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Turn Off Your Brain

Lucy makes being smart look awfully dumb

By Alex Bentley

Most movies require that viewers suspend their disbelief at least a little in order to properly enjoy the stories they have to tell. However, the latest from writer/director Luc Besson, Lucy, uses ...


Filmmaking Milestone

Richard Linklater pulls off gutsy experiment with Boyhood

By Alex Bentley

There have been some audacious experiments in the history of cinema, but none quite like Richard Linklater’s latest, Boyhood. For 12 years, Linklater has been making a movie about a boy growi ...


Seeing Is Not Believing

Coherence is a fascinating and brilliant sci-fi trip

By Alex Bentley

Most science fiction movies these days are as much about the special effects as they are the story. Some have the both of best worlds, but usually one is sacrificed for the other. So it’s ...


Intelligent Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes deserves summer blockbuster status

By Alex Bentley

In a time when most action movies seem to have no heart, soul or intelligence, leave it to the one that features talking apes as its central characters to show everybody else how it’s done. ...


Drafthouse Expansion Continues

Alamo Drafthouse continues expansion with new downtown Dallas location

By Alex Bentley

On July 7, Alamo Drafthouse DFW confirmed it’s bringing a signature movie theater to the Cedars neighborhood near downtown Dallas. Alamo Drafthouse COO Bill DiGaetano told the Dallas Morning ...


Honoring a Film Critic

Life Itself shows Roger Ebert's monumental impact on movies

By Alex Bentley

By any measure, Roger Ebert was one of the most influential film critics of all time. Because of him, his partner/antagonist Gene Siskel and their iconic TV show, a generation of people that includ ...


Miserable Comedy

Tammy's depressing plot manages to make the hilarious Melissa McCarthy unfunny

By Alex Bentley

Since her breakout performance in 2011’s Bridesmaids, for which she earned an Oscar nomination, Melissa McCarthy has quickly risen to the level of A-list star. After co-starring in two more h ...


Get Outta Town

Vacation time: Summer festivals worth the trip out of town

By Shelley Seale

Austin is well-known for its plentiful events. From the biggies like ACL and SXSW to the smaller festivals, it seems like there's something going on almost every weekend.  But we ...


Hot Interview

Joe Manganiello swears audiences will love every stripper in La Bare documentary

By Alex Bentley

Prior to to playing Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh's 2012 film Magic Mike, Joe Manganiello had never really considered the world of male dancers. But after doing ...


The Naked Truth

La Bare documentary about famed Dallas strip club fails to arouse

By Alex Bentley

For most people, their curiosity about the world of male strippers started and ended with Magic Mike, the 2012 Steven Soderbergh dud that was only entertaining because of the actors’ commitme ...


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