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Arts writers’ picks for the week

1 Velázquez here and there: A confluence of Diego Velázquez events is happening. In Fort Worth, a free lecture about Velázquez’s An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, given by Renaissance and Baroque art professor Tanya Tiffany, w... Read more

Movie review: ‘Ant-Man’



Ant-Man could have ended up seeming more like Can’t Man. Read more

Movie review: ‘Self/less’


Focus Features

In the ineffectual new fantasy-thriller Self/less the fantastical plot device -- a body-switching process costing millions and not covered by any known health plan-- is called “shedding.” You buy yourself a new, longer life in a younger person’s b... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Suicide Theory’


Freestyle Releasing

Finally getting a brief theatrical release after kicking up some praise on the festival circuit, the Australian neo-noir thriller The Suicide Theory is a smartly written and satisfying take on the hitman genre featuring a standout performance from Steve Mouzakis. Thou... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Gallows’


Warner Bros.

At the end of the last century, The Blair Witch Project popularized the notion of idiots in horror movies filming every second of their own imminent demise. Read more

Movie review: ‘Manglehorn’


IFC Films

This is the moment in David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn that convinced me to forgive anything else that might rankle from then on. Read more

Movie review: ‘Batkid Begins’


Warner Bros.

There are two ways of watching Batkid Begins, and both are equally rewarding. You can watch it as a heartwarming document of the time when a hard-boiled city stopped everything to make a little guy’s wish come true. Or you can look at is as a cautionary tale ab... Read more

Movie review: ‘Strangerland’



The sandy barrens of Australia’s Outback provide one last test of a married couple on the brink in Strangerland. An all-star Australian melodrama with a superb cast and a striking setting, it’s an intimate story of running away from the past until you re... Read more

Movie review: ‘Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot’


Magnolia Pictures

Dirk Nowitzki is in the final year or two of his career, so we have likely forgotten how it all began when he came to Texas in 1998. We likely have forgotten that the Mavs had to convince Dirk he could play in the NBA, and that leaving Germany was the right career move. Read more

Movie review: ‘Minions’


Universal Pictures

Whenever there are scene-stealers in a film, there seems to always be chatter about possible spin-offs. Read more

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