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.

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"Spring Breakers:" Little Selena Gomez, All Grown Up

The former Disney star busts a very R-rated move.

Days of Heaving

Terrence Malick is suddenly making a lot of movies. That’s the good news.

Dean Smith's Amazing Story

He won an Olympic Gold Medal in Helsinki. He rubbed elbows with Hollywood royalty like John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. He performed stunts in "McClintock!" and "Cheyenne." And now the 81-year-old former stunt man is publishing his memoir, "Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen."

Roiling on the River

In his next film, "Mud," Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols tackles the novel that Hemingway once called the source of all modern American literature.

The Cliburn Competition Forges Ahead Without Its Namesake

Can the famous piano competition survive without Van Cliburn?

Child of God

Taylor Stevens gets her revenge, one best-selling thriller at a time.

The Ghost of Alan Berg

David Berg's new memoir, "Run, Brother, Run," revisits the killing of his older brother, Alan, who was slain outside of Houston in 1968.

Miss Conventionality

Thought winning an Oscar would make Sandra Bullock take chances? Think again.

Keep Calm and Read On

Six thousand Texas librarians convened in Fort Worth this spring to talk books and to strategize survival amid reduced funding to the state's libraries.

Summer Reading List: 7 Mysteries Based in Texas

This summer brings another crop of Texas mystery novels, filled with industrious sheriffs, viperish housewives, and the occasional kidnapped orphan.

Enchanted Forest

Longview’s Forest Whitaker is having the sort of year that should put him in the Hollywood elite once and for all.

The Man Who Walks With Bears

How should we deal with exotic wild animals in captive settings? Be understanding companions, says Louis Dorfman.

Why Filmmakers Are Choosing to Shoot in Louisiana Instead of Texas

"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" is a Texas film in many ways—the setting, the story, the director, and two producers—yet there wasn't enough incentive to get the filmmakers to shoot the film in their home state.

One Talk Show That Will Never Book a Kardashian

On “Smart Girls at the Party,” an Austin-based Web series hosted by Amy Poehler, the guests are decidedly nonfamous teenagers talking about their lives.

How the Austin Film Festival Came to Celebrate Writers

The twenty-year-old festival makes the writers the real stars of television and movies.

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