Miramax-Roadside Attractions

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Say what you will about their politics and views, but the Obamas’ love was made for movie screens. Southside With You is not a political-driven narrative. It quite simply is a walk-and-talk feature that follows a young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) as they fall for each other during their first date.

The Ink Factory

Suite dreams

AMC is known for their slow burn series. Just look at Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and even The Walking Dead as examples.

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Save your breath

Thrillers thrive on simplicity. The notion that danger lurks behind even the most benign and harmless face can easily lead to rewarding results.

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Buddy flick

The transition from childhood to adulthood, where boys become men and girls become women, is undoubtedly a significant stepping stone in everyone’s life. However, the age at which it happens and how you chose to celebrate the rite of passage entirely depends on where you live and what culture you grow up in.

Universal Pictures

Hunting season

It happens: a movie that’s not all bad gets eaten alive. We saw it happen with this year’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and more recently with Suicide Squad. Not to say these movies don’t have their buckets of problems, but in no way should they be deemed a bad apple.

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‘Kubo’ event offers an intro to Japanese culture

Carmike Cinemas in Hickory Creek has cooked up a little something special for the opening weekend of Kubo and the Two Strings, an animated feature from Universal Studios and Laika.The feature-length animated...

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Power chord

This year’s program of summer cinema has hardly risen above a cynical feeding tube of explosions, steeped in a complete lack of relatable characters or meaningful obstacles.

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Guided by voices

Texas Motor Speedway ends its “Big Hoss” Ultimate Drive-In movie series this weekend.

McKinney celebrates Cary Grant classics

Cary Grant gets all of the spotlight at the upcoming McKinney Classic Film Festival this weekend.

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‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ star creates big bang with Streep

It’s been a big year for Simon Helberg. His beloved character Howard Wolowitz is on his way to becoming a father in the upcoming season of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

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Liberation of ‘Gotham’

The cinematic battle between Marvel and DC Comics is never ending. It seems as though we can never bring up one without mentioning the other.

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Trejo lends voice, experience to docu-series

A double portion blessing is occurring with the newly released DVD, Rock Bottom and Back docu-series hosted by Hollywood actor and iconic film villain Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Til Dawn: The TV Series).

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Majestic creature

Disney’s latest formula works: Start with a classic children’s story, sprinkle it with knowing nostalgia to draw in a generation of adults, and invite a smattering of famous faces on screen, with an extra...

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No country for old plots

High star ratings such as those handed out to this film and Pete’s Dragon are not handed out lightly, unless the films really kick up the dust. It just so happens to be an exceptionally strong weekend at the movies, and Hell or High Water is certainly film worth dancing over.

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Carnies in captivity

Rob Zombie’s latest horror film 31 premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year.

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Preston Barta

‘Don’t Think Twice’ provides life-affirming advice to students

Today, we’re often told, “Go to college” and everything will be better. While it definitely does help, I personally didn’t expect to be where I was a year after graduating.

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Past imperfect

Sometimes we find ourselves faced with difficult choices. We can be staring at two different paths and feel torn between which one to go down. We may even know what the right one is, but we still might have the desire to make the wrong one.

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Self-sabotage

Barely a year ago, Warner Bros. unveiled the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the duel of the century that was supposed to kickstart DC Comics’ drive toward critical and box office success. But as many fans witnessed back in March, the brawl of Bats and Supes backfired and left little hope for a shining DC future.

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To love, or to live as beast

Many of us rely on big studio productions for our cinematic entertainment because of the convenience of driving down the street to the local Movie Tavern or Cinemark.

The Ochard

Man with autism finds voice through Disney

Movies have the ability to affect viewers differently. Some films evoke wonder and excitement, while others inform and provoke fear.

Big Hoss awakens

Texas Motor Speedway is hosting a “Big Hoss” Ultimate Drive-In movie series.

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Chasing ‘Jason’

One of the biggest complaints you’ll find in comment sections across media is how Hollywood seems to have forgotten how to make original films. We may get the occasional Ex Machina or Birdman to stir the pot, but the entertainment business thinks in decimals and dollars.

Race to the movies

The University of North Texas Short Film Club will host a 48-hour film race next month, and it’s open to all filmmakers in town.

