Movies & TV


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 with husband Mattia Dessi.  “We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road...
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...
‘Incredibles 2’ is incredible looking, thematically confusing

‘Incredibles 2’ is incredible looking, thematically confusing

It is the rare animated feature, and the rarer superhero movie, that will leave the audience thinking, “That was a lot of fun, but I wish there was more of the raccoon.” Welcome to “Incredibles 2,” writer/director Brad Bird’s often beautifully kinetic sequel to the 2004 Pixar smash, “The Incredibles.” Everything you enjoyed is back: the superpowered Parr family...
Jefferson's Monticello gives Sally Hemings her place in presidential history

Jefferson's Monticello gives Sally Hemings her place in presidential history

You cannot see Thomas Jefferson's mansion, Monticello, from the small room burrowed into the ground along the south wing of his estate. When the door is closed, you can't see anything at all, because it is a windowless room, with a low ceiling and damp walls.  But this was, very likely, the room inhabited by Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who bore six of Jefferson's children, a woman about...
‘Ocean’s 8’ opens with franchise-best $41.5M to top weekend

‘Ocean’s 8’ opens with franchise-best $41.5M to top weekend

“Ocean’s 8,” the female-fronted overhaul of the starry heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend’s top spot from the fast-falling “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At a lower price point and in less fanboy-guarded franchise, “Ocean’s 8” — despite ho-hum reviews — found nothing like the stormy...
The height of camp, ‘Valley of the Dolls,’ returns to Austin

The height of camp, ‘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  Stephen Moser played the original  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Colorado Street. On June 21,...
Moviehouse & Eatery debuts theater at Southwest Austin development

Moviehouse & Eatery debuts theater at Southwest Austin development

As more and more people move to Southwest Austin, developers are in hot pursuit, bringing shops, restaurants and needed services to the area. The latest example is Lantana Place, a new mixed-use development by Austin-based Stratus Properties at Southwest Parkway and West William Cannon Drive. The $80 million Lantana Place project recently welcomed anchor tenant Moviehouse & Eatery, an Austin-based...
‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines fined $40,000 over EPA violations

‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines fined $40,000 over EPA violations

The stars of HGTV’s popular home improvement show “Fixer Upper,” Chip and Joanna Gaines, have settled with the Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of lead paint removal at more than 30 properties the couple worked on. >> Read more trending news  The Gaines and their remodeling company, Magnolia Homes, based in Waco, Texas, agreed to pay a $40,000...
Make this your ‘summer of movies’ with these 12 Austin film series

Make this your ‘summer of movies’ with these 12 Austin film series

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 is full of both. First, some indoor...
Movies in theaters, 6/8/18

Movies in theaters, 6/8/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Ocean’s 8” Grade: B. Review page 20 “Hereditary” Grade: A-. Review page 21 “Hotel Artemis” Grade: A-. Review page 22 “Mountain” Grade: B. Review page 23 NOW PLAYING “Action Point.” R. 85 minutes. A man and his lunatic crew of misfits try to save their low-rent, out-of-control amusement park from closure. Alamo Lakeline...
Exhilarating documentary chronicles mountains, those who conquer them

Exhilarating documentary chronicles mountains, those who conquer them

Acrophobes will want to stay home. Other are likely to find the Australian documentary “Mountain” an exhilarating vision of many of the world’s highest — and most gorgeously photogenic — peaks, and the intrepid sorts who set out to conquer them. Director Jennifer Peedom (“Sherpa”) has brought together footage from the likes of climber/cinematographer Renan...
Jodie Foster makes ‘Hotel Artemis’ a first-class experience

Jodie Foster makes ‘Hotel Artemis’ a first-class experience

“Hotel Artemis” is a shining example of how it is not the amount of money spent to make a movie, but how the budget is being spent. Director/writer Drew Pearce has managed to take the money that would be the cape-pressing budget for most superhero movies and create a high-energy, gritty-looking and prophetically scary tale set in the near future that comes across as big as any summer blockbuster...
KLRU-TV to move from longtime UT home to ACC’s Highland campus

