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Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert cast a look at the road out of town in Beautiful Creatures.

Beautiful Creatures: Good Witch of the South

I wasn’t overly impressed when I read Beautiful Creatures, the popular young-adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. So I was delighted to...
Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel star in "Safe Haven".

Safe Haven: Harboring a Fugitive

We’ve established pretty well that I’m not a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ novels or the movies made from them. The latest such weeper, Safe...
Identity Thief opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Identity Thief (R) Jason Bateman stars in this comedy as a New York man who travels to Florida to catch a small-time criminal (Melissa...
Rooney Mara tries to keep it together at a ritzy party with Channing Tatum in Side Effects.

Side Effects: Magic Pill

Warning: This review gives away a major plot twist in the film. Do not read after the spoiler alert if you wish to be...
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Mark Hulme’s Way

A Fort Worth native now based in Dallas, Mark Hulme has spent much of his first 50 or so years building a publishing business....
"Sound City" opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Sound City (NR) Dave Grohl’s documentary about the studio in Van Nuys, Calif., where Nevermind and many other famous rock albums were recorded. Also...
Nicholas Hoult ponders his place in Darwinian theory in Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies: My Heart Skips a Beat

The field is unexpectedly crowded when it comes to zombie movies that are funny. If Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies falls short of the magnificent...
Christopher Walken and Al Pacino re-enact old times in "Stand Up Guys."

Stand Up Guys: Last Valentine

To be clear, Stand Up Guys is not about comedians telling jokes in nightclubs. Instead, it’s a shaggy drama about two retired New Jersey...
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters opens Friday.

Film Shorts

OPENING: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R) Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) directs this fantasy starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as grown-up versions of the...
Emmanuelle Riva plays piano in her home before illness strikes in Amour.

Amour, Quartet: Old Wave

Movies tend to neglect seniors as subjects. This is neither a recent phenomenon, nor is it a Hollywood thing. Filmmakers and audiences everywhere have...