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Our critics pick their Top 10 movies of 2017
 Cinema in 2017 offered a respite from a year that started out for many as a dumpster fire and didn’t hesitate to keep pouring on the gasoline. Looking at the films below, it’s hard not to notice that so many of them focus on the past, whether it is the war-torn 1940s, an idyllic 1980s Italy, or the world of serious figure skating...

Posted: 21 days ago

Cinema in 2017 offered a respite from a year that started out for many as a dumpster fire and didn’t hesitate to keep pouring on the gasoline. Looking at the films below, it’s hard not to notice that so many of them focus on the past, whether it is the war-torn 1940s, an idyllic 1980s Italy, or the world of serious figure skating...
Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Fest coming to Austin April 14
 ¡Órale! The Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Fest is coming to Austin April 14. Expect, well, tacos, tequilas and cervezas (I mean, one would hope) along with live lucha libre matches every hour on the hour, roaming mariachi, a DJ and possibly more bands, along with water pong, corn hole and more. The fiesta showcases more than...

Posted: 21 days ago

¡Órale! The Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Fest is coming to Austin April 14. Expect, well, tacos, tequilas and cervezas (I mean, one would hope) along with live lucha libre matches every hour on the hour, roaming mariachi, a DJ and possibly more bands, along with water pong, corn hole and more. The fiesta showcases more than...
Are the best looking cellists alive coming to Austin?
 So there are these two guys who play cello. They are called... wait for it 2CELLOS. 2Cellos is a Croatian cellist duo, Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. Dudes have been signed to Sony Masterworks since 2011 and cranked out four albums of instrumental arrangements of well-known pop songs, classical and film music. They have been...

Posted: 22 days ago

So there are these two guys who play cello. They are called... wait for it 2CELLOS. 2Cellos is a Croatian cellist duo, Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. Dudes have been signed to Sony Masterworks since 2011 and cranked out four albums of instrumental arrangements of well-known pop songs, classical and film music. They have been...
‘All The Money in the World’ thrills as it explores greed and family
 To hear Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” tell it, from about 1948 to his death in 1976, oilman J. Paul Getty was about as close to an American god-king as you could get. Indeed, according to an early scene in the film, Getty thought he was the reincarnation of the Roman emperor Hadrian. (No word on whether Getty...

Posted: 27 days ago

To hear Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” tell it, from about 1948 to his death in 1976, oilman J. Paul Getty was about as close to an American god-king as you could get. Indeed, according to an early scene in the film, Getty thought he was the reincarnation of the Roman emperor Hadrian. (No word on whether Getty...
‘Molly’s Game’ wins hand after hand before going bust
 How you feel about “Molly’s Game” might be predicated entirely on how you feel about Aaron Sorkin — the rhythms of his chatter, the way he imagines heroes and villains, the whole Sorkin thing. Based on the mildly scandalous memoir “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire...

Posted: 27 days ago

How you feel about “Molly’s Game” might be predicated entirely on how you feel about Aaron Sorkin — the rhythms of his chatter, the way he imagines heroes and villains, the whole Sorkin thing. Based on the mildly scandalous memoir “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire...
Austin mom opens ‘American Ninja Warrior’ gym for kids
 Does your child have a desire to become America’s next top ninja? He or she will have a chance to practice at Austin Ninja. a new “American Ninja Warrior”-themed gym opening in Austin in January. Austin Ninjas, a children’s gym with “American Ninja Warrior”-type obstacles located at 6001 West Parmer Ln...

Posted: 27 days ago

Does your child have a desire to become America’s next top ninja? He or she will have a chance to practice at Austin Ninja. a new “American Ninja Warrior”-themed gym opening in Austin in January. Austin Ninjas, a children’s gym with “American Ninja Warrior”-type obstacles located at 6001 West Parmer Ln...
Behold! Austin house goes full-‘Stranger Things’ for Christmas
 Well, now we know: The Upside Down has made its incursion in Austin’s reality right on 37th St. Folks living on this legendary Austin strip made a display that looks an awful lot like the Byers' living room from ‘Stranger Things’. They put a picture up on Reddit and there it is: the couch, the table and the 'Merry Christmas'...

Posted: 28 days ago

Well, now we know: The Upside Down has made its incursion in Austin’s reality right on 37th St. Folks living on this legendary Austin strip made a display that looks an awful lot like the Byers' living room from ‘Stranger Things’. They put a picture up on Reddit and there it is: the couch, the table and the 'Merry Christmas'...
Alamo Drafthouse to open video rental store in 2018 in North Carolina
   Variety is reporting that the Alamo Drafthouse will launch Video Vortex, an old school video store in 2018 at its not-yet open 11-screen location in Raleigh, N.C. According to the story, the store will be “one of the largest video archives on the planet. Visitors can return rentals on their next trip to the location...

