Tears for fears: Home releases go straight for the feels

New releases offering everything from patriotism to magical beasts.

Ten-gallon heart

Weldon Burgoon ran a western wear and saddle shop in downtown Denton for more than six decades before closing up shop in January. Now the cowboy is the subject of a short documentary.

Video interview: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena on 'CHIPS'

Denton Record-Chronicle film critic Preston Barta sat down for an interview with Dax Shepard and Michael Pena, who bring 'Ponch' and John of 'CHIPS' to life on the big screen.

Ridin’ dirty

CHIPS sheds the family-friendly skin of the '70s television show, and emerges a foul-mouthed, funny affair.

Your move, creep

A home video company brings 'RoboCop 2' to your DVD player.

Well-cooked feast

An unlikely movie about cannibalism is also a beautifully told coming-of-age story.

Festival digest: The best and worst of SXSW film

South by Southwest was a smorgasbord of good films. Here's a look at some of the best.

Unwelcome Guest

The new live-action version of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' lacks a three-dimensional heart.


Disney princess visit

Meet the princess, see the movie.


Memory burn

It’s a good time to be a Stephen King fan. Stranger Things paid homage to his great works, two new adaptations are hitting the big screen later this year (Dark Tower, It) and a few others will be streaming on Netflix.

Captivating cinema

Studios plan to release a bonanza of films for the remainder of the spring. The season promises a few meaty movies meant to pull in serious audiences, but parents and grandparents also have a menu of movies to choose from to keep the little ones entertained from now through May.

Gorilla warfare

Hollywood certainly goes ape for monkey movies.


Twilight Time

Back to the future

Twilight Time releases its February crop for classic movie lovers to watch again, or enjoy for the first time.

Going out with his claws out

As we've seen lately, it isn't easy to pull off a superhero movie that warrants its existence, simply because so many are being produced at breakneck pace. Filmmakers struggle with a whole host of issues when adapting comic book characters for the big screen in authentic fashion, particularly when the idea behind the film is to make it dark, gritty and relatable.

Don’t mess with the tresses

Samurai Cop is like Lethal Weapon, but without the acting skills or directorial adeptness.


Love me tender

An American man and a French woman in their early 20s meet on a training traveling through Europe. They stop and shoot the breeze in Vienna for some time before they part ways.

Universal Pictures

Meet the parents ... if you dare

If the trailer to Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, didn’t set your skin creeping, perhaps you need to consult your doctor to see why your central nervous system isn’t functioning properly.


Focus Features

Harvester of sorrow

Oscar-hungry movies tend to strategically time their releases to peak with nominations, or the Academy Awards itself. If distributors set it up right, a wave of nominations and award wins could boost the box office and DVD sale numbers.

Andy Galloway

Evicted with no destination

“The Eviction” tells the story of the final month of Tent City, a sprawling community of homeless men and women under the intersection of Interstates 45 and 30 in Dallas.

Twentieth Century Fox

Shock treatment

Imagine the twisted nature of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island crossed with the swashbuckling supernaturalism of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and you have a notion of Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness.

Fathom Events

Gamed by the system

The curiously titled Sword Art Online is one of the most popular anime series ever produced. The series finds a hero and heroine at the center of a glitch in the system in the year 2022. Thousands of people have begun playing a multiplayer online role-playing game, and are trapped within it. A young man and woman — Kirito and Asuna — try their hardest to escape.


AP file photo

Baked couch potatoes

Before Seth Rogen reintroduced the stoner laugh to this generation, it was Beavis and Butt-Head who showed us what sucked and what was cool about the world in their own “huh-huh, huh-huh” way.


Meta-meta-meta-meta Batman

Living in a post-Batman v. Superman and “sad Affleck” world, hope for a bright future involving the Caped Crusader didn’t seem likely until now. Following filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy is an impossible feat, no matter who you are. So when you can’t make something fly with a $250 million budget and the best talent in the biz, maybe turning beloved characters into plastic bricks isn’t the worst idea.


Another hit, man

Keanu Reeves always seems to pop up in places you’d least expect him. Whether it’s a sleazy motel owner in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon or caught in a dangerous game of seduction in Eli Roth’s bizarre Knock Knock, the “whoa” boy is not afraid to go against the grain and surprise viewers with his choices.


Janus Films

Now you see me

When you watch a documentary, filmmakers want you to connect with the subjects on screen without drawing attention to the camera’s presence. In other words, documentaries built on structuring absences.

STX Productions

Failure to launch

The Space Between Us had a lot of promise. The concept is a unique premise to explore on film: A child born on Mars longs to live a normal life on Earth, but cannot because his body won’t allow him to.

Fathom Events

Extra! Extra!

Newsies is a musical with truly proletarian undertones. Based on the true story of a rabble-rousing newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenage “newsies,” the musical follows the young men as they dream of a better life far from the streets of turn of the century New York City. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.


Magnolia Pictures

Eternal voice speaks volumes on race in America

This past week Denton saw the regional premiere of the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, which opens theatrically in Dallas on Friday. It served as the perfect opening night film for the Denton Black Film Festival over the weekend, diving into topical material in a way that has never yet been explored.


Running man

Sometimes a relatively generic story can be redeemed by a confident central performance, as proven with 2012’s Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise.

STX Entertainment

‘Space Between Us’ actor dives into romance

As children, we all looked to the imminent 21st century and thought of a big, sci-fi future. The kind of world where we’d take trips in hovercars to the grocery store and have robot butlers fold our laundry.

History is present

Though the silver screen often explores racism and the fight for equality, few have exposed the subject in as sensitive and personal a manner as Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

Universal Studios

Ball of fluff

Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky said there are two kinds of scenes in screenplays: “the Pet the Dog scene and the Kick the Dog scene.” Canine love letter A Dog’s Purpose manages to work in both. You might be surprised that this sappy, family-friendly tribute to man’s best friend kills its main character within mere moments. A stray puppy is snapped up by an evil, net-wielding dog catcher, and soon he’s off to that nice farm in the sky, before his rebirth. This serves as the starting point for the circle of life and metaphysical journey of our puppy protagonist.


Real places that inspired scenes in Oscar-nominated films

NEW YORK — A diner in Miami, a house in Pittsburgh and a pier in Los Angeles: All of them are real places where Oscar-nominated movies were filmed.


Amazon Studios

Love on the rocks

What a remarkable filmmaker Derek Cianfrance has become. From a bittersweet study of a fading marriage (Blue Valentine) to a sweeping epic about fathers and sons (The Place Beyond the Pines), he has proved himself to be one of cinema’s most astute and honest artists.

Courtesy photos

D-FW’s Funimation bringing Japanese film ‘Your Name’ to America

Your Name, known in Japan as Kimi no Na wa, is finally on its way to North America courtesy of Flower Mound-based company Funimation. The film has been a box office hit in Japan and other parts of Asia, becoming the world's highest-grossing anime film before even landing in English-speaking territories. It is currently Japan’s fourth-highest grossing film of all time.


Doc fails to place crime in context

NEW YORK — The Slender Man craze swept the younger digerati while their unwitting elders occupied themselves online with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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.



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.



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.