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Indie dramedy ‘Joshy’ transcends expectations

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Lionsgate Premiere

At first, Joshy — the umpteenth reiteration of a vaguely Big Chill scenario — seems so indie it hurts. Read more

Baz Luhrmann examines early hip-hop in Netflix series

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Netflix

Baz Luhrmann gleefully wallows in excess. Sometimes the result is greatness. Other times, you get Australia. With the new series he co-created for Netflix, you just get down, and to hell with all the train wrecks in the first six episodes. Read more

Meryl Streep can’t save ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

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Paramount

Perhaps not every quirky true story needs a biopic starring Meryl Streep, as evidenced by Stephen Frears’ bizarre Florence Foster Jenkins, the story of a wealthy older woman who launched an amateur singing career in the 1940s, despite her distinct lack of talent. Read more

‘Anthropoid’ overcomes routine first hour for riveting climax

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Bleeker Street Media

Anthropoid recounts a true story of great heroism during World War II, as well as suffering and loss on a huge scale. It’s intensely moving, so much so that reviewers may hesitate to mention some significant flaws. Read more

A deluge of drama in ‘Hell or High Water’

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CBS Films

Texas is as much a riveting character in the fascinating crime drama Hell or High Water as the brothers turned bank robbers at its heart or the laconic lawman who coolly follows them across the sun-hardened landscape like a hunter on the trail of his next kill. Read more

Magical ‘Pete’s Dragon’ reboot takes flight

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Walt Disney Studios

Pete’s Dragon is a warm cup of cocoa and a hug from Robert Redford at the end of the summer. Read more

‘Equity’ adeptly puts women in the center of a financial drama

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Sony Pictures Classics

The world of investment banking and the intrigue that surrounds an initial public offering have provided fodder for a number of recent movies. But Equity is the first to be directed by a woman, to be written by women and to place three actresses in the principal roles... Read more

Fort Worth man’s film inspired Streep’s Florence Foster Jenkins

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BBC Films via TNS

When Donald Collup attended the London premiere of the movie Florence Foster Jenkins, he was invited to the after-party where, eventually, he was introduced to the movie’s star, Meryl Streep. She was off to another, well, somewhere, but during the hustle of the... Read more

Trinity Valley teen’s feed-the-hungry efforts get nod from Nickelodeon

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Nickelodeon

Will Lourcey says getting the star treatment on TV is fun and exciting. But the 13-year-old go-getter, who will be profiled in an episode of Nickelodeon’s The HALO Effect, isn’t in it seeking a... Read more

Magnolia Silos complex is Six Flags of shiplap

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Special to the Star-Telegram

Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper, Waco has become a major shopping destination. Read more

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