Posted: 30 days ago

  Variety is reporting that the Alamo Drafthouse will launch Video Vortex, an old school video store in 2018 at its not-yet open 11-screen location in Raleigh, N.C. According to the story, the store will be “one of the largest video archives on the planet. Visitors can return rentals on their next trip to the location...
The Force is with this San Antonio Star Wars Christmas lights display
 We’ve all gone out to look at Christmas lights and thought, “You know, I adore Christmas lights and I thrill to the ritual of striking very tiny electric candles in the darkness and draping them all over one’s house in a bid to celebrate bringing warmth to the dark nights....but you know what this could use?  &ldquo...

8:09 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

We’ve all gone out to look at Christmas lights and thought, “You know, I adore Christmas lights and I thrill to the ritual of striking very tiny electric candles in the darkness and draping them all over one’s house in a bid to celebrate bringing warmth to the dark nights....but you know what this could use?  &ldquo...
Forgot what happened in ‘Force Awakens?’ Let’s catch up
 It’s been two years since “The Force Awakens.” Before you see “The Last Jedi,” here is where we left our major heroes and villains at the end of the previous film: REY WHO IS SHE: A young, Force-sensitive scavenger from the desert planet Jakku (where her family long ago abandoned her), Rey is a scavenger, a mysteriously...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

It’s been two years since “The Force Awakens.” Before you see “The Last Jedi,” here is where we left our major heroes and villains at the end of the previous film: REY WHO IS SHE: A young, Force-sensitive scavenger from the desert planet Jakku (where her family long ago abandoned her), Rey is a scavenger, a mysteriously...
Five Christmas movies that go bump in the night
 Most Christmas movies are either in-the-pocket about Christmas ( “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story,” anything about the actual birth of Jesus) or are movies about something very much other than comfort and joy and just set at Christmas. We covered those here: But then there are Christmas movies...

8:06 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Most Christmas movies are either in-the-pocket about Christmas ( “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story,” anything about the actual birth of Jesus) or are movies about something very much other than comfort and joy and just set at Christmas. We covered those here: But then there are Christmas movies...
‘The Last Jedi’ puts incredible moments in an incredibly long movie
 At some point in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — maybe it’s 15 minutes in, maybe 30, perhaps an hour — it hits you just how many masters this movie has to serve: the vision of writer/director Rian Johnson; long-term fans who have been with the franchise since Jimmy Carter was in office; the children of the aforementioned...

5:00 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

At some point in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — maybe it’s 15 minutes in, maybe 30, perhaps an hour — it hits you just how many masters this movie has to serve: the vision of writer/director Rian Johnson; long-term fans who have been with the franchise since Jimmy Carter was in office; the children of the aforementioned...
Get your tissues ready: The cast of ‘This is Us’ is coming to SXSW 2018
 “This is Us!” Katie Couric! Common! South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 9-18, 2018) announced a mess of new speakers today, including actor and musician Common; journalist and author Katie Couric, and the cast of NBC drama This Is Us; actress, producer and Emmy Award-winning writer...

4:03 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

“This is Us!” Katie Couric! Common! South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 9-18, 2018) announced a mess of new speakers today, including actor and musician Common; journalist and author Katie Couric, and the cast of NBC drama This Is Us; actress, producer and Emmy Award-winning writer...
Austin-shot ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is here! (Well, the trailer is.)
 The trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel” has arrived and hooooeeee, it is certainly a trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel.” It could not be more a trailer for “Alita” if it tried. The valley, it is uncanny. Adapted from Yukita Kishiro’s increasingly-legendary ‘90s manga “Battle Angel Alita&rdquo...

5:07 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

The trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel” has arrived and hooooeeee, it is certainly a trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel.” It could not be more a trailer for “Alita” if it tried. The valley, it is uncanny. Adapted from Yukita Kishiro’s increasingly-legendary ‘90s manga “Battle Angel Alita&rdquo...
A small guide to Austin’s 7 specialty comics shops
 New to Austin and wondering where to get your weekly comics fix, fill out your trade paperback collection and flip through back issues? Here is a guide to Austin’s comic book specialty shops. Note: This list contains only comic book shops. Comics and graphic novels can be found at many Austin stores selling new and used books, including...

6:00 AM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

New to Austin and wondering where to get your weekly comics fix, fill out your trade paperback collection and flip through back issues? Here is a guide to Austin’s comic book specialty shops. Note: This list contains only comic book shops. Comics and graphic novels can be found at many Austin stores selling new and used books, including...
‘Santa’s Husband’ is the season’s best Christmas book for very young readers
 On the very first page of “Santa’s Husband” is a picture of Santa -- he is black, wearing glasses and in a Santa outfit. “This is Santa,” it reads. On the opposite page, a picture of a white guy who looks a lot more like the guy in a Coke ad. “This is Santa’s husband,” it reads. So, already...

8:46 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

On the very first page of “Santa’s Husband” is a picture of Santa -- he is black, wearing glasses and in a Santa outfit. “This is Santa,” it reads. On the opposite page, a picture of a white guy who looks a lot more like the guy in a Coke ad. “This is Santa’s husband,” it reads. So, already...
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