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.

Throttle Films, Indigo Pictures

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.


Jungle love

The summer movie season is officially in full swing with The Jungle Book, a beautifully crafted live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s collective works gathered under the same name.



Perfecting past-imperfect

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.



DVD reviews: Feel the force at home

It may be a little early to call The Force Awakens the DVD/Blu-ray movie of the year, but it unquestionably deserves a spot in your home collection.

Linklater’s latest casts an affectionate eye to the ’80s

The finger-snapping tunes, the permed-up hair, porn-star mustaches and embarrassing short-shorts — the ’80s were a definite goldmine of wonder, where the stakes and societal pressures were significantly lower compared to today.


Feeling cheated

Because of the sting Tom Hiddleston left with audiences as Loki (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World), many were excited when word got out that the big bad Brit was taking on the role of beloved musical icon Hank Williams. It seemed like it would be a grand opportunity for Hiddleston to show another side to himself and stretch his acting muscles in a dramatic role.

DVD reviews: Back in the saddle

This week’s DVD releases range from the good, the bad and the ugly.


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Gal Gadot as Diana Prince walks in a scene from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Dan’s rewinds ‘Tapeheads’

A Denton-based film critic will launch what he hopes to make a regular film series on Sunday night.


Blumhouse Productions

Local country

Have you ever noticed how many movies are set in or around either New York or Los Angeles? With two to three movies opening each week, it seems as though it’s every other movie.


DVD reviews: Right on target

This week’s DVD releases are light, but they still feature some films worth picking up.

Columbia Pictures

Troubled family finds wholeness in ‘Miracles’

With the new release of Miracles From Heaven closely following the releases of the epic films Risen and The Young Messiah, families are going to have a feast of films to choose from this Passover and Easter celebration.

‘Mysteries’ assembles Broadway voices in Christian story oratorio

Easter Mysteries is a biblically based oratorio, a musical about the life, death, burial and ascension of Jesus Christ through the eyes of the Disciple Peter.


Franchise turmoil

How heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) was able to navigate the dystopian streets of Chicago and survive a hell-bent government is a question that has even Katniss Everdeen scratching her head.


Director says movie was made on faith

Based on the novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice (who attended the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University), The Young Messiah is about Jesus as a 7-year-old boy. Director Cyrus Nowrasteh’s groundbreaking film is centered on the biblical story of God taking on flesh, portrayed as a child in the care of divinely chosen parents.

Marcus Laws

Riverboat Gamblers make it to screen in Linklater’s latest

Jumping into a pit full of energetic rockers with a beer in hand, yelling fiery lyrics at the top of your lungs — there’s nothing quite like a punk rock show.

DVD reviews: Cinematic advancements

It’s a strong week for movie releases as a trio of Oscar-nominated films make their way to DVD, along with a winning comedy about sisterhood.

Child savior

Filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh’s pioneering The Young Messiah starts with a look into the life of 7-year-old Jesus and what his life as a child may have been like in biblical times. The screenplay, by the director and Betsy Giffen-Nowrasteh, is based on Anne Rice’s novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt but remains inspired by Scripture.


Holiday road

Friday marks the beginning of the South by Southwest Film Festival, which runs through March 19, where we’ll roam the sun-scorched streets of Austin in search of the next great movie — along with a goodly number of Denton residents.


Twentieth Century Fox, Peanuts Worldwide LLC

DVD reviews: Sweet nostalgia

This week’s DVD releases sees adored characters from our past resurfacing for a new generation.

Preston Barta

Critter creators find sweet spot

If you give a kid a movie, they’re likely going to ask for that exact same movie approximately 100 more times. If it features a solid combination of sounds and flashing colors, nine times out of 10 they’re going to love it.

Low Spark Films

Personal short grows to memorable feature

Short films can often be cultivated and grown into something more rewarding. Just look at District 9 and Boogie Nights, which both started as shorts and later became highly acclaimed feature-length films.


Good hare day

With nearly 80 years of experience in crafting animated adventures, Disney has become quite the expert at capturing the hearts and imaginations of our youth. There’s something genuinely magical about the studio’s ability to churn out enchanting spectacles filled with witty humor, vibrant visuals and charming characters.


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DVD reviews: Oscar nominees arrive home on disc

Whether it’s the clash between superheroes in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice or the mystery of 10 Cloverfield Lane, there’s plenty to keep you busy at the movie theater in March.


A critic picks his favorites to score a golden statuette

The 88th annual Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Super Bowl for cinephiles, airs tonight.


Loose change

The inventiveness of heist films runs thin in the streets of cinema. You can always expect a group of charming baddies looking for a quick cash grab, the by-the-book cop as their foil, and everything to go wrong and bullets to fly. Why would anything change when the genre dates back to the silent era?



Creativity resonates

On the final day of Thin Line, audience members got to take a more active role in the show, make some noise and march through the Square after a screening of the documentary "Dare to Drum."

Best of the fest: Thin Line’s best doc tackles big topic

After Thursday night unveiled Thin Line’s secret screening as Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny, a feature documentary on the life and work of the acclaimed Texas filmmaker (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused), and showcased many great films and shorts, the most impactful film came from filmmaker Josh Fox: How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change).


DVD reviews: Eclipsing film

Over the past several years, we’ve seen big-name stars make the transition from film to television. Popularity of streaming content, budget increases and high-quality material are all contributing factors to the rise of TV.

Film review: An entertaining take on a converted Roman

Finally, a new perspective on the greatest story ever told.


Everyday movies

While some documentary films shown at this year’s Thin Line festival covered topics of social conflict and lost love, Judy Keith professed the simplicity of good old-fashioned home movies.

Slow-burn horror

The Witch is the type of film for which you cannot prepare someone, no matter how much time and effort is spent laying the groundwork.