Posts Tagged ‘parents’
Ray: “I decided I wanted to fight.” Photo by James Coreas.

Scholar, fighter, mother

A Fort Worth mom overcomes a debilitating disease to go back to school — with her two daughters.
Eric Griffey
Last fall, University of North Texas undergraduate Darla Ray competed in a dance tournament. The dance-off among teams representing campus dorms was a part of the school’s “Yell Like Hell” homecoming festivities, a series...

Arrietty: Borrowed Time

This delicate Japanese animated fable lights up our multiplexes.
So what’s it gonna take for Hayao Miyazaki to get his due in America? The co-founder of Studio Ghibli has built his legacy on animated films for children, and his studio’s body of work is every bit as strong as Pixar’s. Y...

Oh, the Carnage!

Great actors rant and rave in this circular chamber drama.
An ongoing motif in Roman Polanski’s career has been characters trapped in enclosed spaces. The director seems to love watching people unravel in apartments, sailboats, or secluded houses, where they cannot run from their neu...

Happy Feet Two: Heading South

The singing penguins poop out in this bizarre sequel.
I’m still trying to figure out how the disjointed and heavy-handed Happy Feet got such great reviews five years ago, but there’s no secret as to why it was such a big box-office hit: Six-year-old kids can’t resist the sig...

Victim of Circumstance

This drama’s calling card: Iranian teen lesbians in trouble.
Sometimes the idea of a movie is more powerful than the movie itself. That’s certainly the case with Circumstance, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. At its infrequent best, this lesbian rom...

The Power of Alienation

In Texas, pissing off a grandparent can cost you custody of your kids.
A Burleson mother discovered something in 2006 about Texas law that shocked her, dragged her into a sinkhole of misery, and pushed her family to financial ruin. She found out how easy it is to lose custody of a child even when ...

Rabbit Hole: Childless Parents

The drama is only above-average in this story of bereavement.
Whither the prestige picture? I’m talking about straightforward, visually handsome, modestly budgeted films that feature a few high-powered actors tackling weighty issues, usually working from a script with a literary or thea...

Still Ripped

The battle between a business and a neighborhood continues in Bluebonnet Place near Texas Christian University.

Bigots’ Last Stand

Racists are going the way of Joe McCarthy, but it won't be a pretty exit.
So, a couple of weeks back, I’m sitting at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex at Texas Christian University watching my daughter and her teammates prepare for the upcoming Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s State Track and...

Amphibian Goes to School

The Fort Worth troupe’s latest production is nothing new but still worth it.
In Amphibian Stage Productions’ slick, antic production of Billy Aronson’s contemporary sex farce The First Day of School, one character frets that it takes too much mental energy to maintain an extramarital affair. His wif...