Universal Pictures

‘Split’ has personality

This review marks a difficult time to write. Not because I’m not sure of how I felt walking out of my screening, but because to talk too much about Split is almost a nose-dive into spoiler territory. Let’s just say it’s definitely one of those movies we recommend going into as cold as possible — where the less you know, the better. If you need some evidence to convince you, however, I’ll carefully tip-toe around the concept as much as possible and focus on its sheer thrill.

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A24

Boys don’t cry

Writer-director Mike Mills’ remarkable 2010 film Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, was a comedy-drama loosely based on the filmmaker’s own father who came out of the closet in the later years of his life. Now Mills directs his pen and camera at his mother’s story for another wonderfully wrought, fictionalized tale.

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NYT

News flash

While journalism is not the most exciting career (trust me, I know), Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday sure does a bang-up job of making it glamorous, dangerous and fun.

Twentieth Century Fox

‘Hidden’ deserves to be seen

Theodore Melfi’s buoyant Hidden Figures is an old-fashioned feel-good movie with powerful contemporary relevance, spearheaded by a trio of unstoppable actresses playing black women who wouldn’t be stopped.

Paramount Pictures

In quiet awe

Christianity and cinema have not always meshed well. Filmmakers seeking to intertwine the two face a delicate balance: to embrace the ideals of faith while still providing a tangible story to which moviegoers can relate. Whether it’s a drama about a near-death experience or the next Kirk Cameron movie, many directors lean heavily on Christian forgiveness to paper over fundamentally flawed filmmaking.

Focus Features

Gnarled heart beats in ‘Monster’

From its elegant title to its unexpectedly edgy tone, A Monster Calls makes its own way. There is magic, real magic here, and if it doesn’t manifest itself in every frame, it’s just going to have to be that way.

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Focus World

Coming attractions

With each new year the moviegoing cycle is reset. It may not always be for the better, but 2017’s titles show a lot of promise. Here are 10 movies that have me eager for what’s to come in the new year.

AP

Potion brew

What made the original Blair Witch Project such a hit was that it was the first of its kind. Since its release in 1999, it’s been superseded by a host of other horror filmmakers coming in our wake who’ve overdone the found footage concept since it came out of the woods.

In the name of the father: Filmmaker traces impact of father’s suicide

It was like any other normal day when 9-year-old John Finch’s father dropped him off at school. John’s father gave him a big hug and kiss before driving away that day.

Josh Fox

Year's best films made viewers think

Looking back on 2016, you could easily label it as a bad year for movies. Plenty of titles harbored the potential of climbing the cinematic ladder to greatness, but many struggled to break through and find their audience.

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Road warrior

A24 is one of the best film studios working today. It’s responsible for the awards-sweeping Moonlight and upcoming 20th Century Women.

Paramount Pictures

‘Fences’ involving family are the most difficult to mend

Raising children is arguably the central experience of life and the truest source of self-awareness. We all want what’s best for our children.

Universal Studios

Swan song

As if the world didn’t have enough people singing and competing for stacks of cash and record deals, we now get an animated anamorphic version of this crap.

Columbia Pictures

While you were sleeping

Waking up from a cryogenic sleep to the sight of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt doesn’t seem like the worst thing to happen in the universe — or at least, that’s what the misleading marketing for Passengers would like for you to believe.

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AP

‘Moonlight’ earns top prize among DFW film critics

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association on Tuesday unveiled its picks for the top films of the year, bestowing Moonlight with the award for best picture of 2016.

AP

Air force won

Film has played to our historical senses since the beginning of cinema. It has resulted is some of the finest and highest-grossing movies of all time, including Titanic, Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator, to name a few. These historical dramas captured some of the most tragic events of our time on the big screen.

AP

‘Rogue One’: Not your father’s
‘Star Wars’

SAN FRANCISCO — “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is different. Very different.

Lucasfilm-Walt Disney Studios

Rebels with a cause

After the travesty of the Phantom Menace and the other two child-pandering, politically heavy prequels in the Star Wars saga, it’s understandable to be a little worried about any new additions.

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Paramount Pictures

Naughty and nice

This month marks a stressful time of the year for workplaces across the country. Office parties, gift exchanges and year-end bonuses are designed to give workers that warm and cozy feeling inside to make them feel as though all their work over the past 365 days has been appreciated.

