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Charlize Theron fully delivers with great performance, sullied by a flawed script, in parental drama ‘Tully’

May 4, 2018

Jason Reitman’s “Tully” is, first and foremost, a warning not to have children. That’s not quite the intent of the film, and parents will surely find a relatable story about the...


Local engineer-turned-journalist who loves movies meets hero(es)

May 4, 2018

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in the The Daily Texan. The term comes from the old typesetting mark (-30-) to...


You’re not prepared for the emotional brutality of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

April 27, 2018

After a decade of fans demanding Marvel make a film with a lasting impact on the universe, the third Avengers film, “Infinity War,” looks viewers dead in the eye and says one thing: Be careful...


Amy Schumer’s latest is extraordinarily just okay, and that’s a pleasant surprise

April 20, 2018

Amy Schumer, one of Hollywood’s most controversial figures, has made the most problematic good movie in weeks. The film is endearing in the way children can be, earnest in a sweet manner but too...

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Review: Truthfully, it should take a high-stakes dare to get anyone to see ‘Truth or Dare’

April 13, 2018

What do you get when you combine every modern teen-based horror film (“Unfriended,” “It Follows,” “Final Destination”) with “Jumanji”? If you said “a...

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Style fails to prevail over substance in neon-noir murder mystery ‘Gemini’

April 6, 2018

From the upside-down opening shots of palm trees all the way to a mirrored view at the end, “Gemini” is nowhere near as smart as it thinks it is. Directed by indie filmmaker Aaron Katz,...

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You already know whether or not you’ll like the beautiful, stupid “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

March 23, 2018

“Pacific Rim: Uprising” is no “Pacific Rim.” It’s not even comparable to a movie in the character-focused “Fast & Furious” franchise. It’s closest to...


Ava DuVernay’s empathy saves the groundbreaking ‘Wrinkle in Time’ from getting lost

March 8, 2018

There are 375 movies in history with a budget of over $100 million , but the first of these films directed by a woman of color arrives this Friday with “A Wrinkle in Time” from Ava DuVernay. Much...


Oscar-nominated Chilean film ‘A Fantastic Woman’ puts a strong trans woman in the spotlight

March 2, 2018

Watching “A Fantastic Woman,” I couldn’t help but think about the comments underneath a recent tweet by The Washington Times. “Is Caitlyn Jenner a woman?,” the tweet reads....

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Comedy thriller ‘Game Night’ plays into genre tropes, fails to play up the laughs

February 23, 2018

“Game Night” feels like a film conceived by two extraordinarily high filmmakers between tokes: What if David Fincher’s “The Game” met the Steve Carell/Tina Fey vehicle “Date...


Boneheads bend it like Beckham in ‘Early Man,’ a fossilized football flick

February 15, 2018

On paper, “Early Man” shouldn’t work — it’s a claymation film from a small British studio about a prehistoric world where all of the cavemen play soccer instead of hunting...


Ghosts take on gun control in socially aware horror flick ‘Winchester’

February 5, 2018

The story of Sarah Winchester is one of America’s most famous ghost stories. The heiress to a company founded on weaponry, she believed she was haunted by the ghosts of all those killed by guns bearing...

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Dont ‘Bale’ on ‘Hostiles,’ a progressive modern Western

January 26, 2018

What is the price of soldiers just following orders? This is the question at the heart of “Hostiles,” a new Western starring Christian Bale. Not content with simply telling the heroic story...

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Review: ‘The Post’ presents proper Pentagon Papers

January 19, 2018

In 1971, the Pentagon Papers leaked to the American public, revealing years of government lies concerning Vietnam during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration. Journalists shed light on America’s...


Daily Texan critics select top 8 films of 2017

January 16, 2018

‘The Florida Project’ Sean Baker once again revisits forgotten America in “The Florida Project,” portraying a summer in the life of young Moonee and her unemployable mother....

Streep, Hanks, Spielberg discuss new journalism film, The Post

Streep, Hanks, Spielberg discuss new journalism film, ‘The Post’

December 11, 2017

Three of Hollywood’s most powerful individuals are collaborating on one superfilm. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” a movie about The Washington...


In the age of ‘peak TV,’ characters break stereotypes of mental illness

December 4, 2017

As mental health awareness grows, so does representation in popular media. Though representation in this arena has a troubled past and even a troubled present in film — see: “Split”...


‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ declares war on Christmas

November 21, 2017

Charles Dickens ditches nuanced storytelling for sentimental schlock and flowing locks in “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” the most unashamed exploitation of the Christmas season in recent...


