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UT alumnus Matt Muir premieres film “Thank You a Lot” at SXSW

March 7, 2014

UT alumnus Matt Muir’s new film “Thank You a Lot” is a fun, winsome example of the collaborative relationships formed in the school’s Master of Fine Arts program. The film follows...

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Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” is a high-quality melodrama that even Kate Winslet can’t salvage

January 31, 2014

In a career filled with a brilliant mix of sarcastic humor and genuine emotion, director Jason Reitman has finally directed his first wholly dramatic project.  “Labor Day” is a...

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In its third season, “Girls” and its cast triumph

January 14, 2014

Most good television comedies take a while to hit their stride. The first two seasons of “Seinfeld” are funny, but it wasn’t until season three that the cast found its snarky rhythm that...

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For fans of superhero movies, print comics are plenty accessible

December 3, 2013

Everyone has a favorite superhero thanks to million-dollar blockbusters, cartoon series and video games based on comic books. But decades of publication history often prove too intimidating for new fans...

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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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Matthew McConaughey’s career makes a comeback

November 15, 2013

Matthew McConaughey’s career was laughable two years ago. The image of a shirtless, stoned McConaughey playing the bongos became etched in the national consciousness after his brush with marijuana...

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“The Best Man Holiday” cast reunites after 14 years

November 15, 2013

Usually, sequels are cranked out as quickly as Hollywood can produce them, whether the demand from the audience is there or not. “The Best Man Holiday” is a marked exception to the rule, hitting...

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“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a flawless recreation of the 1960s folk scene

November 12, 2013

Come for the Coens, stay for the star-making performances. The Coen brothers’ latest film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” is a look at what it means to be an artist when no one else cares....

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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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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:...

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Twentieth anniversary of an Austin cultural mainstay starts this week

October 24, 2013

Austin Film Festival has a red carpet and celebrity appearances, but since its inception, the festival has celebrated the hard work behind the glamour.  The Austin Film Festival began 20 years...

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State Fair offers a wide variety of fried foods

October 17, 2013

After spending a weekend at the State Fair, it is hard to disagree with the old mantra about the size of everything in Texas. Prize chickens as large as dogs, the world’s largest tower ride, even...

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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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Local comic book stores see a boost in sales after DC and Marvel films

October 1, 2013

The general impression of the comic book reader in American society has largely been a negative one: an overweight mouth-breather whose pride in memorized minutiae is only matched by his cruelty to the...