Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 7:20am

Woody proves himself a Coward in a medium ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ Many filmmakers are lovers of magic, probably because the professions of director and magician have similar skill sets: Adeptness at sleight of hand, misdirection and showing your audience only as much as they need to know for you to trick them. And they [...]

Ohh, myyy!

Posted on 18 Jul 2014 at 6:15am

Out actor, icon and activist George Takei mixes social media savvy with a social message George Takei knows the power of a cat meme. Of all things, it’s the pussy that gave him a platform and set the stage for something more than just pervy postings and silly jests: gay activism. Best known as Sulu [...]

Boy to man

Posted on 18 Jul 2014 at 6:00am

A Texas filmmaker’s daring 12-year project, ‘Boyhood’ grows up ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor If you’ve heard anything about Boyhood, you’ve probably heard that, while it’s not a documentary, it was filmed over a span of a dozen years, with the leading actor, Ellar Coltrane, growing in the role from ages 5 to 18. [...]

The hirsute of ape-iness

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:40am

All hail Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Apes;’ animal magnetism sputters in ‘Fur’   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor It doesn’t take much more than 10 minutes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes before you stop thinking, “Wow! What awesome special effects!” and start thinking, “These apes sure are good actors.” Of [...]

A rare person

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 6:15am

Doc about Hawaiian mahu woman highlights AFFD   Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson didn’t start out as filmmakers, but they certainly have made an impact in the field. They made their first documentary, the Emmy Award-winning Out in the Silence, after they got married in Vancouver and placed a wedding announcement in Wilson’s small-town newspaper [...]


Posted on 03 Jul 2014 at 5:40pm

If you’ve seen a movie in the last 30 years, chances are you’ve seen Roger Ebert’s name — not on the credits onscreen, but on the posters and ads. With rival-cum-partner Gene Siskel, Ebert patented the “Thumps Up!” system of movie evaluation — first on the PBS series Sneak Previews, then through various re-names until [...]

Bare essentials

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 6:00am

Documentary about famed Dallas male strip club LaBare has heart … and other body parts   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor There comes a moment during the new documentary LaBare — it will be different for everyone — when you suddenly realize something: You’re grinning ear-to-ear, and your facial muscles are beginning to ache. [...]

Film review: ‘Ivory Tower’

Posted on 26 Jun 2014 at 11:51pm

Is college a bastion of intellectualism, providing a broad-form liberal arts education to prepare driven young people to go forth in the world, or an over-priced trade school teaching its acolytes to land a good job at 22?

Stage to screen

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:30am

Movies go B’way with ‘The Nance’ and ‘Jersey Boys’ — with mixed results   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The structure of Jersey Boys — the hit Broadway musical about the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, now adapted for the screen — resembles, oddly enough, the Harry Potter series. Like Harry, [...]

REVIEW: ’22 Jump Street’

Posted on 12 Jun 2014 at 4:09pm

22 Jump Street is an unexpectedly laugh-filled two hours of enjoyably wasted time.