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Joe Gross

Books & culture reporter

Joe Gross writes about movies, books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. He lives in Austin with his family.

Latest from Joe Gross

“Alien: Covenant” not much beyond a bloodbath
 There are two types of nervous laughter to be heard from audiences during the somehow unsurprisingly disappointing “Alien: Covenant.” The first is that which comes from witnessing extreme stress and violence: humans screaming, humans running, humans running and screaming, humans slashed to pieces by Xenomorphs. This reaction is...

Posted: 5 days ago

There are two types of nervous laughter to be heard from audiences during the somehow unsurprisingly disappointing “Alien: Covenant.” The first is that which comes from witnessing extreme stress and violence: humans screaming, humans running, humans running and screaming, humans slashed to pieces by Xenomorphs. This reaction is...
Doree Shafrir unpacks ‘Startup’ culture
 “They don’t work for money anymore, but to earn a place in Heaven, which is a big motivating factor once upon a time, believe you me. They’re working and inventing because they like it … they don’t seem to see the difference between working, and not working. It’s all become a part of one’s life.&rdquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

“They don’t work for money anymore, but to earn a place in Heaven, which is a big motivating factor once upon a time, believe you me. They’re working and inventing because they like it … they don’t seem to see the difference between working, and not working. It’s all become a part of one’s life.&rdquo...
Three family movies to watch this summer
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” Not a reboot, but the cast of the first three Wimpy Kid movies have officially aged out of usefulness as wimpy kids, their siblings and their parents.

Posted: 11 days ago

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” Not a reboot, but the cast of the first three Wimpy Kid movies have officially aged out of usefulness as wimpy kids, their siblings and their parents.
Aliens, superheroes and Matthew McConaughey: 40 summer movies
 It’s almost summer, which means blockbuster movie season, which means a few months of sequels, reboots and a fair number of superheroes. If fall and winter are when the Oscar bait gets trotted out, and spring is where movies that want to avoid the blockbuster crunch get dumped, summer blockbuster season is a singular combination of...

Posted: 13 days ago

It’s almost summer, which means blockbuster movie season, which means a few months of sequels, reboots and a fair number of superheroes. If fall and winter are when the Oscar bait gets trotted out, and spring is where movies that want to avoid the blockbuster crunch get dumped, summer blockbuster season is a singular combination of...
‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ entertains but never charms
 As with many sequels, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” takes every single thing (and I mean every tiny detail) audiences enjoyed about the first film and turns it up to 11. Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is more of a jerk. Drax (Dave Bautista, a bit of a breakout character this time around) is dumber and more direct. Gamora...

Posted: 19 days ago

As with many sequels, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” takes every single thing (and I mean every tiny detail) audiences enjoyed about the first film and turns it up to 11. Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is more of a jerk. Drax (Dave Bautista, a bit of a breakout character this time around) is dumber and more direct. Gamora...