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‘Donald Cried’ will make you laugh uncomfortably

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The Orchard

“Donald Cried” is a strange title for a strange and good independent movie that somehow does a number of things simultaneously. Read more

Filmmaker documenting Fort Worth woman’s work in Ecuador

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Facebook

If you got to Melissa Kirkendall’s Internet Movie Database page, you’ll find that she has been busy: During the past few years, the former Fort Worth filmmaker/concert booker has been working various... Read more

‘The Salesman’ arrives at our doors at just the right time

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Habib Majidi

With Iran back in the headlines these days, it’s an especially opportune time for the release of “The Salesman,” the latest film from Iran’s most well-known director, Asghar Farhadi. In fact, Farhadi recently made news when he said that he Read more

‘Cries From Syria’ is an unsparing, must-see HBO documentary

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HBO

It has been 18 months since the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on the shore of Turkey, the premature end of a flight from Syria. Read more

‘The Ottoman Lieutenant’ should be demoted

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Paladin

Between “The Ottoman Lieutenant” and next month’s “The Promise,” audiences can look forward to not one but two movies about love triangles set against the fall of the Ottoman Empire. When it rains, it pours, I guess. (But who, exactly, asked for this?) Read more

‘The Last Word’ is first in awfulness

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Bleecker Street

There’s a piece of great advice in “The Last Word,” courtesy of a character who is reluctant to speak ill of an acquaintance: “If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, say nothing at all.” Read more

Ol’ South gets a close-up in Fort Worth film at SXSW

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Red Productions

Anyone from Fort Worth who stumbles into the world premiere of the feature “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong” at South by Southwest on Saturday will immediately feel like they never left Cowtown. Read more

‘Kong: Skull Island’ is surprisingly smart

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Warner Bros.

It takes integrity to bother making a good film when a bad one might have made just as much money. “Kong: Skull Island” is a smart sci-fi action movie that doesn’t rely on a handful of monsters and random scenes of computerized destruction to run out the clock. It has a smart... Read more

Fort Worth’s Michaela Bradshaw tries again on ‘Survivor’

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CBS

When Michaela Bradshaw of Fort Worth competed on “Survivor” last season, it didn’t end well. Read more

Lisa Villegas no longer on the CBS 11 weather team (update)

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James A. Martinez

When DFW.com talked to Lisa Villegas for a “ Meet the meteorologist” story in October 2014, the story began by saying that she joined KTVT/Channel 11 that September without ... Read more

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