KLRU-TV to move from longtime UT home to ACC’s Highland campus

KLRU, the public television station that has operated from the University of Texas since it went on the air in 1962, will move to Austin Community College’s Highland campus in 2020, where it will have more space as well as an expanded role in community initiatives and workforce development. “This is going to be a great collaboration,” Richard Rhodes, ACC’s president and...
‘Ocean’s 8’ is solid summer fun that could use a little more snap

‘Ocean’s 8’ is solid summer fun that could use a little more snap

“Ocean’s 8” starts exactly how you’d want a movie in the “Ocean’s” franchise to start: Someone named Ocean is talking to a parole board about what a good citizen they are going to be. The parole board is convinced, and said Ocean keeps their nose clean for about five minutes. The gal in question is Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny “George...
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...
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ falls 65 percent in second weekend

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ falls 65 percent in second weekend

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is losing momentum quickly at the box office, even with a relatively quiet weekend free of any new blockbuster competition. After an underwhelming launch, the space saga fell 65 percent in weekend two with $29.3 million from North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday. “Solo” has now earned $148.9 million domestically, which is...
‘I’ve got your back’

‘I’ve got your back’

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett had not acted together before co-starring in “Ocean’s 8,” along with the six other women — Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Awkwafina — who make up the gang of eight jewel thieves in this “Ocean’s” spinoff film. But Bullock, who plays career criminal Debbie Ocean, and Blanchett...
Webb Report: Do you remember Texas’ favorite ’90s cartoon?

Webb Report: Do you remember Texas’ favorite ’90s cartoon?

From the Bureau of Internet Lists: We know that Texas’ favorite infomericial product is Proactiv, its favorite comic book company is Marvel and Batman is its favorite superhero. (Mixed messages, I know.) Now, a new entry into the files of spurious conclusions drawn from search engine data. This time, we’re talking Saturday morning cartoons. Specifically, I mean 1990s cartoons. Millennials...
May TV ratings: See how your favorite Austin news station fared

May TV ratings: See how your favorite Austin news station fared

TV stations across the country wrapped up the all-important May “sweeps” period last week, pulling out all the stops to get viewers to tune in. Looking at total households and the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults ages 25-54, NBC affiliate KXAN and ABC affiliate KVUE were the frontrunners, for the most part. KVUE was the station to beat in the morning, while KXAN was the frontrunner...
Here’s every state’s favorite ’90s cartoons, according to one study

Here’s every state’s favorite ’90s cartoons, according to one study

From the Bureau of Internet Lists: We know that Texas’ favorite infomericial product is Proactiv, its favorite comic book company is Marvel and its favorite superhero is Batman. (Mixed messages, I know.) Now, a new entry into the files of spurious conclusions drawn from search engine data. This time, we’re talking Saturday morning cartoons. Specifically, I mean 1990s cartoons...
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...
Gender-queer alien cult movie is the definition of punk

Gender-queer alien cult movie is the definition of punk

Using a slip of a short story by Neil Gaiman, writer/director John Cameron Mitchell has whipped up “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” a deeply weird gender-queer alien cult environmentalism punk movie that’s deeply indebted to the philosophy of yoga. From Mitchell, we wouldn’t expect anything less. Working with co-writer Philippa Goslett, Mitchell has taken Gaiman’s story...
Film adaptation of classic Chekhov play ‘Seagull’ soars

Film adaptation of classic Chekhov play ‘Seagull’ soars

When Anton Chekhov’s debut play “The Seagull” was first performed in 1896, its revolutionary naturalism rattled audiences and critics. It was considered a disaster until Konstantin Stanislavsky directed and performed a version of it two years later, and Chekov’s work endures to this day. With the help of playwright and screenwriter Stephen Karam, director Michael Mayer has...
In ‘Sunshine,’ Juliette Binoche is looking for love (and a little sex)

In ‘Sunshine,’ Juliette Binoche is looking for love (and a little sex)

“Let the Sunshine In,” a wistful, grown-up romantic comedy by Claire Denis, made its premiere one year ago at Cannes — not in the prestigious main competition, where it deserved to be, but in one of the festival’s well regarded but still marginal sidebars. That slight only underscores the dismissive biases that plague the programming at Cannes, which favors male auteurs and...
‘Chesil Beach’ gets points for weirdness but little else

