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‘Julieta’ is Pedro Almodóvar at his best

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Manolo Pavón

Awash in color, feminine psychodrama and heightened emotion, Julieta is a classic Pedro Almodóvar film — or, more accurately, a classicized version of the Almodóvar films his fans have come to adore. Read more

Quirky ‘Brand New Testament’ is a mischievous riff on religion

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Music Box Films

From a bare-bones plot description, you might guess that The Brand New Testament — which was nominated in the foreign-language category at the Golden Globes — is a juvenile exercise in blasphemy. But this comic film from Belgi... Read more

‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ is way stupid fun

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Paramount Pictures

Film scholar Tom Gunning coined the phrase “cinema of attractions” to describe the earliest, exhibitionist impulses of filmmaking, bits of spectacle that called attention to their own visibility and technological craft. Pure spectacle has since been subsumed into narrative filmmakin... Read more

Josh Harbuck, son of WBAP personality Hal Jay, dies in car wreck

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Sharon Corcoran

Sad news came Tuesday in the DFW radio world as Josh Harbuck, son of longtime WBAP/820 AM personality Hal Jay, was killed in a single-car accident in Erath County. Read more

Michael Keaton delivers a tasty side order of lies in ‘The Founder’

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The Weinstein Company

The Founder, the story of how the late Ray Kroc went from an obnoxious but seemingly harmless, low-rent food-service-industry salesman to the cutthroat ruler of the McDonald’s fast-food empire, is like a perfectly grilled slice of Kobe beef tucked between funct... Read more

Shyamalan mostly returns to form in entertaining ‘Split’

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Universal

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split begins with a jolt of dread and ends, nearly two hours later, with a twist guaranteed to spin your head. Read more

Fiction SEAL Team Six members got a taste of reality

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History

There’s an old story about Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier, two celebrated actors from different generations, and their contrasting approaches to the craft of acting. Read more

New Studio Movie Grill theater opens tonight in Arlington

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PR Newswire

Starting tonight, North Texas will have yet another place to watch movies, eat a meal and wash it all down with a beverage -- and it’s not your couch. Read more

‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ comes alive

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BH Tilt

Faith-based films have a tough line to walk. A heavy hand with the message can leave them preaching to the converted, but too little faith might anger those most likely to part with their money to see them. Read more

Alexa Conomos talks about upcoming exit from WFAA

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WFAA

Last week we reported, citing local-TV blogger Ed Bark’s initial report, that News 8 Daybreak co-anchor Alexa Conomos Read more

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