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.


‘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.


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.



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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Love endures


‘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.



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?



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.


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.


‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ reborn at Bastrop gas station

BASTROP (AP) — A small slice of movie history sits on a stretch of Texas 304 in Bastrop. It’s a quaint enough spot, well past the charred-tree graveyard from the 2011 wildfires that devastated the area, and nothing that would demand attention from the road.


‘Strange’ works magic

Superhero movies have been the crux of the film business for more than a decade, with franchises such as Iron Man and The Avengers sweeping in the dough and winning over audiences at a time when convincing people to visit a movie theater has never been more difficult. (Thanks, Netflix.)


Magnolia Pictures

Touches of humor

Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst) no doubt stands apart from his counterparts. It’s apparent Park puts an abundance of thought into his projects and filmmaking technique. Everything has a reason for its place and why it’s shown the way it is, which could stem from his former position as a film critic in South Korea while he was trying to ignite his directorial career.

STX Productions

Wild and crazy gals

It’s not supernatural: the shrill screams of our children and all-encompassing exhaustion of motherhood warrant throwing in the towel sometimes. And with this week’s release of Bad Moms, it’s time to live vicariously.

Magnolia Pictures

Gothic cleanse

There is a special admiration reserved for movies that top two hours, maintaining their momentum and intrigue. They earn their lengthy running time by drawing you into a complicated story featuring compelling characters and seasoned with damn good filmmaking.

Herts-Lion International

‘Carnival’ skewered

The guys at RiffTrax Live won’t let the 1962 cult horror film Carnival of Souls get too scary.


Home Theatre Films

Romantic comedy explores new-found faith, renewed family relations

In-Lawfully Yours is an inspirational romantic comedy that may stir a faint memory of the biblical tale of Ruth and Naomi within your heart. Written to include modern day challenges, the film captivates from the beginning until the end.

Shout Factory

Straight out of hell

It’s a common thing in Hollywood: Movies have trouble moving forward and are trapped in eternal development hell with no chance of getting out. However, some movies manage to push through the fire.

‘Reacher’ sequel exceeds grasp

Sometimes a relatively generic story can be redeemed by a confident central performance, as proven with 2012’s Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise. What appeared to be a bombastic action flick in the same vein as Cruise’s other stealthy crime franchise Mission: Impossible, wound up being a rather smart, low-key, stylish and — most notably — fun thriller. While it has many action set-pieces that feel borrowed from M:I films, Cruise’s movie star charisma shined through with a fascinating character who outsmarted and beat his way out of every corner he was backed into.


Focus World

Fantastic Fest lives up to name with stories of light, dark

We plowed through a crowded docket of films at Fantastic Fest in Austin at the end of September to bring you our picks for the features you need to be on the lookout for in the coming months. Some of these films have their release dates confirmed, while others may take longer than expected.


Welcome to the dollhouse

When you revisit horror films from the past, they can really surprise you. What’s perhaps the most surprising aspect about Child’s Play is how well it connects the dots and doesn’t leave you with too many head scratching moments.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Calculated execution

We crave those deliciously entertaining mysteries that deliver a number of fruitful issues to chew on. They are reminders that stirring dramas can be just as thrilling as the next big superhero sequel.

A24 Films

Roadless map

A24 is one of the best film studios working today. It’s responsible for cinematic juggernauts such as Ex Machina, Room and TheWitch. Never does it represent narratives that are safe, traditional or capable of generating a nice cash flow. A24 is more about the art and filmmakers’ unique voices. You know, what movies should be about.


Lifetime Network

Lifetime movie features UNT grad

University of North Texas graduate Kedrick Brown will appear in a Lifetime Original Movie premiering at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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Limited-edition classics get second life with Twilight Time

Twilight Time essentially serves as a movie buyer’s guide to vintage movie collecting. It specializes in releasing movies that have been collecting dust on shelves and have yet to receive the remastered treatment.

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Nightmares before Christmas

October marks the re-release of some of cinema’s best titles. It’s a month when home entertainment companies craft quirky and innovative collector’s editions that are as much works of art as the movies they contain.


Historical uprising

The promotion of The Birth of a Nation has been crawling through the shadows in recent months, due to the controversy surrounding a resurfaced 1999 news story involving its filmmaker and leading star. As a film journalist, however, I’ll leave the altercation to social media comment threads and stick with what Nate Parker puts on screen.


A24 Films

The end is nigh

Wicked explosions, chaos-hungry villains and zombie swarms — cinema loves its end-of-the-world movies.

CBS Home Entertainment

Black-and-white series receive digital colorization

Film colorization has been around since the dawn of film. One of the first forms of media to receive this treatment stretches back as far as 1902, when each film had to be individually hand colored by an artist.

Twentieth Century Fox

Strangely enough

In his glory days, Tim Burton’s unique direction was something filmmakers could only dream of. His inventive mind, filled to the brim with wonders, brought to life countless freak show characters and admirably fantastical dreamscapes.