Swift creates ‘Reputation’ of mediocrity with newest album

November 13, 2017

One of the most powerful names in pop music is back, and she’s out to clear her “reputation.” Unfortunately, Taylor Swift’s newest comes up short, settling for a perfectly listenable...


Indie star Greta Gerwig crafts coming-of-age tale in ‘Lady Bird’

November 6, 2017

Greta Gerwig, writer and star of indie dramedies such as “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America,” marks her debut as a director in “Lady Bird,” a delightful early-2000s...


Recap: Austin City Limits Day 3

October 9, 2017

ACL Day 3: though it lacked the memorable moments of Day 1’s performance of “The Story of OJ” from Jay-Z and Day 2’s impromptu Longhorns watching party it was still a wonderful...


Tales from ACL: Bringing a family has its own challenges and rewards

October 9, 2017

UT alumnus Ken Aponte faced a difficult choice — bring his child to ACL or end a 12-year tradition. His wife, Laura, put an end to the conversation by letting him know that not attending was not...


Recap: Austin City Limits Day 2

October 8, 2017

The remaining ACL attendees at the end of Day Two of the fest were not gathered around a stage or a musician, but a television. After Chance the Rapper and the Red Hot Chili Peppers concluded their sets,...


Tales from ACL: Friends from Mexico find solace in music

October 8, 2017

Months ago, Mario Sanchez, a resident of Puebla, Mexico, came across an ad on Instagram for Austin City Limits. When he realized opening day overlapped with one of his closest friends’ birthdays,...


Recap: Austin City Limits 2017 kickoff

October 8, 2017

Day one of Austin City Limits brought people of all backgrounds from all parts of the world to the live music capital of the world for acts big and small. The day started early, with acts officially...


Ranked: the wildest, weirdest and best under-the-radar movies from Fantastic Fest 2017

October 3, 2017

Fantastic Fest 2017 was an abnormal affair. Controversies caused a headlining film to drop out and massively impacted the festival’s atmosphere. Many across the internet demanded a change in the...

Political satire ‘The Death of Stalin’ draws parallels between modern America and Soviet Russia

October 3, 2017

Armando Iannucci, veteran writer of “Veep,” understands modern political comedy. His newest effort, “The Death of Stalin,” takes its events from the past, but its themes ring true...

Norwegian horror film ‘Thelma’ passes on overt thrills for clever metaphor

October 3, 2017

College freshman Thelma is just like everyone else—she’s awkward around new people, shocked by her recent freedom, and her dorm room looks like an Ikea catalog. As unexplainable events begin...


Battle rap film ‘Bodied’ dunks on, well, everyone

October 2, 2017

Director Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied” is angry. It’s angry at its characters, its audience, politicians and the culture in general. It’s also legitimately hilarious, and one of...

Swiss body horror ‘Blue My Mind’ rises above typical student films

October 2, 2017

Puberty sucks. Between forging new friendships, being stuck in between two stages of life and unexpected bodily changes, it is just all terrible. Swiss director Lisa Brühlmann fully understands this,...


‘Revenge’ uses action movie template to criticize rape culture

October 2, 2017

Sometimes, a movie comes along that accidentally ends up more timely than it intends. “Arrival,” a film that showed the value in communicating and working with one those you disagree with,...


‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ takes groundbreaking look at Wonder Woman’s creator

September 27, 2017

Stan Lee. Jack Kirby. Bob Kane. The legendary creators of Spider-Man, Captain America and Batman have their names written in history. Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, on the other hand, is...


Indie horror duo Benson & Moorehead make their best film yet with ‘The Endless’

September 27, 2017

Horror filmmaking is undergoing something of a modern Renaissance. Just this month saw the release of “It,” the most lucrative horror film of all time, and “mother!,”  one...


South Africa stakes their claim in the western genre with ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’

September 25, 2017

When most people imagine a Western film, they generally think of a lone (white) cowboy protecting his (Southern) town and the (also white) people he loves against the (often Mexican) criminals terrorizing...


Cambodian action film ‘Jailbreak’ delivers wicked action, weak laughs

September 25, 2017

Two parts brutal action film and one part parody, director Jimmy Henderson’s “Jailbreak” is only a few tonal choices away from perfection. Bokator, a traditional Cambodian martial...


Hyper-violent ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ takes audiences to an unpleasant vision of reality

September 25, 2017

Director S. Craig Zahler’s sophomore feature, “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” is one of the most violent movies of all time. It is a mean-spirited look into the horrors of prison life, and...


Return to the adorable, existential future with ‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’

September 25, 2017

“We cannot live in the past; we have to let it go.” Animated short film “World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts” takes an existential look...


Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman shine in the mysterious ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’

September 23, 2017

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award-nominated film “The Lobster” wowed audiences in 2016 as one of the best and most creative films of the year. His follow-up, “The...


Scottish Christmas zombie teen musical ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ wows Fantastic Fest

September 23, 2017

“High School Musical” meets British horror-comedy “Shaun of the Dead” in “Anna and the Apocalypse,” a frequently hilarious and often-touching musical set in the zombie...


French Western ‘Let The Corpses Tan’ puts a surreal twist on familiar tropes

September 23, 2017

The brilliant criminal, the nervous newcomer and the upstanding lawman — Hollywood Western tropes are recognizable across the planet, and French directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani know it....


Thai film ‘Bad Genius’ fuses Hollywood heists with high school exams

September 23, 2017

Elaborate capers are some of the most pulse-pounding scenes in cinema, and this intense Thai film combines those with the most pulse-pounding real-life moments of adolescence — standardized tests. Unknown...


‘Salyut-7’ takes blockbuster science fiction to Mother Russia

September 22, 2017

Based on the true story of the Soviet Space Program’s near-impossible rescue of two cosmonauts stranded on a broken space station, “Salyut-7” is a heart-pounding but overlong voyage to...


Dark comedy ‘Thoroughbreds’ is a quirky little film about murder

September 22, 2017

Few directors arrive on the scene with as much maturity as Cory Finley does with “Thoroughbreds,” a bleak comedy about the “struggles” of middle-class adolescence. Anya Taylor-Joy...


Fantastic Fest 2017

September 22, 2017

Fantastic Fest is an Austin cinephile's dream. Filmmakers, fans and journalists from across the nation come to the Violet Crown to experience a full week of film and take a peek at next year's...

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‘mother!’ is not what the trailers sell

September 15, 2017

Hollywood has rarely, if ever, seen as bold a wide release as Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” a surreal tone-piece that provides two hours of unsettling allegory with just enough narrative...


In the face of difficult job market, millennials use social media to make their own

September 14, 2017

When you play the game of likes, you win, or you get unfollowed. Social media platforms have gained fame — or infamy, depending on whom you ask — because of their extraordinary ability...


Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

September 5, 2017

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Karen Dabroi   Using a sewing needle taped to a pencil, visual arts studies sophomore...


No admission required: Five art installations on campus to check out

August 28, 2017

UT-Austin’s campus is inarguably beautiful. From grassy malls to awe-inducing architecture — save for Robert Lee Moore Hall — visual grandeur is around every corner. Artistic elegance...


Christopher Nolan returns to form with tense, thrilling war film “Dunkirk”

July 21, 2017

Christopher Nolan, the master behind thrilling mindbenders like “The Prestige” and “Inception,” has put his own personal spin on classic World War II films with “Dunkirk,”...


Texas-based director of “A Ghost Story” discusses new film and the meaning of life

July 15, 2017

Texas director David Lowery surprised filmgoers last year with the brilliant “Pete’s Dragon,” a family-friendly reimagining of Disney’s 1977 hybrid live-action animated film. His...


Indie film “A Ghost Story” is pretentious, depressing and the best movie of the year

July 14, 2017

Texas director David Lowery has thrown his hat into the arena of abstract art films with his newest effort, “A Ghost Story,” and delivers one the most emotionally impactful, thematically rich...

Slow political drama “The Journey” provides small-scale charms in the midst of blockbuster season

July 9, 2017

Most films ride on the success of their screenwriters and directors, but sometimes a cast gives a set of performances so wonderful it elevates the film, even with disappointing efforts behind the camera. The...


“The Big Sick” successfully places a heartfelt interracial romance front and center

June 29, 2017

After years of being “that guy” who shows up in movies for a few minutes and leaves, comedian Kumail Nanjiani’s newest film “The Big Sick,” provides his first ever leading...


New “Transformers” feels like Michael Bay made it on a dare

June 26, 2017

Michael Bay has made good movies in the past. “Bad Boys,” “The Rock” and even the first “Transformers” are fun, visually appealing and competently told. His newest addition...


Tom Cruise fails to breathe life into dull ‘Mummy’ reboot

June 12, 2017

Ever since the groundbreaking success of Marvel’s “The Avengers” in 2012, film studios have attempted to recreate their successes. Only five years later, there are planned cinematic universes...


Groundbreaking “Wonder Woman” shines with triumphant, empowering spirit

June 5, 2017

Acclaimed comic book writer Gail Simone once said, “If you need to stop an asteroid, you call Superman. If you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But if you need to end a war, you call Wonder...


