Movies & TV


‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ delivers appropriately small charms

After the universe-destroying sturm und drang of “Avengers: Infinity War,” there is something really pleasant about the comparatively low stakes of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the second “Ant-Man” movie (wow, it’s weird that there was even one, let alone two), the year’s third Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and the 20th MCU flick over all. Returning director...
Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Celebrity-sighting in Austin is so much easier when the stars give us a heads up. Case in point: “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin, who posted to his Instagram account this weekend that he was in the capital of Texas. “I'm in Austin. Gonna blow stuff up with @modernrogueshow,” Culkin wrote in the caption of a photo of a a tank of compressed hydrogen, also tagging the...
UT Austin’s ‘Kate the Chemist’ gets Stephen Colbert to ‘breathe fire’ on the late show

UT Austin’s ‘Kate the Chemist’ gets Stephen Colbert to ‘breathe fire’ on the late show

University of Texas lecturer Kate Biberdorf has a reputation for blowing stuff up.  The chemistry professor labels herself a pyromaniac and leads explosive science demonstrations in her classrooms. Last week, “Kate the Chemist” got to take her lab space to New York City for an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Biberdorf, who was named one of the ...
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ lures family audiences to summer box office

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ lures family audiences to summer box office

Dwayne Johnson’s burly action hero was no match for a computer-animated Count Dracula at the box office this weekend. Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” debuted in first place with $44.1 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore. The latest in the animated “Hotel Transylvania” series, the cartoon comedy came in above analysts&rsquo...
Austin chefs competing on ‘Sugar Rush,’ new Netflix cooking challenge show

Austin chefs competing on ‘Sugar Rush,’ new Netflix cooking challenge show

Austin chefs Amir Hajimaleki and Dennis Van of District Kitchen + Cocktails and Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar  are competing on the newly released Netflix competition show  “Sugar Rush”. Screengrab from “Sugar Rush” on Netflix. The show, which was released by the online streaming giant...
Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin

Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin

Austin has another film festival. The inaugural Contrast Film Festival wants to put the spotlight on “boundary-pushing, genre-defying and forward-thinking filmmaking with an emphasis on female and queer artists,” according to its website. The event, which kicks off July 20, includes films ranging from 2018’s “Shakedown” and “Narcissister Organ Player” to 1933&rsquo...
Johnson pulls off gritty performance in so-so ‘Skyscraper’

Johnson pulls off gritty performance in so-so ‘Skyscraper’

The hardest working man in showbiz, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, debuts his third blockbuster action flick in nine months this weekend. The descriptively titled “Skyscraper,” which comes on the heels of “Rampage” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in the very funny buddy comedy...
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ doesn’t suck but could use more zing

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ doesn’t suck but could use more zing

It’s all about the zing. If you are not up on monster speak, the term zing refers to what happens once in the life of a vampire, mummy, werewolf, etc. It’s that moment when they know they have found the one true love in their life. In the case of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) learns it’s possible to zing more than once as he...
Pot-dealing grandpa plus adorable dogs equals a pretty fun road movie

Pot-dealing grandpa plus adorable dogs equals a pretty fun road movie

“Boundaries” opens with a conversation between a woman and her off-camera shrink. But the real therapy doesn’t kick in until the patient, a divorced, garden-variety neurotic named Laura (played with an appealing mix of spunk and brokenness by Vera Farmiga), embarks on that staple of Hollywood renewal: the road trip. In the case of this lively if at times labored dramedy by writer-director...
Movies in theaters,7/13/18

Movies in theaters,7/13/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” Grade: B-. Review page 20 “Skyscraper” Grade: C. Review page 19 “Leave No Trace” Grade: A-. Review page 21 “Boundaries” Grade: B-. Review page 22 NOW PLAYING “Adrift.” PG-13. 120 minutes. Based on a true story of human survival, a young couple falls in love and embarks...
‘Leave No Trace’ is a touching father-daughter story

‘Leave No Trace’ is a touching father-daughter story

It doesn’t take long for “Leave No Trace” to tell you that it’s a well-written, low-key, adult story. There’s the languid pacing that leaves you breathing room to observe things for yourself and interpret them from your own viewpoint. There’s the absorbing, insightful way its leading characters quietly interact, and the sense of conviction about the challenging...
‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

Texans like Captain America, but they like him the most when he is battling over the idea of “just trust us to do the right thing” vigilante lawlessness versus a measure of state control over living weapons of mass destruction, which is just one of the most Texas things to ever Texas. According to the folks at CableTV.com, after running the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut

Despite its heroes’ diminutive size, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opened with typical Marvel might at the box office, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales. According to studio estimates Sunday, the “Ant-Man” sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original in North America. The 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and the 20th to debut...
Summer in Austin heats up with Sound & Cinema, 2nd Street Social, more

Summer in Austin heats up with Sound & Cinema, 2nd Street Social, more

1. Sound & Cinema 6 p.m. July 11. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org. Another popular Austin summer tradition is back, pairing live, local music with classic movies and cult films projected on the Alamo Drafthouse’s giant inflatable outdoor screen on the Long Center’s front lawn. The kick-off event will feature a concert by Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad,...
Satire, strangeness and laughs combine in ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Satire, strangeness and laughs combine in ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Boots Riley co-founded Oakland, Calif., hip-hop group the Coup back in 1991 and has spent the majority of his career making music with a message. It’s no surprise, then, that his first film, “Sorry to Bother You,” which shares a name with a 2012 album from the Coup, would be a razor-sharp satire dealing with capitalism, racism, class, police militarization and even our cultural addiction...
‘Strangers’ a riveting account of identical triplets separated at birth

‘Strangers’ a riveting account of identical triplets separated at birth

The intensely compelling documentary “Three Identical Strangers” begins by reconstructing a fateful autumn day in 1980, when Robert Shafran, a 19-year-old freshman at Sullivan County College in upstate New York, walked onto campus for the first time and found himself warmly greeted by several people he didn’t know, all of them calling him “Eddy.” After much confusion...
‘First Purge’ is most violent, and pointed, in film franchise

‘First Purge’ is most violent, and pointed, in film franchise

Warning: The following review contains references to the political content, rampant and pointed, in the “Purge” franchise begun in 2013. With these movies, there’s no way around what they’re really saying. The latest “Purge” is an erratic, fairly absorbing and righteously angry prequel. It sets up scenarios in which African-American and Latino resistance fighters...
‘Uncle Drew,’ ‘Sicario’ overperform but fail to best ‘Jurassic World’

‘Uncle Drew,’ ‘Sicario’ overperform but fail to best ‘Jurassic World’

A spate of new releases failed to top juggernauts “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Incredibles 2” at the box office this weekend. Universal Pictures’ dinosaur blockbuster, now in its second weekend, added $60 million in North American receipts (a 59 percent drop) for a cumulative $264.8 million, according to ComScore. Internationally, the film took in an added $56...
Documentary shows the dark origins of your breakfast sausage

Documentary shows the dark origins of your breakfast sausage

There are many disturbing phrases bandied about in “Eating Animals,” the Natalie Portman-narrated documentary about the morality of meat-eating, based on the 2009 nonfiction bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer. Some involve wonk-speak, such as “CAFO,” an acronym for “concentrated animal feeding operation.” (The name itself is less upsetting than the inhumane reality...
‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ expands political hopelessness, violence

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ expands political hopelessness, violence

Texas actor Taylor Sheridan made a name for himself as a screenwriter with 2015’s “Sicario,” a twisted tale about the U.S. government’s complicated relationship with Mexico, the southern border and drug cartels. The morally bleak “Sicario” was a unique example of modern political noir. Sheridan has returned for the sequel, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,&rdquo...
‘Damsel’ flips the script on gender roles in a Western

‘Damsel’ flips the script on gender roles in a Western

Westerns may not be as popular as they once were, but their impact on pop culture and their notions of masculinity have remained embedded in our world. The picture of a rugged cowboy on a horse, often rescuing a damsel in distress, is something most everyone is familiar with. “Damsel,” the latest film by the Zellner brothers, works almost as a parody of a Western. The film first follows...
‘Uncle Drew’ is very silly but pure summer fun

‘Uncle Drew’ is very silly but pure summer fun

Highly entertaining and even more endearing, the elderly basketball romp “Uncle Drew” is the surprise comedy of the summer. The film, which features beloved NBA stars under layers of old-age makeup and a lead character developed for a series of Pepsi web videos, is just so incredibly strange that its genuine humor and heart catch you off guard. Writer Jay Longino and director Charles Stone...
Riseborough brings complexity to emotional void in melancholic movie

Riseborough brings complexity to emotional void in melancholic movie

Nancy (Andrea Riseborough) is an aspiring writer and a practiced liar. Weaving fiction, on or off the page, allows her a temporary escape from the dreariness of life in her wintry Northeastern town, where she looks after her scowling, ailing mother (Ann Dowd) and works as a temp in a dental office. Her stories have been read only by editors at publications like the Paris Review, who have sent back...
Movies in theaters, 6/29/18

Movies in theaters, 6/29/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” Grade: B. Review page 24 “Uncle Drew” Grade: B. Review page 25 “Eating Animals” Grade: B. Review page 28 “Damsel” Grade: B+. Review page 26 “Nancy” Grade: B+. Review page 27 NOW PLAYING “Action Point.” R. 85 minutes. A man and his lunatic crew of misfits try to save their low-rent...
No wonder it looked familiar: Austin is the 14th most filmed location in the world 

