Film Reviews

Pooh Lightness

Unlike its predecessors, this new Winnie the Pooh movie deserves a look.
Well, here’s an unfortunate case of hitting the marketplace at the wrong time. No doubt the folks at Disney thought they’d counter-program by putting out their newest animated movie version of Winnie the Pooh on the same we...

Harry’s End

The boy wizard goes back to school and graduates with distinction.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of the line. The Hogwarts Express has reached its final destination. Please make sure to gather up all your robes and magic wands before exiting. We hope you have enjoyed your trip.

Sauceda Rocks Out

A local filmmaker teams up with the Butterfly Connection.
For his first feature film, The Fandango Sisters, José Juan Sauceda shot his rock music drama at various Fort Worth locations (Rose Marine Theatre, 1919 Hemphill, Norris Conference Center) and used a number of Fort Worth bands...

The Tree of Life: Pictures at an Exhibition

Terrence Malick ponders life, the universe, and everything.
The fifth film in 38 years by reclusive Texas auteur Terrence Malick is The Tree of Life, the polarizing film that drew boos and walkouts when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and yet went on to win the top pr...

Cowboy Up With Buck

Even if you’re not from cattle country, you’ll find this doc engaging.
Buck is a close study about a horseman and his methods, so no wonder it has widened out beyond the specialty art-house theaters here in North Texas, where there’s a natural constituency of moviegoers who are interested in hor...

A Better Life, Mi Hijo

A great performance distinguishes this immigration drama.
I remember watching Gregory Nava’s drama El Norte for my high-school Spanish class. I thought about that film while I was watching A Better Life, a movie that is also set in the world of illegal Latino immigrants in the Unite...

Transformers: Cock-Eyed Optimus

We take apart this robot saga, except the 3D effects.
Hey, I’m back! I know. I missed the second Transformers movie. Sorry, everyone. But I’m here now to write about the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in which Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) helps the Autobots ...

Adolescent Dramas

Two Olivers and one George come of age in these offbeat indie flicks.
There’s never a shortage of films about coming of age. Everyone comes of age, after all, and such films can often be done cheaply, like the three low-budget independent movies we’re reviewing this week. Two of them are wort...

Super 8: Lights, Camera, Alien!

This monster movie shows J.J. Abrams’ remarkable talent – and a few flaws.
I hate to be the dissenting voice on a movie everybody else seems to love, especially when I don’t think the movie’s bad at all. Super 8 is the first film J.J. Abrams has directed that’s from an original story rather than...

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Flop

Could the arctic birds – and not Jim Carrey – explain this movie’s downfall?
Loosely based on Florence Atwater’s 1938 children’s book of the same name, Mr. Popper’s Penguins never completely gels. But that doesn’t stop Jim Carrey from using everything in his arsenal of comic physicality to keep ...