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‘Game of Thrones’ manages to up the ante in fourth season

April 7, 2014

The fourth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” confirms the argument for allowing the third book in George R.R. Martin’s massive series to be stretched out over two seasons. Beyond...

‘Nymphomaniac’ counters explicit content with compelling drama

March 28, 2014

Not surprisingly, Lars von Trier’s two-part movie “Nymphomaniac” is difficult to evaluate right from Volume One. The filmmaker’s exploration of sex addict Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg)...

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SXSW film preview: the big names

March 9, 2014

For film lovers, SXSW is like an all-you-can-eat buffet. 133 films of all types will be playing at various locations around Austin. The Daily Texan created a mini-preview of some of the bigger profile...

“The LEGO Movie” is more than a feature-length product placement

February 15, 2014

At the end of the first act of “The LEGO Movie,” the skilled warrior Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) tells average construction worker Emmet (Chris Pratt) about the multiple worlds in the LEGO...

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What to watch for winter break

December 6, 2013

Mid-December to mid-January always seems to stress out awards-show junkies. There is a hectic release schedule for movies before the official end of the year. In addition to the regular holiday blockbusters,...

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“Oldboy” balances brutal subject matter with intelligent mystery

November 27, 2013

Spike Lee’s re-imagining of the critically acclaimed South Korean film “Oldboy” deserves to be assessed on its own merits. Lee took challenging material and forged it into a brutal but...

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Oscar Bait: December and January movies could shake up Oscar favorites

November 25, 2013

Colin McLaughlin: We’d like to spend the last installment of Oscar Bait talking about the state of the awards race and then move into highlighting some of the awards categories we’ve largely...

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Oscar Bait: Theatrical adaptations offer lots of candidates for Supporting Actress category

November 11, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series in which two Life & Arts staff writers discuss big releases that are garnering buzz for the awards season.  Lee Henry: In our...

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“Dallas Buyers Club” offers an unsentimental look at AIDS

November 8, 2013

In “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” Matthew McConaughey plays a racist, homophobic electrician named Ron Woodroof. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, almost goes out of its way to avoid becoming...

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“Ender’s Game” succeeds through skilled casting

November 1, 2013

Orson Scott Card, author of “Ender’s Game,” was so adamant the movie version of his novel be done “right” that it took more than 30 years for the film to be made. His justification...

Get in the holiday spirit with John Carpenter’s “Halloween”

November 1, 2013

For movie buffs, the month of October means one thing: 31 days of horror movies. With tons of horror flicks to choose from, The Daily Texan is going to be providing a daily horror recommendation. Whether...

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Oscar bait: ’12 Years a Slave’

October 28, 2013

Editor’s note: Two Life & Arts staff writers discuss big releases that are garnering buzz for the awards season. This week they focus on “12 Years A Slave.”  Colin McLaughlin:...

Austin Film Fest: “Philomena” is a story about finding lost things

October 26, 2013

For a movie that’s only 90 minutes long, “Philomena” doesn’t rush anything. The stakes could not be higher for the title character (Judi Dench), but despite the air of mystery and...

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The Daily Texan’s guide to Austin Film Festival

October 25, 2013

Although it may lack the blow-out party feel of South by Southwest or the genre-focused love of Fantastic Fest, this year’s Austin Film Festival is poised to stand out with a great mix of Oscar hopefuls,...

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Oscar bait talks the summer releases chances in the Academy Award race

October 14, 2013

Lee Henry: Let’s start with Sandra Bullock. Where did this performance come from? She’s a lock for a nomination, and I’d say she’s a serious contender to win Best Actress. There’s...

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Captain Phillips a straightforward but entertaining thriller

October 11, 2013

“Captain Phillips” is a by-the-book thriller that employs a documentary-like style to chronicle the hijacking of the America cargo ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009. Like “Zero...

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“Parkland” director Peter Landesman focused on emotion over mystery in JFK movie

October 4, 2013

“Parkland” is the latest film to examine the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Daily Texan interviewed first-time director Peter Landesman about directing, history and avoiding...

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“Parkland” captures the John F. Kennedy assassination in a new light

October 4, 2013

“Parkland,” the first film by director Peter Landesman, is not concerned with conspiracies.  The latest film to focus on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963 ignores the ‘mysteries’...

Day three horror film recommendation: “28 Days Later”

October 3, 2013

For movie buffs, the month of October means one thing: 31 days of horror movies. With tons of horror flicks to choose from, The Daily Texan is going to be providing a daily horror recommendation. Whether...

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“Don Jon” a promising first film from director Joseph Gordon-Levitt

September 27, 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s movie-directing debut, “Don Jon,” has the baby-faced heartthrob cast as an Italian guy from New Jersey with a severe sex addiction. Though a surprising choice of...