No wonder it looked familiar: Austin is the 14th most filmed location in the world 

Ever watched a movie or show and thought, “Gee, that place looks curiously familiar...wait, is that Austin?” The answer might very well be “Yes. Yes, it is.” By compiling data from IMDb's "filming locations" section, including both films and TV productions shot in these locations and removing film studios, the folks at GoCompare.com have made an exhaustive list...
Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn’s ‘Smokelandia’ pilot airs Wednesday

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn’s ‘Smokelandia’ pilot airs Wednesday

Tireless Texas Monthly barbecue editor  Daniel Vaughn, he of the hollow leg, will appear in the pilot episode of “Smokelandia” Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on the Cooking Channel. The TV listing Tweeted by Vaughn tips off that the show will feature pork belly from Connecticut (!), whole hog cooking with Sam Jones in North Carolina and ...
Austin mayor proclaims June 23 ‘Supernatural’ Day; Jared Padalecki ‘speechless’

Austin mayor proclaims June 23 ‘Supernatural’ Day; Jared Padalecki ‘speechless’

You know those Winchester boys love Austin. The feeling is mutual. Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed Saturday to be “’Supernatural’ Day” in Austin, according to actor Jared Padalecki on Twitter. Padalecki and co-star Jensen Ackles, of the long-running CW adventure series, are fixtures in the capital of Texas, spotted everywhere from Austin City Limits Music Festival to ...
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ takes chomp out of box office

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ takes chomp out of box office

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” dominated the box office over the weekend, knocking Disney-Pixar’s behemoth “Incredibles 2” into second place. The $170 million dinosaur blockbuster posted $150 million in North American receipts, beating analysts’ predictions of $130 million to $140 million, according to figures...
Food for thought: Pixar short ‘Bao’ is Chinese story of maternal love

Food for thought: Pixar short ‘Bao’ is Chinese story of maternal love

Much like a delicious dumpling before a hearty meal, “Bao” is the bite-sized animated film audiences see before “Incredibles 2.” But more than just a Pixar appetizer, the short is a whimsical love letter to mothers as well as food. It just happens to be wrapped in a package so adorable you want to eat it. Directed by Domee Shi, “Bao” centers on a Chinese mother...
Summer TV: ‘Sharp Objects,’ ‘Yellowstone’ and other shows worth a look

Summer TV: ‘Sharp Objects,’ ‘Yellowstone’ and other shows worth a look

What to read, where to go, what to watch: Summer can be rather bossy, culturewise, but it’s still mostly a no-pressure proposition where TV is concerned — especially since “Game of Thrones” isn’t expected back until next year. Aside from a few big-ticket temptations like HBO’s “Sharp Objects” (premiering July 8), the networks seem to regard this summer...
Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Actress Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby, delivering her fifth child, a daughter, on Friday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine. >> Read more trending news  Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month on social media. The  baby, named Frida, is the first child for her husband Mattia Dessi. “We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter...
GIVEAWAY: Win a 4-pack of tickets to ‘Jaws’ on the Water

GIVEAWAY: Win a 4-pack of tickets to ‘Jaws’ on the Water

You’ve probably heard by now that you’ve got the opportunity to catch the classic film “Jaws” while floating in an inner tube on Lake Travis.  The annual “Jaws on the Water” event hosted by Alamo Drafthouse is back again every Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 4, and we’re giving away a four-pack of tickets for the Saturday, July 14. Each...
Movies in theaters, 6/22/18

Movies in theaters, 6/22/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Grade: C+. Review page 31 “Hearts Beat Loud” Grade: A-. Review page 33 NOW PLAYING “Adrift.” PG-13. 120 minutes. Based on a true story of human survival, a young couple falls in love and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime — before facing one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history...
Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

New Jersey is honoring native son and award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a “food trail” of his favorite New Jersey restaurants. >> Read more trending news  Although the popular writer, storyteller and host of CNN’s Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” was born in New York, according to his biography, Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and spent...
AMC Theatres announces $20-a-month rival to MoviePass

AMC Theatres announces $20-a-month rival to MoviePass

AMC Theatres, the world's largest movie theater chain, has unveiled a $20-a-month subscription service to rival the fledgling MoviePass. The theater chain on Wednesday announced a new service to its loyalty program, AMC Stubs, allowing subscribers to see up to three movies a week for a monthly fee of $19.95. That's more expensive than the $9.95 monthly fee for MoviePass, but AMC's plan gives access...
J.A. Bayona brings his all to ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

J.A. Bayona brings his all to ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

(The following contains mild spoilers for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”) When “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” director J.A. Bayona was about 9 or 10 years old, he went on a field trip. A bunch of fifth graders at his Barcelona elementary school headed up to a house in the mountains where a teacher showed a 16 mm print of the original “Frankenstein.” &ldquo...
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: You will believe a dino can be dull

