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Oscar 2015 Highlights

Birdman soars over Linklater's Boyhood but Patricia Arquette owns Oscar spotlight

By Alex Bentley

Although Boyhood has been an awards season favorite in the run-up to the 2015 Academy Awards, in the end, Richard Linklater's gutsy 12-year experiment was overshadowed by another brav ...


Moving Musical

Emotionally wrought The Last Five Years shows how good movie musicals can be

By Alex Bentley

Some actors seem destined to represent a certain genre, and Anna Kendrick is certainly headed that way with musicals. She’s the face of the Pitch Perfect franchise, played Cinderella in the b ...


Running Down a Dream

Go ahead and give in to the charms of Disney's McFarland, USA

By Alex Bentley

If you’re watching a sports movie, especially one made by Disney, you can usually count on several things: a person or team overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds; resistance to said person ...


New Spin for Spy Genre

Kingsman: The Secret Service invigorates even if it goes overboard

By Alex Bentley

The spy genre can always take a bit of reinvention. James Bond has gone through multiple iterations over the past 50 years, Tom Cruise brought Ethan Hunt into the modern age and Jason Bourne has pr ...


Greatest Hits

Radical pay-what-you-want film Hits stops in Austin on Thursday

By Teresa Gubbins

Austin will be part of an experimental film tour by comedian David Cross, whose first feature film, Hits, will screen for one day at Violet Crown Cinema. The unusual part is the payment structure: ...


Acting Showcase

A Most Violent Year survives on acting strength

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director J.C. Chandor has had a heck of a rocket start to his career. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his first film, Margin Call, and he steered Robert Redfor ...


Good and Simple

Don't let the simple plot stop you from seeing Two Days, One Night

By Alex Bentley

Often there is a chasm between American films and European ones, at least those that make their way across the Atlantic. American movies tend to favor easy, fast-moving stories, while European film ...


Line Up the Oscar

Kristen Stewart's damn near as good as Julianne Moore in Still Alice

By Alex Bentley

With no specific cause and no cure, Alzheimer’s disease is as scary a diagnosis as one could ever get. That is precisely the premise of Still Alice. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a 51 ...


Links We Love

Failed romantic gestures, top Netflix cult films and more links we love

By Jonathan Rienstra

Editor's note: There's so much that's beautiful, funny, smart and informative on the Internet. Problem is, there's also a bunch of garbage. Here's the best of the web right now: ...


Box Office Stunner

Box office stunner: American Sniper shatters records with tale of lethal Texan

By Alex Bentley

There are certain movies you can count on to have big opening weekends at the box office, such as The Avengers and The Hunger Games. But American Sniper? The Clint Eastwood-directed war movie a ...


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