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The Hong-yi Games

The same week that The Diary of a Teenage Girl expands to Tarrant County (see above review), another teen movie hits our theaters. It’s...
(Clockwise from top) Groot, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Rocket, and Chris Pratt are an unlikely bunch of Guardians of the Galaxy.

All You Need Is Quill

On the surface of a barren, hostile, alien planet, an Earthman named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) boogies leisurely across the rocky terrain in his...
Ben Affleck makes his way through Khomeini’s Iran in Argo.

Argo, Psychopaths: Let’s Fake a Movie!

By coincidence, the titles of both movies this week refer to movies within the movies. Neither Argo nor Seven Psychopaths is really about the...

Half Potions

Two years ago I observed that there are many different ways to make a Harry Potter movie, thanks to all the different directors who've...
Sulley and Mike face off in front of a frat house (and an appreciative monster audience) in Monsters University.

Learn From the Monsters

Early in Pixar’s latest movie, Monsters University, Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) steps onto the campus of his college for the first time...

Maiden Voyage

I am not a Star Trek fan. I hung out with a lot of them growing up, but I managed to miss all the...

Tiny Nation House

Here’s a 94-minute found-footage horror movie that would have worked better as an 8-minute found-footage Funny or Die comedy sketch. They’re Watching, which opens...

Bonus Film Reviews

My Film page this week was a casualty of the early deadlines facing our Best of Fort Worth issue. Usually at least one really...

Funny Games

When Heath Ledger is on screen during The Dark Knight, you can't look anywhere else. Part of this is because the uncategorizable Australian actor died...
Yep, that’s Tyrese Gibson leaping onto a speeding car to avoid being crushed by a tank in Fast & Furious 6.

The Crash U.K.

’Round about the end of 2011, I started hearing some serious film writers cop to enjoying Fast Five, the fifth chapter in the Fast...