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

To Have and to Hold

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

Desperate Diva

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

Action Heroes

Four filmmakers to watch in 2011.

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.

All He Needs Is Love

Bill Paxton’s role of a lifetime.

Best Western

The Coen brothers deliver a truer, grittier True Grit.

It’s Here. It’s Queer.

Jim Carrey’s brilliant gay movie finally comes out.

El Underachiever

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

Who’s That Girl?

Who are Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato?

This Is Series Business

The trouble with Texas TV shows.

The Comeback Kid

Three cheers for Woody Harrelson’s return to form.

Life Cycle

Horton Foote’s bountiful last act.

Action Heroes

Four filmmakers to watch in 2010.

Stop the Blitz

The blind side of The Blind Side.

Big D & the Women

Reality (TV) bites Dallas women.

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