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: You will believe a dino can be dull

There comes a time in every monster movie, from “Dracula” to “King Kong” to “Godzilla” to “Jaws” to today, when you ask yourself the question the movie is designed to make you ask: Am I supposed to be rooting for the monster, or the humans, or both, or what? The “Jurassic Park” movies have gone out of their way to make it as complicated as...
‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record with $180 million

‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record with $180 million

The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a drought of family-friendly films helped “Incredibles 2” become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the eighth-highest film launch overall. Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180 million in its first weekend in North American theaters — far surpassing industry analysts&rsquo...
‘Luke Cage’ season two is black and beautiful, bolder and better

‘Luke Cage’ season two is black and beautiful, bolder and better

Luke Cage had to come correct in 2018. The previous titleholder of the blackest thing Marvel had ever done when it premiered back in 2016, “Luke Cage” enters its second season on Netflix (it begins streaming on June 22) following the hype of the black cultural phenomenon that was “Black Panther.” The game changed once the world discovered Wakanda — the expectations for...
Camp classic ‘Valley of the Dolls’ returns to Austin

Camp classic ‘Valley of the Dolls’ returns to Austin

Just 21 years ago, we wrote the following ode to one of our favorite movies, “Valley of the Dolls,“ when it appeared at the Paramount Theatre. Ten or so years later, we added commentary when a special showing for Austin writer Stephen Moser played the original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Colorado Street. On June 21, “V.O.D.” returns again, this time for a LGBTQ benefit for the...
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain cremated in France, remains returning to US

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain cremated in France, remains returning to US

Award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been cremated in France and his remains are returning to the United States on Friday, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  Bourdain, the host of CNN’s popular, Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” for 11 seasons, was found dead in in Kaysersberg, France, a week ago. The medical examiner ruled his death a...
You could make up to $25,000 in McDonald’s commercial: Here’s how to audition

You could make up to $25,000 in McDonald’s commercial: Here’s how to audition

Are you ready to make your mark on the TV and film industry? You just might be able to get a foot in the door with a new opportunity to audition for a McDonald’s commercial. >> Read more trending news  The fast food chain is getting ready to film a new commercial, but has not released specifics on the premise, other than to put out a casting call. Casting directors are seeking the...
Movies on demand: An ode to the letterpress, some classic films, more

Movies on demand: An ode to the letterpress, some classic films, more

Here is an interesting new release available now from digital providers as well as several titles that have recently become available for streaming. “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film”: This beautifully filmed documentary from co-directors Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn takes viewers across the United States to help explain how the art of the letterpress has survived despite a shift...
‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Grease,’ more to play Long Center law free Sound & Cinema series

‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Grease,’ more to play Long Center law free Sound & Cinema series

The Long Center Sound and Cinema Series is one of the more popular free summer film series in Austin and NOW we know what titles (and bands) are playing this summer! July 11: “Wayne's World” with music from Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad July 25: “Grease” with music from Huggy & the Feel Goodz Aug. 1: “Mean Girls” with music from Go Fever Aug. 15: “O Brother...
Privilege-fueled, bungled heist film blends reality, fiction

Privilege-fueled, bungled heist film blends reality, fiction

“American Animals” takes what sounds like a bizarre college prank gone wrong and blows it up into an epic, operatic tragedy, examining the murky depths of a uniquely American modern existential crisis. The film asks the uncomfortable question: When you’ve been given everything, how far do you have to go to feel anything? This is the omnipresent, nagging inquiry at the center of Bart...
When the world seems cold, the spirit of Mister Rogers still shines

When the world seems cold, the spirit of Mister Rogers still shines

Popular TV shows come and go, especially within the genre of children’s television. That being said, perhaps one of the most influential TV programs of all time, no matter the generation, is “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is a documentary that explores the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, creator of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood...
‘SuperFly’ is super out of touch

‘SuperFly’ is super out of touch

Gangster movies are an incredibly useful media artifact for examining the fraught relationship between historically marginalized groups and the myth of the American dream. 1972’s super cool blaxploitation picture “Super Fly” was a groundbreaking entry into the gangster genre, a bold depiction lionizing the life of a drug dealer, Youngblood Priest (played by Ron O’Neal). With...
Kim Kardashian, Alice Johnson meet for first time since Johnson was freed from prison

Kim Kardashian, Alice Johnson meet for first time since Johnson was freed from prison

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, Wednesday for a face-to-face meeting with Alice Johnson, the first meeting between the two since Johnson was freed from an Alabama prison last week. >> Read more trending news  Kardashian was instrumental in Johnson’s release, meeting with President Donald Trump late last month to plead Johnson’s case just days...
Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest

Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest

Alright. Alright. Alright. On Aug. 24, Alamo Drafthouse, along with the Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Film Society, presents a 25th anniversary interactive screening of Richard Linklater’s iconic 1993 flick “Dazed and Confused” at the Zilker Park moonlight tower. Linklater and members of the cast and crew will be live and in person for the event. No word on who will...
Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws

Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws

The Alamo Drafthouse will get rid of plastic drinking straws from all company-owned theaters by the end of the month, says the Hollywood Reporter.  This includes theaters in Austin, Kansas City, New York, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Francisco -- about half of the brand’s 35 locations. (About half are franchises.) Apparently the Drafthouse is the first nationwide theater chain to do...
Documents: New cinema has strained Austin Film Society’s budget

Documents: New cinema has strained Austin Film Society’s budget

The Austin Film Society’s effort to operate its own arthouse movie cinema has run into financial difficulties. Little more than a year after its opening, the theater — called the AFS Cinema — has fallen short of the film society’s financial forecasts, prompting cost cuts and a determination that the facility likely will need to rely on donations indefinitely to help fund its...
What movies are playing at Sound and Cinema this year? Take your best guess

What movies are playing at Sound and Cinema this year? Take your best guess

Sound and Cinema is back for another season in Austin, and it’s a summer favorite. Every year, the event brings together music and movies for several evenings on the Long Center lawn. RELATED: Check out the summer’s best events with the Austin360 Summer Fun Guide This year’s lineup will be announced on Thursday, but in the meantime, organizers are giving fans a chance to...
When the robots come to Austin, we will probably kick them.

When the robots come to Austin, we will probably kick them.

Last year, the Austin City Council approved the use of delivery robots in town. The robot delivery company in question is called Starship Technologies (even though based on their robot design Droid Technoiogies would probably been a better... wait that’s been taken twice, hasn’t it?) Here’s a photo gallery, in fact, of the little guys visiting Austin: So it was interesting ...
Make this your ‘summer of movies’ with these 13 Austin film series

Make this your ‘summer of movies’ with these 13 Austin film series

UPDATE: The Easy Tiger schedule is up! UPDATE:  The Sound and Cinema titles have been revealed! There are two kinds of summer film series in the fine city of Austin: The kind where you sit in an air-conditioned theater and watch movies curated around a particular theme, and the kind where you sit on a blanket after sundown and, well, watch movies curated around a particular theme. Our town...
WATCH: Anne Hathaway would like Matthew McConaughey to feed her husband to sharks in ‘Serenity’

WATCH: Anne Hathaway would like Matthew McConaughey to feed her husband to sharks in ‘Serenity’

Yes, you read that correctly. In the upcoming movie “Serenity,” written and directed by Steve Knight,  Anne Hathaway plays a woman who begs her ex-husband, a fisherman with the extremely MOVIE name of Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey), to get rid of her abusive new husband (Jason Clarke) by taking said abuser on a fishing trip and murdering him with sharks. In the immortal words of...
Disney brings ‘Peter Pan’ out of the vault; the third ‘Thor’ is streaming

Disney brings ‘Peter Pan’ out of the vault; the third ‘Thor’ is streaming

Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming. Video on Demand “Peter Pan”: Just in time to celebrate its 65th anniversary, this legendary classic has been released from the Disney vault for the first time in over a decade. Join Peter, Tinker Bell and the Darling kids on their...
Alamo Drafthouse to introduce large-format auditoriums in Frisco, Denton, elsewhere

Alamo Drafthouse to introduce large-format auditoriums in Frisco, Denton, elsewhere

 The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Alamo Drafthouse chain is introducing premium large-format theaters in several markets in the coming year, including Denton, Frisco, Woodbridge, Va., Woodbury, Minn., and St. Louis. “The Big Show" auditoriums will  feature giant screens (reportedly a minimum of 66 feet), as well as recliner seats, immersive sound and 4K laser projection....
Austin stuntman Gary Kent has lived a life right out of the movies

Austin stuntman Gary Kent has lived a life right out of the movies

Gary Kent has heard sentences no person wants to hear.  Here’s an example: “All your ribs are broken.” Then again, the former stuntman/actor/writer/director has heard sentences every person would love to hear.  Here are some from the actor Esai Morales, whom Kent cast in “Rainy Day Friends,” the 1985 feature film Kent wrote and directed: “He’s a...
Jukebox Cinema debuts June 3 with ‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ animator Christy Karacas

Jukebox Cinema debuts June 3 with ‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ animator Christy Karacas

Man, Beerland has been killing it of late. First, they announce all kinds of tremendous shows: The Scientists Oct. 5 and 6! The June 1  And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead show is early, which is pretty great given that most of their fans are in their 40s! And now Beeland is getting into what annoying money types call “the cinema space” with the debut of Jukebox Cinema...
Ex-husband sues actress Tiffany Haddish in Travis County, alleging defamation

