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Joe Gross

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

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‘Boyhood’ scores 100

Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” continues to perform well at the box office and extremely well critically.Distributor IFC expanded “Boyhood” to 107 theaters on July 25, where it grossed an estimated $1.7 million the weekend of July 25 to 27, for a total of about $4.1 million domestically.It’s also made ...

Will audiences follow ‘Guardians’ careen around the galaxy?

Don’t let the Marvel logo fool you: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is not a superhero movie in the tights-and-fights-New-York sense. It takes place in the Marvel Universe, but save for a few moments on good ol’ Earth, “Guardians” is pure, old-fashioned space opera with primary-colored aliens, giant space cruisers and ...

‘Get on Up:’ A strange, complicated look at the Godfather of Soul

There are few better definitions of “having your work cut out for you” than playing James Brown in a movie. It is a bit like playing Jesus if we had a filmed record of the Transfiguration.Let me back up: Biopics of anyone who lived in the 20th century are problematic ...

Alamo Drafthouse has a problem with Greg Abbott's new texting ad

There is an a priori roundness about this story, like "water is wet." About ten days ago, Greg Abbott's campaign released this ad to movie theaters. It shows Abbott in a darkened theater, encouraging patrons to text "FREEDOM" to a particular number to support his campaign. Now, talking or texting ...

‘Lucy’ uses 100 percent of her brain, only some of yours

It is tough to watch writer/director Luc Besson’s careening, entertaining and deeply silly “Lucy” and not think, “Man alive, this guy has read a whole lot of comic books. Like, maybe he has read all of the comic books, ever.”Jammed with far-out-dude gobbledygook about brain capacity and violent Asian mobsters, ...

‘A Most Wanted Man’ finds Hoffman in a grim thriller

A grim little thriller in the John Le Carré tradition, “A Most Wanted Man” will also unfortunately be known as one of the final movies starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.Were Hoffman still around, this would be easy to regard as a perfectly solid-to-good picture, a bit of workaday place-holder between “The ...

‘Boyhood’ boffo box office (no, really)

The “Boyhood” story is not over. Indeed, it seems to be just getting started.The exceptionally well-reviewed movie (with a 99 percent rating at Metacritic) by Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater took in nearly $1.2 million over the weekend of July 18 to 20 in just 34 theaters. Considering both the number ...

'Mood Indigo' and more

The Michel Gondry film “Mood Indigo,” distributed by Drafthouse Films, opened July 18 in New York and Los Angeles. Tim League tweeted July 21 that the film would open the rebooted Alamo Drafthouse South when the location reopens … well, we’re not sure yet. But one hopes it is in ...

Ethan Hawke's Black Album in "Boyhood"

(This blog entry contains extremely minor spoilers for "Boyhood." Just deal, OK? You're an adult.)         It is fairly well known that about halfway or so through "Boyhood," Ethan Hawke's character, Mason, Sr., gives his son, Mason, Jr. (Austinite Ellar Coltrane) an anthology he made called "The ...

'Boyhood' grosses $1.2 million over the weekend

The “Boyhood” story is not over. Indeed, it seems to be just getting started. The exceptionally well-reviewed movie (with a 99% rating at Metacritic) by Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater took in nearly $1.2 million over the weekend of July 18 to 20 in just 34 theaters. Considering both the number ...

 
 

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