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'Cheap Thrills' is a total bro movie
March 21, 2014
"Only Lovers Left Alive" is gorgeous, gaudy, and unapologetically weird
March 9, 2014
Jim Jarmusch’s new film is undeniably bizarre and instantly captivating.
UT alumnus Matt Muir premieres film "Thank You a Lot" at SXSW
March 6, 2014
UT alumnus Matt Muir’s new film “Thank You a Lot” is a fun, winsome example of the collaborative relationships formed in the school’s Master of Fine Arts program.
2014 Oscar Awards recap
March 3, 2014
The 86th Academy Awards proceeded mostly according to expectation, but that expectation was such a pipe dream it seemed impossible that all of it could happen.
'Pompeii' is an easy, enjoyable but admittedly predictable action movie
February 23, 2014
"Endless Love" is so bad, it's actually kind of good
February 13, 2014
Academy Award winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, dead at 46
February 2, 2014
Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” is a high-quality melodrama that even Kate Winslet can’t salvage
January 30, 2014
In a career filled with a brilliant mix of sarcastic humor and genuine emotion, director Jason Reitman has finally directed his first wholly dramatic project.
In its third season, “Girls” and its cast triumph
January 13, 2014
"Girls," which is in its third season, has hit its stride.
For fans of superhero movies, print comics are plenty accessible
December 2, 2013
Everyone has a favorite superhero thanks to million-dollar blockbusters, cartoon series and video games based on comic books.
Oscar Bait: December and January movies could shake up Oscar favorites
November 24, 2013
We’d like to spend the last installment of Oscar Bait talking about the state of the awards race and then move into highlighting some of the awards categories we’ve largely ignored up to this point.
Matthew McConaughey's career makes a comeback
November 14, 2013
Matthew McConaughey’s career was laughable two years ago.
"The Best Man Holiday" cast reunites after 14 years
November 14, 2013
Usually, sequels are cranked out as quickly as Hollywood can produce them, whether the demand from the audience is there or not.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a flawless recreation of the 1960s folk scene
November 12, 2013
Come for the Coens, stay for the star-making performances.
Oscar Bait: Theatrical adaptations offer lots of candidates for Supporting Actress category
November 10, 2013
In our past discussions, it seemed like we’d covered everything, but we somehow managed to completely miss talking about supporting actress in any sort of depth. Let’s start that off by discussing a film packed with potential candidates.
Austin Film Festival: Winter in the Blood review
October 28, 2013
Oscar bait: '12 Years a Slave'
October 27, 2013
Two Life & Arts staff writers discuss big releases that are garnering buzz for the awards season. This week they focus on “12 Years A Slave.”
Twentieth anniversary of an Austin cultural mainstay starts this week
October 24, 2013
Austin Film Festival has a red carpet and celebrity appearances, but since its inception, the festival has celebrated the hard work behind the glamour.
State Fair offers a wide variety of fried foods
October 16, 2013
After spending a weekend at the State Fair, it is hard to disagree with the old mantra about the size of everything in Texas. Prize chickens as large as dogs, the world’s largest tower ride, even the lines for these events themselves speak to Texas’ size.
Oscar bait talks the summer releases chances in the Academy Award race
October 13, 2013
Let’s start with Sandra Bullock.
Local comic book stores see a boost in sales after DC and Marvel films
October 1, 2013
The general impression of the comic book reader in American society has largely been a negative one: an overweight mouth-breather whose pride in memorized minutiae is only matched by his cruelty to the uninitiated.