Tiny but mighty

Dallas musician Conner Youngblood crouches in front of a Mini Cooper. He’s not looking at the tires or admiring the diamond-hard clear coat that gives the car’s hood a high shine. The car is tempting. There isn’t a speck of dust on it.

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They rise again

This week we begin in Scotland: Macbeth (****) Not rated, 140 minutes.

Peso for your thoughts

FORT WORTH — Rodney Parker is of two minds when it comes to the 10th anniversary of his band, Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward.


Up from the depths

This week, we begin with the big fellow: Godzilla (***) Rated PG-13, 123 minutes.

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Jim Stodola: Up and down with wonders

Whether you are planning a honeymoon, renewing your vows, or simply wanting to spend time in one of America’s most wondrous cities, I suggest that you don’t short yourself. Schedule an entire week for the San Francisco area.

Men behind the hoop skirts

If you asked Ben Hecht, a journalist and novelist who earned the nickname “the Shakespeare of Hollywood” in the late 1930s, Gone With the Wind didn’t merit a movie.

DVD reviews: Capital Captain

Nothing marks the end of the summer movie season better than the home entertainment arrival of summer’s first big blockbuster.

Into the wild blue

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Pam Rainey: More info, not less, crucial for health care

I really don’t want my column to be about me. However, at 66 years old, I’ve had some “incidents” in my life that could be learning experiences for some readers. So after much debate, I’m willing to share.

Comedian Joan Rivers dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

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‘Past’ back to haunt

This week, we begin in Lake Tahoe:Out of the Past (****) Not rated, 97 minutes.

Yearning to be miserable

James D. Laney said he was ready for a big turnout. The director of Music Theatre of Denton’s fall show, "Les Miserables," said the musical has a special place in the hearts of musical theater performers.

DVD reviews: Chereau’s ‘Margot’ still radiant

This week, we begin in 16th-century France. The Cohen Film Collection gives a Blu-ray debut to Patrice Chereau’s original vision of his 1994 epic "Queen Margot" (when released in the U.S., it played half an hour shorter).


Being Elle

Kristi Smith figured she’d get cast in the chorus of Denton Community Theatre’s "Legally Blonde."

DVD reviews: Both sides of the bars

This week, we begin in prison:Lost for Life (**1/2) Not rated, 74 minutes.

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Quality over quantity

Jamie Richards will make his way to the North Texas Fair and Rodeo from his home in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but most of his band will have a much shorter trip.

DVD reviews: In the den

Disneynature travels to a remote Alaska island to document the birth of two bear cubs and the first year they spend with their nurturing mother, quaintly given the name Sky.

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Jim Stodola: Wealth of culture, just 2 1/2 hours away

Yes, it’s only two and a half hours to Oklahoma City, the freeways are fixed, and it’s well worth the drive.

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Toby Thomason honored for his calling

The Denton Civic Center was packed Friday night. The men and women were there for two reasons: to dance and to surprise a square dance caller of four decades with an induction into the Texas Callers’ Hall of Fame.

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DVD reviews: French re-master

This week we begin in Nantes: The Essential Jacques Demy

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DVD reviews: A princess remembers

This week, we begin in Monaco: The Grace Kelly Collection

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DVD reviews: Great War inspired worthy dramas

This week, we begin in the trenches: World War I Centennial Commemorative Collection: Sergeant York, The Big Parade, Wings, The Dawn Patrol.

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DVD reviews: Water, water everywhere

This week, we begin in the water: Watermark (***1/2) Rated PG, 92 minutes. Available Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray and in various digital download formats.

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Jim Stodola: Journey to the heart of Texas

For previous vacations, I have sent you off into distant lands. Today, I will keep you in the heart of our beloved state, Austin, and its surrounds.

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Society opens members exhibit

The latest exhibit of the Denton-based Visual Arts Society of Texas dedicates most of Texas Woman’s University’s East and West galleries to society members’ paintings. And yet the juried exhibit also features...

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DVD reviews: The ‘Dune’ that never was

This week we begin with a director called “Jodo.”

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Westward movement

Big Rig Dance Collective is getting ready to boogie in the desert. Co-directors Amanda Jackson and Meredith Knight are packing up the company’s velvet costumes and a great big set so that six dancers can perform in the group’s first national festival.

DVD reviews: Shared meal

Using a narrative device as old as the novel itself, writer-director Ritesh Batra renders a charming, bittersweet tale about two souls who find an unlikely connection. Set in the crowded bustle of today’s Mumbai, the mostly English-language film shows how comfort can often be found when and where least expected.


DVD reviews: Fool me twice

This week, we begin in Norfolk, England: Alan Partridge (***) Rated R, 90 minutes.

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Texas chef has her eyes on ‘Star’ prize

Sarah Wilson Penrod looks like she was made for a Malibu kind of life: blue eyes, blond hair and big dreams. But the 30-year-old chef who is holding her ground in the sound-stage kitchen of Food Network Star was born and bred in Denton.

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DVD reviews: Scorched earth

In this compelling drama from director David Gordon Green, Nicolas Cage plays the volcanic yet authentic Joe.

Jim Stodola: Savannah boasts plenty of charms

You are going to love Savannah, Georgia.

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Catching up

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Motion and emotion

Becky Acton hardly misses a beat. “Holding back is a dancer’s biggest enemy,” she said, gathering with her peers in Denton City Contemporary Ballet.


DVD reviews: Force of the future

This week, we begin in the future. Director Jose Padilha remakes 1987's "RoboCop" with Joel Kinnaman playing Detroit detective Alex Murphy, who finds only parts of himself have survived a car bomb.

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Depicting the unseen

Poet Samika Swift and artist Angelia Ford gravitate to the unheralded and invisible.