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Cowboy Bill Martin gets CMT special


Cowtown Drive-in Productions/Middlin’ Creative

DFW comedian Cowboy Bill Martin’s first TV special, Cowboy Bill Martin: Let the Laughter Roll, starts with sights that will be familiar to many Tarrant County viewers: a string of freeway scenes, including construction-area barrels, uncompleted overpasses, and ... Read more

Viral video: North Texas couple shocks grandpa-to-be with the whisper challenge


YouTube video

Here’s the good news: Robert Anderson is going to be a grandfather. Read more

‘The Hunger Games’ goes out with a bang


Murray Close

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the fourth and final installment in the big-screen treatment of novelist Suzanne Collins’ hugely popular young-adult series, makes good on the promise of the last film, which was all build-up and no release. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Night Before’ starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Columbia Pictures

First the good news: Seth Rogen is growing up. Then the bad news: Seth Rogen is growing up. Read more

Movie review: ‘Criminal Activities’


Image Entertainment

There’s more than a little early Quentin Tarantino in Criminal Activities, the directorial debut from well-known San Antonio character actor Jackie Earle Haley. From the smart, dark humor about a group of guys looking for an easy score to the spasms of blood-sp... Read more

Movie review: ‘Brooklyn’


Fox Searchlight

Big, romantic and as sweet as wedding cake, Brooklyn is a bi-continental love story that proudly wears its heart on its well-crafted sleeve. That it’s more moving than mawkish is a testament to the strong cast and a finely tuned script from Nick Hornby of Read more

Movie review: ‘Experimenter’


Magnolia Pictures

Experimenter is a dramatic feature about the life and work of Stanley Milgram, whose extensive Yale study is probably the 20th century’s best-known psychological experiment. You know, the one with the fake electric shocks? It’s a measure of the study... Read more

Movie review: ‘Altered Minds’



Director Michael Z. Wechsler, making his feature debut after working in TV and shorts, crafts an appropriately gray and brooding atmosphere in the dysfunctional-family drama Altered Minds. Read more

Movie review: ‘By the Sea’



Just because Angelina Jolie wrote, directed and stars in a film chronicling a supremely unhappy marriage, don’t get the wrong idea about By the Sea, or about Jolie’s relationship with Brad Pitt, who plays her husband. Read more

‘Secret in Their Eyes’ is a bland remake


STX Productions

In the languid remake Secret in Their Eyes, the awkward missing “The” in its title poses a more intriguing mystery than anything on the screen. Read more

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