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Documentary ‘Life, Animated’ illustrates a remarkable life

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The Orchard

It’s a commonplace to hear people say movies changed their life, but with Owen Suskind that statement is meaningful in an unexpectedly profound way. His remarkable story is so unusual you would dismiss it out of hand if it were fiction, but the documentary Life, Anima... Read more

Judge Ross of ‘America’s Court’ in Fort Worth

America's Court

David Hershey

In six seasons of small-claims-court cases on daytime TV, Kevin Ross of America’s Court With Judge Ross has pretty much seen and heard it all. Read more

‘Therapy for a Vampire’ has little bite

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Music Box Films

So now we’re actually importing vampire movies? Is there a shortage? The United States is the Newcastle of vampire pictures, so to bring in any old lump of coal doesn’t really make sense. Read more

‘Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words’ lets musician show off his brilliance

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archives

Although Frank Zappa is an integral part of the musical and cultural history of the 1960s and ’70s, he might have been born too soon. Read more

‘Game of Thrones’ receives a leading 23 Emmy Award nominations

Emmy Nominations

AP

Power-and-blood fantasy saga Game of Thrones ruled the Emmy Award nominations Thursday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, The People v. O.J. Simpson, was close behind with 22 nods. Read more

‘The Innocents’ offers wrenching look at post-WWII Poland

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Music Box Fims

A gripping psychological drama based on events more than half a century old, The Innocents has inescapable contemporary echoes. Laced with intensely emotional situations, it refuses to force the issue by pushing too hard. And it proves, yet again, that though moral an... Read more

Affecting, life-affirming ‘Captain Fantastic’ lives up to its title

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Cathy Kanavy

The sweetly impossible dream that is Captain Fantastic imagines just how it might look to step away from the quotidian banality of everyday life of America in 2016. Read more

The new ‘Ghostbusters’ can’t scare up laughs

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Columbia Pictures

The Ghostbusters franchise, from the 1984 original to this week’s much-ballyhooed reboot, has so many Saturday Night Live connections perhaps it’s best to put any discussion of it in terms an SNL fan ... Read more

Western ‘Outlaws and Angels’ is a violent but slow, dull ride

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Momentum Pictures

Director/writer JT Mollner must have watched a lot of Sam Peckinpah and Quentin Tarantino over the years, judging from his feature-film debut, the western Outlaws and Angels. He shows off a more than passing knowledge of their love of violence and viscera — and... Read more

New cast on Fort Worth-based ‘Texas Flip N Move’

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Quail Entertainment

Casey Hester insists he is unworthy of anyone making a fuss over him. Read more

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