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Man with autism finds voice through Disney films

Movies have the ability to affect viewers differently. Some films evoke wonder and excitement, while others inform and provoke fear. Whatever the affect, all films contain a prevailing message or theme of some kind.

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You’re fired!

Melissa McCarthy is a national treasure and one of the funniest comedians working in Hollywood. Whether it’s her unforgettable turns in Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, she’s always more than enough reason to see a movie she’s in.

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A gay Sulu?

Sulu is gay. That was among the first viral tidbits to emerge from the new Star Trek Beyond, which opens Friday.

DC Comics

No joking matter

Lake Dallas is one of 300 locations that will show Fathom Events’ one-night screening of  Batman: The Killing Joke  at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday at the Carmike Hickory Creek 16, 8380 S. Stemmons Freeway. 

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Fast & loud

J.J. Abrams steps back to producer in favor of Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) as the new director; meanwhile, cast member Simon Pegg and co-writer Doug Jung (Dark Blue) take over the screenwriting duties from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

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Creep factor

Stranger Things, Netflix’s latest foray into original programming, is one of its most impressive series thus far. The story takes place in the 1980s in a small town in Indiana, where everyone knows each other. After a peculiar incident involving the disappearance of a young boy (Noah Schnapp), a chain of mysterious events tear at the fabric of an otherwise peaceful community.

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Restored bores

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came and went from theaters faster than the Flash. And while it has its fair share of supporters out there, generally speaking, it landed with a mighty thud.

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Call collect

No movie has produced more opinions than Ghostbusters this year. People were quick to voice their thoughts before they even saw a single frame of the film. All it took was the news headline “all-female cast” and negative comments spread like wildfire.

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Paradise imperiled

Parenting is a massive obligation that is troubled with apprehension. It’s tough to navigate, and a constant game of trial and error. Matt Ross’ life-affirming Captain Fantastic addresses this struggle and offers some guidance.

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’80s throwback leads week of solid disc releases

Some have labeled Dazed and Confused as one of the greatest hangout movies of all-time. It’s a movie you watch not only for its artistic qualities and good banter, but also as a genuinely fun experience spending time with its enjoyable characters.

‘Fantastic’ filmmaker explores balance of parenthood

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources, but film can be a particularly powerful medium to learn from. Opening this Friday is Captain Fantastic, an exceptional film that offers much knowledge about the world, most notably navigating the rocky terrains of parenting.

Light snack

Many of us who own pets have often wondered what our cats and dogs do all day when we leave for work. What kind of life do they really lead?

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Wedding brashers

The theme of ever-rising debauchery is one of the most popular story lines for American comedy films (see Neighbors or The Hangover). Writers of the genre love to shock viewers with outlandish events that continue to push the boundaries of belief as the movies proceed.

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Born to be wild

Anyone who saw filmmaker’s Taika Waititi’s exemplary vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows leapt with joy when it was announced he would be helming next year’s Thor: Ragnarok.

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Passionless ‘sea’ shipwrecked by current of cliches

There is no doubt that Angelina Jolie has talent as a filmmaker. She displayed this in her first film, 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, and again in her sophomore feature, 2014’s Unbroken.

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Wilton portrays Her Majesty in Spielberg’s “The BFG”

Steven Spielberg is one of the few cinema wizards out there who has a way of mixing classic storytelling with a grand sense of wonder. This summer, he aims to make a big footprint in the blockbuster season with his latest adventure, The BFG, which opened regionally this weekend.

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Massive appeal

Any project with Steven Spielberg’s name attached to it is bound to get some attention. The BFG may be one of his biggest films yet. Not only is it considered one of the most significant works from famed children’s author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), but it also marks Spielberg’s reunion with E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who died shortly after production wrapped) and the director’s latest collaborative effort with Mark Rylance, now an Academy Award winner for Bridge of Spies.

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Silent but deadly

If you can’t get past the idea of Daniel Radcliffe playing a farting corpse — and half the audience at the film’s Sundance premiere couldn’t — this story of a man (Paul Dano) stranded on a deserted island and the dead body he befriends (Radcliffe) is not for you.

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Veto power

Three years ago, writer-director James DeMonaco introduced us to an unique horror concept with The Purge: For a 12-hour period, the government allows people to commit every sin in the book, including murder, as a way to keep crime down for the remainder of the year.