Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

“The Debt” carries strong build up, ambiguous end

Alex Williams August 31, 2011

Ever since its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival almost a year ago, things certainly haven’t been easy for “The Debt.” After all, it was a major awards player before its premiere...

“Colombiana” falls short even by summer action-movie standards

Alex Williams August 29, 2011

Traditionally, August is regarded as something of a dumping ground for films, the place where the movies too atrocious to be released in the summer go to die a brief and painless death at the box office...

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” showcases thoughtful horror

Alex Williams August 26, 2011

Even though “Pan’s Labyrinth” mastermind Guillermo del Toro only wrote and produced “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” first-time director Troy Nixey handled the direction,...

Banana Republic debuts ‘Mad Men’ style

Ben Smith August 25, 2011

As a man, I enjoy manly things such as whiskey and belts made out of rattlesnake. I grow facial hair for sport, and Sam Elliott voices my inner dialogue. I don’t go shopping and have rarely had occasion...

Abercrombie & Fitch sets unique PR stunt with ‘The Situation’

The Associated Press August 25, 2011

NEW YORK — The Situation doesn’t usually require a lot of motivation to lose the shirt. But Abercrombie & Fitch wants him to go one further — the company has offered to pay “Jersey...

‘Bellflower’ a triumph of do-it-yourself filmmaking

Alex Williams August 11, 2011

The characters of “Bellflower” only have one thing on their minds: the end of the world. With their grimy apartments and impulse-driven existences, they practically exist on the fringes...

Eisenberg discusses the challenges of his role in ‘30 Minutes’

Alex Williams August 11, 2011

In “30 Minutes or Less,” Jesse Eisenberg stars as Nick, a withdrawn pizza delivery boy who has a bomb strapped to his chest by small-time criminals played by Danny McBride and Nick Swardson....

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ shines in long list of summer films

Alex Williams August 8, 2011

It’s surprising what 20th Century Fox has pulled off this summer. The studio took two franchises that had been derailed by abysmal films and brought them back with a pair of prequels that no one...

‘The Change-Up’ fails with lackluster characters, plot

Alex Williams August 5, 2011

When you hold director David Dobkin’s “The Change-Up” next to his 2005 comedy “Wedding Crashers,” it literally boggles the mind that these two films came from the same...

Strong lead actor insufficient to carry ‘The Devil’s Double’

Alex Williams August 5, 2011

Once the credits roll on “The Devil’s Double,” there’s not much to do but shrug. There’s no denying that Dominic Cooper’s dual performance is an impressive feat,...

‘Cowboys & Aliens’ good finish to summer movie season

Alex Williams July 28, 2011

If one thing defines cinema in 2011, it’s alien movies. From “Super 8” and “Battle: Los Angeles” to lighter fare such as “Paul,” it’s been difficult to...

‘Attack the Block’ director, lead star speak about film

Alex Williams July 28, 2011

Judging from the audience’s reaction to the world premiere of “Attack the Block” at this year’s South By Southwest Festival, the film is on track to become an instant classic....