FORT WORTH -- A critically lauded drama starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the first film directed by Dustin Hoffman since 1978, a hit musical about an Australian Aboriginal female singing group in the late '60s, a comedy starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, and a holiday-themed film directed by Edward Burns are five of the more noteworthy movies that will be playing at Fort Worth's Lone Star International Film Festival, running Nov. 7-11. It's put on by the Lone Star Film Society.
Twelve titles to be shown were released Thursday, including the previously announced opening-night film, the ensemble drama Jayne Mansfield's Car, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who will attend. Screenings will be at the AMC Palace in Sundance Square.
Here's the lineup so far:
Silver Linings Playbook : This comedic drama from director David O. Russell ( The Fighter), featuring Cooper and Lawrence as a rather odd couple, has been a favorite on the festival circuit (it won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto film festival). 9:30 p.m. Nov. 9.
The Sapphires : Loosely based on a true story, this Aussie box-office smash chronicles the struggles of four young women from the Outback who want to make it big in the world of pop music. Chris O'Dowd ( Bridesmaids) also stars. 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11.
Hyde Park on Hudson : Murray is FDR in 1939 and Linney is the woman he falls in love with during a weekend when the king and queen of England are visiting. 7 p.m. Nov. 9.
Quartet : Hoffman (who was an uncredited director on Straight Time in 1978) tells the story of four retired opera singers in this comedy-drama. 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas : Burns directs and stars in this drama, which also stars Michael McGlone ( The Bone Collector) and Connie Britton ( Friday Night Lights). McGlone will be attending. 7 p.m. Nov. 11.
A Place at the Table : This documentary about hunger in the U.S. features music by T Bone Burnett (who will be in attendance) and the Civil Wars. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
Barbara : Germany's official submission for Oscar's Best Foreign Language honors centers on a doctor in '80s-era East Germany plotting her escape. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
Caesar Must Die : Italy's official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar is a drama about prisoners staging Shakespeare. 11:15 a.m. Nov. 10.
It's a Disaster : David Cross and America Ferrera star in this dark comedy about having Sunday brunch as the world is about to end. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
A Royal Affair : Denmark's entry in the Foreign Language Oscar contest is about a love triangle among a Danish king, the queen and the royal physician. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
Wrong : This is French director Quentin Dupieux's strange tale about a man and his dog. 10 p.m. Nov. 10.
For information, go to lonestarfilmsociety.com.
Cary Darling, 817-390-7571
Here are trailers for some of the films: