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"20th Century Women" puts a feminist spin on a conventional story
January 18, 2017
This coming-of-age story from writer-director Mike Mills delivers a decent script and a few moments of strong direction, but its success rests on the back of a dynamite cast.
Top movie picks of 2016
January 17, 2017
Three Life & Arts writers present their picks for the top movies of 2016.
Powerful “Manchester” tells heartbreaking, human story of grief
December 5, 2016
Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan has created his first masterpiece. “Manchester by the Sea” is an unqualified success of intimate filmmaking, storytelling and psychology.
Warren Beatty returns with shallow, charming “Rules Don’t Apply”
November 22, 2016
Though many films seek to inform, critique or transform their audience, others simply entertain. “Rules Don’t Apply,” Warren Beatty’s first film in 18 years, is the latter — a fun yet shallow piece of escapism.
Disney delivers moving musical masterpiece “Moana”
November 21, 2016
In a sea of greatness, standing out from the crowd is hard. The near-untouchable history of Disney musical films creates this problem every year, but “Moana” easily shines just as bright.
“Fantastic Beasts” recaptures wonder of Harry Potter, delivers topical message
November 17, 2016
In the past weeks, articles from news outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Time and Huffington Post drew comparisons between the “Harry Potter” films and modern politics.
Marvel conjures up narratively-stunted, visually stunning superhero flick with “Doctor Strange”
November 3, 2016
“Doctor Strange” takes the superhero genre on a bizarre and awesome trip into mysticism.
‘Moonlight’ star and UT alumnus Trevante Rhodes discusses new film
November 2, 2016
Moonlight,” starring former track star and UT alumnus Trevante Rhodes, will be released this Friday. The film tells the story of a man’s life as he comes to terms with his own sexuality. The Daily Texan spoke with Rhodes about his preparation for this role and his acting career.
“Inferno” packages thrilling nonsense in entertaining format
October 28, 2016
Two-thirds of the way through “Inferno,” a plot twist caused as many exasperated laughs as it did shocked gasps.
Superhero comics ditch distressed damsels for leading ladies
October 20, 2016
At New York Comic-Con in early October, Marvel announced its publishing lineup included 23 female-led comic books — its most ever.
All-Star cast fails to save drab direction in “The Accountant”
October 13, 2016
Although Ben Affleck was recently on a roll with his directorial effort in “Argo” and well-chosen role in “Gone Girl,” his streak ends as he takes on the titular role in Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant.”
Decently made “Birth of a Nation” fails to overcome Parker controversy
October 7, 2016
“The Birth of a Nation” director, writer and star Nate Parker created one of the most-discussed films of the 21st century.
'Ash vs Evil Dead' stars share experience returning to famous 'Evil Dead' franchise
September 28, 2016
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” premiered its second season in Austin this week at Fantastic Fest.
10 concerts under $10 during ACL week
September 28, 2016
For those who aren’t trying to break their bank this festival season, here are 10 concerts around Austin that cost $10 or under.
'Queen Sugar' and 'Atlanta' lead television toward diverse depictions of the South
September 21, 2016
Televisions shows such as "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "The Walking Dead" are set in the South, but the cast and crew are disproportionately white.
Diversity in filmmaking must be intentional
August 30, 2016
Guest columnist Justin Jones argues that it will take an intentional effort for minority actors and actresses to get equal opportunities in their industry.
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