Comic book shops and fans excitedly prepare for Free Comic Book Day

May 5, 2017

The first Saturday of every May sees massive swaths of people flock to one of the least likely places for a crowd: comic book stores. Initially pitched by magazine columnist Joe Fields in 2001 as a...


Summer movies expected to pack a punch

April 26, 2017

Summer is a busy time for college students, and between summer classes and internships, there remains very little time for the important things in life, like watching movies. Even more difficult is wading...

Latin-American superstar Eugenio Derbez discusses new film and the challenges of multicultural comedy

April 26, 2017

Eugenio Derbez, named the most influential Latin-American star by Variety, is hugely popular in Spanish-speaking countries, and this week he begins his attempt to make it in America. He produced and...

Tat-Tuesday: Student share stories behind their ink

April 25, 2017

Yessenia Herrera Between her personal love of both music and tattoos, radio-television-film junior Yessenia Herrera has a great appreciation for artistic expression. Herrera said she dreams...


Unnecessary love story brings down the beautiful, touching “Promise”

April 21, 2017

The director of the acclaimed “Hotel Rwanda,” which chronicled the Rwandan Genocide in tragic detail, returns to historical filmmaking with “The Promise,” a sometimes-brutal look...


Austin Farms

April 18, 2017

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

April 18, 2017

Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Zach Royston English senior Zach Royston became a lifelong fan of the English Premiere...


Good Flow Honey provides a treat to locavores with a sweet tooth

April 17, 2017

In the face of numerous obstacles, the members of the Crofut family pursue their shared passion — the wildly popular Good Flow Honey Company. The beloved honey, now on the shelves of grocers all...

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

April 11, 2017

Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Olivia Kean Though public health and biology junior Olivia Kean has not...


New ‘Smurfs’ proves well-intentioned films can still bore viewers to tears

April 7, 2017

The worst of the three terrible Smurfs films this decade, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is a stale depiction of one-dimensional characters brought to life by celebrity voice actors. As the...

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

April 4, 2017

Kassidy Sablatura Biology sophomore Kassidy Sablatura has always chased after the idea of self-liberation. She credits the UT community with helping her redefine her values last year and figure...


Multi-racial UT student McKenzie Powell finds identity in diversity

March 31, 2017

For many students, college is a time of self-discovery, but for business freshman McKenzie Powell, the struggle has been more complicated than others. As the child of a white father and a black mother,...

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

March 28, 2017

Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Nick Giron   As a child of two pastors, incoming graduate student...

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Disney’s “Beast” remake is a beauty devoid of purpose

March 23, 2017

Some films exist to show viewers a new perspective or some simply entertain, but others, like Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” fail to present a compelling artistic...

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

March 21, 2017

Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Sage Hadley Though senior Sage Hadley’s major is communication...

Five filmmakers who broke out at SXSW

March 10, 2017

Though SXSW Film has been home to many world premieres of Hollywood films, it still devotes time to showing independent films and giving new directors a shot. The festival’s showcase of low-budget,...


SXSW Film performs balancing act with students and studios

March 10, 2017

Even with a lineup of world famous directors, the South by Southwest Film Festival always makes space to present micro-budget films and save a few seats for students to access the event. The ever-expanding...

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“Raw” gives a new meaning to the Freshman 15

March 10, 2017

Under-the-radar cannibal horror film “Raw” finds terror in everyone’s worst nightmare — freshman year. Also known as “the French cannibal movie that made people faint,”...

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

March 7, 2017

Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Annie Ratner Business sophomore Annie Ratner’s parents raised her...


Texas films to celebrate your state pride

March 2, 2017

The range of stories set in Texas is as big as the state itself. From Westerns to slashers to dark comedies, the state gives films a specific flavor other locales cannot.       To...

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

February 28, 2017

Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Paulette McDurfee The tattoo of the letters “PMA” on the...


Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

February 21, 2017

Nathan Leclear Graduate student Nathan Leclear’s grandparents were a huge part of his childhood. Leclear said he remembers always feeling close to his grandparents because of the large hand...


Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in near-perfect, emotionally powerful “Logan”

February 21, 2017

After playing Wolverine for 17 years, Hugh Jackman is retiring from his iconic role with “Logan” — one of the most moving superhero films of all time. In his follow-up to 2013’s...

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Controversy-laden “Great Wall” proves Hollywood studio executives will neuter any director

February 17, 2017

Whitewashing controversy has dogged the Chinese-American co-production “The Great Wall” since its announcement, but the most repulsive element of the movie is its laziness and fear of innovation....

