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Considering Kenneth Branagh

Kristian Lin
Thor comes out on DVD today, and even though I liked the film when I reviewed it last May, I found it to be more interesting as the next step in the career of director Kenneth Branagh than it was on its own merits. Branagh’s ...


Rick Perry Reviews Aren’t Great

Jeff Prince
The Stepford Wives grin…George W. Bush bluster…Rush Limbaugh insensitivity…Cliff Clavin world insight…it was there for all to see. Rick Perry made his national TV splash at last night’s Republican ...



“Happy Poet” at The Modern

Jimmy Fowler
I haven’t seen writer-director Paul Gordon’s wry little indie comedy The Happy Poet (2010), but the reviews make it sound marvelous. Gordon stars as an idealistic, liberal-minded, vegetarian artist type who becomes a small ...


Eddie Murphy to Host Oscars

Kristian Lin
The news dropped this morning that Eddie Murphy will host next February’s Academy Awards ceremony, and the entire Twitternetinterwebversethingy lit up. Great pick, says NextMovie. Exciting and unpredictable, says Anne Tho...



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Thoughts on the Prices of Movie Tickets

Kristian Lin
We moan about how the ticket prices at our movie theaters are constantly going up, but let’s face it: They’re still a bargain compared to tickets for most stage plays, rock concerts, sports events, or any other entertai...


How Long, Fall Weather, How Long?

Jimmy Fowler
Today is the first day of September, and that means I’m done with the brutal summer of 2011. The fall season doesn’t officially begin for another three weeks or so, I know. But now that September’s finally here, I’m det...



Want to Be a Movie Extra?

Kristian Lin
Filmmaker Cameron Bruce Nelson needs about 20 or so people to pretend to be crashed partygoers the morning after a big bash. It’s for a short film called Hozomeen, filmed by a production company called Rambos Rainbos. The...


“Echotone” at The Modern

Jimmy Fowler
The bumpersticker slogan “Keep Austin Weird” began many years ago as a grassroots protest against the commercial development and suburban sprawl that has marked the state capital. Well, the “KAW” campaign pretty much f...



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DVD Review: “Cracks”

Kristian Lin
If the new movies out this week are too male-centric for you, you might want to check out Cracks, which saw limited release in America earlier in the year, though it never played in North Texas. I’m not sure why; it’s not a...


“Jackie Brown” at The Modern

Jimmy Fowler
I’m not a big Quentin Tarantino fan, but his best movie by far is 1997’s underrated Jackie Brown. It proved he had the discipline to generate real suspense with a twisty plot and unpredictable characters rather than rely on...