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 Last Pageant Show

Faced with stiff competition from reality shows, is the decades-long tradition of Miss Texas in decline? Not if a few determined queens can help it.

Desperate Diva

Is Eva Longoria doomed to be tabloid fodder the rest of her days?

To Have and to Hold

Can the T. D. Jakes brand go mainstream—and live to tell the tale?

No Country for Bad Movies

Once and for all: What are the ten best Texas films of all time?

Out on a Limb

Terrence Malick: Brilliant or pretentious? Discuss.

21st-Century Slacker

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Slacker, a couple of dozen filmmakers remake Richard Linklater’s indie flick.

Singular Lady

Can Beyoncé reinvent her music videos in the Age of Gaga?

Nerd Rising

Jim Parsons, the unlikely savior of the TV sitcom.

Drama King

Less than two years after moving into the Wyly Theatre, the Dallas Theater Center has become the state’s drama darling. Is it the final curtain on the Alley Theatre’s time at the top?

For Real, Y’all

What does a rash of new reality TV tell us about the Metroplex?

Putting the Band Back Together

Thunder Soul, a documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band’s return to the stage after 35 years, makes a powerful argument for the necessity of arts education. 

His Big Year

Is Owen Wilson finally turning into—gasp!—a serious actor?

Dagoberto Gilb Returns to Writing After His Stroke

Before the End, After the Beginning, the author’s first collection since his stroke, draws on his personal crisis for inspiration.

Perfect Execution

Into the Abyss dives deep into the death penalty debate.