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.

Bottom gun: Gay military ‘Burning Blue’ too tame

Posted on 06 Jun 2014 at 7:55am

Burning Blue could be called “the gay Top Gun,” but since Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis were in the original, maybe “the out Top Gun” is more appropriate. Yes, it’s another story of love in the military. That it involves two male Navy pilots raises — but doesn’t answer — the question: Who’s top gun [...]

Ground war day

Posted on 06 Jun 2014 at 6:00am

Tom Cruise lives to die in sci-fi wargasm ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor This week marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, so I’m not quite sure the release of Edge of Tomorrow, a sci-fi wargasm starring Tom Cruise, is genius, fortuitous or just downright tacky. Possibly a combination. The events [...]

Gay TV

Posted on 30 May 2014 at 7:35am

Summer brings out gay Texas docs. Plus: Tyra goes trans and Cuthbert is ‘Happy’ again A new doctor show has come to television. Yes, yes, we know, there’s always a new doctor show coming to television. But The Night Shift, which premiered early this week on NBC, has a new wrinkle in its ongoing story [...]

That’s OUTertainment

Posted on 30 May 2014 at 6:30am

A host of out musicians, DJs and singers turn out to celebrate National Pride Month at Razzle Dazzle Dallas Everyone knows Dallas formally celebrates its Gay Pride with a parade, festival and all around communal atmosphere in September, but that doesn’t mean we overlook National Gay Pride Month, aka June, altogether. And that’s what Razzle [...]

REVIEW: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Posted on 23 May 2014 at 6:35am

Everyone who dislikes time travel movies, stand up. … Is anyone left sitting? Dislike is perhaps the wrong term, it’s just that they seem so cheap, the sci-fi equivalent of the tearjerker. When a guiding principle of your story is that you can always start over and erase everything that came before it, and conceivably [...]