Posts Tagged ‘story’

Holiday Homecomings

Big Ticket
Late November is usually a sleepy time for local theatergoers, with all the companies putting on cozy holiday fare, occasionally punctuated by some spikier stuff like The Santaland Diaries.


Earthly Delight

John Cusack helps elevate a big-budget popcorn flick to an emotionally honest character drama.
Cole Williams
Just when you think you’ve seen every type of Hollywood family drama, along comes something nice to revitalize your faith in mainstream cinema.



Love/Hate

Fort Worth Star-Telegram film critic’s debut novel, A Push and a Shove, pulls a neat trick by not being purely gay fiction but also wholeheartedly of it.
Books
Classic novels of homoerotic obsession — titles like Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, and, if you want to give it a queer-theory spin, John Knowles’ A Separate Peace — have tradition...


Censored

The scariest news may be the stuff you haven’t seen yet.
ERIC GRIFFEY
David Phinney thought he’d struck journalistic gold. The veteran reporter, who has done freelance work for PBS, ABC, The New York Times, and other news companies, learned from a disgusted American contractor that the Kuwa...



Duck and Cover

Theaters offer a double shot of Terrence Howard, but only one movie’s any good.
Kristian Lin
After years of toiling unappreciated in movies that nobody saw, Terrence Howard finally got his fingers on the brass ring two years ago with a memorable appearance in the Oscar-winning Crash and an Oscar-nominated lead role in ...


Desert Dogs

High-falootin’ scootin’ shootin’ sons of guns from Arizona hold up the 3:10 to Yuma.
Kristian Lin
3:10 to Yuma began life as a Western short story written by Elmore Leonard in 1953, before he made his reputation writing crime fiction.



Problem Kids

Mixed success is the name of the game for three movies out this week.
Kristian Lin
It’s fun to extol good movies and trash bad ones, but an awful lot of stuff falls in between those poles.


Bale Out

A U.S. pilot’s story of survival is powerfully retold in Rescue Dawn.
Kristian Lin
Werner Herzog isn’t the last filmmaker you’d expect to make a straight-up drama about U.S. military heroism, but he’d be pretty far down the list.



(Not So Lone) Stars Come Home

The Weekly wins a constellation of awards.
Metropolis
Stories on topics from prison medical care to Mike Moncrief’s conflicts of interest earned a boxful of journalism awards for Fort Worth Weekly last weekend.


Super Sibs

These two movies needed some of the magic of their main characters.
Kristian Lin
Hollywood turns out so many movies about superheroes or people who acquire superpowers. It’s probably just a coincidence that the two out this week are both about sets of siblings who have them. Neither film is a full-blown s...