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Movie review: ‘Whitey’

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Public domain

We only hear his voice, running underneath mugshot photos and the occasional bit of silent black-and-white surveillance footage. Convicted crime boss and murderer Whitey Bulger comes off as articulate and calm, with that polished voice having a “Who, me?” quality of martyred incredu... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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20th Century

The original “Planet of the Apes” franchise was evolution in reverse. The kickoff film with Charlton Heston was smart, cool, just a bit campy, and sported that shock ending that — spoiler alert — showed that just because man had less hair than his simian overlords didn... Read more

Movie review: ‘Rage’

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Image Entertainment

Nicolas Cage as an actor is still a formidable screen presence, capable of an amazing moment, even in a mediocre movie. Read more

Movie review: ‘Witching and Bitching’

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IFC Midnight

Imagine a Pedro Almodovar horror comedy. Read more

Movie review: ‘Coherence’

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Oscilloscope Laboratories

If Neil deGrasse Tyson made an indie sci-fi movie, it might be Coherence. Read more

Movie review: ‘Venus in Fur’

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Sundance Selects

Vanda stumbles into the theater from off the street, drenched from a French cloudburst. She curses, stumbles about, pleads. Can’t she get an audition? Read more

Television review: ‘Welcome to Sweden’

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NBC

Welcome to Sweden, the low-key, charming and subtly hilarious 10-episode sitcom executive produced by Amy Poehler, lives up to its title in more ways than one. Based on the real-life adventures of Poehler’s brother, Greg, who moved to Sweden to be with his girl... Read more

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas leads with the best of the East

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Asian Film Festival of Dallas

One of the highlights of North Texas’ cinematic summer is always the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, which launches its 13th edition Thursday at the Angelika Dallas. Read more

Television review: ‘Extant,’ starring Halle Berry and Goran Visnjic

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CBS

If you’ve snagged Halle Berry to star in your new TV drama, what else do you need? Read more

Movie review: ‘Life Itself’

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KRT

When Roger Ebert died last August of complications from cancer, two directors he had long championed paid their respects. Martin Scorsese said that Ebert’s passing was “an incalculable loss for movie culture and for film criticism.” And Werner Herzog repeated his earlier esti... Read more

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