Amazon Studios

No winners in war

Video game movies don’t exactly have the best track records in Hollywood. While there are a select few that managed to sweep in some dough, there hasn’t been a single adaptation that has received the reception they were hoping for.


Greek tragedy

Fraternities and sororities offer many benefits to students — leadership, participation in college activities, and bonds that run deeper than blood. Although being inducted into Greek organizations can lead to profitable results, the pledging process and practice of hazing rituals can prove otherwise.


Famed voice actor recalls Disney experiences

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Disney’s beloved animated classic Beauty and the Beast. This week, the studio pulled back the curtain to release a special anniversary edition of the Academy Award-winning film.


Softshell entertainment

After the abysmal first chapter in the rebooted series, we head back into the sewers for some more (not-so) hot turtle action. Radioactive fighting turtles are not exactly a concept built for adult minds. Even the original Ninja Turtles of the ’90s were a stretch, Vanilla Ice and all.


Film festival helps keep Austin weird

Austin sees several film festivals each year, such as the Austin Film Festival and South by Southwest. However, none is as inventive and convivial as Fantastic Fest, which runs Thursday to Sept. 29.


Film’s faith clear, but attempt at humor falls flat

Fishes ‘N Loaves: Heaven Sent is an inspirational comedy awarded the Dove “Faith Friendly” seal. You’ll be able to find the movie on DVD, digital and On Demand on Sept. 6.



It’s no question filmmaker Oliver Stone loves his country, but he’s also made a career out of going against the established order. Whether he’s tackling history in films like Platoon or Born on the Fourth of July, or profiling presidents with JFK, Nixon and W., Stone portrays America in his own unique way.


Into the woods again

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 Since then, it’s been superseded by a host of other horror filmmakers coming in our wake who’ve overdone the found footage concept since it came out of the woods.


Mother of all battles

Today’s film market is all about the sequel. Franchising is such an important factor in turning a profit — particularly in summer, which is flooded with additional installments of both recent and distant movies past. Though producing a sequel is a common decision among studios, the results are hit-and-miss. This week’s home entertainment releases, however, all strike gold.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Brace for impact

Is it too soon for Sully? Is this a mere cash grab for Warner Bros. to adapt a true account and snag a few Oscars in the process? The importance of its story says otherwise. Seven years ago, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully executed an emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, after it was disabled by striking a flock of birds.


Roadside Attractions

Kill your darlings

There’s nothing quite like writing a first draft. The rush of sitting down and letting all our raw ideas flow free. But as Dr. Seuss once said, “the writer who breeds more words than [he or she] needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.” Genius is very much about the pain of the creative process, how we often have to let go of those words we hold so dear and how pretty much no one makes a living off of rough drafts.


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Day trip

Say what you will about their politics and views, but the Obamas’ love was made for movie screens. Southside With You is not a political-driven narrative. It quite simply is a walk-and-talk feature that follows a young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) as they fall for each other during their first date.

The Ink Factory

Suite dreams

AMC is known for their slow burn series. Just look at Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and even The Walking Dead as examples.


Save your breath

Thrillers thrive on simplicity. The notion that danger lurks behind even the most benign and harmless face can easily lead to rewarding results.


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Buddy flick

The transition from childhood to adulthood, where boys become men and girls become women, is undoubtedly a significant stepping stone in everyone’s life. However, the age at which it happens and how you chose to celebrate the rite of passage entirely depends on where you live and what culture you grow up in.

Universal Pictures

Hunting season

It happens: a movie that’s not all bad gets eaten alive. We saw it happen with this year’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and more recently with Suicide Squad. Not to say these movies don’t have their buckets of problems, but in no way should they be deemed a bad apple.


‘Kubo’ event offers an intro to Japanese culture

Carmike Cinemas in Hickory Creek has cooked up a little something special for the opening weekend of Kubo and the Two Strings, an animated feature from Universal Studios and Laika.The feature-length animated...


Power chord

This year’s program of summer cinema has hardly risen above a cynical feeding tube of explosions, steeped in a complete lack of relatable characters or meaningful obstacles.


Guided by voices

Texas Motor Speedway ends its “Big Hoss” Ultimate Drive-In movie series this weekend.

