Movies

FW Director Wins Top Prize

Jimmy Fowler
Congrats to Fort Worth writer-director Tom Huckabee for winning ”Best Narrative Feature” at this weekend’s seventh annual Oxford Film Festival in Mississippi for his dark comedy ”Carried Away.” (“The Scenesters,”...


The Best Actors of 2009 (Non-Oscar edition)

Kristian Lin
I’m doing something different this year for my list of the best acting performances. I figured that you don’t need me to tell you about the greatness of the three principals in Up in the Air or Christoph Waltz in Inglouriou...



The Best Movie Dialogue of 2009

Kristian Lin
This post is for anyone who sat through the Transformers sequel and concluded that film writing is dead. I was privileged enough to see many other movies feature excellent dialogue, so I’m presenting some of my favorite piece...


“Whip It” Good

Jimmy Fowler
Just finished watching the new-on-DVD-and-download flick ”Whip It” – Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut – and I loved it. This one has loads of hip-checking charisma delivered by an ensemble of female performers with ...



“A Dirty Shame” Redux

Jimmy Fowler
The Sundance Channel has screened John Waters’ underappreciated 2004 comedy “A Dirty Shame” several times over the past month. (Another showing is scheduled January 31). Unfortunately, they have so far played the “neute...


Is the Right Wing Right About ‘Avatar’?

Kristian Lin
The latest dispatch from the culture wars is the right wing’s attack column forming against Avatar. The Weekly Standard‘s John Podhoretz and John Nolte call the movie anti-American. Town Hall’s Jonah Goldberg tell...



The Talented Miss Highsmith

Jimmy Fowler
Joan Schenkar’s “The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highmith,” reviewed on this week’s ”Books” page, could’ve been a slog at 686 pages. But Schenkar does a marvelous job of ac...


The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2009

Kristian Lin
Part of the fun of this job is scoping out new talent, so here’s my favorite films of 2009 directed by first-time feature filmmakers. I decided not to include documentaries in this list. Oh, and No. 6 on the list is out on DV...



Bruce Wood Film in Fest

Anthony Mariani
Longtime readers probably remember Weekly dance critic Leonard Eureka’s raves about Bruce Wood Dance Company, a Fort Worth-based Modern troupe founded in 1995 by the titular choreographer, who studied under Balanchine at New ...


The Best Movies Directed by Women of 2009

Kristian Lin
The New York Times recently found that only about 10 percent of the films they reviewed in 2009 were directed by women. Of course, women make up much more than 10 percent of the world’s population. The lack of female movie di...