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

Dreamgirl

How Beyoncé could become a great actress. Seriously.

Angel Heart

Before her death, Farrah Fawcett achieved what had long eluded her: three-dimensionality.

Mist Opportunity

Why Tommy Lee Jones’s newest film went straight to DVD.

Unreality Show

Are the Jonas Brothers for real?

Action Heroes

The best new Texas filmmakers.

No Bull

Urban Cowboy’s indelible imprint on menswear.

Bottoms Up

The brave new world of Web serials and how they make money.

We Shall Overreach

Enough with all the high-minded sports movies!

Marley and Him

Owen Wilson’s new movie is no dog.

Gossip Boys

Boy toys will be boy toys.

Minor Movie Star

The Jessica Simpson oeuvre.

I Wish I Knew How To Depict You

The gay cliché.

American Booty

Alan Ball’s near-great teen sex flick.

Porn Yesterday

A porn classic turns thirty.

Frozen Asset

The best sitcom you may never get to see.

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