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.


Sibling Revelry

Are Jay and Mark Duplass too productive for their own good?

Men in Black Moods

Tommy Lee Jones’s charming new romantic comedy.

TNT’s Dallas Spurs Its Namesake to Prosper

The time-honored TV show is finally back, and it’s bringing Dallas economic and tourism growth, as well as a certain sense of pride.

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.

The Renaissance of Ann

Nearly six years after her death, Ann Richards, who is the subject of a new documentary, book, and stage play, still casts a long shadow.

How to Successfully Release a Conservative Film

Movie distributors of 2016: Obama’s America, which is on track to be one of the five highest-grossing documentaries of all time, focused their initial marketing strategy on a Houston release. Why?

Tackling the Cowboys

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

Wes Is More

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

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.

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.

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 Explosion of Texas Filmmakers

The number of Texas-based filmmakers at Sundance proves that our vibrant filmmaking community is thriving.

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”?

Dazed and Amazed

Has Richard Linklater just completed the greatest trilogy in film history?