Christopher Kelly

You’d think a movie critic might relish passing thumbs-up, thumbs-down judgments on all the latest flicks, but for Fort Worth–based writer-at-large Christopher Kelly, that’s the least interesting part of his job. “Movies and TV and celebrities are more than entertainment,” says the Staten Island native. “I like to figure out how they relate to life and the place they take within culture.” The former film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kelly’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, Slate, Film Comment, and many other publications. His debut novel, A Push and a Shove, was published by Alyson Books and won the 2008 Lambda Literary Foundation award for Best Debut Novel. His favorite movies, in no particular order, are A Hard Day’s Night, All That Jazz, The Silence of the Lambs, and Nashville.

Stories

The Man Who Walks With Bears

How should we deal with exotic wild animals in captive settings? Be understanding companions, says Louis Dorfman.

Enchanted Forest

Longview’s Forest Whitaker is having the sort of year that should put him in the Hollywood elite once and for all.

Summer Reading List: 7 Mysteries Based in Texas

This summer brings another crop of Texas mystery novels, filled with industrious sheriffs, viperish housewives, and the occasional kidnapped orphan.

Keep Calm and Read On

Six thousand Texas librarians convened in Fort Worth this spring to talk books and to strategize survival amid reduced funding to the state's libraries.

Miss Conventionality

Thought winning an Oscar would make Sandra Bullock take chances? Think again.

The Ghost of Alan Berg

David Berg's new memoir, "Run, Brother, Run," revisits the killing of his older brother, Alan, who was slain outside of Houston in 1968.

Child of God

Taylor Stevens gets her revenge, one best-selling thriller at a time.

The Cliburn Competition Forges Ahead Without Its Namesake

Can the famous piano competition survive without Van Cliburn?

Roiling on the River

In his next film, "Mud," Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols tackles the novel that Hemingway once called the source of all modern American literature.

Dean Smith's Amazing Story

He won an Olympic Gold Medal in Helsinki. He rubbed elbows with Hollywood royalty like John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. He performed stunts in "McClintock!" and "Cheyenne." And now the 81-year-old former stunt man is publishing his memoir, "Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen."

Days of Heaving

Terrence Malick is suddenly making a lot of movies. That’s the good news.

"Spring Breakers:" Little Selena Gomez, All Grown Up

The former Disney star busts a very R-rated move.

Dazed and Amazed

Has Richard Linklater just completed the greatest trilogy in film history?

The Terrific Marcia Gay Harden Movie You Didn't Get to See in Theaters

Why has almost nobody had a chance to appreciate the UT alum's Oscar-worthy turn in the delightful domestic farce "If I Were You"?

The Explosion of Texas Filmmakers

The number of Texas-based filmmakers at Sundance proves that our vibrant filmmaking community is thriving.

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