Posts Tagged ‘prison’
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Concrete Limbo

Two Texas immigration jails are rated among the worst in the country.
PETER GORMAN
Their names don’t sound like jails — “detention facility” and “processing center” — but according to a watchdog coalition, they are de facto prisons where people who’ve been convicted of no crime spend months, w...


To Hollywood And Back

How a Fort Worth boy turned a newspaper clipping into a major motion picture — and lived to tell about it.
STEVE MCVICKER
“The movie business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and...



Let the Right Ones Out

Fort Worth folks play key roles in the work of freeing the wrongly convicted.
DAN MCGRAW
Cory Session is busy these days. The Fort Worth native is spending a lot of time in Austin, lobbying the Texas Legislature to make changes in the state’s criminal justice laws. He also speaks often to law school students, bot...


Phillip Morris: Liar Liar

Jim Carrey’s back on his game in this gay caper flick.
KRISTIAN LIN
One of 2010’s most charming movies is I Love You Phillip Morris, the demonic gay bastard child of The Informant! and Brokeback Mountain. This madcap caper film played at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews that, a...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: I Love You Phillip Morris (R) Screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Bad Santa) make their directing debut with this comedy about a real-life Texas con artist (Jim Carrey) who falls in love with a fellow prison in...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Black Swan (R) Natalie Portman stars in this film by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) as a ballerina who suffers terrifying psychotic delusions while preparing to dance the lead in Swan Lake. Also with Mila Kunis, Vince...



Resident Evil: Afterlife Bores

A potentially thrilling premise is abandoned in favor of (just more) zombie slaying.
COLE WILLIAMS
The fourth Resident Evil game was a thrilling reinvention of the series, ditching zombies for more unusual monsters. It also was a fast-paced story full of scares and memorable characters. Unfortunately, the same can’t be sai...


Dog The Bounty Hunter Behind Bars In Fort Worth

Jeff Prince
Duane Chapman, aka Dog The Bounty Hunter, spent 18 months at Texas’ Huntsville State Penitentiary in the late 1970s for his role in a man’s death. (photo courtesy of Wyatt Newquist) He later became a bounty hunter, star...



Mad Dogs and Mayors …

John Q. Public
To the editor: After reading Kendall McCook’s article (“Got Gas,” Feb. 17, 2010), I looked up the Texas Railroad Commission map that lists gas wells near schools or in the less-affluent sectors of town.


Private Prisons, Public Pain

Despite a long record of abuses, GEO is still running Texas prisons.
Peter Gorman
Reeves County straddles I-20 in West Texas, between Odessa and El Paso. Pecos is the county seat, anchored in cowboy mythology. Tiny homes, many of them 100 years old and made of stone, line several dozen downtown streets; beyo...