Webb Waves is an exquisite machine. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019