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.


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.


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.


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‘Neon Demon’ movie director blurs lines of narrative filmmaking

In the freewheeling world of filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, characters don’t simply get from A to B, they travel in all different directions.

Empty spectacle: An ambitious sci-fi that’s at odds with itself

Jeff Nichols has become one of those filmmakers who makes you stand up and take notice with each new feature. Writing and directing three great and thought provoking films before — Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud — there’s no denying my ears perked up when word got out he was releasing a fourth, and a studio film nonetheless.

A love for Disney sets filmmaker’s heart ablaze

When you watch any given film, you are witness to every ounce of time and energy a filmmaker devoted to their labor of love.

Football: ‘When We Were All Broncos’ set for TV debut

After spending time riding the film festival circuit, When We Were All Broncos will make its television debut on KERA-TV (Channel 13) at 9 p.m. Friday. The documentary, directed by David Barrow, chronicles the journey of the racially integrated 1972 Denton High School football team and its role in Denton and the recently desegregated South.


Gone girl

The Pixar team always fashions funny, poignant stories to match its lush animated images. Whether it’s toys with feelings, monsters with feelings, or even feelings with feelings, they have a knack for taking the most mundane topics and shaping them into cinematic gold.


IFC Films

'Weiner' exposes hard truths

Perhaps you’re familiar with the story of Congressman Anthony Weiner. Back in 2011, he tweeted a picture of his penis to a woman that was not his pregnant wife. Long story short, he resigned in disgrace....

Michele K. Short

Monster mash

Do you remember those days where you’d invite friends over, stay up past your bedtime and watch a classic monster movie? Whether alien or beast, monsters are the things nightmares are made of.


Spooky folk

It doesn’t take a genius like Stephen Hawking to understand why horror sequels have such a muddy reputation. Endless sequels and follow-ups to classics like Friday the 13th and Halloween beat their predecessors into the ground by losing their sense of threat.


Flicks for tots

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is staging a miniature film festival expressly for children.


‘Ghostbusters’ courts male moviegoers by hiding female cast in advertisements

NEW YORK — To sell Ghostbusters, who are you going to call? In the film's initial nationwide TV spots, not its female stars.

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Animal house

Set in a world where animals have evolved and live much like we do, Zootopia puts us in the paws of a rookie bunny cop (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) and a cynical con artist fox (Jason Bateman) who must work together to uncover a conspiracy.


Parody 4Real

I have no shame in saying I watched the trailer for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (a play on the title of Justin Bieber’s 2011 tour film, Never Say Never) at least a dozen times. I mainly clicked “repeat” just to see Andy Samberg embrace and poke fun at the ridiculousness of celebrity culture. Whether he’s buying things he doesn’t need or muttering Kanye-like lines like “It takes a village to make me look dope,” it’s hysterical.


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DVD reviews: Appetizing revivals

When the zombie genre runs out of brains, might as well eat at a classic literary tale.

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Film review: Heroine of biopic lives up to name

Ever dream of being a superhero with superpowers? In the biopic Noble, you will meet a true hero with tenacious powers almost beyond belief.


Stay gold

Actor/director and Denton entrepreneur Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) and the Greater Denton Arts Council continue the free summer movie series that began this month at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.


No tomorrow

When it comes to watching movies, very little is worse than being disappointed by one. I’m talking about those movies that leave you eager with anticipation, counting down the days and reserving your tickets in advance, only to discover that everything you imagined in your head didn’t quite make it on screen.


Worth a look

You know that kind of movie where you’ll see the trailer and whisper, “Um, no thank you,” to the person next to you? Alice Through the Looking Glass may have been one of those very films for you. Surprisingly, it holds a heart of gold that makes it worth every second.



Beyond ‘Pale’: Director hopes to shatter expectations

A small audience at the University of North Texas’ Lyceum Theater got a first look at North Texas-based director Brett Bentman’s new independent film "Pale" on Saturday night.

Paramount Pictures

DVD reviews: Ridiculously ridiculous

This week’s home viewing serves as one of the worst.

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions

Movie review: Stillman finds his voice with a little help from Jane Austen

Every year, dozens of best-selling novels and works of literature are brought to the screen by filmmakers and production companies who want to capture the magic of a story and share it with a broader audience.


Tapped out

Following the unprecedented success of 2014’s Neighbors, Universal Pictures has brought us back to check in on Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) to see how their now-quiet household has...

Warner Bros. Pictures

Charmed and dangerous

In a lot of ways The Nice Guys represents the buddy movie genre at its best. It’s a film that packs as much charm and humor as it does bullets. And boy, is it a blast!



DVD reviews: Deliciously witchy

Just when you thought Puritans couldn’t be any scarier with their usually wide-brimmed hats, shifts and petticoats, some filmmakers thought to add the element of the supernatural, gray undertones and the one of the most frightening animals to ever be put on screen.


Summer movie SMACKDOWN

The summer movie season is in motion once again. It’s a time to gather and eagerly await everything from the next comic book character brought to life on the silver screen to the latest spin on an animated...

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Summer flicks at the gallery

Actor-director and Denton entrepreneur Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) and the Greater Denton Arts Council have whipped up a free summer movie series at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.


Universal Pictures

DVD reviews: Funny bone calcium

Comedies are pretty hit and miss nowadays. It’s seldom that we get a solid comedy like The Hangover or Bridesmaids.


Justice for all

In March, the lukewarm reception of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice proved that well-rendered visuals don’t necessarily save formulaic blockbusters. Thankfully this week’s Captain America: Civil War promises to enthrall moviegoers with big-budget filmmaking on a more cerebral level.

Prison break

Fans of martial arts flicks have a rare chance to catch a Tony Jaa film before it hits theaters.


Paramount Pictures

DVD reviews: Danger zone

With every new week, it seems as though a movie is repackaged on Blu-ray/DVD to celebrate the anniversary of its theatrical release.

Steve Dietl

Fancy, funny feast

In the game of sketch comedy, few have proven themselves funnier than Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Their Comedy Central series Key & Peele had a prosperous five-season run as one of the more consistently funny, short-form comedy shows on television, with their writing and their performances always on point.

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Zombie flick sets action in Texas

From the living dead to the walking dead, our fascination with zombies has completely infiltrated 21st century culture. What was once a small genre has developed into something that has infected cinephiles and has given us frightening scenarios to explore.


Jeff Barry

Sibling story

DALLAS — Cinema has graced the screen with all kinds of great and compelling sibling relationships.

Universal Pictures

DVD reviews: Naughty and nice

Given that we like to observe holidays early — putting up Christmas lights and the tree the moment after we’ve inhaled our Thanksgiving feast — it’s a good rule of thumb to not mention Christmas until November. However, Christmas comes early for horror movie fans.

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Moments immortalized

For the Instagram-loving generation — and anyone who loves to take pictures — the arrival of digital photography brought forth innumerable benefits: Images became cost-effective, ready to preview instantly, easier and quicker to share. The list goes on.


Let it go

Visual supervisor turned director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (who’s supposedly directing the upcoming Highlander remake) treats us to another adventure in the most recent world of Snow White, to some excitement and applause.



DVD reviews: X marks the spot

Just in time for next month’s theatrical release of X-Men: Apocalypse (the conclusion to the second X-Men trilogy), all five installments are being repackaged for your home collection.

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Fort Worth televangelist reprises role in ‘Rally’ trilogy

How can two brothers involved in an early life of organized crime turn out to be so different?

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Punk heavyweights

Shaun Colón has always had a love for two things: film and punk rock. Four years ago, he decided it was time to find a way to incorporate both passions into one project that even he admits is A Fat Wreck.