McKinney celebrates Cary Grant classics

Cary Grant gets all of the spotlight at the upcoming McKinney Classic Film Festival this weekend.

Paramount Pictures

‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ star creates big bang with Streep

It’s been a big year for Simon Helberg. His beloved character Howard Wolowitz is on his way to becoming a father in the upcoming season of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.


Liberation of ‘Gotham’

The cinematic battle between Marvel and DC Comics is never ending. It seems as though we can never bring up one without mentioning the other.

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Trejo lends voice, experience to docu-series

A double portion blessing is occurring with the newly released DVD, Rock Bottom and Back docu-series hosted by Hollywood actor and iconic film villain Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Til Dawn: The TV Series).


Majestic creature

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...

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No country for old plots

High star ratings such as those handed out to this film and Pete’s Dragon are not handed out lightly, unless the films really kick up the dust. It just so happens to be an exceptionally strong weekend at the movies, and Hell or High Water is certainly film worth dancing over.

Saban Films/Lionsgate

Carnies in captivity

Rob Zombie’s latest horror film 31 premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year.



Preston Barta

‘Don’t Think Twice’ provides life-affirming advice to students

Today, we’re often told, “Go to college” and everything will be better. While it definitely does help, I personally didn’t expect to be where I was a year after graduating.


Past imperfect

Sometimes we find ourselves faced with difficult choices. We can be staring at two different paths and feel torn between which one to go down. We may even know what the right one is, but we still might have the desire to make the wrong one.



Barely a year ago, Warner Bros. unveiled the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the duel of the century that was supposed to kickstart DC Comics’ drive toward critical and box office success. But as many fans witnessed back in March, the brawl of Bats and Supes backfired and left little hope for a shining DC future.


Warner Bros. Pictures

To love, or to live as beast

Many of us rely on big studio productions for our cinematic entertainment because of the convenience of driving down the street to the local Movie Tavern or Cinemark.

The Ochard

Man with autism finds voice through Disney

Movies have the ability to affect viewers differently. Some films evoke wonder and excitement, while others inform and provoke fear.

Big Hoss awakens

Texas Motor Speedway is hosting a “Big Hoss” Ultimate Drive-In movie series.


Chasing ‘Jason’

One of the biggest complaints you’ll find in comment sections across media is how Hollywood seems to have forgotten how to make original films. We may get the occasional Ex Machina or Birdman to stir the pot, but the entertainment business thinks in decimals and dollars.

Race to the movies

The University of North Texas Short Film Club will host a 48-hour film race next month, and it’s open to all filmmakers in town.


Man with autism finds voice through Disney films

Movies have the ability to affect viewers differently. Some films evoke wonder and excitement, while others inform and provoke fear. Whatever the affect, all films contain a prevailing message or theme of some kind.

Universal Pictures

You’re fired!

Melissa McCarthy is a national treasure and one of the funniest comedians working in Hollywood. Whether it’s her unforgettable turns in Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy, she’s always more than enough reason to see a movie she’s in.

Paramount Pictures

A gay Sulu?

Sulu is gay. That was among the first viral tidbits to emerge from the new Star Trek Beyond, which opens Friday.

DC Comics

No joking matter

Lake Dallas is one of 300 locations that will show Fathom Events’ one-night screening of  Batman: The Killing Joke  at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday at the Carmike Hickory Creek 16, 8380 S. Stemmons Freeway. 

Paramount Pictures

Fast & loud

J.J. Abrams steps back to producer in favor of Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) as the new director; meanwhile, cast member Simon Pegg and co-writer Doug Jung (Dark Blue) take over the screenwriting duties from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.


Creep factor

Stranger Things, Netflix’s latest foray into original programming, is one of its most impressive series thus far. The story takes place in the 1980s in a small town in Indiana, where everyone knows each other. After a peculiar incident involving the disappearance of a young boy (Noah Schnapp), a chain of mysterious events tear at the fabric of an otherwise peaceful community.


Warner Bros. Pictures

Restored bores

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came and went from theaters faster than the Flash. And while it has its fair share of supporters out there, generally speaking, it landed with a mighty thud.