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Lone Star Film Festival


AMC Palace Theater, 220 E. Third St., Fort Worth

$8 for individual films


Posted 12:00am on Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013

The seventh Lone Star Film Festival gets underway Thursday night, and there are lots of film to enjoy through Sunday. Here are some films worth checking out:

Tim’s Vermeer (7 p.m. Thursday): Teller (of Penn & Teller) directs this documentary about a San Antonio man, Tim Jenison, obsessed with the works of the painter Johannes Vermeer.

A Field in England (7 p.m. Friday): Fantasy, horror and thriller combine in cult British director Ben Wheatley’s tale of strange goings-on during the English civil war.

Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self (9 p.m. Friday): Barry Nash’s remarkable performance as a man giving a corporate motivational speech who finds himself having an emotional breakdown is both discomfiting and compelling.

Manos: The Hands of Fate (10 p.m. Friday): Some claim this 1966 horror mess is the worst movie of all time (it has a 1.8 on Rotten Tomatoes!). Check it out for yourself as part of the fest’s ReScreen series.

August: Osage County (4:30 p.m. Saturday): An all-star cast — Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper and Sam Shepard — tackles this popular Pulitzer-winning play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family. It’s directed by John Wells, who did the terrific The Company Men in 2010.

Nebraska (7:30 p.m. Saturday): The latest film from director Alexander Payne ( The Descendants) has been wowing them on the festival circuit. Bruce Dern and Will Forte star as a father and son on a road trip to collect a sweepstakes award.

Philomena (9:30 p.m. Saturday): Judi Dench plays a woman searching for the son she gave up for adoption many years ago. Directed by Stephen Frears ( The Queen), it promises top-notch acting.

Little Hope Was Arson (2 p.m. Sunday): This documentary about a series of East Texas church burnings has been winning lots of plaudits at various film festivals, too.

Tokyo Story (11 a.m. Sunday): On the ReScreen list, Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 tale about Japanese family life, is considered a classic of Asian cinema.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2:30 p.m. Sunday): Idris Elba from The Wire and Pacific Rim portrays Nelson Mandela in this biopic, directed by Justin Chadwick, who directed the engaging The First Grader.

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