Ex-husband sues actress Tiffany Haddish in Travis County, alleging defamation

The former husband and mother-in-law of Tiffany Haddish sued the actor and comedian for defamation Tuesday in Travis County over abuse claims Haddish made in her best-selling memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn.”  Haddish’s ex-husband, William Stewart Sr., and his mother, Elnora Daugherty, filed suit against Haddish, publishing company Simon and Schuster, Inc., and the book&rsquo...
5 iconic ‘Hope Floats’ scenes in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary

5 iconic ‘Hope Floats’ scenes in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary

If you’ve ever driven down Highway 71 toward Houston, you may have seen a sign just past Bastrop. “Smithville, Home of Hope Floats,” it reads. Yeah, that “Hope Floats.” The 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. as reunited lovers in their hometown. It’s set in a town called Smithville (which, as “Southern Living&rdquo...
Patient viewers will be rewarded by atmospheric ‘Annihilation’

Patient viewers will be rewarded by atmospheric ‘Annihilation’

Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available for streaming. Video on Demand “Annihilation”: In his follow-up to “Ex Machina,” Alex Garland yet again proves that he is a master of atmospheric science fiction. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson...
The Alamo Drafthouse is old enough to legally drink. Here are 21 movie and drink pairings to celebrate.

The Alamo Drafthouse is old enough to legally drink. Here are 21 movie and drink pairings to celebrate.

The Alamo Drafthouse is well-known for its special menu pairings and drink specials. Now that the theater has reached legal drinking age in the United States, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate with a curated list of some choice film/drink pairings. Try ordering these at your local Drafthouse, or make them at home. Enjoy. Abide with the Dude while watching this Coen Brothers classic. ...
Ranking Han Solo’s style over the years, from Endor to Cloud City to Corellia

Ranking Han Solo’s style over the years, from Endor to Cloud City to Corellia

As has been documented elsewhere, the jacket game in the “Star Wars” movies is tremendous.  And no matter what that admittedly excellent survey says, Han Solo rocked better outerwear than anyone. The dude redefined what a space pirate should look like. Over the decades since the arrival of “A New Hope” (then merely called “Star Wars,” kiddies), how many...
Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

More than 110 movies are screening this summer as part of the Paramount Summer Classic film series. Here are 30 not to miss. There are others worth seeing, of course, but are 30 really good ones. “Stormy Weather” (7 p.m. May 31) This 1943 picture remains one of the most important musicals ever made (what with its staggering African-American cast). Starring  Lena Horne, Bill Robinson...
ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

ATX Television Festival premiered its inaugural podcast series, The TV Campfire, as a part of its ATX TV Podcast Network. The series is co-produced by Madica Productions and provides an insider's perspective into the world of television with special guests including “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” producer Bill Lawrence, “Wire” and “Treme” producer David...
Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

In October 2016, Starwars.com confirmed what had been rumored: Donald Glover had been hired to play a young Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At the time, Glover was best know as a comedy writer on “30 Rock,” a strong actor on the sitcom “Community,” a good-not-great stand-up comic, and a musical artist called Childish Gambino whose second...
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Dazed and Confused’ with a ‘School’s Out’ pool party Memorial Day weekend

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Dazed and Confused’ with a ‘School’s Out’ pool party Memorial Day weekend

Alright, alright, alright, it’s 2018 and that means it’s the 25th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s cult-classic “Dazed and Confused.”  The JW Marriott is hosting a School’s Out Party May 27 (the eve of the last day of school at Lee High School, a.k.a. the day the movie takes place) and continuing with ongoing activations throughout the summer. The pool...
Alamo’s Jaws on the Water is back to scare you while you float on Lake Travis

Alamo’s Jaws on the Water is back to scare you while you float on Lake Travis

DUHHH-dun. The two most terrifying musical notes in cinematic history will take on an even more chilling effect this summer when the Alamo Drafthouse’s most popular Rolling Roadshow event, Jaws on the Water, returns. During 14 steamy summer nights, moviegoers won’t just be watching the classic “Jaws” — they’ll be viewing it in custom inner tubes at the...
Veronica from ‘Riverdale’ hung out in Bastrop while filming her new movie

Veronica from ‘Riverdale’ hung out in Bastrop while filming her new movie

It may not be as dark and dramatic as the town of Riverdale, but one of the stars of the Archie comics spinoff show spent some time in another quaint, small town: Bastrop. Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge in the CW’s “Riverdale,” was in Bastrop filming her new movie “Coyote Lake.” The filming wrapped over Mother’s Day weekend. Not much is currently...
Does this 1990 ‘How Much to Tip in Austin’ video still apply in 2018?

Does this 1990 ‘How Much to Tip in Austin’ video still apply in 2018?

