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Chase Wade

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‘Still Mine’ is a touching, true tale

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James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold in “Still Mine.” (Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Film) With the heartbreaking tale told by Micheal Hanake in 2012’s “Amour,” which eventually won the 2013 Academy award for Best Foreign Film, and the equally heartbreaking, but u... More »

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‘The Way Way Back’ is honest summer winner

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Liam James and Nat Faxon in “The Way Way Back.” (Courtesy of 20th Century Fox) Many o’ films have tried, and some have failed, to capture the true essence of the American summer. From Bruce Brown’s 1966 classic “The Endless Summer” to a more recent release lik... More »

A beginner’s guide to Dallas’ art offerings

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If you have even glanced at one of the many admission brochures and pamplets provided to you by SMU, you’ve probably come across the fact that Dallas is home to the country’s largest urban arts district. It is true. And with such a large variety of options, na... More »

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South Korea shines with raw, sobering import ‘Pieta’

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“Pieta” was the first film from South Korea to win the top prizes at the Venice International Film Festival, Cannes and Berlin. Any follower of South Korean cinema knows that revenge is often a theme used to drive the narrative forward. In Kim Ki-Duk’s Golden ... More »

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10 under the radar summer movies to catch

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“The East,” starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Ritter, is a crime thriller about eco-terrorism that opens in theaters on May 31. (Courtesy of collider.com) Sure, the summer movie season is traditionally reserved for big budget action picks wi... More »

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“Iron Man 3” blasts weekend box office competition

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“Iron Man 3,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, opened in theaters on Friday, May 3, 2013. (Courtesy of geeksaslyaer.com) Even with the star power of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow to its name, “Iron Man 3” fell short of garnering the bigg... More »

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Fame bites back in Garrone’s ‘Reality’

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Aniello Arena and Giuseppina Cervizzi in Matteo Garrone’s film “Reality.” (Courtesy of Oscilloscope films) Even though reality television’s ratings are slowly on a downward trend, there’s no denying the impact of the programming format in our lives. From “Amer... More »

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Third times the charm for Jeff Nichols’ “Mud”

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Matthew McConaughey stars in the 2012 film. “Mud.” (Courtesy of Roadside Attractions) If Jeff Nichols were to make his latest movie “Mud” into a recipe, the result would be a dish equal parts suspense, drama and action with a strong dash of a classic coming-of... More »

Playing in the “Mud”

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With his newest film “Mud” opening in theaters on Friday, writer-director Jeff Nichols has completed a cinematic hat trick with three projects under his belt that he fostered from the page to the editing room, a rare feat for someone of Nichols’ quality. “Mud”... More »

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Until next time, DIFF

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One of the night’s biggest winners, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, stars in the television program, “Smashed.” (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic) Roll up the red carpets and shut down the screening rooms, the Dallas International Film Festival is officially over. O... More »

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‘Room 237’ checks into ‘The Shining’

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“The Shining” star Jack Nicholson plays as a father who is influenced into violence by an evil presence. (Courtesy of Warner Brothers) Unlike feature films, a documentary’s ultimate quality is almost entirely based on the work done before and after the cameras... More »