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TNS

What a lovely day

It’s common for black-and-white classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn to get modern facelifts through digital colorization. The reverse, a celebrated contemporary film going monochrome, is much rarer.

AP

‘La La Land’ named best film by New York critics

NEW YORK — Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical La La Land was named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle.

Dishonorable discharge

Chances are if you ask a veteran what the most realistic war film is, you’ll be told there isn’t one. As lived-in and frightful as Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed "Saving Private Ryan" may have been, there is no film that captures the totality of the military experience.

TNS

Top brass

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story doesn’t have the buzz The Force Awakens had this time last year. But no other American film franchise inspires the loyalty and fervor of Star Wars, and the upcoming movie is getting its own love from fans.

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AP

Big, friendly giants

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 helping of action and 3-D visuals. As the studio’s profit margin shows, it’s a winning recipe.

AP

True story took hold of Dev Patel, star of ‘Lion’

LOS ANGELES — Dev Patel knows how special a film like Lion is. He’s been waiting nearly 8 years, since his breakout in Slumdog Millionaire, for a role as substantive and soulful as Saroo Brierley, an Indian man who was lost as a 5-year-old, adopted and raised by Australian parents, and who, 25 years later, used Google Earth to retrace his steps to his hometown and his birth mother, not knowing the name of either.

Amazon Studios-Roadside Attracti

Hooked on a feeling

This weekend may be dedicated to Black Friday shopping and the latest Gilmore Girls episodes, but if you find yourself craving the kind of movie that makes you smile through the tears and hold your loved...

AP

Flaunting ‘Rules’

If you grew up in Denton, you’re bound to have heard a few different stories about Warren Beatty and his 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The infamous couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were known for using secluded areas in and around Denton County as hideouts between their crime sprees in the 1930s, and portions of the 1967 film starring Beatty were naturally shot in the area, too.

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Sony Pictures

Two for the money

With its storied history and stark landscapes, Texas is a filmmaker’s dream. Joining the ranks of Tender Mercies and The Last Picture Show, this week’s Hell or High Water does Texas proud.

TNS

In animated ‘Moana,’ a tale of discovery, culture

There is no rulebook for creating Disney animated features. The film just needs to come from an honest place, be expressive and provide a sense of adventure for viewers to get lost in. This idea stretches back to when a certain mouse sprung onto the scene to bring about smiles and educate on how to live life to the fullest.

AP

Smells like teenage spirit

No matter your age or year of graduation, there will be one high school movie that sticks out as your ultimate viewing experience.

Courtesy photo

Love endures

TNS

‘Beasts’ of the northern wild

There’s no doubt the Harry Potter series has instilled magic into the lives of many. There’s a cozy and inviting place it takes you to. It provides a sense of escapism that is rare for movies to offer these days, where one can leave their worries outside the door, live in the moment and cherish what unfolds on screen.

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Disney

Film auteur makes his Criterion Collection debut

November tends to be a big month for buying movies. Not only is it the dawn of Christmas shopping and eating turkey, but it’s also when Criterion Collection releases some of their most anticipated classic and contemporary film titles.

Faith-based western movie hits its target

Reviving an authentic dead language called “Boontling,” writer Judy Belshe-Toemblom creates a story based on a real town called Boonville to discover hidden secrets kept by the townsmen and to solve a long-standing mystery.

Tinsel town

We know, we know. You just got your Halloween decorations put away. Who wants to think about the holidays?

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AP

Close encounters of the preferred kind

The demands of sci-fi filmmaking often require massive sums of money, because when aliens arrive on screen, humanity has to blow them up. Thankfully, there are some movies that land without breaking bank or depending on smash-and-grab space conflict to warrant your attention.

TNS

Where’s the love?

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is no doubt an important one: They’re the couple at the center of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling that overturned laws against interracial marriage. But oftentimes in movies that are based on true stories, we hope they say more than what we can read in a newspaper article or book. As we’ve come to know, film is a visual medium and it gives filmmakers the opportunity to impact us in ways we could never get from words on a page.

Sony Pictures

Throwaway money

With hundreds of scripted series to watch on television and streaming services, it’s hard to keep up with the Joneses. A smart premise and a good cast can be two of the many components to lure you into a new series. Such is the case with Showtime’s Billions, starring Paul Giamatti (John Adams), Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy).

‘Moonlight’ inspires viewers to reflect on identity

The exceptional film Moonlight is a work of fiction, but it draws upon universal themes and the lives of its talent and filmmakers.