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

Summer TV: what to watch, what to avoid

Aleksander Chan June 7, 2011

Unlike the bountiful lineups of fall, summer TV offers slimmer pickings. That makes it easier to decide what’s worthy of your time after a day of summer fun. Here are the most high-profile new and...

Confusing structure, plot plague ‘The Tree of Life’

Alex Williams June 3, 2011

Genre: Existential Drama Runtime: 138 minutes For those who like: Enter the Void, The New World Grade: C- Each and every audience member is bound to take something different from...

Finales abound on TV, in careers

Aleksander Chan June 2, 2011

LADY GAGA: NEVER BROKE, ONLY EVERGREEN When Lady Gaga sings “there ain’t no other way,” she isn’t mincing words. Her second album, Born This Way, is devoted to her two favorite...

Rolling road show to take fans on movie road trip across Texas

Rachel Perlmutter June 2, 2011

The dry heat hangs over western Texas’ desert as sparse bits of plant poke out of the ground. The hauntingly soundless land is perfectly out of reach of the law, where drug deals and murder could...

Canadian film makes lasting impression

Alex Williams June 2, 2011

Genre: Drama, Mystery Runtime: 130 minutes For those who like: Everything is Illuminated, Life is Beautiful Grade: A Canadian filmmakers have never made much of a mark on the...

‘First Class’ revives franchise

Alex Williams June 2, 2011

Genre: Action, Adventure Runtime: 132 minutes For those who like: Thor, Green Lantern Grade: A Since “X-Men” debuted in 2000 to massive box office success, it’s...

‘Hangover II’ improves upon, surpasses premise of first film

Alex Williams May 26, 2011

Grossing an astounding $277 million in the domestic box offices, the first “Hangover” film was one of the most successful films of summer 2009. By far the highest grossing R-rated comedy...

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‘Thor’ forgoes story for exciting action, likable protagonist

Alex Williams May 6, 2011

In the run-up to next summer’s “The Avengers,” Marvel Studios has overcome the obstacles of building audiences for a range of superheroes and casting actors entertaining enough to...

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“Hobo with a Shotgun” flips “Grindhouse” flop

Alex Williams May 5, 2011

In its original incarnation as a fake trailer that played alongside 2007’s box office flop “Grindhouse,” “Hobo With A Shotgun” seemed like the quintessential grind-house...

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Carell steps down; fans to await ‘hire’ of ‘Office’ manager

Katie Stroh May 3, 2011

America said a tearful goodbye last Thursday to one of its most beloved television characters of all time: Michael Scott, regional manager of Dunder-Mifflin Scranton and lead of “The Office.” For...

Film tells powerful story despite lackluster ending

Alex Williams May 2, 2011

As far as Academy Award categories go, Best Foreign Language Film is always a hard one to call. It’s hard to tell if the Academy will decide to award a bold narrative coming from a fresh perspective...

Director discusses award, casting process

Alex Williams May 2, 2011

In Susanne Bier’s drama, “In a Better World,” Christian (William Nielsen), reeling from his mother’s death, draws his friend Elias (Markus Rygaard) and Elias’ father Anton...