It was 1990 and Austin was a very different place. The skyline was a fraction of its current silhouette. Glass Eye, Poi Dog Pondering and Pariah were still around. “Slacker,” the movie that would put a certain generation of young Austinites on the map, was shot (in 1989) but not yet released.  And the fine people at Austin Cable Access TV ran this PSA from a bunch of Austin servers...
Tickets on sale May 21 for Marvel Universe Live!

Tickets on sale May 21 for Marvel Universe Live!

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. May 21 for the “Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes” stunt show, which is coming to the Frank Erwin Center Aug. 23 to 26. In “Marvel Universe Live,” “The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into...
Six blockbusters that won’t tax your brain when you go to the movies this summer

Six blockbusters that won’t tax your brain when you go to the movies this summer

A lot of folks do not want to do too much thinking when they go to the movies in the summer. A giant soda, a bucket of popcorn the size of a medieval knight’s helmet, and air conditioning such that you need a sweater -- this, and only this, is what many want from a summer movie. Here are six blockbusters to look forward to in the next few months.    “Deadpool 2.” The Merc...
Texas might have a favorite ‘Star Wars’ movie, and the news is not good 

Texas might have a favorite ‘Star Wars’ movie, and the news is not good 

What with the quasi-holiday May the Fourth approaching, the website Reviews.org did a little digging as to which “Star Wars” movie was most popular (or at least most searched for) in each state. And the results are striking. The number of things about which you can say, “Oh, Texas, what are you thinking?” is, let’s admit it, pretty vast, but here is a factoid that .....
‘Supernatural’ star Jensen Ackles is serving up crawfish at his Austin-area brewery this weekend

‘Supernatural’ star Jensen Ackles is serving up crawfish at his Austin-area brewery this weekend

As if you needed another reason to drive out to Dripping Springs and visit “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles’ new brewery, Family Business Beer Co., this weekend: the man himself is serving up mudbugs at the brewery’s crawfish boil on Saturday. PHOTOS: Take a peek inside Family Business Beer Co. Family Business posted a photo on Facebook showing Ackles with a huge bucket...
Take a peek at Matthew McConaughey’s childhood home

Take a peek at Matthew McConaughey’s childhood home

You may have seen this image making the rounds on social media last month: Yes, that is (or at least appears to be) the under-21 identification of one Matthew McConaughey, Texas legend, Oscar-winning actor, alright guy. READ: Austin’s Nick Foles explains his church connection with Matthew McConaughey The Houston Chronicle noticed the Missouri City address on the ID card, speculating...
Matthew McConaughey would like to tell you about Wild Turkey Longbranch...and the weather

Matthew McConaughey would like to tell you about Wild Turkey Longbranch...and the weather

Tuesday afternoon, noted thespian, Longhorns fan and Wild Turkey creative director/spokesman Matthew McConaughey took to Facebook live to promote a new 86-proof bourbon called Wild Turkey Longbranch. It will retail out at $40 list price and will be available in May. It was described in a press release as “a rare small-batch Kentucky bourbon is refined with Texas Mesquite and oak charcoals...
Filmmaker Uwe Boll would like to fight Alex Jones. To which we say: Austin, let’s host.

Filmmaker Uwe Boll would like to fight Alex Jones. To which we say: Austin, let’s host.

You might know 52-year-old retired German director Uwe Boll from such films as “Alone in the Dark,” the "Bloodrayne” series and lots of genre pictures of questionable taste. What you might not know is that Boll also likes challenging people to fights. (See also the 2006 tournament “Raging Boll” in which he requested critics of his work step in the ring. Read ...
Check out the trailer for ‘Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth’

Check out the trailer for ‘Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth’

  For 15 years, the multimedia company Rooster Teeth has quietly, then not so quietly, become of the most significant creative forces in Austin. Here is its story. “Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth” provides exceptional access inside Rooster Teeth, the studio behind “Red vs. Blue,” “RWBY” and “Achievement Hunter.” Founded in a spare...
Alamo Drafthouse is selling ‘Sandlot’-inspired baseball caps for its 25th anniversary screenings

Alamo Drafthouse is selling ‘Sandlot’-inspired baseball caps for its 25th anniversary screenings

It’s almost summertime -- and almost baseball season. To celebrate, the Alamo Drafthouse is offering screenings of everyone’s favorite (don’t fight me on this one) baseball movie: “The Sandlot.”  It all kicks off on Saturday at The Long Time, Austin’s only actual sandlot baseball field, with a party to celebrate the movie’s 25th...
Alamo Drafthouse fetches Japanese flavors for ‘Isle of Dogs’-themed menu

Alamo Drafthouse fetches Japanese flavors for ‘Isle of Dogs’-themed menu

For Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion film, “Isle of Dogs” — get ready for a flurry of furry puns — Alamo Drafthouse is treating customers to a special menu of “Japanese-inspired” food at its theaters for a limited time. The chef behind the menu, Brad Sorenson, said he wanted to take Japanese flavors and weave them into Drafthouse’s...
‘Jaws’ and camp and ‘The Sandlot:’ Check out Rolling Roadshow 2018

‘Jaws’ and camp and ‘The Sandlot:’ Check out Rolling Roadshow 2018

Jaws on the Water!” “The Sandlot!” A stunt ranch! Let’s check out the events in the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow series. An outdoor screening of “The Sandlot” at Austin's one and only sandlot venue, The Long Time. The Drafthouse is celebrating the coming-of-age baseball film with an Amateur Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby contest, food trucks featuring classic...
ICYMI: Holy O(+>! ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is streaming on Amazon Prime!

ICYMI: Holy O(+>! ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is streaming on Amazon Prime!

Dude. DUDE. (And I mean that in the most gender neutral way, which is how you should talk about all things related to today’s topic.) In fact, it has been on Prime since the end of February. And yes, you would be completely within your right to stop reading right now and fire up Prime. How was there not an announcement from heaven above is beyond me. And yes, I understand that this thing screened...
Alamo Drafthouse offers free movies for first responders

Alamo Drafthouse offers free movies for first responders

After the recent series of bombings in Austin, Alamo Drafthouse is offering free admission to first responders for a limited time, the theater chain announced Friday. According to Drafthouse, the offer is in gratitude for the work police, firefighters and EMS have done to keep the city safe over “a long month.”  From the Drafthouse’s website: According to Drafthouse...
‘Cobra Kai’ trailer remembers an important thing about ‘The Karate Kid’

‘Cobra Kai’ trailer remembers an important thing about ‘The Karate Kid’

So YouTube Red released the final trailer yesterday for the long-discussed 10-part “Karate Kid” sequel “Cobra Kai.” Here is the trailer: So, a couple of things: * This looks like a decent titration of the original’s action and heart with a dollop of self-aware humor.  * If you watched movies at all in the 1980s, it was kind of impossible to avoid William Zabka...
A letter to moviegoers on the arrival of a faith-based film about Paul

A letter to moviegoers on the arrival of a faith-based film about Paul

I, Jacob, a web producer and sometimes film reviewer for the Austin American-Statesman, tasked with writing a review of the latest faith-based film to hit theaters this year, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” a release from Sony Affirm starring Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner: To all in Austin (and beyond) who are reading this review: Grace and thanks be upon you, and thank you for entertaining...
In ‘Rebel Without a Crew’ Robert Rodriguez issues a $7,000 challenge

In ‘Rebel Without a Crew’ Robert Rodriguez issues a $7,000 challenge

Back in 1991, a young filmmaker named Robert Rodriguez spent about $7,000 shooting his debut feature “El Mariachi.” A few years and several movies which helped kick start both the 1990s independent film movement and the 1990s Austin film scene later,  he published his diary about the experience in a book called “Rebel Without a Crew.” Starting March 19, the go90 streaming...
Bill Murray just recited a poem while wearing overalls and a bucket hat on Sixth Street, because SXSW

Bill Murray just recited a poem while wearing overalls and a bucket hat on Sixth Street, because SXSW

Bill Murray has arrived at South by Southwest, and approximately nobody is surprised (he’s done it before, you know -- multiple times). He’s in town for multiple reasons -- the premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” on Saturday night, a dedication at the Belo Center for New Media at the University of Texas Saturday afternoon and an appearance at the Long...
Hugh Jackman brought his new coffee shop to SXSW 

Hugh Jackman brought his new coffee shop to SXSW 

Wolverine, coffee connoisseur, “Greatest Showman” ... is there anything Hugh Jackman can’t do? The Laughing Man Cafe, Jackman’s latest coffee shop project, is in Austin for South by Southwest, and the man himself was at the festival Monday to discuss it and its mission. The coffee shop is open at the G’Day USA Australia House at Lucille on Rainey Street from ...
San Francisco theater welcomes actual dogs to ‘Isle of Dogs’ screening

San Francisco theater welcomes actual dogs to ‘Isle of Dogs’ screening

Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” which closes this year’s SXSW Film festival 8 p.m. March 17 at the Paramount, is a stop-motion movie about a young boy’s attempting to reunite with his dog, Spots, which has been exiled with many other dogs on a trash island off the coast of Japan. One expects many, many dog owners to sob uncontrollably the entire time.  So, in a move...
South by Southwest Film turns 25: Let’s look back at some key moments

South by Southwest Film turns 25: Let’s look back at some key moments

Look, South By Southwest isn’t Sundance. It’s not Cannes. It’s not Toronto. For 25 years, it’s been its own thing, a stellar venue for young and developing filmmakers to come and, as one once put it to me, “launch your weirdness.” Here are some highlights of weirdness being launched or celebrated or developed at SXSW over the years. 1. 1994 -- The first fest. You...
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