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ director discusses action-packed new film

February 9, 2017

Director Chad Stahelski‘s “John Wick: Chapter 2” is an adrenaline-fueled epic sequel that is every bit as action-packed and brutal as its predecessor. This time, Wick takes his violent...

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Keanu Reeves returns in blood-soaked adrenaline rush “John Wick 2”

February 9, 2017

“John Wick: Chapter 2” is an espresso shot of a movie, an action epic which ramps up its predecessor’s brutal fight scenes without any excess fat. Some of the most interesting elements...


Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

February 7, 2017

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Ashley Nava Ashley Nava, a Mexican-American studies and anthropology sophomore, has always...


Robert De Niro misses the mark in enjoyable but aimless “The Comedian”

February 3, 2017

Robert De Niro’s legendary career has earned him a place in the pantheon of great actors, but his current streak of mediocrity truly disappoints, with his new film “The Comedian” falling...


Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

January 31, 2017

Editor's note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Matthew Freeman  To economics junior Matthew Freeman, the Greek word...


Asian blockbusters prime for release on traditional New Year holiday

January 27, 2017

Many Southeast and East Asian nations celebrate Lunar New Year, and the films they watch fit into each country’s own distinct customs and traditions to honor the holiday. For 20 years, New Year...

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Oscar-nominated dramedy ‘Toni Erdmann’ delivers few laughs but strong characters

January 26, 2017

Cultural and language differences frequently prevent foreign films from connecting with American audiences, but “Toni Erdmann,” a German film from writer/director Maren Ade transcends these...

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

January 24, 2017

Josh Weidig Tattoos and piercings are everything to finance junior Josh Weidig, who has multiple pieces inked on his side. “This one is ‘Life is Beautiful,’” Weidig said....


“20th Century Women” puts a feminist spin on a conventional story

January 18, 2017

The most fascinating performances in film come from actors whose distinct presence elevates the work. Star Annette Bening’s performance, equal parts hilarious and touching, propels “20th Century...

Top movie picks of 2016

January 17, 2017

Charles Liu: “Moonlight” “Who is you?” That’s the question Chiron, an African-American boy growing up in Miami, must answer as he comes to terms with his masculinity...

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Powerful “Manchester” tells heartbreaking, human story of grief

December 5, 2016

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan has created his first masterpiece. “Manchester by the Sea” is an unqualified success of intimate filmmaking, storytelling and psychology.  Modern...

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Warren Beatty returns with shallow, charming “Rules Don’t Apply”

November 22, 2016

Though many films seek to inform, critique or transform their audience, others simply entertain. “Rules Don’t Apply,” Warren Beatty’s first film in 18 years, is the latter­­­...

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Disney delivers moving musical masterpiece “Moana”

November 21, 2016

In a sea of greatness, standing out from the crowd is hard. The near-untouchable history of Disney musical films creates this problem every year, but “Moana” easily shines just as bright. Young...

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“Fantastic Beasts” recaptures wonder of Harry Potter, delivers topical message

November 17, 2016

In the past weeks, articles from news outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Time and Huffington Post drew comparisons between the “Harry Potter” films and modern politics. In “Fantastic...

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Marvel conjures up narratively-stunted, visually stunning superhero flick with “Doctor Strange”

November 3, 2016

“Doctor Strange” takes the superhero genre on a bizarre and awesome trip into mysticism. With beautiful action, abstract expeditions into the cosmos and a satisfying ending, the film is almost...

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‘Moonlight’ star and UT alumnus Trevante Rhodes discusses new film

November 2, 2016

Moonlight,” starring former track star and UT alumnus Trevante Rhodes, will be released this Friday. The film tells the story of a man’s life as he comes to terms with his own sexuality. The...

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“Inferno” packages thrilling nonsense in entertaining format

October 28, 2016

Two-thirds of the way through “Inferno,” a plot twist caused as many exasperated laughs as it did shocked gasps. This reaction defines the movie, as “Inferno” manages to be as contrived...

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Superhero comics ditch distressed damsels for leading ladies

October 20, 2016

At New York Comic-Con in early October, Marvel announced its publishing lineup included 23 female-led comic books — its most ever.  By creating new heroes and reimagining classics, Marvel...

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All-Star cast fails to save drab direction in “The Accountant”

October 13, 2016

Although Ben Affleck was recently on a roll with his directorial effort in “Argo” and well-chosen role in “Gone Girl,” his streak ends as he takes on the titular role in Gavin O’Connor’s “The...


Decently made “Birth of a Nation” fails to overcome Parker controversy

October 7, 2016

“The Birth of a Nation” director, writer and star Nate Parker created one of the most-discussed films of the 21st century. But while the film’s initial showing at Sundance inspired hype...

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