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

Apocalypse Now

Hey, movie people, leave Cormac McCarthy alone!

You Lost Us at Hello

Renée Zellweger versus the Oscar curse.

Big D & the Women

Reality (TV) bites Dallas women.

Revenge of the Nerds

How did a small cadre of film geeks from Austin take an outsized role in determining what you see at the multiplex on Friday night? One dismembered body at a time.

Stop the Blitz

The blind side of The Blind Side.

Action Heroes

Four filmmakers to watch in 2010.

Life Cycle

Horton Foote’s bountiful last act.

The Comeback Kid

Three cheers for Woody Harrelson’s return to form.

This Is Series Business

The trouble with Texas TV shows.

Who’s That Girl?

Who are Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato?

El Underachiever

Robert Rodriguez is our most prolific filmmaker. But is he selling himself short?

It’s Here. It’s Queer.

Jim Carrey’s brilliant gay movie finally comes out.

Best Western

The Coen brothers deliver a truer, grittier True Grit.

All He Needs Is Love

Bill Paxton’s role of a lifetime.

Action Heroes

Four filmmakers to watch in 2011.

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