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.


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.

Foxxed Out

After his Oscar turn in RAY, Jamie Foxx seemed to lose his way. Can DJANGO UNCHAINED revive the career of one of our great actors?

Big Rich Texas's Big Unlikely Success

Despite withering reviews, the Dallas-based reality television show has enjoyed increased ratings and has spawned a franchise.

The Dallas Arts Scene Is Ready for Its Close-Up

As the fiftieth anniversary of the JFK assassination approaches, the eyes of the world will be upon the city, and its cultural leaders are prepared for the attention.

Is the Dallas Theater Center the Most Important Theater in Texas?

There are whispers that the company’s production of a musical version of Giant could leap to Broadway.

Wes Is More

In Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson lovingly embraces his fantastical streak.

Tackling the Cowboys

Joe Nick Patoski takes on America’s most storied football franchise in his new book, The Dallas Cowboys. 

Quaid in Full

After years of bad choices and bad luck, Dennis Quaid—older, wiser, and emotionally raw—proves his mettle in a new movie and his first TV series.