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Powerful ‘The Ticket’ offers life lessons

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Zack Galler

Be very careful what you wish for and be thankful for what you have. Read more

Movie offers hope that salvation might surface ‘After the Storm’

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Film Movement

At 6-foot-2, the Japanese actor Hiroshi Abe looks acutely out of place in many of the settings in “After the Storm,” the solid yet subtly sphinxlike new drama from filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (”Like Father, Like Son”). Read more

Anime ‘Your Name’ both beautiful and puzzling

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Funimation

What starts out as a “Freaky Friday”-type body exchange becomes a rumination on time travel, cataclysmic fate, rural-urban dynamics and, of course, a love story in novelist-turned-anime director Makoto Shinkai’s “Your Name.” Read more

‘Gifted’ is a nice present for moviegoers

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Wilson Webb

From a distance, “Gifted” might not seem like much. It’s a combination of two kinds of movies —– or rather two kinds of movie cliches — a custody-battle story and a story about a math genius. In this case, the genius is a gifted natural, kind of like Matt... Read more

‘Queen of the Desert’ is a tepid history lesson with Nicole Kidman

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IFC

There’s an outstanding movie to be made about Gertrude Bell, the intensely independent British noblewoman who, in the first decades of the 20th century, traveled throughout the Arab world and contributed to the formation of the modern Middle East. Read more

Native American actors wanted in DFW casting call

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rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

Casting directors for a tribally produced feature film on the life of Chickasaw cattle rancher Montford T. Johnson will be holding an open casting call for Native American actors in the DFW area from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Read more

Gorgeous ‘Ghost’ leaves behind an empty shell

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Paramount Pictures

Unless they’ve actually been living in a shell for the last couple of years, most moviegoers probably are aware of the controversy swirling around “Ghost in the Shell.” Read more

‘The Boss Baby’ means not-so-funny business

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DreamWorks Animation

In the recent political climate, it’s hard to tell whether DreamWorks’ new animated film “The Boss Baby” is trying to make a... Read more

‘1984’ to screen at nearly 200 theaters Tuesday

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MGM

Tuesday, April 4, might seem like just another weekday this year, but fans of George Orwell’s speculative-fiction classic “1984” know better. That was the first day in the diary being kept by Winston Smith, the protagonist in Orwell’s 1949 novel about a dystopian, dict... Read more

‘The Prison’ takes the action behind bars

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Well Go USA

“The Prison” is a ferociously effective genre film from Korea that feels like the kind of movie Hollywood will remake in its own image. But adding star power and the English language won’t necessarily improve things, as “The Prison” is brutally entertaining just... Read more

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