Michael Urie, up from Ash’s (script)

Posted on 20 Dec 2013 at 6:30am

‘Ugly Betty’s actor Michael Urie teams with fellow queer Texan Ash Christian for the gay indie comedy ‘Petunia’ Michael Urie doesn’t mean to disappoint you, it’s just that after basically becoming Marc St. James on Ugly Betty, the hit ABC comedy that launched his career, he’s often expected to be a flamboyantly catty queen. And [...]

Holiday film roundup

Posted on 20 Dec 2013 at 6:15am

Reviews of ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Christmastime is the perfect season for moviegoing, and the studios well know it: Families are together, spirits are high, there’s time off from work and school … and the Oscar nominations are just around the corner. It’s when they [...]

DFW Film Critics reward ‘Buyers Club,’ ’12 Years,’ ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’

Posted on 16 Dec 2013 at 12:03pm

The sexually explicit lesbian romance Blue is the Warmest Color took the best foreign language film award in the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association polling announced this morning, with 12 Years a Slave taking best picture and Matthew McConaughey best actor for Dallas Buyers Club.

Drawing Dallas

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 7:45am

Slender, gregarious  retailer Ryan Naico is a people-person MARK STOKES  | Illustrator mark@markdrawsfunny.com Name and age: Ryan Naico, 27 Occupation: Retail and service industry Spotted at: Target Cityplace Zodiac: Leo Mix master: This slim, handsome young man of Russian, Irish and Mexican descent was born in the small town of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and reared [...]

INTERVIEW: ‘Philomena’ writer and star Steve Coogan on the season’s best film

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 at 1:09pm

The really unmissible film to see over the Thanksgiving weekend is certainly Philomena. It has everything: Old people (especially an enchanting Judi Dench) for mom and dad; a gay subplot for you; humor, tears and the structure of a detective novel. And it’s all thanks to Steve Coogan

QUEER CLIP: ‘Philomena’

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 at 7:25am

As her son’s 50th birthday approaches, devout Irish Catholic Philomena (Judi Dench, in one of those performances people talk about all year) begins to feel melancholy. She doesn’t know her son, it seems, as she was one of the Magdalene Girls, the indentured teens put into service by convent nuns who used their labor and, [...]

REVIEW: ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Posted on 19 Nov 2013 at 3:28pm

‘m still not sure why The Hunger Games, with its heavy-handed Marxist moralizing about the inherent corruptness of the one-percenters, became the huge cultural phenomenon it did last year (yes, it was only last year), but it did. Maybe tweens were looking to glom onto another corny romance as The Twilight Saga was wrapping up, and on the lookout for a pouty heroine, found one in Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen.

QUEER CLIP: ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 at 9:45am

You can hear the buzz caused merely by casting Daniel Radcliffe as gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the period drama Kill Your Darlings: “Harry Potter kisses a man! Harry Potter gets topped — and not by Dumbledore!” Yeah, yeah. And all that does happen, and in frank and surprising ways. But director John Krokidas’ [...]

QUEER CLIP: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Posted on 08 Nov 2013 at 6:20am

  Continuity has never been the strong suit of the Marvel franchises. The Avengers didn’t even try to explain how Thor (Chris Hemsworth) made it to earth after the gateway from Asgard had been destroyed, and Thor’s girlfriend Jane (Natalie Portman) barely figured into the story at all. So it’s small surprise that Thor: The [...]

King of clubs

Posted on 08 Nov 2013 at 6:15am

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ may play fast-and-loose with facts, but those who lived it say its portrait of a man driven to save lives during the AIDS crisis is just right ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor The poster for the Dallas Buyers Club — the movie (opening this week in the Angelika Film Center) about [...]