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‘Take This Waltz’ masterfully takes on romantic drama

August 17, 2012

“Take This Waltz” Directed by Sarah Polley Magnolia Pictures (116 mins.) Many know “Take This Waltz” writer/director Sarah Polley only in an acting capacity, and she’s...


Local theaters bring flair to Austin movie scene

The Daily Texan Staff August 6, 2012

Alamo Drafthouse One of the signature Austin movie chains, the Alamo Drafthouse's mixture of food, beer and great movies has left a definitive footprint on the developing Austin movie scene. CEO Tim...


‘Killer Joe’ entertains with black humor

Alex Williams August 3, 2012

It’s rare that a film slapped with an NC-17 rating doesn’t opt to defang a bit, since the cultural stigma that comes with the rating can be a death sentence. But thankfully, William Friedkin’s...


Comedy ‘The Watch’ is easy film to watch

Alex Williams July 27, 2012

Vince Vaughn had something of a hot streak in the early 2000s, and it was one of those rare moments where a star’s schtick is perfectly utilized in several roles in just the right order. Flicks like...


Batman returns in the trilogy’s brilliant finale

Alex Williams July 20, 2012

Has there been a film this year more anticipated than “The Dark Knight Rises?” Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman saga has lent an unprecedented level of prestige to the superhero...

Director captures audience with follow-up film

Alex Williams July 15, 2012

“Extraterrestrial” Directed by Nacho Vigalondo Vértigo Films; 90 mins. Aliens invasion sideshow in comedic film’s character study Nacho Vigalondo is a mainstay of...

Film’s fantastical elements, cast result in moving experience

Alex Williams July 15, 2012

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Directed by Benh Zeitlin Fox Searchlight; 91 mins. Filmmakers are often drawn to the great cities of the world as their locations precisely because of the distinctness...


Director rebounds with brutal and daring ‘Savages’

Alex Williams July 6, 2012

Oliver Stone is a prolific director, but our generation hasn’t been privy to his best work. His unique bits of Americana mostly hit theaters in the ‘80s, with the director doing his best work...


Carnal film offers more than thongs

Alex Williams July 2, 2012

“Magic Mike” is director Steven Soderbergh’s third film in nine months, and it’s remarkable that he hasn’t burned himself out yet. After “Contagion,” a sprawling...


New characters rescue familiar superhero film

Alex Williams June 29, 2012

Back when Sony announced “The Amazing Spider-Man” as a reboot of the franchise after director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire bailed on a potential fourth installment, they might have been...


Rotten characters, juvenile script doom ‘Ted’

Alex Williams June 29, 2012

Seth MacFarlane has always had a distinct comedic style, full of non sequiturs, pop culture references and casual tastelessness, developed in his small empire of animated programs broadcast by Fox. With...


‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ entertains without surprising

Alex Williams June 25, 2012

A film with a title like “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is going to have to fight very hard to earn anything but a derisive snort, simply for its audaciously silly title. Fortunately, the...

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