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Film Reviews

Cowboys and Amphibians

This week’s films all trade in outright fantasy, but only one of them succeeds in turning the tropes of fable and science fiction into...

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

Welcome to my fourth annual look at the mid-major categories of the annual Academy Awards (to be televised Sunday) It’s my way of pointing...

Number Four: Three Stars

Hollywood now faces the same problem that faced the young-adult publishing industry a few years ago. With the Harry Potter and Twilight film series...

Mighty Orphans Await Kickoff

“Everything about Hollywood has surprised me,” said Russell Morton, a third-generation Fort Worth native who recently moved back here from New York City. “I’m...

The Eagle: British Invasion

As it turns out, The Illusionist isn’t the only movie out this week that’s set in Scotland. If you go into this toga-and-sandals epic...

The Illusionist: Scots Oui, Oui

Seven years ago, Sylvain Chomet captured the world’s attention with his animated feature film debut The Triplets of Belleville. At the time, many critics...

Oh, What a Biutiful Mess

In December, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association named Biutiful the best foreign language film of 2010. Last week, the movie picked up Oscar...

Another Year: If It Makes You Happy

Mary works as a secretary at a medical clinic in London. She’s somewhere in her 40s or 50s, it’s hard to say. However old...

Rabbit Hole: Childless Parents

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...

The Rite Is Wrong

In the past I wondered whether they were running out of titles for movies that take place on submarines. Now I’m wondering whether they’re...