‘Chesil Beach’ gets points for weirdness but little else

As entertainment, “On Chesil Beach” isn’t remotely satisfying, but it does deserve credit for being weird. For much of its running time, it seems like a bad version of a certain kind of lifeless British movie, but it’s not that at all. It’s a completely original kind of lifeless British movie, which makes it worthy of grudging respect and mild amazement. Most of the film...
Movies in theaters, 6/1/18

Movies in theaters, 6/1/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Upgrade” Grade: C. Review page 23 “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” Grade: B-. Review page 22 “The Seagull” Grade: B+. Review page 24 “Let the Sunshine In” Grade: B. Review page 26 “On Chesil Beach” Grade: C. Review page 25 NOT REVIEWED “Action Point.” R. 85 minutes. A man and his lunatic crew of misfits try...
Tech dominates in entertaining yet unoriginal sci-fi thriller

Tech dominates in entertaining yet unoriginal sci-fi thriller

The title of “Upgrade” refers to enhancements to the main character, not to any attempt to boost the value of the movie itself. If this vaguely cyberpunk, occasionally comic Australian flick were named after its own qualities, it would have been called “Knockoff.” That said, the movie is a reasonably entertaining retread. Although writer-director Leigh Whannell’s themes...
‘Roseanne’ reboot canceled: 8 TV shows dumped over controversies

‘Roseanne’ reboot canceled: 8 TV shows dumped over controversies

Comedian Roseanne Barr’s rebooted ABC sitcom “Roseanne” was canceled Tuesday after Barr posted a racist remark about former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett on Twitter. However, Barr’s show isn’t the first to get the boot after a controversy. >> Read more trending news  Here’s a list of other TV series that have been dumped over...
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 ...
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...
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....
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...
Roger Corman will receive AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award

Roger Corman will receive AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award

    Legendary-no-really-actually-legendary producer/director Roger Corman will receive the Austin Film Festival’s  Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 25th annual AFF, which takes place Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. With studios at first and then as an influential independent executive, creative and mentor, Corman, now 91, produced or directed over five hundred films...
10 tips to make the most of your SXSW Film experience, with or without a badge

10 tips to make the most of your SXSW Film experience, with or without a badge

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival starts March 9, offering up hundreds of films, feature-length and short. Don’t have a Film badge but still want to get in on the action? Here are 10 points to remember (and, to be honest, a lot of this applies to people with badges as well.) In keeping with the notion of SXSW convergence, if you have an Interactive or Music badge, you can get...
10 documentaries to watch out for at SXSW

10 documentaries to watch out for at SXSW

For documentary fans, South By Southwest is a bit like Christmas and your birthday rolled into one. As with features, it’s a chance to see sharp, often boundary-pushing nonfiction in a theater setting, something that happens rarely even as the market for docs has exploded thanks to streaming services. Here are 10 docs that we have not yet seen but are looking forward to checking out. &ldquo...
Eight South by Southwest feature films with ties to Texas

Eight South by Southwest feature films with ties to Texas

Every year at South by Southwest, there is a mess of films with Austin and Texas ties. Here are eight worth keeping an eye on. “Support the Girls.” Austin director Andrew Bujalski’s new one concerns the general manager at a highway-side “breastaurant” who has her incurable optimism and faith tested over the course of a long, strange day. With Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson...
What’s new at South by Southwest for 2018?

What’s new at South by Southwest for 2018?

From its roots as a humble regional music conference to the cross-discipline behemoth it’s become, South by Southwest is an ever-evolving beast. Here is what’s new with the festival in 2018. This function can be found on the SXSW GO phone app, the online SXSW schedule, and on the digital event status boards located around the Austin Convention Center and other venues. This system &mdash...
Marvel or DC? Texas wants it both ways on comic book favorites

Marvel or DC? Texas wants it both ways on comic book favorites

The most boring question in all of geekdom: Are you a DC or a Marvel fan? Hold on a second, I need to push my glasses up on my nose. DC and Marvel are the world’s two dominant comic book companies, the ones that have published the adventures of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (on the DC side) and Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men (on the Marvel side) for decades. Asking which company...
Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris and more to speak at SXSW

Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris and more to speak at SXSW

“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO Jason Blum, “Ready Player One” author Ernest Cline, actress Dakota Fanning, “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, Paramount TV & Digital Entertainment president Amy Powell and, hello, actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will all speak as part of South By Southwest...
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